The Clarke and Ware Experiment – The House of Illustrious

Vince Clarke and Martyn Ware‘s gentle experimental collaboration project has an illustrious (ha!) history, having started with a 3D audio commission for the National Centre for Popular Music in Sheffield (now Sheffield Hallam University’s student union) back in 1999. The beautifully gentle full album Pretentious followed, as did its even mellower companion Spectrum Pursuit Vehicle (2001). A few oddities on the Electroclash compilation (2004) are their only other release to date.

But they have actually been recording huge volumes of material over the last fifteen years, mainly for one-off performances and special works. So it’s about time for this – they now release a ten-CD box set containing the first two albums and the entirety of their back catalogue.

As a taster, here’s I Think I’m in Love from the first album Pretentious:

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