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Encyclopedia > Synthpop
Synthpop
Stylistic origins
Cultural origins
Typical instruments
Synthesizer - Drum machine - Tape loops - Drums - Guitar (in latter incarnations were added Sequencer - Keyboard - Sampler)
Mainstream popularity Large, worldwide mostly during early to mid 1980s
Derivative forms Electroclash, Bubblegum pop
Subgenres
Electropop - Electroclash
Fusion genres
Futurepop - Synthpunk

Synthpop is a subgenre of New Wave in which the synthesizer is the dominant musical instrument. It is most closely associated with the era between the late 1970s and early to middle 1980s, although it has continued to exist and develop ever since. Kraftwerk (from Germany) and Yellow Magic Orchestra (from Japan) are often hailed as the pioneers of the style. Electronic music has existed, in various forms, for more than a century. ... New Wave was a music genre that existed during the late 1970s and the early-to-mid 1980s. ... Post punk generally refers to the particularly fertile and creative period following the initial punk rock explosion. During the first wave of punk, roughly spanning 1976-1983, bands such as The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Ramones and The Damned began to challenge the current styles and conventions of rock... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... The 1980s was the decade spanning from 1980 to 1989, also called The Eighties. The decade saw social, economic and general upheaval as wealth, production and western culture migrated to new industrializing economies. ... Synth redirects here. ... A Boss DR-202 Drum Machine A drum machine is an electronic musical instrument designed to imitate the sound of drums and/or other percussion instruments. ... Tape loops are loops of prerecorded magnetic tape used to create repetitive, rhythmic musical patterns. ... For other uses, see Drum (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... In the field of electronic music, a sequencer was traditionally a device or piece of software that allows the user to record, play back and edit musical patterns. ... Piano, a well-known instance of keyboard instruments A keyboard instrument is any musical instrument played using a musical keyboard. ... An AKAI MPC2000 sampler Playing a Yamaha SU10 Sampler A sampler is an electronic music instrument closely related to a synthesizer. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Bubblegum pop (also known as bubblegum rock, bubblegum music, or simply bubblegum) is a genre of pop music whose classical period ran from 1967 to 1972. ... This is a list of electronic music genres, sub-genres and styles, though for the latter, not all possess their own article (in which case, see the main genre article). ... Electropop (also called Technopop) is a form of synth pop music that is made with synthesizers, and which first flourished from 1978 to 1981. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Futurepop is a recently-emerging electronic dance music genre, an outgrowth of electronic body music incorporating influences from synthpop (such as song structure and vocal style) and uplifting trance (grandiose and arpeggiated synthesizer melodies). ... Defining characteristics of synthpunk (also known as synth-punk) bands include being founded at the same time (late 1970s) and place (California) as many US punk bands, performing with those same punk bands, in those same punk clubs, with records released on those same punk labels, preferring electronic instruments such... New Wave was a music genre that existed during the late 1970s and the early-to-mid 1980s. ... Synth redirects here. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... The 1980s was the decade spanning from 1980 to 1989, also called The Eighties. The decade saw social, economic and general upheaval as wealth, production and western culture migrated to new industrializing economies. ... Kraftwerk (pronounced , German for power station) is a Grammy award nominated, electronic music band from Düsseldorf, Germany. ... Yellow Magic Orchestra is a Japanese electropop band, formed in 1978. ...

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Characteristics

While most current popular music in the industrialized world is realized via electronic instruments[citation needed], synthpop has its own stylistic tendencies which differentiate it from other music produced by the same means. These include the exploitation of artificiality (the synthesizers are not used to imitate acoustic instruments), the use of mechanical sounding rhythms, vocal arrangements as a counterpoint to the artificiality of the instruments, and ostinato patterns as an effect. Synthpop song structures are generally the same as in other popular music. Telharmonium, created by Thaddeus Cahill 1897 Luigi Russolo and his assistant Ugo Piatti with their Intonarumori, 1913 Léon Theremin and his Theremin, 1919 Trautonium, 1928 An electronic musical instrument is a musical instrument that produces its sounds using electronics. ... In music, an ostinato (derived from Italian: stubborn, compare English: obstinate) is a motif or phrase which is persistently repeated at the same pitch. ... The structures or musical forms of songs in popular music are typically sectional forms, such as strophic form. ... For the music genre, see Pop music. ...


