ClockDVA* ‎– Transitional Voices

Interfisch Records ‎– 01718-08
Vinyl, LP, Album


A1 Transitional Voices 6:29
A2 Sound Mirror 5:49
A3 Syntactic 6:13
B1 N.Y.C. Overload 5:11
B2 Fractal 9 6:14
B3 Technogeist 5:50

Companies, etc.

  • Distributed ByEFA – 01718-08 LP



Recorded live in Bologna, Italy during their European tour 1990.

-On spine, band's name is CLOCKDV A.

-On labels is mentioned that all tracks written by Clock Dva, except an "unidentified" track on Side A, which is written by P. Browse, D. Dennis & A. Newton.
It's marked with "except *", but there is no "*" on either of those 6 tracks in total.

-On Side A is misspelled "O & O 1990", but on side B is © & ℗ 1990 all rights reserved.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Label Code: LC 7572

Other Versions (5 of 5) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
IF-SETH 018-C ClockDVA* Transitional Voices(CD, Album, RP) Interfisch Records IF-SETH 018-C Germany 1990 Sell This Version
Conte 194 CD Clock DVA Transitional Voices(CD, Album) Contempo Records Conte 194 CD Italy 1992 Sell This Version
Contedisc 194 Clock DVA Transitional Voices(CD, Album) Contempo Records Contedisc 194 Italy 1992 Sell This Version
IF-SETH 018 C ClockDVA* Transitional Voices(CD, Album) Interfisch Records IF-SETH 018 C Germany 1990 Sell This Version
01718-08 ClockDVA* Transitional Voices(LP, Album, TP) Interfisch Records 01718-08 Germany 1990 Sell This Version


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September 6, 2017

Mr. Crijevo is going to hate me, but, oh well! I like "Transitional Voices" a lot, and believe the title-track to be superior to the studio version released on "Man-Amplified", darker, more hypnotic and disturbing. "NYC Overload" sounds certainly more interesting in the studio, but I can't complain about this early live version either, although being almost a different track. I agree that this first incarnation of "Technogeist" is a bit weak, but far from being horrible.

The real gems of this live-recording are, however, the unreleased "Syntactic" and, especially, "Fractal 9", the latter being a neglected DVA classic imo. Adi Newton probably agrees with me, as he resurrected "Fractal 9" and played it extensively during live shows in 2011, when the band returned on stage after many years of hiatus. "Syntactic" was played too, at the Wave Gotik Treffen in 2011, first DVA-reboot show. Both are melodic and even danceable tunes, you could say they have some pop quality. Anything wrong with it? Not at all, the same can be said about other huge DVA-hits, such as "Final Program", "Eternity", or "Voice Recognition Test".

Once you have all the classic studio albums, make sure to get "Transitional Voices" too, you won't regret it.


September 19, 2016
edited about 1 year ago

The rumour has it, Adi Newton was dead furious with Interfisch/Contempo over this (re)release.

Listening to it, one can eventually understand why. "Transitional Voices" may serve as an interesting presentation of the group's then-new material in the making, placed in the live context - but knowing what turned out as proper studio versions of "Transitional Voices" themselves, plus "NYC Overload" and "Techno Geist", these early live versions are at best plain documentary evidence, and despite the mercilessly addictive grooves, some of the material is downright embarrassing to listen to due to its lyrical inanity ("Syntactics" and "Fractal 9" especially - the latter though is interesting - if not entirely confusing - a moment in which Clock DVA are sounding rather mellow, projecting their abstract thought with a pop tendency). The only song that audibly benefits from its studio source here is "Sound Mirror" - with its well established, pre-programmed, disciplined arrangement that does provide with a spectacular live reflection.

Energetic - YES, and that's where its highest points are deserved. Idea-wise however, this is something heavily in the making and was very probably not meant to see the light of day at such embryonic stage. Many will disagree though and it is also understandable - Clock DVA's material at this stage of their career provoked curiosity and seeing its skeleton adds extra flavour to what was deservedly crowned with superlatives ("Buried Dreams" and the up-and-coming masterpieces "Digital Soundtracks" and "Man-Amplified"). However, when compared to any of their previous work in progress, "Transitional Voices" is a mere transitional recording showing they might have a gentle side thus sharing a moment of artistic "weakness" - or two.