Depeche ModeSounds Of The Universe

Label:Mute – BXSTUMM300, Mute – 5099969577628
Box Set, Deluxe Edition, Limited Edition, Numbered
CD, Album
2 x CD
DVD, DVD-Video, Multichannel, NTSC
Genre:Electronic, Rock
Style:Synth-pop, Electro, Alternative Rock, Ambient


Sounds Of The Universe
CD1-1In Chains6:53
CD1-2Hole To Feed
Programmed By [Original Programming]Andrew Phillpott, Christian Eigner
Written-ByPhillpott*, Eigner*, Gahan*
CD1-4Fragile Tension4:09
CD1-5Little Soul3:31
CD1-6In Sympathy4:55
CD1-8Come Back
Programmed By [Original Programming]Andrew Phillpott, Christian Eigner
Written-ByPhillpott*, Eigner*, Gahan*
CD1-11Miles Away / The Truth Is
Programmed By [Original Programming]Andrew Phillpott, Christian Eigner
Written-ByPhillpott*, Eigner*, Gahan*
Bonus Tracks
CD2-2The Sun And The Moon And The Stars4:41
CD2-5Oh Well
Engineer, Recorded By [Vocals]Kurt Uenala
Written-ByDave Gahan, Martin L. Gore
CD2-6Corrupt (Efdemin Remix)
Remix, Producer [Additional Production]Efdemin
CD2-7In Chains (Minilogue's Earth Remix)
Remix, Producer [Additional Production]Minilogue
CD2-8Little Soul (Thomas Fehlmann Flowing Ambient Mix)
Remix, Producer [Additional Production]Thomas Fehlmann
CD2-9Jezebel (SixToes Remix)
Remix, Producer [Additional Production]SixToes
CD2-10Perfect (Electronic Periodic Dark Drone Mix)
Remix, Producer [Additional Production]Electronic Periodic
CD2-11Wrong (Caspa Remix)
Remix, Producer [Additional Production]Caspa (3)
CD3-1Little 154:16
CD3-3Sweetest Perfection3:23
CD3-4Walking In My Shoes3:22
CD3-5I Feel You4:03
CD3-8Only When I Lose Myself5:25
CD3-9Nothing's Impossible
Written-ByPhillpott*, Eigner*, Gahan*
CD3-13Come Back
Written-ByPhillpott*, Eigner*, Gahan*
CD3-14In Chains4:33
DVD - Video
DVD-1Usual Thing, Try And Get The Question In The Answer
Film DirectorPhilip M. Lane*, Ross Hallard
Screenwriter, Film ProducerRoland Brown
DVD-2Making The Universe / Film
Cameraman [Filmed By]Andrew Fletcher, Daniel Miller, Jonathan Kessler
Film EditorLaurence Williamson
DVD-3Sounds Of The Universe - A Short Film
Film EditorTom Palliser
DVD - Video - Studio Sessions
Film DirectorPhilip M. Lane*
DVD-5Little Soul
Film DirectorPhilip M. Lane*
DVD-6Stories Of Old
Film DirectorPhilip M. Lane*
DVD-7Come Back
Film DirectorPhilip M. Lane*
Written-ByPhillpott*, Eigner*, Gahan*
DVD - Video
DVD-9Wrong (Promo Video)
Film Director [Video Directed By]Patrick Daughters
Film Producer [Video Producer]Jonathan Lia
DVD Audio - Sounds Of The Universe In 5.1 (Dolby Digital & DTS)
DVD-10In Chains6:52
DVD-11Hole To Feed
Written-ByPhillpott*, Eigner*, Gahan*
DVD-13Fragile Tension4:09
DVD-14Little Soul3:31
DVD-15In Sympathy4:55
DVD-17Come Back
Written-ByPhillpott*, Eigner*, Gahan*
DVD-20Miles Away / The Truth Is
Written-ByPhillpott*, Eigner*, Gahan*
DVD Audio - Bonus Tracks In 5.1 (Dolby Digital & DTS)
DVD-24The Sun And The Moon And The Stars4:39
DVD-27Oh Well
Written-ByDave Gahan, Martin L. Gore

Companies, etc.



