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  Synthpop - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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.
Synth pop song forms are generally the same as in "regular" pop music.
It is otherwise generally used in its more classic sense, referring to early 1980s synthesizer driven pop acts (e.g., Depeche Mode, Erasure) as well as a variety of New Romantic pop acts from the same era (e.g., Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet).
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 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Synth pop is a style of popular music in which the synthesizer is the dominant musical instrument.
While it might be argued that most current popular and commercial music in the industrialized world is realized via electronic instruments, synth pop has its own sylistic tendencies which differentiate it from other music produced by the same means.
Synth pop is sometimes referred to as Electropop although Electropop is generally regarded to be a particular style of Synth pop that flourished during the early 1980s.
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 Great Albums: Synth Pop
The infamous synth pop duo was like the misfit older cousin your parents detested for teaching you the thrills of hedonism.
Despite being a cornerstone of synth pop, the album is not without fault in that some of its more dance-oriented moments have not aged well, and many of its melancholy moments seem to wander aimlessly, like a drunken sailor in a foreign port of call.
On it, the band's sixth album, the leather-clad synth pop pioneers managed to isolate the most addictive elements of their music and songwriting style: industrial rhythms, synthetic textures, and emotive, socially charged lyrics.
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 Synth Pop Downloads - Download Synth Pop Music - Download Synth Pop MP3s   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Synth Pop was one of the most distinctive subgenres of new wave.
By 1984, synth pop had begun to die out, but the music had helped establish the synthesizer as a primary instrument in mainstream pop music during its time in the spotlight.
That seminal track helped usher in the synth pop era on both sides of the Atlantic, especially his native U.K., where he was a genuine pop star and consistent hitmaker during the early '80s.
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 BBC - GCSE Bitesize - Music | Contemporary music | Pop and Synth pop
Synth pop is characterised by the use of synthesisers (brought out by Moog in 1970) to bend the sound.
Tangerine Dream was an early synth band, but the most influential exponents of synth pop were the German band Kraftwerk who used powerful 'industrial' sounds: Autobahn (1974) was one of their many hits.
Synth continued in the late 1970s with Gary Numan and David Bowie, and into the 1980s with bands like Depeche Mode, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, New Order and Visage.
www.bbc.co.uk /schools/gcsebitesize/music/contemporarymusic/tcpopmusicrev5.shtml   (143 words)

 Techno Guide: Synth Pop   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Synth Pop is the fusion between Electronic music and Pop that changed the music map in the late 70's and defined one of the most important scenes of the first half of the 80's.
Synth Pop is characterised by mechanical rhythms from Drum Machines, and the use of synthesizers.
Other important influence in the Synth Pop was some of the British Glam artists like David Bowie and Roxy Music, specially in the vocals.
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 Synth-Pop / Electro-Pop   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Some synth poppers kept their credibility by adopting elements of alt-rock themselves (Depeche Mode proving to be a particularly successful example, whilst New Order were hardly strangers to guitar-based rock), whilst other just faded in and out, both commercially and artistically (i.e.
Initially, this took the form of bands such as And One combining synth-pop sensibilities to EBM inspired rhythms - a practise later advanced by the band Melotron and the Funker Vogt side-project Fictional, and also the emergence of a number of synth-pop inspired bands from the early darkwave/electo-goth collective (most notably Deine Lakaien and Wolfsheim).
This preluded the rise of the 'future pop' scene around the turn of the millenium, with EBM bands such as Apoptygma Berzerk, VNV Nation and countless others adopting a more 80s-synth oriented feel, whilst new European/Scandinavian acts, such as Merge, Echo Image and NeuroticFish began to establish themselves with a similar sound.
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 CANOE -- JAM! Music - Pop Encyclopedia - Images In Vogue
After playing for a year and a half with several aborted synth incarnations, Smith and Gordon assembled Images In Vogue in Vancouver in April 1981 with the addition of Martindale, Vizvary, Nelson and Crompton.
After touring and generating interest hot on the heels of the New Romantic synth invasion spawned by such acts as Duran Duran, Images In Vogue were signed to WEA Records.
The first single and video 'So Careful' received medium MuchMusic rotation but the band, who had moved away from their heavier synth leanings, was in disarray.
jam.canoe.ca /Music/Pop_Encyclopedia/I/Images_In_Vogue.html   (663 words)