History

Influences

Mid 20th Century avant-garde composers such as Karlheinz Stockhausen were pioneers in the development of electronic music. The use of synthesizers in rock music began in the 1960s, notably by The Beatles, however, the instruments were highly complex, temperamental, and expensive. In the late 1960s there was a surge of Moog synthesizer-affected albums by artists like Perrey and Kingsley, Dick Hyman and, most notably, Wendy Carlos. Synthesizers became more widely used by progressive rock and jazz fusion groups such as Pink Floyd, Yes, ELO , Genesis, Return to Forever, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, and Weather Report. Many Krautrock groups like Tangerine Dream and Kraftwerk heavily incoporated synthesizers into their music as well. The late 1970s Kraftwerk albums, such as Trans-Europe Express and The Man Machine, were particularly influential in the creation of the Synthpop sound. Karlheinz Stockhausen (born August 22, 1928) is a German composer, and one of the most important and controversial composers of the 20th century (Barret 1988, 45; Harvey 1975b, 705; Hopkins 1972, 33; Klein 1968, 117; Power 1990, 30). ... This article is about the genre. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from the beginning of 1960 to the end of 1969. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... The term Moog(pronounced // as in moan) synthesizer can refer to any number of analog synthesizers designed by Dr. Robert Moog or manufactured by Moog Music, and is commonly used as a generic term for analog and digital music synthesisers. ... Album cover art from The In Sound from Way Out! The musical duo Perrey and Kingsley (Jean-Jacques Perrey, b. ... Dick Hyman Joke: What is the difference between Dick Hyman, and a regular Hyman? A regular hyman goes away when penetrated by a penis. ... Wendy Carlos (born Walter Carlos, November 14, 1939) is an American composer and electronic musician. ... For the Swedish political music movement, see progg. ... Jazz fusion (or jazz-rock fusion or fusion) is a musical genre that merges elements of jazz with other styles of music, particularly pop, rock, folk, reggae, funk, metal, country, R&B, hip hop, electronic music and world music. ... Pink Floyd are an English rock band that initially earned recognition for their psychedelic or space rock music, and, as they evolved, for their progressive rock music. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... ELO or Elo may refer to: Elo rating system for measuring relative strength of players in chess and other two-player games World Football Elo Ratings, a ranking system for mens national teams in football Árpád Élő (1903-1992), Hungarian creator of ELO rating system Electric Light Orchestra... Genesis are an English rock band formed in 1967. ... For the album, see Return to Forever (album). ... Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP) were an English progressive rock group. ... For the song Weather Report by The American Analog Set, see The Golden Band. ... Krautrock, also known as Kosmische Musik, is a generic name for the experimental music scene that appeared in Germany in the late 1960s and gained popularity throughout the 1970s. ... Tangerine Dream is a German electronic music group founded in 1967 by Edgar Froese. ... Kraftwerk (pronounced , German for power station) is a Grammy award nominated, electronic music band from Düsseldorf, Germany. ... Kraftwerk (pronounced , German for power station) is a Grammy award nominated, electronic music band from Düsseldorf, Germany. ...


The mid-1970s, saw the rise of electronic art music musicians such as Jean Michel Jarre, Vangelis, Brian Eno, and Tomita, who were a significant influence of the development of New Age Music. In the late seventies, Suicide, a duo from New York, combined vocals and keyboard in a harsh, avant-garde and often very controversial form. Italian producer Giorgio Moroder was also a significant influence on the further development of electronic music, producing synth driven hits for many artists, most notably Donna Summer. The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... Electronic music has existed, in various forms, for more than a century. ... Jean-Michel André Jarre (born August 24, 1948 in Lyon, France) is a French composer, performer and music producer. ... Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou (Greek: Ευάγγελος Οδυσσέας Παπαθανασίου IPA: ) (var. ... Brian Eno (pronounced IPA: ) born on 15 May 1948 in Woodbridge, Suffolk, England) is an English electronic musician, music theorist and record producer. ... Isao Tomita , born April 22, 1932), is a renowned Japanese electronic music composer. ... New Age music is a style of music originally associated with some New Age beliefs. ... Suicide is an American rock music group intermittently active since 1971 and composed of Alan Vega (vocals) and Martin Rev (synthesizers and drum machines). ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Giorgio Moroder (born Giovanni Giorgio Moroder on April 26, 1940 in Ortisei, Italy) is an Academy Award-winning Italian record producer, songwriter and performer, whose groundbreaking work with synthesizers during the 1970s was a significant influence on new wave, techno and electronic music in general. ... Donna Summer (born LaDonna Adrian Gaines on December 31, 1948 is an American singer-songwriter and musician who gained prominence during the disco era of music. ...


Late 1970s to mid 1980s

In 1978, the self titled debut by the seminal Yellow Magic Orchestra was released in Japan. The same year, the British group Ultravox released their third album, Systems of Romance, which featured synthesizers more prominently than their earlier work. Other pioneering British Synthpop acts began to surface, including Gary Numan and The Human League. The original Synthpop groups had a sound that was generally dark, moody and robotic. Fad Gadget, who was signed to Daniel Miller's Mute Records, was particularly dark and menacing and his stage shows had a Performance art quality to them. At the same time, Giorgio Moroder collaborated with former glam rock group Sparks on their album, No. 1 In Heaven. Yellow Magic Orchestra is a Japanese electropop band, formed in 1978. ... Ultravox (formerly Ultravox!) was one of the primary exponents of the British electronic pop music movement of the early 1980s. ... Systems of Romance, released in 1978, is the third album by British band Ultravox (an exclamation mark having been dropped from the moniker earlier in the year). ... For the video game programmer Garry Newman, see Garrys Mod. ... The Human League are a British synthpop/new wave band. ... Frank Tovey (September 8, 1956 – April 3, 2002), better known as Fad Gadget, was an influential British avant-garde electronic musician, an exponent of New Wave and early industrial music. ... Mute Records is a record label formed in 1978 by Daniel Miller primarily to release his own single, T.V.O.D./Warm Leatherette, under the moniker The Normal. ... This article is about Performance art. ... Sparks is an American rock and pop music band formed in Los Angeles in 1970 by brothers Ron (keyboards) and Russell Mael (vocals), initially under the name Halfnelson. ... No. ...


