out now: Recoil – A Strange Hour In Budapest [Alfa Matrix]




A Strange Hour In Budapest


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Release Date:
01st June 2012 (pre-order start)


Blu-Ray & USB stick


Content Blu-Ray:
A Strange Hour In Budapest

Promotional Films

Want (Renegade of Noise 808 Remix)

Prey (Shotgun Mix)

Allelujah (subHuman Album Version)

Live Projections


Content USB stick:
Full 84 minute stereo soundtrack – choice of 24bit wav, 16bit Apple Lossless, FLAC or 320 kbps mp3

3 x ‘A Strange Hour 2′ reconstructions – stereo audio – choice of 24bit wav, 16bit Apple Lossless, FLAC or 320 kbps mp3

Extended trailer for ‘A Strange Hour In Budapest’ – approx 5 minutes : 1080p HD mp4

24 page Blu-ray Art booklet including additional spreads – PDF format

Over 100 x high res Recoil live photographs and film stills

Project wallpapers for smartphone, iPad and computer screen


On June 1st, in conjunction with Umatik Entertainment, Recoil will release the concert film ‘A Strange Hour In Budapest’ on Blu-ray. This is a full HD production with 5.1 surround sound & stereo audio mixed by Alan Wilder and Paul Kendall.

‘A Strange Hour’ was presented during 2010 & 2011 in 52 cities across the world as part of the ‘Selected Events’ tour to celebrate 25 years of the Recoil project.

Directed and edited by Attila Herkó, ‘A Strange Hour In Budapest’ will be delivered as a Blu-ray only format, presented in two editions: a ‘Red edition’ black case with twin-option reversible cover, and a limited DVD-sized deluxe digi-pack. Each contains a 16-page booklet packed with information & photo manipulations by Ákos Szénási. With the first 1000 copies individually numbered, both editions feature extra promotional films & live projections.

Pre-order NOW via the Recoil Official Store (http://www.store.recoil.co.uk). All on-line orders are dispatched with an exclusive code to receive downloadable extras such as a PDF art booklet with extra spreads, a soundtrack sampler, Recoil ‘live’ photographs and project wallpapers.

Following endless requests to release the stand-alone soundtrack for ‘A Strange Hour In Budapest’, also available is a special edition Recoil USB stick which has been custom-designed with 8 gigabytes of memory and has assets pre-loaded. The stick is finished in stainless steel with Recoil’s Blu-ray catalogue number printed along the edge and comes in a white magnetic seal box.

Alan Wilder’s years in the music industry have seen him go from studio assistant to session keyboard player, but it was his 14 years as a member of Depeche Mode where he really honed his skills. With his attention to detail in the studio, Wilder pushed the boundaries even within the restrictive climate of commercial pop. As an antidote to the demands of the Mode, his studio project Recoil was born in the mid-eighties. Two albums were released: ‘Hydrology’ (1988) and ‘Bloodline’ (1990) both giving an indication of his expanding horizons. After his departure from Depeche Mode in 1995, Wilder resurrected Recoil full-time and has since released ‘Unsound Methods’ (1997), ‘Liquid’ (2000) ‘subHuman’ (2007) and ‘Selected’ (2010).

During his Recoil tenure, Wilder has worked with a varied selection of vocalists including Diamanda Galás, Joe Richardson, Douglas McCarthy (Nitzer Ebb), Nicole Blackman, Samantha Coerbell, Toni Halliday (Curve), Maggie Estep, and more recently Shara Worden and Linton Kwesi Johnson.

Says Alan: “The idea to take Recoil out on the road evolved during the release of ‘Selected’ in 2010. The events were not so much ‘live’ band but more art installation featuring stripped down, edited sections from many Recoil remixes and alternative versions. For the presentations, I managed to gather together filmmakers from as far as Russia, via the Czech Republic and Hungary, all the way to Argentina.

One of the most memorable moments of the entire tour came about, strangely enough, through adversity. Who can forget ‘Eyjafjallajökull’ and the major headaches and logistical nightmares it caused? Back in April 2010, the Icelandic mountain awoke, spewing its contents into the stratosphere and reaping havoc on the very same day Recoil was due to fly from London to Budapest. After an eternal struggle via airports, train stations, traffic jams, manic phone calls and confusion all round, 12 hours after leaving home my team and I found ourselves back on my own doorstep having got precisely zero kilometers towards the Hungarian capital. The last resort and only option was to drive (in my own car) through the channel tunnel and no less than 7 countries from West Sussex to Diesel club, Budapest – a journey of some 21 hours non stop. Word got around (while others were canceling shows left, right and centre) that, against all the odds, we were on our way – and when we arrived with about 1 hour to spare, what greeted us was one of the most vociferous and appreciative crowds on the whole tour.

To cut a long story short, we wanted to come back, not least to finally see a little of this beautiful city, but most of all to play once again to the warm Hungarian public. The second Budapest presentation and last of 2010 was held in the beautiful newly-renovated Szikra venue. To celebrate this end of year special show we decided to install an extra large fully professional cinema screen and projector. The screen measured a giant 8 x 5 meters and covered the entire stage area.

The performance was filmed using the latest high-definition technology in order to capture the event in its full glory. For this (with the help of the local promoters), the team from Umatik was recruited, headed up by director Attila (‘Atus’) Herkó, and in a similar way to the stage projections, we worked remotely on the editing – I gave feedback to rough edits which Atus sent to me whilst Paul Kendall & I simultaneously worked on the surround sound mix, and everything was refined from there. I think you will agree Attila’s film is stunning and offers a captivating and exhilarating document of ‘A Strange Hour’.”




A Director’s View

The Print House


Public Screening:
01st September 2012 Bio Roy, Gothenburg (Sweden)
21th September 2012 Moods im Schiffbau, Zurich (Switzerland)
28th September 2012 Toldi Mozi, Budapest (Hungary)
29th September 2012 Kino Lucerna, Prague (Czech Republic´)
more dates e.g. in Berin (Germany) to be confirmed


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