List of Recoil sample sources by album/Unsound Methods

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In audio production, sampling refers to the use of a portion (or sample) from a sound within another recording. During Alan Wilder's tenure with the group, Depeche Mode were among the most prolific acts to make use of sampling technology within a traditional pop music format. Following his departure from Depeche Mode in 1995, Wilder would continue to employ sampling as a means to enhance the atmosphere of his music through the Recoil project, including passages of contemporary music, film soundtracks, sample library audio, and samples from his past work with Depeche Mode. The analysis of these sample sources and how they are manipulated is a popular topic of discussion amongst fans of both groups.

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Official
The sample is confirmed to have been used in the specified song by a past/present member of Depeche Mode, an individual involved in its production, or band archivist Daniel "BRAT" Barassi.
Confirmed
The sample is independently confirmed to have been used in the specified song.
Likely
The sample is likely to have been used in the specified song but has not yet been confirmed.
Unconfirmed
The sample is not yet confirmed to have been used in the specified song.
Disproven
The sample is confirmed to not have been used in the specified song.
Unknown
It is unclear if the sample was used in the specified song.

Information

This page aims to document all verifiable sound sources utilised by Alan Wilder in the production of the 1997 Recoil album Unsound Methods.

Due to the manipulated nature of the samples described in this article, there is unavoidable potential for error or sample misattribution. To ensure accuracy, this article strives to use verified quotes from band members and recording personnel with citations wherever possible, audio examples, and independent research voluntarily contributed by Depeche Mode and Recoil fans across the world. This article serves to provide an interesting document on this topic in a tabular format that is organized, well-researched, and reasonably accurate. Please bear in mind that due to the limited number of relevant quotes for each sample from band members or associates involved in the production of the music described on this page, audio samples that lack official confirmation are not guaranteed to be accurate.

This article differentiates samples by their origin: Self-made samples, which describes any material originally recorded by Depeche Mode or Alan Wilder for the Recoil music project, and Sourced samples, which describe samples which were not originally recorded by either group. In addition to confirmed samples, this article also covers samples that are commonly misreported as having been used but have been directly refuted by a member or associate of Depeche Mode or Recoil.

As ever, if you notice an error, wish to contribute or request the removal of information contained within this article, please feel free to contact us.

Unsound Methods (1997)

1. "Incubus"

"Incubus" - Recoil
1997
Self-made samples
Sample Notes Audio
Percussion elements A percussive loop originally recorded for use in Depeche Mode's "Clean" is re-used to create a rhythmic, tribal atmosphere in "Incubus".

Sourced samples
Sample Source Status Notes Audio
Jazzy bass guitar/piano phrase Angelo Badalamenti - Blue Velvet (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - "Akron Meets the Blues" - 1986
Confirmed
A bluesy bass guitar and piano phrase derived from "Akron Meets the Blues," as scored by Angelo Badalamenti for the 1986 Blue Velvet film soundtrack, is utilised in the opening moments of "Incubus".

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Jazz saxophone Bernard Herrmann - Taxi Driver: Original Soundtrack Recording - "I Still Can't Sleep / They Cannot Touch Her (Betsy's Theme)" - 1976[1]
Confirmed
A saxophone phrase derived from "I Still Can't Sleep / They Cannot Touch Her (Betsy's Theme)" as scored by Bernard Hermann for the 1976 Taxi Driver film soundtrack is utilised in the opening moments of "Incubus".

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Guitar elements Buck 65 - Vertex - "Slow Drama" - 1997
Confirmed
An audio sample featuring dissonant guitar atmospherics derived from the opening moments of Buck 65's "Slow Drama" is utilised mid-way through "Incubus".

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Guitar elements The Comsat Angels - My Mind's Eye - "Driving" - 1992
Confirmed
A section of audio featuring guitar elements derived from the opening moments of The Comsat Angels's 1992 song "Driving" is utilised as a fill mid-way through "Incubus".

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Drum loop Saint Etienne - "Filthy" - 1991
Confirmed
A manipulated section of audio containing percussion and bass elements derived from the opening moments of Saint Etienne's "Filthy" is utilised throughout "Incubus". The drums featured in the Saint Etienne sample were themselves sampled from the "Sons and Daughters" by The Neville Brothers.