Synthpop continued to evolve in the early 1980s, often in a more radio friendly, pop direction. It was made into danceable music and brought into mainstream by Duran Duran who grafted it into a dance beat. The band made the sound warmer than it was before. The sounds of synthesizers dominated the pop music of the era. Albums like Gary Numan's Telekon (1980), Vienna (1980) by Ultravox, Dare (1981) by The Human League, Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret (1981) by Soft Cell, From the Tearooms of Mars...to the Hellholes of Uranus (1981) by Landscape, Soul Mining (1983) by The The, Visage (1980) by Visage, and Metamatic (1980) by former Ultravox singer John Foxx, typified the early synthpop sound. For the video game programmer Garry Newman, see Garrys Mod. ... Telekon is a 1980 New Wave / electronic album by Gary Numan. ... Singles from Vienna Released: 1980 Released: 1980 Released: 1981 Released: 1981 Vienna is the fourth studio LP by the new romantic band Ultravox, first released on 11 July 1980. ... Ultravox (formerly Ultravox!) was one of the primary exponents of the British electronic pop music movement of the early 1980s. ... Dare! was the third album released by The Human League, and the first to feature singers Susan Ann Sulley and Joanne Catheral. ... The Human League are a British synthpop/new wave band. ... Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret is the first album released by the groundbreaking synthpop/New Wave duo Soft Cell, released in 1981 by Some Bizarre Records. ... Soft Cell is a Synth-Pop duo formed during the early 1980s. ... From the Tea-rooms of Mars . ... Landscape were a British synthpop band of the early 1980s best known for their 1981 hits, Einstein A Go-Go and Norman Bates. Landscape consisted of: Richard James Burgess, Christopher Heaton, Andy Pask, Peter Thoms and John Walters Richard James Burgess went on to produce bands such as Spandau Ballet... Soul Mining was The Thes second album, released in 1983 and included the UK hit singles: Uncertain Smile which had reached No. ... The The are an English musical and multimedia group that have been around since 1979 in various forms, with Matt Johnson being the only constant band member. ... Visage is the debut album from UK-based New Romantic ensemble Visage, recorded at Genetic Sound Studios in London released by Polygram Records on November 10, 1980. ... Visage was a New Romantic band that began life in 1978, mainly to provide some danceable music to be played on Steve Stranges and Rusty Egans Billys London nightclub. ... Metamatic is a painting machine by kinetic artist Jean Tinguely, first exhibited at the Paris Biennial in 1959. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


The 1983 album Burning Bridges (released as Naked Eyes in the U.S.and Canada), by the group Naked Eyes, was the first pop LP to extensively feature the Fairlight CMI. Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush had used the sampling synthesiser on prior efforts, but the usage had been far less than normal than Naked Eyes would employ on their debut effort. The CMI (and similar workstation-type machines such as the Synclavier and PPG Wave) would become commonplace in the movement, eventually dying out as inexpensive digital samplers and eventually personal computers duplicated the capabilities of these machines. Burning Bridges was Naked Eyes 1983 début album. ... Naked Eyes is an English synthpop band, best known for their singles, a cover of the Burt Bacharach / Hal David standard (Theres) Always Something There to Remind Me (Bacharach himself has cited the cover as a personal favourite), and their subsequent hit the Paul McCartney like Promises, Promises. // Naked... The Fairlight CMI (Computer Musical Instrument) was the first digital sampling synthesizer. ... Peter Brian Gabriel (born 13 February 1950, in Cobham,[1] Surrey, England) is an English musician. ... Kate Bush (born 30 July 1958) is an English singer, songwriter, musician and record producer. ... Synclavier I The Synclavier System was an early digital synthesizer and sampler, manufactured by New England Digital. ... The Wave, designed by Wolfgang Palm, was PPGs most successful and well-known product. ...