"Songs in the key of space"

Packaging / additional content:
2 piece custom made box with foil blocking.
2 x 84 page hardback books:
The first featuring the lyrics to all the songs from the Sounds Of The Universe sessions accompanied by exclusive photography by Anton Corbijn.
The second featuring exclusive and candid studio photography by Daniel Miller, Ben Hillier, Luke Smith (3) and Ferg Peterkin.
2 booklets:
- The Credits, 6 folded pages with separated credits for all media contained in Box Set, Box Set credits and special thanks,
- Making of Universe / studio, 16 folded pages with photo of Chung King Studio, New York on one side
and Sound Design studio, Santa Barbara on the other. Both photographies by Ben Hillier.
2 exclusive enamel badges.
1 poster.
5 art cards randomly selected from 14*, sealed in a collectors envelope.
1 numbered certificate of authenticity (with printed signatures by the band).

Discs in card sleeves.

Initial pre-orders direct with Mute Bank also came with an exclusive 15" x 10" 'Sounds Of The Universe' poster.

℗ & © 2009 Venusnote Limited under exclusive licence to Mute Records Limited
Printed in the EU

Total duration of CD1-13 & DVD-21 is 8:58 with an untitled "hidden" track (an instrumental reprise of 'Wrong') starting at 8:17.

CD1 & CD2: Recorded at Sound Design, Santa Barbara & Chung King, New York. Mixed at Chung King, New York.
CD2-5, DVD-26: Vocals recorded at 11th Floor Studios NYC.
CD2-8: Remix & additional production @ LAB, Berlin.
CD3-1 to CD3-8, CD3-10 to CD3-12, CD3-14: Martin's original demo.
CD3-9, CD3-13: Dave's original demo.
DVD-9 to DVD-26: 5.1 mixed at DMZ Studio & Alpha Centauri, Miloco. 5.1 mastered at Super Audio Mastering.

℗ & © 2009 Venusnote Ltd. under exclusive licence to Mute Records Ltd.

All songs published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd. Licensed by Grabbing Hands Music Ltd. except
CD1-2, CD1-8, CD1-11, CD2-5, CD3-9, CD3-13, DVD-10, DVD-16, DVD-19, DVD-26 by EMI Music Publishing Ltd. LIcensed by JJSR Productions Inc . / Universal Music Publishing Ltd.

* Remix Art Cards:
The Sounds of the Universe symbol has been remixed by 14 leading artists and designers.
This envelope contains a set of 5 randomly selected art cards.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 099969 577628
  • Barcode (Scanned): 5099969577628
  • Other (CD1 cat. #): 5099969577727
  • Other (CD2 cat. #): 5099969577826
  • Other (CD3 cat. #): 5099969847424
  • Other (DVD cat. #): 5099969577994
  • Matrix / Runout (CD1 - Variants 1 to 4): 6957772 A963964-01 manufactured by optimal media production
  • Mastering SID Code (CD1 - Variants 1 to 4): ifpi L571
  • Mould SID Code (CD1 - Variants 1 to 3): IFPI 9706
  • Mould SID Code (CD1 - Variant 4): IFPI 9726
  • Matrix / Runout (CD2 - Variants 1 to 4): 6957782 A963965-01 manufactured by optimal media production
  • Mastering SID Code (CD2 - Variants 1 to 4): ifpi L573
  • Mould SID Code (CD2 - Variants 1, 3, 4): IFPI 9726
  • Mould SID Code (CD2 - Variant 2): IFPI 9706
  • Matrix / Runout (CD3 - Variants 1 to 4): 6984742 A963966-01 manufactured by optimal media production
  • Mastering SID Code (CD3 - Variants 1 to 4): ifpi L573
  • Mould SID Code (CD3 - Variants 1, 4): IFPI 9726
  • Mould SID Code (CD3 - Variants 2, 3): IFPI 9706
  • Matrix / Runout (DVD - Variants 1 to 4, "D963265-01" x2: middle & top of outer ring): manufactured by optimal media production D963265-01 6957799
  • Mastering SID Code (DVD - Variants 1 to 4, x2: middle & top of outer ring): ifpi L573
  • Mould SID Code (DVD - Variants 1 to 4, innest ring - moulded): IFPI 9747
  • Rights Society: SDRM biem
  • Label Code: LC05834