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Drum loop The Neville Brothers - Brother's Keeper - "Sons and Daughters" - 1990
Confirmed
A re-sampled section of audio featuring drums originally recorded for "Sons and Daughters" by The Neville Brothers derived from the opening moments of Saint Etienne's 1991 "Filthy" is utilised throughout "Incubus".
Orchestral strings Henryk Górecki - Symphony No. 3, Op. 36: I. Lento - Sostenuto Tranquillo Ma Cantabile - released 9 March, 1992 (recorded 4 April, 1977)
Likely
A sampled orchestral/vocal phrase derived from the first movement of Henryk Górecki's Symphony No. 3, Op. 36 is likely utilised throughout "Incubus".
Shouting vocal Peter Gabriel - "Rhythm Of The Heat" - 1982
Likely

2. "Drifting"

"Drifting" - Recoil
1997

Sourced samples
Sample Source Status Notes Audio
"Drifting somewhere" vocal Howlin' Wolf - Oh Red!! - "My Last Affair" - 1953
Confirmed
A manipulated vocal sample derived from influential American blues musician Howlin' Wolf's 1953 "My Last Affair" is utilised sporadically throughout "Drifting".

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Marimba rhythm Peter Gabriel - Birdy - "Slow Marimbas" - 18 March 1985
Confirmed
A looping section of melodic marimba performance derived from the opening moments of Peter Gabriel's "Slow Marimbas" is utilised throughout "Drifting".

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Orchestral strings Vivian Kubrick (as "Abigail Mead") - Full Metal Jacket (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - "Sniper" - 1987
Confirmed
A section of orchestral strings derived from Vivian Kubrick's "Sniper" as composed for the soundtrack of the 1987 Stanley Kubrick film Full Metal Jacket is utilised throughout "Drifting".

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Brass swell The Walker Brothers - "Another Tear Falls" - 1966
Confirmed
A brass section swell derived from the opening moments of The Walker Brothers' 1966 UK single "Another Tear Falls" is utilised throughout "Drifting".

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Saxophone and choir Hilliard Ensemble & Jan Garbarek - "Sanctus" - 1994
Confirmed
A section of audio featuring a saxophone and choir phrase derived from the opening moments of a September 1993 performance of "Sanctus" by the Hilliard Ensemble is utilised for a brief pad during "Drifting".

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Guitar atmospherics The Comsat Angels - "Missing in Action" - 1980
Confirmed
A manipulated sample of guitar atmospherics derived from the opening moments of The Comsat Angels' "Missing in Action" is utilised throughout "Drifting".

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Electronic drums / ambient piano Node - Node - "Clock" - 1995
Confirmed
A sampled section of audio featuring electronic drums and ambient piano derived from "Clock" by Node is utilised throughout "Drifting". Node is notable as an analogue synth music collaboration between Dave Bessell, Gary Stout, Ed Buller, and Mark "Flood" Ellis.

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Orchestra/vocal phrase Loulie Jean Norman - "Summertime" - 1959
Confirmed
A sampled orchestral/vocal phrase derived from Loulie Jean Norman's performance of "Summertime" as recorded for the 1959 Porgy and Bess film soundtrack is utilised in the outro of "Drifting".

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Spoken word: "We are also aware that He had quite a flair for creating exceptional women" Marlene Dietrich - Noel Coward Introduces Marlene Dietrich – At The Cafe De Paris - "Introduction Noel Coward" - 1954
Confirmed
An introduction for German-American actress Marlene Dietrich spoken by Noël Coward for Dietrich's 1954 Café de Paris cabaret performance is utilised in the outro of "Drifting".

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3. "Luscious Apparatus"

"Luscious Apparatus" - Recoil
1997

Sourced samples
Sample Source Status Notes Audio
Reversed guitar, bass guitar, breath Wiseblood - PTTM - "Hey Bop a Ree Bop" - 9 September 1991
Confirmed
A reversed section of audio derived from "Hey Bop a Ree Bop" by Wiseblood is utilised sporadically throughout "Luscious Apparatus".

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Bass guitar Lotion - full Isaac - "Tear" - 1994
Confirmed
A manipulated sample derived from the opening moments of "Tear" by Lotion featuring a bass guitar performance by Lotion bassist Bill Ferguson is utilised throughout "Luscious Apparatus".