Other key synthpop or synthpop-influenced groups and artists from the early-mid 1980s include Eurythmics, Depeche Mode, Yazoo, Erasure, a-ha, A Flock of Seagulls, Tears for Fears, Pet Shop Boys, Devo, Berlin, OMD, New Order, Thomas Dolby, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Alphaville, Thompson Twins, Bronski Beat, Heaven 17, Howard Jones, Blancmange, Yello, Paul Haig, Animotion, Propaganda, Modern Talking, Psyche, The Buggles, Kajagoogoo, Missing Persons, Real Life, The System and even early Ministry. For the approach to music education, see Eurhythmics. ... Depeche Mode (pronounced ) are an electronic music band formed in 1980, in Basildon, Essex, England. ... The below article is about Yazoo the music band. ... This article is about the a musical group Erasure. ... a-ha is a Grammy Award-nominated band from Norway. ... For the bands self-titled debut album, see A Flock of Seagulls (album). ... Tears for Fears (sometimes abbreviated to TFF or T4F) are a popular English pop band formed in the early 1980s by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, which emerged after the dissolution of their first band, the mod-influenced Graduate. ... Pet Shop Boys are an English dance music duo, consisting of Neil Tennant who provides main vocals, keyboards and occasionally guitar, and Chris Lowe on keyboards and occasionally on vocals. ... Devo (pronounced DEE-vo or dee-VO, often spelled DEVO or DEV-O) is an American New Wave group formed in Akron, Ohio in 1972. ... Not to be confused with the band Anberlin. ... Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (often abbreviated to OMD) are a synth pop group whose founder members are originally from the Wirral Peninsula, UK. OMD record for Virgin Records (originally for Virgins DinDisc subsidiary). ... This article is about the alternative rock/electronic band New Order. ... Thomas Dolby (born Thomas Morgan Robertson, on 14 October 1958) is an English musician, producer, and inventor. ... Frankie Goes to Hollywood (FGTH) was a UK dance-pop band that was extremely popular in the mid 1980s. ... Alphaville is a German synthpop/-rock music group which gained popularity in the 1980s. ... The Thompson Twins were an English New Wave/pop band normally associated with the 1980s. ... Bronski Beat was a popular British synth pop trio of the 1980s. ... Heaven 17 are an English synthpop band originating in Sheffield in the early 1980s. ... Howard Jones (born John Howard Jones, 23 February 1955) is an English singer and songwriter who gained acclaim in the 1980s. ... Blancmange were a synthpop band in the 1980s. ... Yello is a popular Swiss electronica band consisting of Dieter Meier and Boris Blank. ... Paul Haig (b. ... Animotion is a 1980s U.S. New Wave/synthpop band best known for their songs Obsession (originally written by Michael Des Barres and Holly Knight), Let Him Go, I Engineer and Room to Move. Formed in 1983 from the remnants of a retro science-fiction band called Red Zone, they... Propaganda was a synthpop musical group formed in Germany in the early 1980s by Ralf Dörper (a member of the German industrial band Die Krupps), Andreas Thein and Susanne Freytag. ... Modern Talking was a German pop music duo consisting of composer/producer/background singer Dieter Bohlen and singer Thomas Anders. ... Psyche is a Canadian dark synthpop band, now based in Germany, centered on Darrin C. Huss. ... Buggles (the official version of the band name, used on their albums, singles, and publicity material, omits the prefix The) were a New Wave band formed in 1977 consisting of Trevor Horn, born 1949 in Durham (bass guitar, guitar, percussion, and vocals), Geoff Downes, born 1952 in Stockport, Cheshire (percussion... Kajagoogoo were a British pop band best known for their first single, Too Shy, which reached number one in the UK Singles Chart and number five in the U.S Billboard Hot 100 in 1983. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Real Life was an Australian New Wave band that had hits with their debut single, Send Me an Angel (1983) and with Catch Me, Im Falling (1984), both of which were featured on their debut album Heartland (1983). ... The System was an American synth pop band from the 1980s. ... Ministry is an influential, Grammy-nominated American industrial metal band founded by frontman Al Jourgensen in 1981. ...


Late 1980s and onward

In the United States, a backlash against the predominant styles of commercial pop in general, and synthesized music specifically, largely drove the Synthpop genre underground. Its fall in popularity may have been partially due to the increasing popularity of Glam metal and Hip-Hop beginning around 1986. Even fewer of the genre's 1980s acts were able to thrive commercially during the 1990s, as a new generation of radio DJs, video jockeys and record label representatives dismissed synthesiser-driven music as less visceral or artistic than the emerging styles of Grunge and Gangsta Rap. Major American labels would no longer sign or support the synthesizer-oriented bands that had been popular in the 1980s. This would eventually change in the late 1990s. Glam metal is a sub-genre of heavy metal music that arose in the late 1970s - early 1980s in the United States. ... Hip-Hop music is a style of popular music. ... Grunge redirects here. ... For the Ice T album, see Gangsta Rap (album). ...


However, in Europe, South America, Australia, and Asia, Synthpop remained more widely accepted, and artists from these regions, as well as American artists temporarily expatriated there, performing music with 1980s synthpop roots have remained popular, and acts such as Ace of Base and Savage Garden have even spurred minor resurgences of the genre in the U.S. Eventually, the global synthpop scene re-emerged in the United States with the growing success of American record labels such as A Different Drum. Synth-pop pioneers in Latin America during the 80s were Virus. Ace of Base is a dance-pop band from Gothenburg, Sweden, comprised of Ulf Ekberg (Buddha) and siblings Jonas Berggren (Joker), Linn Berggren, and Jenny Berggren. ... For the eponymous debut album, see Savage Garden (album). ... A Different Drum is a record label and online store based in the U.S. state of Utah, specializing in synthpop and related genres. ... Virus is an Argentine pop group, leaded by Federico Moura until his death on 1988. ...


Some bands embraced by modern synthpop fans like Red Flag and Anything Box were dropped by their labels and began self-releasing new albums. Some Christian bands, such as Joy Electric, were influenced by formerly 1980s acts like Depeche Mode and Erasure. Low-fidelity synthpop artists Stephin Merritt and Ariel Pink have found success on independent labels. Red Flag is a synthpop band founded in 1984 in San Diego by brothers Chris Reynolds and Mark Reynolds (vocals). ... Anything Box is an electronic/synthpop musical group originally from Paterson, New Jersey and now based in Orange County, CA. They are best known for their 1990 Single Living In Oblivion. The band is one of primary bands which carried electronic musics transition from the late 1980s into... Joy Electric is a one-man electropop/synth pop group consisting of Ronnie Martin. ... Depeche Mode (pronounced ) are an electronic music band formed in 1980, in Basildon, Essex, England. ... This article is about the a musical group Erasure. ... Stephin Merritt (born 1966) is an American singer-songwriter based in New York City. ... Ariel Pink (born Ariel Marcus Rosenberg on June 24, 1978) is an avant-garde/hauntology musician who is based in Los Angeles. ...