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Sounds Of The Universe (CD, Album, Stereo)Mute, MuteCDSTUMM300, 5099969605529Europe2009
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Sounds Of The Universe (15×File, MP3, Album, 256 kbps)MutenoneGermany2009
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Sounds Of The Universe (14×File, MP3, Album, 320 kbps)MutenoneGermany2009
Sounds Of The Universe (CD, Album, DVD, DVD-Video, Multichannel, NTSC)Mute, MuteLCDSTUMM300, 5099969676727UK & Europe2009
Sounds Of The Universe (2×LP, Album, 180 Gram, CD, Album)Mute, MuteSTUMM300, 5099969605512Europe2009


  • DarBalck's avatar
    For the record, do not pay any attention to the statement that this is 'limited edition'! It may be literally (isn't everything - no music release is made/sold forever), but that so-called limited status shows itself to be meaningless when you look at the faux pre-printed 'signed' certificate that shows the numbers as tens of thousands! I think mine is in the 50,000 range!
    • Spinecrawler's avatar
      Plainly put Depeche Mode need the return of sampling odd sounds for instruments, it was very creativity and exciting during listenings to songs which held these beats and messages,it was edgy and intriguing
      • Neasden's avatar
        I'm looking for CD1, CD3 and DVD. If you have only those, send me a message. I'm interested.
        • MusicToMyEyes's avatar
          Just decided to purchase this box set and for just over £30 it is a really good set with 2 excellent books and 2 extra CDs with loads of extra stuff. The big disappointment for me though was the dvd. There are 2 different surround sound mixes on here and NO HI RES STEREO MIX. I have never been bothered about surround mixes at all. I have all of the back catalogue SACD sets and listen to them in stereo. It would have been really nice to have a 96/24 lpcm stereo mix on this dvd as well. The set is well worth the price I paid but the lack of a hi RES stereo mix is disappointing.
          • cooked71's avatar
            Why is this box so cheap? It has content and memorabilia that would go for $80 elsewhere.
            • discogscide's avatar
              Can the items of this box be sold separately?
              I would be interested in acquiring the "Bonus & Remixes" disc.
              • postpunkmonk's avatar
                I can't believe someone made all of those scans!
                • AWW's avatar
                  Nice presentation, badges!! tons of photos - for what ever reason, yes you look well, now go programme a drum machine for the tour!!
                  The DVD 'Making Of...' is simply quite fascinating...
                  Super album, such a slick cacophony of noize.
                  PEACE, BD
                  • marks's avatar
                    There is some serious atonement going on with this new Mode record. For the first time since Songs of Faith and Devotion this band are pushing themselves, they are innovating, they are not contentedly spewing out the norm. After the last go-round with these boys, I'd written them off. Playing the Angel had to be the lowest point since Ultra from them. I was smugly playing Recoil non-stop, figuring the prima dona finishing academy had caved in upon itself for the final time. What was next, a solo album from fletch?

                    As their lead single intones and is titled, I had it all wrong. Instead of vintage gear taking presidence in their press releases, they just put it to work and dropped the cynical marketing ploys of the last album. Gahan has written some of the songs on here, yes, but for the first time ever he and Gore have actually collaborated on a track. That is correct, they worked together from the ground up and I have to say the final result is noteworthy.

