NEWS & EVENTS
30 years ago in 1989 I started releasing electronic music on cassettes as "Boys In Factories", which eventually led to my meeting Alex and Lance and the formation of Voice Industrie.
30 freaking years!
The more things change, the more they stay the same... and with that I am pleased to announce and welcome Francis Tetrault back into the fray!
Francis will take up a position behind the keyboards, making VI once again a 2-drummer, 2-keyboardist live outfit!
Francis will join us in our performance on Saturday June 22 at Temple YEG. More details to follow, but check the FACEBOOK link here
for updates! Peace!
Visit the Voice Industrie YouTube Channel here
to see and hear vintage and new Simmons Drums
Working on some early ideas for the next Voice Industrie album. Contrary to previous VI releases, this time the tracks will be released individually as they become available (over the course of the months ahead) through the usual digital outlets. I might pack them up all in a small run CD or CDR after releasing the final track, or not.
While I have a working title that I draw on for theme, I'm not entirely sure where I'm going with that yet. Pretty sure I'm aiming for a much darker and driving overall sound though.
Oh, Happy Valentine’s Day! :-)
More fun with Simmons drums!! Click the links to watch and hear classic vintage sounds that form part of the Simmons Signature Sound Library!
Happy 2019 everyone!
For our friends in Europe, Poponaut
in Germany now has stock of the three most recent Voice Industrie albums on CD: DREAMS OF FLIGHT (limited Edition Print), VOICE HISTORIE (2CD) and POWER. Although currently out of print, PSYCHOTICA (CDR), THE ANATOMIE (CDR), TRANSMISSION (CDR) and POWER UP (MCD) can be ordered by contacting me though the VI Facebook Page
. Cheers :)
Two film shorts I was honoured to compose original scores for will be revealed soon. Can't wait to share them with everyone :)
While putting the final touches programming the gear for the upcoming show on the 5th, I reflect back on the early shows VI did.. at Bronx, The Dance Factory, Rebar, Peoples, 109, and New City. Moshfest!! Garneau!! Such great venues, such good people! There were other very "memorable" outings, including getting screwed royally by the promoter after opening for 2Unlimited, but the one thing that stands out to me the most from those early days is Alex, Lance, Rick, Francis and I would look out and see Goths, Rivetheads, Punks, Ravers and even rockers out on the dancefloor all doing their own thing as a group, totally interacting and there to dance and immerse in music. There was no aggression, no hate, no fights, no entitlement.. just sweat, fog and dancing. Stu was almost always the first dude out on the dancefloor. Petra, Allan, Tamara, Phil, Yelena... everyone just totally letting it all out, chilling with eachother, us and DJ's. Mr Pail, Nik, the two Daves... and countless others. There was Sandy Middleton, Rico, Christine and others at CJSR, Factoria, Interdimensonal, Out Of Line, A Different Drum, and Oliver who gave us our first opportunity to play in Edmonton, and Patrick who went above and beyond to give us a stage without hesitation, and Terry who just plain loved everyone! . Eddie, Greg, John, Dave, Art.. the promoters who did us right. Remember Smutnik? And Droom? Fantastic stuff!
Fast forward to Sunday... I sincerely hope to again see familiar and new faces chilling together, letting it all out and sweating to music. This isn't about the insane amount of preparation required to put these events on, or Elijah, Shane and myself just showing up and performing, it's about you guys being able to assemble in a safe place and do the thing at your pace in your own way, respectful of one another like it was back in 1991.
Let it be! :)
DoF sitting at #2 on CJSR's Top 10 electronic music charts!!
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06.11.18Graphic designer Konn Lavery offers up his creativity and interpretation of "A Naked Sky", the opening track from the new "Dreams Of Flight" album. Watch this and other DoF Playlist videos on the Teknik14 Youtube channel here. - A
The brand new official "Black Box" track video from "Dreams of Flight
" is now up on Youtube
. Filmmaker Christine Miller created a frantic dreamscape that takes us well beyond the outer reaches of imagination in this 11 minute cinematic journey. Enjoy the ride :)
They're heeeere! :)
Friday April 27th, 2018
"Dreams of Flight" official CD release at The Night Owl in Calgary, Ab.Details here
Looking forward to a fun night out!!
Friday March 16, 2018
Blue (XSV Mix)
The second new single from the upcoming Dreams Of Flight album. Outlet information will be announced then.