While the Modern Synthpop scene is heavily centered in the United States, some of the popular bands to emerge in the genre, such as De/Vision and Mesh, are European. However many such bands are not strictly part of the independent Modern Synthpop scene, since they are signed to major European record labels. European bands signed to the aforementioned U.S. labels and their ilk include Blue October, The Nine, Spray, and Empire State Human. De/Vision is a German synthpop musical group. ... For other uses, see Mesh (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... Spray is a 21st century synthpop duo from England, starring Jenny McLaren and Ricardo Autobahn. ...


A Different Drum

Modern Synthpop as a genre was coalesced in the mid 1990s by the emergence of the A Different Drum label out of the state of Utah. The label started as a mail order business but soon began to release their own CDs from bands who sent in demos. The label also began to release albums from established modern synthpop bands like Cosmicity and The Echoing Green and eventually from classic synthpop acts like Gary Numan and Soft Cell. The label also released one of the best selling modern synthpop albums ever, Iris’s Disconnect. Disconnect featured one of the few modern synthpop songs to be played at mainstream dance clubs, “Annie, Would I Lie To You.” In online discussions the band has said that several thousand copies of that album have been sold. A Different Drum is a record label and online store based in the U.S. state of Utah, specializing in synthpop and related genres. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... For other uses, see DEMOS (disambiguation). ... Cosmicity is a one-man synthpop music project who acts working as programmer, keyboardist, songwriter, singer and road manager: Mark Nicholas. ... The Echoing Green is a poem from Songs of Innocence and Experience by William Blake. ... For the video game programmer Garry Newman, see Garrys Mod. ... Soft Cell is a Synth-Pop duo formed during the early 1980s. ... Iris is a Texas-based synthpop band, originally named Forgiving Iris. ...


It was also during this time that two key labels that focused on synthpop emerged as well. Jarret Records released albums by Anything Box but vanished within a couple of years. Synthphony Records on the other hand has been longer lived and initially released single artist albums but have recently released mostly remix collections. Anything Box is an electronic/synthpop musical group originally from Paterson, New Jersey and now based in Orange County, CA. They are best known for their 1990 Single Living In Oblivion. The band is one of primary bands which carried electronic musics transition from the late 1980s into...


Importance of various artist collection albums in the genre

The very first CD that A Different Drum released was a collection of some of the more high-profile synthpop music being released in Europe. Other labels like Synthphony and Ninthwave also started with CDs that compiled songs by various artists. Often these sets have been popular because they feature remixes or unreleased tracks from popular bands. They have also been helpful for fans of the genre providing an outlet for new bands. Popular ongoing series include Electricity and WXJL from Ninthwave, Synthpop Club Anthems and State of Synthpop from A Different Drum and Synthphony’s REMIXed series. A Different Drum is a record label and online store based in the U.S. state of Utah, specializing in synthpop and related genres. ...


Emergence of Electroclash

The late 1990s into 2001 saw what was arguably the height of the genre, demonstrating its maturity but also its limitations. A national magazine, Lexicon Magazine, focused on the Genre, but folded in 2001. Two large scale “festivals” were held in Los Angeles, California in 2000 and 2001 under the name Synthcon. The 2000 Synthcon saw the debut of Soviet, one of the few bands to cross over to the Electroclash scene and also saw an informal reuniting of one of the more influential synthpop bands, Information Society. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This biographical article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Funding problems plagued both festivals, to the point that the 2001 festival collapsed mid way through. A larger scale festival, Synthpop Goes the World was held in Toronto in 2002 but has not been repeated. A smaller scale festival was held in 2004, 2005, and 2006 in Salt Lake City by A Different Drum. The Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Salt Lake Citys top tourist draw. ...


Modern Synthpop was briefly lumped with the explosion of the Electroclash movement in 2002. However, fans of both genres often fought to distance themselves. Aside from Soviet and the Boston band Freezepop, few Modern Synthpop bands were able to jump on the Electroclash bandwagon. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Freezepop is an indie synthpop/New Wave band composed of Liz Enthusiasm, the Duke of Pannekoeken (originally the Duke of Candied Apples, as well as the Duke of Belgian Waffles, both pseudonyms of Kasson Crooker), and the Other Sean T. Drinkwater (who claims to be a clone of the original...


Decline

Since 2002, some have claimed the genre to be in decline or to have splintered. The failure of Synthcon 2001, the near collapse of Ninthwave Records, the disappearance of Lexicon Magazine, and the failure of a succession of fan websites are all testaments to these perceptions. U.S. Synthpop Record label started in 2001. ...


