Last weekend Vocoder were interviewed and their release was reviewed by a Spainsih newspaper “Heraldo de Aragón” http://blogs.heraldo.es/lavozdemiamo/?p=5114
Vocoder returns to the track
Published on July 1, 2012 by Matthias Uribe
Even his veteran members are perplexed, do not leave their amazement, almost thirty years after its release, and after going through some credit for the national scene and even more so by the Aragonese, the first two Vocoder maxisingles rise … in USA! As it sounds. An enthusiastic Italian techno-eighties, Flemming Dalum, discovered more than five years the group Zaragoza and was ‘knocked out’, as he says, in sound, rhythm and melodies. Soon, he began to investigate to find the group and obtain the necessary permissions to edit this maxis, and, thanks to another big fan of italo-disco 80’s, Josh Cheon, label owner Dark Entries Records, here are fresh and shining together in one album under the title ‘Synopsis’. Inside, the cookie with the four pieces that made up those two maxis, an insert with information and photos of the group and post a paper to Pillar, the Ebro, the Iron Bridge and expressive “Greetings (memories) from Zaragoza” . Advertising citizens at no cost. Note Belloch.
All four songs have stood the time phenomenally well. One component of the quartet, Antonio Laval, reinforces this impression with your words on the reissue: “I feel much more proud than before. Keep in mind the twigs with which these discs were made and now that I look back I think they are truly deserving than I thought. There was no musical training, no technique, no great resources … and yet we were able to do what we did. I wonder what could have been done if we had another context … but the desire and illusion suplieron those deficiencies. ”
In the struggle that brought the Zaragoza pop of the early eighties to break boundaries and access to recordings, Vocoder was a pioneer group: first, to break the regional barriers and the second (after the album La Curroplastic, 1982) to record an album with the borrower, at the time, independent label DRO. Was no small feat in a decade to record an album with artist name Aragon was so rare and difficult as finding a Martian on the Paseo Independencia.
Work in principle Tenas-chef Antonio, local police, angry record collector, disc jockey and later Radiocadena concert promoter-Vocoder was born in February 82 with Jesus Aparicio and two other members. The training lasted only one month was short-lived also presented to the Municipal Contest 82, where the group was greeted with whistles and even shots of objects. It was a group of machines and that, despite being in full bloom techno internationally, for here was frowned upon. The missteps forced to reshape the group in December, remaining as a trio: Jesus Aparicio, computer science student, Javier Morgales, architect, and Tenas own. The three then defined their sound as “electro symphonic rock” (Herald Aragón/12-XII-1982).
This training, however, not curdle. In 83 there are new refounding of Vocoder. Then, accompanying Tenas Antonio Laval (keyboards), Pilar Pellicer (vocals) and Alfonso Olarte (keyboards). The four edited on October 84 the first record of any group of the eighties batch records in Zaragoza. And furthermore, with said seal DRO. The disc is a maxi-single for the time, we reiterate, it was a lot, with two songs, ‘What Happens Now?’ and ‘Radio’ (DRO ND-001), one sung in English and one in French and a disco to techno pace, since DRO opens with a sublabel Vocoder, Neon Dance, which aims to “physical subversion” (Servando Carballar dixit) and enter the urban clubs in Spain and Europe.
The maxi was recorded in Madrid Doublewtronics studies, produced Servando itself in the midst of a unique technical display that evokes Antonio Laval today this way: “Doublewtronics with engineer Jesus Gomez, was possibly the most advanced recording studio the time, having digital mastering systems that removed the traditional transfer problems in the courtrooms of acetates (analogue). To this was added the potential of electronic publishing schedule and the possibility of access to synthesizers and computers more advanced pace for the time. Possibly the first album recorded in Spain with a computer-sequencer was ‘Mindanao’, using for this the first program Steinberg multitrack conducted to a computer, the Commodore 64 “.
The album had its echo-deserved pace playful and naive voice Pilar threw to give up the vertebrae, and ‘Radio’ succeeded in becoming the official line of the Tour of Aragon XXI (Weekly Herald. 14-X-1984 .) In Linacero, the first 25 copies ordered that the establishment sold out in one day (The Día/11-1984). The group also appeared in two national television programs, ‘Toccata’ and ‘crystal ball’.