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Guitar elements Mother Goose - Too Many Tintins - "Wintertime" - 22 March 1993
Confirmed
A guitar chord sampled from the outro of "Wintertime" by Mother Goose as featured on the 1993 Paul Kendall-produced album Too Many Tintins is utilised sporadically throughout "Luscious Apparatus".

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Reversed ambient pad Sergio Cervetti - The Hay Wain - "Fall Of The Rebel Angels" - 1987
Confirmed
A manipulated ambient pad derived from "Fall Of The Rebel Angels" by Sergio Cervetti is utilised sporadically throughout "Luscious Apparatus".

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Guitar elements The Cure - "Club America" - 1996
Confirmed
Dissonant guitar atmospherics from the opening moments of "Club America" by the Cure are utilised mid-way through "Luscious Apparatus".
Guitar elements The Creatures - Anima Animus - "Disconnected" - 15 February 1999[footnotes 1]
Likely
A section of audio featuring screeching guitar atmospherics utilised mid-way through "Luscious Apparatus" is likely derived from the outro of "Disconnected", an album track recorded by The Creatures with Siouxsie Sioux between 1995 and 1997 for the 1999 album Anima Animus. Notably, Anima Animus was co-produced by Recoil and Depeche Mode associate Steve Lyon, who assisted in the production and programming of Unsound Methods.

4. "Stalker"

"Stalker" - Recoil
1997

Sourced samples
Sample Source Status Notes Audio
Dissonant choir Henryk Górecki, Chicago Lyric Opera Chorus - Górecki – Miserere - "Euntes Ibant Et Flebant, Opus 32" - Recorded 25-27 April 1994
Confirmed
A series of choral samples derived from an April 1994 performance of Henryk Górecki's "Euntes Ibant Et Flebant, Opus 32" by the Chicago Lyric Opera Chorus are utilised throughout "Stalker".
Noise, ambience Simon Fisher Turner - "Lower" - 1996
Confirmed
A section of noise and atmosphere derived from the opening moments of "Lower" by Simon Fisher Turner is utilised throughout the intro of "Stalker".
Melancholy guitar and shaker phrase Morphine - "Miles' Davis Funeral" - 1993
Confirmed
A melancholy guitar and shaker sample derived from the opening moments of "Miles' Davis Funeral" by Massachusetts band Morphine is utilised throughout "Stalker".

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"Versus Christus, ave Satani!" vocal chant with orchestral string and trumpet ostinato Jerry Goldsmith - The Omen (film soundtrack) - "Killer's Storm" - 1976
Confirmed
A sample of an orchestral ostinato and Latin vocal chant from "Killer's Storm", a musical score from the 1976 horror film The Omen is used to enhance the rhythm of "Stalker". The score from which the sample is derived is notable for its use in the scene featuring disgraced priest Father Brennan (Patrick Troughton), who flees in horror to a nearby church to escape the Devil's punishment for Brennan having informed Robert Thorn (Gregory Peck), the unknowing adopted father of the Antichrist, of his son's unholy origin.
Bass guitar Fun Lovin' Criminals - "Bear Hug" - 1996
Confirmed
A manipulated bass guitar rhythm derived from "Bear Hug" by Fun Lovin' Criminals is utilised mid-way through "Stalker".

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Dialogue, vocal elements John Dahl - The Last Seduction (film) - 1994
Confirmed
A series of dialogue samples derived from the 1994 neo-noir erotic thriller The Last Seduction are utilised mid-way through "Stalker".

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Ambient pads Peter Gabriel - Birdy (film soundtrack) - Unidentified source song - 1985
Unconfirmed

5. "Red River Cargo"

"Red River Cargo" - Recoil
1997

Sourced samples
Sample Source Status Notes Audio
Melodic drum loop Big Daddy Kane - "Rest In Peace" - 1993
Confirmed
A drum loop derived from "Rest In Peace" by Big Daddy Kane is utilised throughout "Red River Cargo".