However, A Different Drum continues to flourish, the genre continues to exert heavy influence on EBM and industrial music, and arguably the biggest modern synthpop album ever came out in 2003, from The Postal Service. Although The Postal Service are not a product of the modern synthpop scene, they have distilled a number of the same influences. 2004 saw the launch of Section 44 Records born from the ashes of the long-standing synthpop forum Sloth Radio and defunct label Kiss My Asterix Records. A Different Drum, Section 44, Ninthwave, Nilaihah Records & Synthphony Records have taken the torch into the next decade by supporting modern synthpop acts. EBM can be an acronym for: electronic body music evidence-based medicine Everybody But Microsoft - A virtual group that acts as a competitor to Microsoft and its partners. ... Industrial music is a loose term for a number of different styles of experimental music, especially but not necessarily electronic music. ... This article is about the band. ... A Section 44 refers to the New South Wales Rural Fires Act 1997, specifically section 44, Commissioner’s responsibility. ... Boss Drum was The Shamens 1992 album which featured their controversial hit Ebeneezer Goode. Track listing Boss Drum L.S.I.: Love Sex Intelligence Space Time Librae Solidi Denari Ebeneezer Goode Comin On Phorever People Fatman Scientas Re:Evolution (featuring Terence McKenna) Boss Dub Phorever Dub Categories: | | ... A Section 44 refers to the New South Wales Rural Fires Act 1997, specifically section 44, Commissioner’s responsibility. ... Image:Nr-intro. ...


Usage

Synthpop is sometimes confused with electropop, which is generally regarded to be a particular style of synthpop that incorporates the more robotic elements and feel of electro music. The term "synthpop" has also become increasingly used in goth and industrial circles to describe various alternative electronic artists who have used influences from synthpop, particularly those in the electronic body music and futurepop genres such as Psyche, Covenant, Mesh, And One, Melotron, S.P.O.C.K, Beborn Beton, VNV Nation and Wolfsheim. It is otherwise generally used in its more classic sense, referring to early-to-middle 1980s synthesizer-driven pop acts (e.g., The Human League, Eurythmics), less precisely, to a variety of New Romantic pop acts from the same era (e.g., Duran Duran, Visage, Japan, and Spandau Ballet), and to current and emerging synthesizer-driven pop acts. Electropop (also called Technopop) is a form of synth pop music that is made with synthesizers, and which first flourished from 1978 to 1981. ... For other uses, see robot (disambiguation). ... Electro, short for electro funk (also known as robot hip hop and Electro hop) is an electronic style of hip hop directly influenced by Kraftwerk and funk records (unlike earlier rap records which were closer to disco). ... Gothic rock (sometimes called goth rock or simply goth) is a genre of alternative rock that originated during the late 1970s. ... Alternative electronic is a umbrella term generally used to describe a grouping of lesser-known electronic dance music genres that are related in some fashion to industrial music. ... Electronic body music (mainly known by its acronym EBM) is a music genre that combines elements of industrial music and electronic punk music. ... Futurepop is a recently-emerging electronic dance music genre, an outgrowth of electronic body music incorporating influences from synthpop (such as song structure and vocal style) and uplifting trance (grandiose and arpeggiated synthesizer melodies). ... Psyche is a Canadian dark synthpop band, now based in Germany, centered on Darrin C. Huss. ... Covenant is a band from Sweden that has created electronic body music (EBM)[1][2] and futurepop[1][2] since 1986. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... For the shoe company, see And 1. ... Melotron is a futurepop/synthpop band from Germany. ... S.P.O.C.K (Star Pilot On Channel K) is a Swedish synth pop band, known particularly for their science fiction references, especially Star Trek. ... Beborn Beton is a German synth pop band founded in 1989, with their first album release in 1993. ... VNV Nation is an electronic music group originally from Dublin and London, now based in Hamburg, that combines elements of trance, synthpop and electronic body music (EBM), into what they call futurepop. ... Wolfsheim is a synthpop band from Hamburg, Germany. ... The Human League are a British synthpop/new wave band. ... For the approach to music education, see Eurhythmics. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Duran Duran are an English rock band notable for a long series of popular singles and vivid music videos. ... Visage was a New Romantic band that began life in 1978, mainly to provide some danceable music to be played on Steve Stranges and Rusty Egans Billys London nightclub. ... Spandau Ballet was a popular English band in the 1980s. ...


Artists

This is a list of synthpop artists. ...

See also

Darkwave, also written as dark wave, is an umbrella term which refers to a movement that began in the late 1970s, coinciding with the popularity of new wave. ... Schaffel (from a German word meaning shuffle) is a term used to describe a trend in progressive electronic music in which the time signatures are built in variations of 6/8, 12/8, 3/4, or 4/4 triplet feels. ... Depeche Mode (pronounced ) are an electronic music band formed in 1980, in Basildon, Essex, England. ... This article is about the a musical group Erasure. ... Covenant is a band from Sweden that has created electronic body music (EBM)[1][2] and futurepop[1][2] since 1986. ... Goldfrapp is a British electronica group known for their visual theatrics and contribution to the popularization of electronic dance music. ...