                    The more I listen to this thing (and there have been plenty of listens) the more acutely aware I am of just how hard they really did work on Sounds of the Universe. Watching the dvd which came with my boxset I'm numbed by the level of detail they focused in on and honed their craft to. It's much like a dull blunt blade becoming perfectly recurring, glinting with conviction. Ready to take on all comers. To put it plainly this is an ass kicking Depeche Mode we are confronted with, not the tepid almost apologetic lot they've been languishing as the last decade or so.

                    I am, to put it mildly... shocked.

                    Given enough time and exclusion from the world, they could have topped their halycon days easily with this one but four years was long enough. Depeche Mode are exciting again and what's more there's that element which has been missing a very long time: fear. You don't know if Gahan's singing for you or at you with this one. Perhaps he's just singing for himself but I will say they're experimenting once again... only now they drink coffee and eat at healthy cafes, they spend a lot of time listening to what they're doing and my word are they involved in the creative process.

                    It makes me have to eat my own words and abandon the safe hutch I've been ensconced within since Alan left. The Mode have returned, everyone. Do sit up and take note. If they can top this little stroke of insidious innovation I'll be surprised but Sounds of the Universe is a literal resurrection.
                    • andyblueman
                      Depeche Mode is finally back!
                      A good album that probably won't appeal to the masses, but most of DM fans will be satisfied. It will not do good at clubs or partys, but this is nice music listening to at home and while driving. But this is not only synth-pop, it's more like electro but with hint of synths everywhere:) DM shows with this album that they care more about their fans than the average people out there! DM is the symbol of creativity, and for the fans it's not about the kind of songs the make, it's all 'bout the music they create! (although i know a lot of fans that are dissapointed with this album..) However I'm still waiting for another 'Precious' song :)

                      TRACK REVIEW:
                      #01 8/10 In Chains - A great start, electrozizing music at it's best.
                      #02 8/10 Hole To Feed - Nice follow up! One of my favourite tracks on the album! There is actually hints of house elements in this song.
                      #03 6/10 Wrong - The first single from the album, but not my favourite, actually for me the weakest song on the album! Melody is ok, but 'wrong' is for me somehwat annoying actually... it's a bit wrong :p
                      #04 7/10 Fragile Tension - Really nice start, but it doesn't follow up. However it's a bit catchy.
                      #05 6/10 Little Soul - Silent song in old DM style. Nice for home listening and relaxing, but it doesn't really fit in this 'electro-album'.
                      #06 8/10 In Sympathy - Simply love the electro-synths in this song.
                      #07 9/10 Peace - Yes! Pretty sure this will become one of my favourite DM's of all time. Best track on the album (atm).
                      #08 8/10 Come Back - Exciting electro melody that will maybe sound even better in some days!
                      #09 7/10 Spacewalker - Relaxing melody with spacey sounds! Pretty cool acutally!
                      #10 8/10 Perfect - Nowhere near perfect, but another highlight!
                      #11 6/10 Miles Away/The Truth Is - This is *miles away* the song i wanted to here now! Okay, enough joking. It's actually quite catchy, but nothing special here.
                      #12 7/10 Jezebel - Another peaceful song. Nice for chilling out.
                      #13 8/10 Corrupt - It fits really well as the ending song. Nice ending to an overall good album. I'm satisfied enough! :)

                      ALBUM REVIEW:
                      These ratings gives the album a rating of 7.4/10. The album is put together in a nice way, but there could have been so much more here. However still a really really good alternative electro DM album! There are downpoints, but nothing really bad here. The highlight is 80s'synths 'Peace', but 'In Chains', 'Hole To Feed, 'In Sympathy', 'Come Back', 'Perfect' and 'Corrupt' are all really good tracks. 'Spacewalker' is also a funny exciting short inclusion. Btw, plus for a great minimalistic and not fancy cover.

                      I'll rate this album overall: 7.7/10



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