FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Where can I find Mark Lane recordings at a reasonable price?
A: First I would try the online Cd Baby store at this site. If you want to shop around and compare prices I would try Wool-E-Shop (Belgium) and Anna Logue (Germany).
If you are looking for earlier releases then I would suggest visiting the vendors at www.gemm.com. I recommend Rund Um Dem Watzmann (Netherlands) and of course Eclectica (Los Angeles/Hollywood). They both have a variety of rare and collectible limited editions in mint condition ready to ship.
Q: Has Mark Lane performed and or recorded with the Klinik in the past?
A: Yes, in 1985 the Klinik acted as Mark Lane's stage band on a short tour of the Netherlands. These performances/collaborations are considered to be historically important because of their obvious innovative quality. Six songs were recorded live and two have been officially released. The first track was titled "Excerpt from The Hate of Religion" and was first made available on the free single in the "Male Nymph" vinyl LP package. The second track "Sojourn" appears on the "Who's Really Listening?+" CD rerelase as a bonus track. It is the fifth version of "Sojourn" released to date.
Q; What other musicians or bands has Mark Lane collaborated with?
A: The count is now at 256 different musicians from all around the world. Some of the notibles are Conrad Schnitzler founding member of Tangerine Dream and Cluster, Guy Van Meighem Vomito Negro and Blok 57, Andy Szava-Kovats of Data-Bank-A, Richard Van Dellen of De Fabriek, Peter Van Vliet of Mekanik Kommando, Sandy Nys of Hybryds, Martin Bowes of Attrition, Chez Voz of Afterimage, Dirk Ivens, Eric van Wonterghem, and Marc Verhaeghem of the Klinik, Dive, Sonar, and Absolute Body Control chain.
Q: There are some unusual sounds on Mark Lane recordings. What type of synthesizers does he use?
A: An array of electronics can be heard over the Mark Lane discography, but mostly analogue instruments. "I really have this thing for getting one last black pop workout from old synthesizers." The current preferred lead intruments are a trio of Moogs from the 1980's. These days the programming is done in my Alesis HD-6 Workstation. It has over 2100 voices and I have fed most of my sample library into it so my Emu SP-12 is getting a rest. I also use alot vintage equipment from Oberheim, Linn, Roland, Fairlight, Korg, Electro-Harmonix, etc... And I'm in love with little effects boxes from all eras.
Q: I've seen other Mark Lane sites on the internet. May I build and post my own Mark Lane pages on the internet?
A: Absolutely. You have permission to use any photos at this site or at the "MySpace" site to create your own facimile. Others can be provided for you upon request. I don't squash art or your right to create it. I feel very strongly about that subject, and encourage you. There are too many forces out there attempting to curtail art and I refuse to be one of them.
Q: It is well known that you have a large electronic music collection, what bands or artists do you listen to?
A: My listening habits rotate and vary depending on what is new and what connects with me and my life at the time. These days it is the new "Crash Course In Science" 3 LP Box Set w/7" from "Vinyl On Demand" (VOD 67). They have a dissonant and dirty minimal electronic sound I recommend for those of you that feed on the obscure and pure. In particular their song "Cardboard Lamb." Excellent material.
And of course I'm still listening to "Nina Belief." Her new 10" vinyl mini-lp entitled "System of Belief" on the German label No-Emb-Blanc is interesting and honest work within the current darkwave minimal electronic genre. Highly Recommended. I'm on the constant search for new and interesting electronic music and artists. Next week, month or whatever I'll be onto something else. This is where having such a large collection comes into play. When something new is released I have the option of weighing it against an ecclectic range of recordings within its own genre so that I can truely gage what new ground (if any) the artist in question is making. It is a little bit like research, but much more interesting and fun. Listening really is an on-going process that is just as important as writing and recording.