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DropzoneUK
post Sep 21 2017, 06:30 PM
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For a longgggg time now, Synthesizers and Electronic instruments have been hard to escape from in most genre's of popular music. This can either be a good thing (if you are tech nerds like us) or a bad thing, for all you classical muso's out there!

Synthesizers give us an array of new sounds, textures and production capabilities and have literally changed the sound of popular music over the last 40 years. Genre's have been formed (like the 80's synth pop era) and other more Instrument based genre's (like Rock, Metal and even Jazz) have slowly been incorporating more electronic elements into their music for years now, and the trend is still growing! Not to mention studio technology advancing, with ever improving DAW's (digital audio workstations), sampling methods, effects units and software capabilities, synthesis really is KING in modern day music.

So what are your favourite era's? Do you prefer the solely synth-based tunes of the 80's or do you like the 'crossover' incorporation of synths into Rock, metal and others?


If there is a particular song which uses synthesis (in any form) that you think deserves a mention then post it below. Would love to hear some great electronic noise (as my granddad likes to call it).



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post Sep 21 2017, 06:47 PM
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80s and some modern ones like LCD Soundsystem.
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post Sep 21 2017, 07:32 PM
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QUOTE(DalekTurret32 @ Sep 21 2017, 07:47 PM) *
80s and some modern ones like LCD Soundsystem.


Must admit, I am partial to some 80's synth pop, especially once I've had a drink! favourite group or artist? Mine is either Yazoo or Gary Numan, totally sums up 80's music for me!
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John Grant's 2015 album Grey Tickles, Black Pressure marks some use of synths (especially in Voodoo Doll and the chorus of Down Here)
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post Sep 21 2017, 08:37 PM
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I like the dancier synthpop in the early 80s like Depeche Mode - Get The Balance Right (proto house style rhythms in the verses I think), Trans X - Living On Video (early eurodance sort of sound) and of course that early dance anthem that is Yazoo - Don't Go. I am keen on early dance music before the house era, I even created a thread for it here http://www.buzzjack.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=195902

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post Sep 21 2017, 09:22 PM
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QUOTE(Big Hiss Machine @ Sep 21 2017, 09:37 PM) *
I like the dancier synthpop in the early 80s like Depeche Mode - Get The Balance Right (proto house style rhythms in the verses I think), Trans X - Living On Video (early eurodance sort of sound) and of course that early dance anthem that is Yazoo - Don't Go. I am keen on early dance music before the house era, I even created a thread for it here http://www.buzzjack.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=195902

Depeche Mode are awesome! the guy from Yazoo who plays synth (cant remember his name) do you know the group that he left to start Yazoo? and That classic synth line from 'Don't go' is one of my favourite riffs ever!
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post Sep 21 2017, 11:52 PM
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I like a lot of 80s synth pop. Ultravox,Visage,Depeche Mode,OMD,Pet Shop Boys etc.
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post Sep 22 2017, 12:56 PM
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I like the early hi-NRG era, (Bronski Beat - Why in particular) but then Hi-NRG seems to have got too poppy from 1986 onwards as house took its place in being credible dance music.

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QUOTE(King Rollo @ Sep 22 2017, 12:52 AM) *
I like a lot of 80s synth pop. Ultravox,Visage,Depeche Mode,OMD,Pet Shop Boys etc.


I like Ultravox - Love's Great Adventure, the production is a bit reminiscent of Dario G style dream trance I think.
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post Sep 22 2017, 03:06 PM
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Would love to see some links of your favourite tracks guys and girls! Ultravox are veryyyy cool btw
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post Sep 22 2017, 04:38 PM
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something warm and fuzzy

(or alternatively, something very cold and bleak works too!)
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post Sep 22 2017, 05:59 PM
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QUOTE(M. @ Sep 22 2017, 05:38 PM) *
something warm and fuzzy

(or alternatively, something very cold and bleak works too!)

Who doesn't like warm and fuzzy things?! teresa.gif
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post Sep 22 2017, 06:47 PM
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QUOTE(M. @ Sep 22 2017, 05:38 PM) *
something warm and fuzzy

(or alternatively, something very cold and bleak works too!)
fuzzy bloo lights wub.gif (that have been on long enough to be warm)
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QUOTE(M. @ Sep 22 2017, 05:38 PM) *
something warm and fuzzy


Well the warmest form of music is disco I would say, synthpop has a colder sound so you would need synthpop mixed with disco influences like this one:

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Here's a few for you Dropzone:









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'Never Let Me Down Again' wub.gif TUNE!
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I prefer 'Electricity' to 'Enola Gay' tbh, didn't chart sadly though sad.gif

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QUOTE(Doctor Blind @ Sep 22 2017, 08:08 PM) *
'Never Let Me Down Again' wub.gif TUNE!


Get The Balance Right is my favourite from Depeche Mode!

Those house reminiscent rhythms in the verses are ahead of their time, also the song itself is great I think!

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post Sep 22 2017, 11:03 PM
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QUOTE(King Rollo @ Sep 22 2017, 08:06 PM) *
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Some absolute classics here! These not only speak well for the synthesis but also highlight's the originality of 80's style music videos! Thanks a lot!
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post Sep 23 2017, 04:36 AM
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Faded - I think this is a song that makes anyone listen to the emotional rise
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