In Your Memory

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In Your Memory
Song In Your Memory
By Depeche Mode
Songwriter Alan Wilder
Produced by Depeche Mode
Daniel Miller
Gareth Jones
Recorded at Hansa Mischraum, West Berlin
Length (mm:ss) 4:01
Tempo 133 BPM
Key G Major
Engineering assistance Ben Ward
Stefi Marcus
Colin McMahon
Design Martyn Atkins
David A. Jones
Photography Brian Griffin
Photography assistance Stuart Graham
Recorded January 1984
Originally released 12 March 1984
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"In Your Memory" is a song recorded by Depeche Mode during the production of the 1984 album Some Great Reward. It was released as a B-side on the "People Are People" single on 12 March 1984.


Will Mowat interviewed the band while recording "In Your Memory" for Electronic Soundmaker & Computer Music magazine, issued April 1984. Alan Wilder explains the recording process of the song. Will writes:

I wrote this song using a Jupiter 8 and Drumulator recorded onto the Teac Portastudio. The bass riff was hand-played because sequencers waste so much time on demos. Then came the melody line and other little bits. By the time I've finished all the instrumentation I've usually got the lyrics and then the song is put to the band." Where this writing differs from perhaps more conventional writing is that chord changes are far less important than you would have thought: the use of sound changes takes their place to produce atmosphere, and the attention is on lyrics, melody and sound. This particular song was accepted as the 'B'-side to People are People, and so the next stage was the recording. Alan reprogrammed the Drumulator with the exact pattern he wanted, although they no longer use the Drumulator's sounds; the Roland MC4 microcomposer, which was the composition tool of Danny's before the Synclavier came along, was then linked to the drum computer, and the MC4's sync tone was then recorded onto the 24-track at exactly the right speed. After that, all operations were synched off tape via the MC4: first the drumulator's individual sounds triggered specific sampled drums in the Synclavier: the snare was recorded at Hansa in Berlin, their favourite recording spot; the bassdrum is a sampled composite of a metal pipe being struck followed by the natural decay of an acoustic bassdrum, and so on. Then Alan played the bass riff on the Jupiter by hand(!) into the Synclavier, in time with the drums; the computer quantised Alan's playing to pulse time, and the notes were then used to trigger that mainstay of Depeche's sound down the years, the ARP 2600. After that came triggered sequences on the ARP via the ARP analogue sequencer, hand-played Emulator choirs, random synthesised 'bells' in the Synclavier. Oh yes, and David Gahan's vocals, of course!


In Your Memory

Put up the barriers

Shut down your senses

Cover up with all of your pretences

See no evil

Your eyes are blunted

We are the hunters

We are the hunted

Place it in your memory

Leave it in your past

But don't forget

Taking a tumble

I'm taking a dive

Sometimes I stumble when my mind's made up

Reaction levels

Seem strangely muted

Ordinary acts of fun have been diluted

Place it in your memory

Leave it in your past

But don't forget

Songwriter: Alan Wilder
Publishing Information: ©1984 Grabbing Hands Music Ltd/EMI Music Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.

Dates where In Your Memory was played

In Your Memory has never been played live.

1981-1985: Ice MachineAny Second NowShoutOberkorn (It's A Small Town)Now, This Is FunWork HardFools(Set Me Free) Remotivate MeIn Your MemoryFly On The WindscreenFlexible
1986-1989: Black DayBreathing In FumesBut Not TonightChristmas IslandRoute 66Sonata No. 14 in CStjärnaAgent OrangePimpfPleasure, Little Treasure
1990-1999: DangerousHappiest GirlSea Of SinMemphistoSibelingKaleidMy JoyPainkillerSlowblowSurrenderHeadstar
2000-2009: DirtZenstationEasy TigerFreeBetter DaysNewbornOh Well
2010-2017: All That's Mine
2000-2020: New York NightsDon't Look Back
2003-2008: Stand UpMaybeCloser (Dave Gahan song)TomorrowLove Will Leave
2003-2015: Life Is StrangeLeft Hand Luke And The Beggar BoysDe NadaGifting