External links

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  • Online directory of synthpop web resources
  • I Love Synthpop (informational site)
Electropop (also called Technopop) is a form of synth pop music that is made with synthesizers, and which first flourished from 1978 to 1981. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Futurepop is a recently-emerging electronic dance music genre, an outgrowth of electronic body music incorporating influences from synthpop (such as song structure and vocal style) and uplifting trance (grandiose and arpeggiated synthesizer melodies). ... Electronic dance music is a broad set of percussive music genres that largely inherit from 1970s disco music and, to some extent, the experimental pop music of Kraftwerk. ... This is a list of electronic music genres, sub-genres and styles, though for the latter, not all possess their own article (in which case, see the main genre article). ... Ambient music is a musical genre in which sound is more important than notes. ... This article is about breakbeat, the electronic dance music genre. ... Drum and bass (commonly abbreviated to d&b, DnB, dnb, dnb, drum n bass and drum & bass) is a type of electronic dance music also known as jungle. ... Electro, short for electro funk (also known as robot hip hop and Electro hop) is an electronic style of hip hop directly influenced by Kraftwerk and funk records (unlike earlier rap records which were closer to disco). ... Hardcore (sometimes ardcore) is a term that has been used to describe a variety of related electronic dance music styles over almost two decades. ... House music is a style of electronic dance music that was developed by dance club DJs in Chicago in the early to mid-1980s. ... For the comic book character previously known as Techno, see Fixer (comics). ... Trance is a style of electronic music that developed in the 1990s. ... Trip hop (also known as the Bristol sound) is a term coined by United Kingdom dance magazine Mixmag, to describe a musical trend in the mid-1990s; trip hop is downtempo electronic music that grew out of Englands hip hop and house scenes. ... UK garage (also known as UKG or just garage) refers to several different varieties of modern electronic dance music generally connected to the evolution of house in the United Kingdom in the mid 1990s. ... For other uses, see Pop rock (disambiguation). ... Arena rock, also called stadium rock or anthem rock, is a loosely-defined term describing a rock era. ... Baroque pop is a style originated in the mid 1960s as the flipside of sunshine pop. ... For other uses, see British Invasion (disambiguation). ... Bubblegum pop (also known as bubblegum rock, bubblegum music, or simply bubblegum) is a genre of pop music whose classical period ran from 1967 to 1972. ... Look up emo in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Glam metal is a sub-genre of heavy metal music that arose in the late 1970s - early 1980s in the United States. ... Glam punk is glam rock and punk rock music. ... Glam rock (also known as glitter rock), is a rock music style that developed in the UK in the post-hippie early 1970s which was performed by singers and musicians wearing outrageous clothes, makeup, hairstyles, and platform-soled boots. ... Indie rock is a subgenre of rock music often used to refer to bands that are on small independent record labels or that arent on labels at all. ... New Wave was a music genre that existed during the late 1970s and the early-to-mid 1980s. ... Piano rock, sometimes referred to as piano pop, is a term for a style of rock music that is based around the piano, and sometimes around piano-related instruments, such as the Fender Rhodes, the Wurlitzer electric piano, and keyboard-based synthesizers, rather than the guitar as is the case... Power pop is a long-standing musical genre that draws its inspiration from 1960s British and American pop music. ... Pop punk is used for two separate subgenres of punk rock music: the kind typically found on Lookout! Records, which stray very little from the three-chord formula that The Ramones pioneered, as well as a newer subgenre of melodic, more emotional punk, which includes by bands like NOFX and... Soft rock, also referred to as light rock or easy rock, is a style of music which uses the techniques of rock and roll to compose a softer, supposedly more ear-pleasing sound for listening, often at work or when driving. ... Sunshine pop, also known as sunshine rock, is a musical movement originating in California with its most famous exponents being The Beach Boys and The Mamas and the Papas. ... In the early 1960s, one of the most popular forms of rock and roll was surf rock. ... Defining characteristics of synthpunk (also known as synth-punk) bands include being founded at the same time (late 1970s) and place (California) as many US punk bands, performing with those same punk bands, in those same punk clubs, with records released on those same punk labels, preferring electronic instruments such... This article is about the genre of popular music. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Arabesk. ... Baroque pop is a style originated in the mid 1960s as the flipside of sunshine pop. ... Bubblegum pop (also known as bubblegum rock, bubblegum music, or simply bubblegum) is a genre of pop music whose classical period ran from 1967 to 1972. ... Country Pop is a subgenre of country music that first emerged in the 1970s, with roots in both the countrypolitan sound and in soft rock. ... Futurepop is a recently-emerging electronic dance music genre, an outgrowth of electronic body music incorporating influences from synthpop (such as song structure and vocal style) and uplifting trance (grandiose and arpeggiated synthesizer melodies). ... For other uses, see Pop rock (disambiguation). ... Pop punk is used for two separate subgenres of punk rock music: the kind typically found on Lookout! Records, which stray very little from the three-chord formula that The Ramones pioneered, as well as a newer subgenre of melodic, more emotional punk, which includes by bands like NOFX and... Pop rap (sometimes referred to as hip pop) is the name given to a style of hip hop that has a strong pop music influences. ... Power pop is a long-standing musical genre that draws its inspiration from 1960s British and American pop music. ... Electropop (also called Technopop) is a form of synth pop music that is made with synthesizers, and which first flourished from 1978 to 1981. ... Indie rock is a subgenre of rock music often used to refer to bands that are on small independent record labels or that arent on labels at all. ... Teen pop (also known in its vernacular sense as Disney pop) is a teenybopper subculture heavily influenced by Teen pop music which is socially considered exclusively consumed by preteens and teenagers. ... Traditional pop or Classic pop or Standards music denotes, in general, Western (and particularly American) popular music that either wholly predates the advent of rock and roll in the mid-1950s, or to any popular music which exists concurrently to rock and roll but originated in a time before the... Sunshine pop, also known as sunshine rock, is a musical movement originating in California with its most famous exponents being The Beach Boys and The Mamas and the Papas. ... This article is about the Greek music-culture. ... Pop-folk is a music-genre consisting of both pop music and folk music. ... Manufactured music includes the following categories // A natural band is a band where all members knew each other and didnt audition any members, and got their recording contract purely through sending out demo tapes, spotted whilst busking or similar. ... Yé-yé is a style of pop music, popular in France in the 1960s. ... For the musical term, see American pop. ... Arabic pop music or Arab pop is a subgenre of Pop music and Arabic music. ... C-pop is an abbreviation for Chinese pop. ... Cantopop (Chinese: 粵語流行曲) is a colloquial portmanteau for Cantonese popular music. It is also referred to as HK-pop, short for Hong Kong popular music. It is categorized as a subgenre of Chinese popular music within C-pop. ... Mandopop (traditional Chinese: ; simplified Chinese: ; pinyin: ) is a colloquial abbreviation for Mandarin popular music. It is also referred to as Mandapop. ... Europop refers to a style of pop music that developed in Europe throughout the 1970s which emphasized catchy beats, slick songs and frothy lyrics. ... Austropop is a musical movement, which started in Austria in the middle of the 1970s. ... Nederpop is a Dutch term that was invented by the mid-1970s to describe the pop music scene of the 1960s and 1970s that was gaining worldwide attention, exemplified by bands such as Shocking Blue, Golden Earring and Focus. ... Hong Kong English pop (Chinese: 英文歌) are songs sung in the English language in Hong Kong. ... Timeline and Samples Genres Classical (Carnatic and Hindustani) - Folk - Rock - Pop - Hip hop Awards Bollywood Music Awards - Punjabi Music Awards Charts Festivals Sangeet Natak Akademi – Thyagaraja Aradhana – Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana Media Sruti, The Music Magazine National anthem Jana Gana Mana, also national song Vande Mataram Music of the states Andaman... Timeline and Samples Genres Classical (Carnatic and Hindustani) - Folk - Rock - Pop - Hip hop Awards Bollywood Music Awards - Punjabi Music Awards Charts Festivals Sangeet Natak Akademi – Thyagaraja Aradhana – Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana Media Sruti, The Music Magazine National anthem Jana Gana Mana, also national song Vande Mataram Music of the states Andaman... J-pop is an abbreviation of Japanese pop. ... Picopop is a type of electronic music, similar to electropop, with origins in Japanese experimental bands. ... Shibuya at night Shibuya-kei (渋谷系 Shibuya-style; also 渋谷系サウンド Shibuya-kei sound) is a variety of Japanese pop music which combines elements of jazz, fusion, traditional music, and other styles. ... K-pop is an abbreviation for Korean popular music, specifically from South Korea. ... Pakistan’s first music channel, INDUS MUSIC (“IM”), is a milestone proving that Pakistani music has a lot to offer. ... -1... SFR Yugoslav Pop Rock scene was the pop and rock music scene of the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFR Yugoslavia further in the text), a state that existed until 1991. ... Taiwanese pop is mandarin chinese pop music performed by Taiwanese singers. ... History (Timeline and Samples) Genres: Alternative - Classical - Dance - Folk - Hip hop - Jazz - Military - Ottoman - Opera - Pop - Religious - Rock Music awards Kral - MÜ-YAP - MGD Charts Powerturk 40 - Kral 20 Annual festivals Istanbul International Music Festival - Istanbul International Jazz Festival - Ankara IMF - Izmir European Jazz Festival - Aspendos International Opera and Ballet... Boyband redirects here. ... The Supremes A Go-Go (1966) was the first album by a female group to reach the top position of the Billboard magazine pop albums chart in the United States. ... For the British television series, see Pop Idol. ... For the music genre, see Pop music. ... Popular culture, or pop culture, is the vernacular (peoples) culture that prevails in a modern society. ...

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Synthpop - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (799 words)
These include the exploitation of artificiality (the synthesizers are not used to imitate acoustic instruments), the use of mechanical rhythms and "feel", the use of vocal arrangements as a counterpoint to the artificiality of the instruments, and the use of ostinato patterns as an effect.
Synthpop song structures are generally the same as in "regular" pop music.
Synthpop is sometimes confused with electropop, which is generally regarded to be a particular style of synthpop that incorporates the more robotic elements and feel of electro music.
Hard Wired Synthpop Reviews (2789 words)
Theirs is a very commercial synthpop sound, something that often fails to impress but not this time; this is a fine effort, full of constantly engaging tracks with Muller proving himself a fine vocalist throughout.
Synthpop can be a bit hit and miss but this is definately a hit as while Pleasures Remain don't so anything startlingly new or original what they do they know how to do well and that's good enough for me.
I hope they'll do this more often in future as it would be a shame for such a talented band to limit themselves to what are, pretty much, musical impressions of another band thus endangering their longevity in the process, which is something I well believe could happen.
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