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Orchestral strings Richard Strauss - Jessye Norman, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Kurt Masur - Vier Letzte Lieder / Four Last Songs - Vier Letzte Lieder: IV. Im Abendrot - 1983[footnotes 2]
Confirmed
A series of manipulated orchestral string samples derived from a 1983 performance of "Im Abendrot" by the late Jessye Norman with accompaniment by Kurt Masur and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Written by Richard Strauss to the words of the poem "Im Abendrot" (At Sunset) by Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff, the piece was published posthumously alongside "Frühling" (Spring), "September", and "Beim Schlafengehen" (When Falling Asleep) as the Four Last Songs by the composer's friend Ernst Roth in 1950.

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Drum loop Big Daddy Kane - "Here Comes Kane, Scoob and Scrap" - 1993
Confirmed
A drum loop derived from "Here Comes Kane, Scoob and Scrap" by Big Daddy Kane is utilised throughout "Red River Cargo".

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Choir Samuel Barber, Trinity College Choir, Cambridge, Richard Marlow - Agnus Dei - 1994
Confirmed
A series of manipulated choir samples derived from a 1994 performance of Agnus Dei by the Trinity College Choir, Cambridge with the late Richard Marlow.

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Woodwind ambience Peter Gabriel - "The Rhythm Of The Heat" - 1982
Confirmed
A woodwind rhythm derived from "The Rhythm Of The Heat" by Peter Gabriel is utilised mid-way through "Red River Cargo".

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6. "Control Freak"

"Control Freak" - Recoil
1997

Sourced samples
Sample Source Status Notes Audio
Vocal, guitar, drum elements elements Aretha Franklin - You're All I Need To Get By / Pullin' - "You're All I Need to Get By" - 1971
Confirmed
A manipulated sample derived from Aretha Franklin's 1971 cover of "You're All I Need to Get By" by R&B/soul duo Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell is utilised throughout "Control Freak".
Orchestral strings Ravi Shankar, Philip Glass - "Offering" - 1990
Confirmed
A manipulated sample of orchestral strings derived from "Offering" by Ravi Shankar and Philip Glass is utilised throughout "Control Freak".
Piano elements Peter Hammill - "Accidents" - 1982
Confirmed
A manipulated piano sample derived from "Accidents" by Peter Hammill is utilised sporadically throughout "Control Freak".

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Synth fill Brian Eno, David Bryne - "Mountain of Needles" - February 1981
Likely
A manipulated sample derived from "Mountain of Needles" by Brian Eno and David Bryne is likely utilised throughout "Control Freak".
Synth pad Goldie - "Sea of Tears" - 1995
Confirmed
A synth pad derived from "Sea of Tears" by Goldie is utilised throughout "Control Freak".

7. "Missing Piece"

"Missing Piece" - Recoil
1997
Self-made samples
Sample Notes Audio
Slide guitar A slide guitar part used prominently in the final moments of "Clean" is re-purposed as a rhythmic element throughout the choruses of "Missing Piece". Notably, this sample is also used to atmospheric effect in "Death's Door".
Guitar ambience A textured pad effect originally recorded for embellishment from the second chorus onwards of "Clean" is re-purposed for atmospherics in "Missing Piece".
E-bow guitar A series of melodic e-bow guitar parts originally recorded for use during the middle eight and outro sections of "Walking In My Shoes" are re-used to ominous effect in chorus with orchestral strings at the three minute seven second mark.
Tremolo guitar "Missing Piece" re-purposes a guitar chord processed through a tremolo effect originally recorded for "Blue Dress". This guitar part is also notably used during the chorus sections of "Death's Door".

Sourced samples
Sample Source Status Notes Audio
Reversed electric piano, guitar atmospherics, drum elements Björk - "Headphones (0 Remix)" - 1996
Confirmed
A manipulated section of audio featuring electric piano, guitar, and drum elements derived from mid-way through Bjork's 1996 "Headphones (0 Remix)" is utilised throughout "Missing Piece".

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Bass guitar, brass, drum elements Angelo Badalamenti, David Lynch, Koko Taylor, G. Marq Roswell - David Lynch's Wild At Heart (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - "Up In Flames" - 1990
Confirmed
A manipulated section of audio derived from the intro of "Up In Flames" as performed by Koko Taylor for the soundtrack to David Lynch's 1990 film Wild at Heart is utilised sporadically throughout "Missing Piece".