We will be performing a few live dates to release "Dreams Of Flight" in Edmonton and Calgary in the coming months.. check out our Facebook page
Happy 2018 everyone! Best Wishes for a happy, safe and prosperous new year filled with peace and love!
Oh yeah... and the new single "Groundless" is now available for download at iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and all the usual outlets. :-)
I'm very pleased to announce that the track "Groundless" from the soon to be released "Dreams Of Flight" album is to be released on Friday 12.15.17
Outlet information will be announced then.
I had the honour of scoring this little film by John Osborne.
This animation offers a thought provoking and grim look at humankind's role in the gradual toxification of our planet and the defenseless creatures that inhabit it.
After repeated false starts, setbacks and delays, it appears "Dreams of Flight" will be released for real in late 2017 or early 2018. A radio edit of the third track "Groundless" is being released in late November 2017 as a single and features a video by film maker John Osborne
. Details of the release will be posted here and on the VI Facebook page
. John created a video for the track "Blue" also, and Christine Miller
offered up her amazing talent for "Black Box". More details to follow in the coming weeks.
For a quick taste of the new "Dreams of Flight" album, click here
and check out two track teasers uploaded to SoundCloud today.
Come by the Simmons website
and check out the first series of "Creative Use" video shorts just uploaded for the new SD2000 e-kit. Additional videos will be added in the coming days.
While the videos focus on this wonderful new kit, they also put forward hints of new or alternative methods in approaching and playing an e-kit in order to achieve results not otherwise obtained by "traditional" means. As such, the e-kit essentially becomes a blank canvas on which anything can be painted, limited only by ones imagination and source of inspiration. What better way to be inspired than to teach oneself new skills with tools that ooze creative potential?
The past 2 years have been busy times in the VI / Simmons camp indeed. The brand new Simmons SD2000 kit was just released this August. The new kit is a departure for Simmons, in that it is the first with mesh heads. We recently completed filming a series of "Creative Use" videos that focus on the kit's potential and its wealth of beautiful sounds! I was honored to work with "the man" himself, Dave Simmons to produce these. Watch for them (and possible bloopers and outtakes) to surface soon here and on the Simmons website
. Suffice it to say, the SD2000 is only the beginning. Wait til you see what's coming next! :)
Oh, yeah... Dreams of Flight.... ummm....
Soon... ish... ?
"Dreams of Flight" album release pushed back to ???
The entire Voice Industrie back catalog, remixes, covers and one-offs are now up on the Teknik14 Soundcloud Channel here
and completely free for listening. Please Follow VI on Soundcloud!
A few months ago I composed a slightly 'down-tempo' version of Depeche Mode's "World In My Eyes" (from their 1990 album VIOLATOR). It is now up on the Teknik14 Soundcloud Channel here
"Dreams of Flight" album release date: Friday, March 31, 2017!
(I had the month right, just the wrong year !!)
"Dreams of Flight" album release on hold. My apologies for the long delay.
Also, three very awesome filmmakers will be contributing videos for selected tracks from the new album. Jason Gondziola
, Christine Miller
and John Osborne
will be offering up interpretations of the music as seen through their camera eyes. I'm very excited and honoured!!!
Big thanks to friends... old and new... who welcomed us back to the stage in 2015. David, Darrin and Andrew.. you guys rock! A special big thanks to Allie and Francis for their contributions and guest appearances at the Interpolations show in November !!
As the year draws to a close, the collection of tracks that will make up the new VI album entitled "Dreams of Flight" nears completion.. slated for a March 2016 release.
I'm buried in gigabytes of raw film footage from the year's live shows and will work on compiling it all into something useful as time allows. Check back here, Facebook
(@voiceindustrie) for updates.
Merry Christmas and a Happy & Safe 2016 to all !
I'm pleased to announce that I've invited two familiar faces back to help deliver the "Interpolations" event at the Garneau Theatre in Edmonton on November 14th. Allie Que
and Francis Tetrault
will be joining me on stage for the event... looking forward to this !
Alan is in the process of compiling the raw video footage from the live show at Pawn Shop on the 6th...
VI to return to the stage at PAWN SHOP in Edmonton on Saturday June 6/15.
(PAWN SHOP - 10551 Whyte Avenue, Edmonton, AB)
New album "Dreams of Flight" to be released fall/winter 2015
VI makes first appearance in 10 years at a private function hosted by TITAN Sound in Edmonton, CA.
New "Dreams of Flight" theme VI website uploaded - a few pages still under construction. Welcome!