It led to the publication of a second maxi, January 86, with ‘Mindanao’ and ‘Robot Love’ (DRO 2ND-013), concentrated again another disco beat and catchy melodies that were recorded with a sophisticated technician at the time, as the Linn 9,000, “the computer complex rhythms of the moment” (Herald / 01/18/1986). The maxi is the prelude to the first and only album the group, ‘Vocoder’ (DRO 4ND-023), who sees the light in April 87 and in the small Aragonese epic pop record albums in the eighties is the second album the early large group of Aragon, after the Curroplastic mented. Irregular in the voices and the songs and produced by Michel Huygen, the record shows a quartet that largely leaves behind his devotion disco opting for a greater variety of sounds ranging from “hard techno to romantic ballads, the symphonic, protest song with synthesizers or electronic fun “(Weekly Heraldo/5-IV-197). ‘My girl is having an affair with Satan’ is the most commercial and first single from the album that, despite the expectations and to be the group with a small fan club in Mexico, fails to work. “Possibly not lived up to what should have been,” says Laval today.
Demoralized, and synthesizers increasingly obscured by electric guitars, the quartet was dissolved in 1988. A couple of years later, professionally Tenas be devoted to the assembly of concerts with his production Vocoder, a side that had already started for free in 85 to mount a series of morning where he debuted in film Pax Heroes del Silencio. The others disappeared from the musical map, but today, this reissue has been heated to Laval to do new things: “The truth is that I have ‘mono’ of doing things. Of course, with almost 50 years one gets caught by the body less jotero, but hey, I do not know under what conditions, but I want to do things because the reissue of these albums has filled me with new stomach butterflies. And these things are really worthwhile in life. ” One suggestion: any new devotee of techno (and eye, I write techno , not techno) to run to get to this gem. He has it in iTunes and Amazon.
as well as another newspaper “El Periódico de Aragón”
In 1988, after nearly eight years of experience, group members decided Zaragoza Vocoder end a pioneering venture in the musical trend of that new wave of the 80 that was called techno-pop. Initially formed by three friends from high school and after several formations, the key components were Pilar Pellicer Vocoder (voice), Antonio Laval, Antonio Tenas and Alfonso Olarte.
After several years of experience in those who got some relevance to Durantes place two years one of his songs as the theme of the Tour of Aragon, in 1984 they recorded their first maxi sigle division with the newly released Dance Neon Disks DRO: What happens now? , ie What happens now? A title that takes almost 30 years now, and never better, when speaking again of the group. What happens now?, As an American producer, Josh Cheon, Dark Entries Records, has decided to recover the first songs the group and released an album with four songs that were part of his first two maxi-sigles, the already mentioned What happens now? and Mindanao , published in 1985. An EP on vinyl – which reproduces the front and back covers of the originals – that from the month of May is for sale in the U.S..
“It was a surprise that someone looking for groups of that time in Europe for collector’s editions are set at our music, but it is also true that our videos on youtube have thousands of visits,” says the Vocoder to be a member of Antonio Tenas . And not only succeed in youtube. Several dj’s current at its puncture the issues the group Zaragoza, whose original disks, also came to be published in Mexico or Venezuela, out of print, hence the American edition has a clear market, “the DJ’s professional and collectors, so are limited editions, “admits Antonio Tenas.
It all started just over three years, when Josh Cheon made contact with Antonio Laval. “Our records have been returned to play in Europe and liked the music, he learned that the group had existed and did not stop until he found my telephone number,” says Laval, who says that upon receiving the call, “put face poker, and I wondered who would be lighted that, but in the end, to my surprise, it was all true. ”
So, after months of searching to find those masters, appeared and served for vinyl reissue the four themes that were part of the maxis: What happens now? , Mindanao , Radio and Robot Love . “Spiritually it is very rewarding to be agreed with you,” says Laval, who thanks to this reunion with his past “I’ve been bitten by the bug and am thinking about writing a resume the new theme music or doing some version of,” he says with conviction.
And so, after the dissolution of the group, none of its members remained in the music world, at least as performers: Antonio Tenas did have a long relationship with the music scene by becoming a concert promoter with Vocoder Productions, with the architect much of the music scene of the 90 Zaragoza and participating in concerts of names like Ramones, Tina Turner and Dire Straits. Even the first two concerts scheduled around emerging Heroes del Silencio.
Today, Tenas, like the rest of the members of Vocoder, come to this reissue a recognition of his courage cyber – Antonio Tenas insisted his record collection to buy a synthesizer, and Mindanao was the first album to be recorded in Spain with a computer-sequencer – and “somewhat bizarre”, says Antonio Laval, that to see his records back into the market. Especially when the insert is reproduced inside the back covers of the original, albeit with some variation, for where was an image of Zaragoza is now a group in those days, and that image of the city has become a postcard also goes to the disk. “Man, the truth both the city and we have changed a lot,” concludes Laval.