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Orchestral strings John Williams - Schindler's List: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - "Auschwitz-Birkenau" - 1994
Confirmed
A series of orchestral strings derived from "Auschwitz-Birkenau", composed by John Williams for the 1993 film Schindler's List are utilized throughout "Missing Piece". Credit to Thomas of Forced To Mode for this discovery.
Drum loop Primal Scream - Screamadelica - "Loaded" - 1990
Confirmed
A drum loop derived from the opening moments of "Loaded" by Primal Scream is utilised throughout "Missing Piece".

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8. "Last Breath"

"Last Breath" - Recoil
1997
Self-made samples
Sample Notes Audio
E-bow guitar A series of sustained e-bow guitar parts originally recorded for use during the middle eight and outro sections of "Walking In My Shoes" are re-used for the outro of "Last Breath".

Sourced samples
Sample Source Status Notes Audio
Vocals Jimmy Scott, Ernest Gold, Charles E. Boone - The Source - "Exodus" - 1969
Official
A series of manipulated vocal samples derived from American jazz musician Jimmy Scott's 1969 recording of "Exodus" by Ernest Gold are selectively utilised as a layer to accentuate Recoil collaborator Hildia Campbell's lead vocal throughout "Last Breath".[2]

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Synthesizer, electric piano David Bowie - "Subterraneans" - 1977
Confirmed
A sample derived from David Bowie's 1977 "Subterraneans" is utilised throughout "Last Breath".

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Piano/orchestral strings Paul Robeson - "Take Me Away from the River" - 1933
Confirmed
A piano and orchestral strings sample derived from the opening moments of Paul Robeson's 1933 "Take Me Away from the River" is utilised throughout "Last Breath".

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Orchestral strings Paul Robeson - "Mighty Lak' A Rose" - 1929
Confirmed
An orchestral sample derived from the opening moments of Paul Robeson's 1929 "Mighty Lak' A Rose" is utilised as a fill for "Last Breath".

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Orchestral strings Gustav Mahler - Symphony No.5 in C sharp minor - 4. Adagietto (Sehr langsam) - Los Angeles Philharmonic, Zubin Mehta - 1977
Confirmed
A section of orchestral strings derived from a 1977 performance of the fourth movement of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor is utilised throughout "Last Breath".

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Exotic woodwinds Ry Cooder - Music by Ry Cooder - "Goyakla Is Coming" - 1995
Confirmed
A reversed woodwind phrase sampled from "Goyakla Is Coming" as featured on the 1995 film soundtrack compilation album Music by Ry Cooder is utilised for atmospheric effect in "Last Breath".

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Exotic woodwinds Ry Cooder - Music by Ry Cooder - "Theme from Southern Comfort" - 1995
Confirmed
An exotic woodwind phrase sampled from "Theme from Southern Comfort" as featured on the 1995 film soundtrack compilation album Music by Ry Cooder is utilised for atmospheric effect throughout "Last Breath".

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Exotic woodwinds Ry Cooder - Music by Ry Cooder - "Swamp Walk" - 1995
Confirmed
A manipulated exotic woodwind phrase sampled from "Swamp Walk" as featured on the 1995 film soundtrack compilation album Music by Ry Cooder is utilised in the intro section of "Last Breath".

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Guitar, ambience Ry Cooder - Music by Ry Cooder - "Cruising with Rafe" - 1995
Confirmed
A manipulated section of audio featuring ambient guitar and atmospherics sampled from "Cruising with Rafe" as featured on the 1995 film soundtrack compilation album Music by Ry Cooder is utilised in the intro section of "Last Breath".

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Guitar elements Ry Cooder - Music by Ry Cooder - "Feelin' Bad Blues" - 1995
Confirmed
A guitar lick sampled from "Feelin' Bad Blues" as featured on the 1995 film soundtrack compilation album Music by Ry Cooder is utilised in "Last Breath".

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Woodwind elements Ry Cooder - Music by Ry Cooder - "Goose and Lucky" - 1995
Confirmed
An exotic woodwind phrase sampled from "Goose and Lucky" as featured on the 1995 film soundtrack compilation album Music by Ry Cooder is utilised in the outro of "Last Breath".

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Drum loop Beastie Boys - "Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun" - 1989
Confirmed
A drum loop sampled from "Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun" by the Beastie Boys is utilised throughout "Last Breath". The drum loop derived from "Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun", itself a sample, was originally recorded by The Incredible Bongo Band for the 1973 track "Last Bongo In Belgium".
Scratch effect Beastie Boys - "3-Minute Rule" - 25 July 1989
Confirmed
A scratch sound derived from from "3-Minute Rule" by the Beastie Boys is utilised throughout the opening of "Last Breath".

