Society of Sound – Not For Public Broadcast
The Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound release for February is an exclusive preview of new music from your favourite electronic-pop pioneers. Heaven 17.
Not For Public Broadcast is a ‘work-in-progress’ version of the new Heaven 17 album that exposes the process of how Martyn and Glenn are making the record.
“We wanted to show partially-finished versions and to be honest about how things are created. It’s still skeletal in a lot of ways, it’s still open to change and it’s not mastered.”
This Society of Sound release is the only way to get these new songs in a digital form.
“Simplicity was important,” they say. “We had a few ground rules when we started this…keeping things to maybe four or five instruments, making it really simple and without over-filling it.”
“We wanted to use the original synth we’d used on ‘Being Boiled’ – the Roland System 100. It’s warm, heart-warming – there’s soul in there! This was the starting pallet with the addition of some modern machines such as the OP-1 (from Teenage Engineering). Between that, which is very modern and that which is really old – that’s what the new Heaven 17 is all about. We’re not being old-fashioned for the sake of it.
“We came up with the idea of only selling things on vinyl and through our Heaven 17 website, with no digital release. We decided to start with a series of double A side 12 inches.
We’d released two singles and then started talking to Bowers & Wilkins about doing a ’work-in-progress’ version of the new album, to expose the process of how we are making this record. We wanted to show partially-finished versions and to be honest about how things are created. It’s still skeletal in a lot of ways, it’s still open to change and it’s not mastered.”
The working title is ‘Not For Public Broadcast’ and this is the only digital release of this music.
See them live in 2017 : http://www.heaven17.com/live/