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Whale sound effects HITCD08 - Pascal Gabriel's Dance Samples (AMG) - Track 64 - "Whale 3", "Whale 2", "Whale 5" - 1991
Confirmed
A series of edited whale vocalization sound effects utilised throughout "Last Breath" are derived from AMG's 1991 sample CD HITCD08 - Pascal Gabriel's Dance Samples. The whale sound effects derived from HITCD08 originally appeared on "Solo Whale", a track featured on bio-acoustician Roger Payne's 1970 environmental album Songs of the Humpback Whale.

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9. "Shunt"

"Shunt" - Recoil
1997
Self-made samples
Sample Notes Audio
Whispered vocal A whispered vocal heard mid-way through "Shunt" was performed by Hepzibah Sessa.[3]

Sourced samples
Sample Source Status Notes Audio
Gated synth Piquet - The Faulty Caress - "Caress" - 1996
Confirmed
A section of resonant synth noise derived from "Caress" by Piquet is utilised throughout "Shunt".

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Guitar and tubular bell hit Laibach - "Dues Ex MacHina" - 1996
Confirmed
A sample featuring a guitar and tubular bell derived from the opening moments of "Dues Ex MacHina" by Laibach is utilised throughout "Shunt".

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Bass guitar and drum elements Massive Attack - "Better Things" - 1994
Confirmed
A section of audio featuring bass guitar and percussion derived from the opening moments of "Better Things" by Massive Attack is utilised throughout "Shunt".

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Ambient pad Peter Gabriel - Birdy - "Slow Water" - 18 March 1985
Likely
A section of audio derived from "Slow Water" by Peter Gabriel is likely utilised throughout "Shunt".

B-sides, bonus tracks and remixes

"Drifting (Poison Dub)"

"Drifting" (Poison Dub) - Recoil
1997

Sourced samples
Sample Source Status Notes Audio
Orchestral strings Vivian Kubrick (as "Abigail Mead") - Full Metal Jacket (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - "Sniper" - 1987
Confirmed
A section of reversed orchestral strings derived from Vivian Kubrick's "Sniper" as composed for the soundtrack of the 1987 Stanley Kubrick film Full Metal Jacket is utilised throughout "Drifting (Poison Dub)".

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Electronic drums, ambience DJ Cam - Underground Live Act - "Lost Kingdom" - 25 August 1996
Confirmed
A section of audio featuring electronic drums and ambient noise derived from "Lost Kingdom" by DJ Cam is utilised throughout "Drifting (Poison Dub)".
Guitar atmospherics The Comsat Angels - "Missing in Action" - 1980
Confirmed
A manipulated sample of guitar atmospherics derived from the opening moments of The Comsat Angels' "Missing in Action" is utilised throughout "Drifting".
Drum loop Stereo Nova - "Ligotero Ap' Afto" - 1995
Confirmed
A manipulated drum loop derived from "Ligotero Ap' Afto" by Stereo Nova is utilised throughout "Drifting (Poison Dub)".

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Saxophone and choir Hilliard Ensemble & Jan Garbarek - "Sanctus" - 1994
Confirmed
A section of audio featuring a saxophone and choir phrase derived from the opening moments of a September 1993 performance of "Sanctus" by the Hilliard Ensemble is utilised as a brief pad during "Drifting (Poison Dub)".
Brass swell The Walker Brothers - "Another Tear Falls" - 1966
Confirmed
A brass section swell derived from the opening moments of The Walker Brothers' 1966 UK single "Another Tear Falls" is utilised throughout "Drifting (Poison Dub)".
Electronic drums, ambient piano Node - Node - "Clock" - 1995
Confirmed
A sampled section of audio featuring electronic drums and ambient piano derived from "Clock" by Node is utilised throughout "Drifting (Poison Dub)". Node is notable as an analogue synth music collaboration between Dave Bessell, Gary Stout, Ed Buller, and Mark "Flood" Ellis.
Marimba rhythm Peter Gabriel - "Slow Marimbas" - 1985
Confirmed
A looping section of melodic marimba performance derived from the opening moments of Peter Gabriel's "Slow Marimbas" is utilised throughout "Drifting (Poison Dub)".

"Missing Piece (Night Dissolves)"

"Missing Piece (Night Dissolves)" - Recoil
1997

Sourced samples
Sample Source Status Notes Audio
Bass guitar, brass, drum elements Angelo Badalamenti, David Lynch, Koko Taylor, G. Marq Roswell - David Lynch's Wild At Heart (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - "Up In Flames" - 1990
Confirmed
A manipulated section of audio derived from the intro of "Up In Flames" as performed by Koko Taylor for the soundtrack to David Lynch's 1990 film Wild at Heart is utilised sporadically throughout "Missing Piece (Night Dissolves)".

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Guitar elements Mother Goose - Too Many Tintins - "Wintertime" - 22 March 1993
Confirmed
A guitar chord sampled from the outro of "Wintertime" by Mother Goose as featured on the 1993 Paul Kendall-produced album Too Many Tintins is utilised sporadically throughout "Missing Piece (Night Dissolves)".

"Control Freak (Barry Adamson Mix)"

"Control Freak (Barry Adamson Mix)" - Recoil
1997

Sourced samples
Sample Source Status Notes Audio
Vocal elements e-LAB - X-Static Goldmine 4 - Track 23 "75 or 150 BPM" > "DUBBY JUNGLE - SUB BASS + CHOIR" > "CHOIR LP" (right stereo channel) - 1995[footnotes 3]
Confirmed
A treated sample of a vocal harmony originally derived from the opening moments of a 1972 cover of Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides, Now" by jazz vocal group The Singers Unlimited featured in the 1995 sample CD X-Static Goldmine by e-LAB is utilised in the intro of the Barry Adamson remix of "Control Freak".[footnotes 4] Coincidentally, the sample also features in the intro of the "United Mix" of Depeche Mode's "Barrel Of A Gun", which would also see release in 1997. Alan Wilder comments on this shared sound in an undated Q&A on Shunt: "I had no idea about the use of this sample (which comes from some other source apparently) when Barry Adamson submitted his remix. If I'd known that it had been used on a Mode remix, I'd have edited it out."[4]

References

  1. Recorded December 22 and 23, 1975 - Ruhlmann, William. "Bernard Herrmann". CFBT-FM.
  2. www.recoil.co.uk - "Q+A / RECOIL / UNSOUND METHODS" - Alan Wilder: The words for ‘Red River Cargo’ are taken from an old gospel song called ‘Take My Hand Precious Lord’ and ‘Last Breath’ uses part of a song called ‘Exodus’.
  3. www.recoil.co.uk - "Q+A / RECOIL / UNSOUND METHODS" - Alan Wilder: It’s actually Hep’s voice pitched down and it’s all about locomotives.
  4. "Q+A / Recoil / ADDITIONAL TRACKS - Alan Wilder: I’ve talked about this before. I had no idea about the use of this sample (which comes from some other source apparently) when Barry Adamson submitted his remix. If I’d known that it had been used on a Mode remix, I’d have edited it out.

Notes

  1. Though unconfirmed as of January 2023, it is possible an advance copy or (more likely) stems for select works featured on Anima Animus were made available to Wilder through Steve Lyon, who produced Anima Animus between 1995 and 1997 while assisting in the production and programming of Unsound Methods (recorded between September 1996 and March 1997 with a release date of 27 October 1997).
  2. Along with Koko Taylor's "Up In Flames", this recording of Vier Letzte Lieder: IV. Im Abendrot was featured on the soundtrack to David Lynch's 1990 film Wild at Heart. It can be assumed that the samples taken by Wilder from these works were both derived from the Wild at Heart film soundtrack.
  3. Copyright 1996 e-LAB AB.
  4. e-LAB - X-Static Goldmine 4 contains a variety of stereo tracks which feature unique samples panned hard left and right. The sample utilised for "Barrel Of A Gun (United Mix)" and "Control Freak (Barry Adamson Mix)" as listed within the X-Static Goldmine 4 booklet is "CHOIR LP", which is derived from the right stereo channel of Track 23 "75 or 150 BPM" > DUBBY JUNGLE - SUB BASS + CHOIR.