 Ming & Ping - mingping.com pop CD review @ Rikks Revues
The term Pop can be misleading in these times as Popular music is actually a culmination of genres.
Pop music reviews will focus on a number of artists and bands, not limited to one specific sound.
The twins are at home in the techno synth world, I could have done without the bit of banter the two try and pull off between some of the tracks, but hey it's their project not mine.
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 Electric Fetus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Combining funk and disco rhythms with the cold futuristic synth aesthetic of Kraftwerk, it was silly and foppish, ironic and clever, sexy and ridiculous.
What makes it even funnier is the maddeningly catchy music, with synths happily beeping away, almost indifferent to the miserable humans running the show.
Soft Cell may not have been the earliest synth duo (that would be synth-punk pioneers Suicide), but they were the sleaziest.
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 Kraftwerk invented synth-pop music
This is one of the final shows of a world tour that started in February, and it comes at the tail end of a swing through Latin America.
Hardly a household name, Kraftwerk is important because, during the 1970s, they basically invented the rock-format synthesizer pop song.
Through the '70s Kraftwerk perfected the synthesizer pop song, gradually abandoning free form for tightly composed shorter pieces closer to radio-format rock.
www.azcentral.com /ent/music/articles/1119kraftwerk.html   (818 words)

Electropop was a genre of synthesizer pop music which flourished during the early 1980s, although the first recordings were made in the late 1970s.
Electropop was often characterised by a cold, robotic, electronic sound, which was largely due to the limitations of what synthesizers could achieve at the time.
synth hit --that honor belongs to Gershon Kingsley's hissing "Popcorn," performed by studio group Hot Butter-- but it wasn't a pure novelty either.
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 SurfWax: News, Reviews and Articles On Synth
As Hegarty moved into his teen years, in the early 80s, punk had already moved on to post-punk, and pop culture was beginning to be subverted in a quieter way by the cool gender-sedition of synth pop and the New Romantics - bands like the Human League, Adam and the Ants, ABC and Spandau Ballet.
With a synth slung over his shoulder and outfitted in a red and white tracksuit, Freezepopper Sean T. Drinkwater poked and prodded buttons to the tune of "Boys on Film," their tongue-in-cheek Duran Duran parody.
The album s a collection of 12 infectious pop songs perfected by analog synthesizers and hooks, proving that fab five of the electronic era are still quite vital and pertinent in the commercial...
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 St. Eve - Interview: Top Synth Pop
I decided that since I have synthesizers and guitars and it is song oriented and it is sung (unlike much "electro" that I love, but there I am in my underwear again) that I should find other people who do this kind of mix and go from there in my categorization.
And the analog synth sounds of that era are just so gorgeous and respected.
The fact is, I'm the synth player but I can't do all that and sing and jump around in stupidly high shoes.
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 Various Artists - Electricity: 18 Synth Pop Hits
While the synth pop period of 1979-1983 has never been particularly well catered for by CD re-releases, there do seem to have been a spate of synth pop/new romantic compilations over the last year or two starting with Old Gold's Synth Gold series and continuing with the likes of Club For Heroes.
It's a great, sprightly piece of synth pop that manages to tear along while at the same time retaining the fragile, somewhat arcane sound that characterised the group.
is synth pop, and it's not that bad, but it seems that every compilation of eighties music in existence includes this track somewhere.
www.awrc.com /review/v/electricity.html   (1057 words)

 Various Artists: Electro Nouveau: Tech, Synth Pop, and Nu-Electro - PopMatters Music Review
Over the past few years, the underground synth pop scene has been getting more and more attention from the mainstream media.
Count 2 Infinity's "Popism" is a rather good blend of synth pop and trance music, while Northern Lite's remix of '80s nightmare Sigue Sigue Sputnik's "Everybody Loves You" actually improves on the original.
UK synth pop veterans (and creators of the Powerpuff Girls theme, I might add) Bis are along with their gorgeous "The End Starts Today", a luxurious combination of pretty vocals, languid beats, and layers and layers of synths.
www.popmatters.com /music/reviews/various/various-electronouveau.shtml   (973 words)

 Synth pop   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Synth pop is sometimes referred to as electropop although electropop is generally regarded to be a particular style of synth pop that flourished during the early 1980s most closely associated with the post-punk New Wave music scene.
None of the newer acts have had more than a modicum of commercial success in the United States, although some have done very well in Europe, South America, and/or Asia.
Synth pop is increasingly used in gothic rock and industrial music circles to describe various dark electronic artists, particularly those in the electronic body music and futurepop genres.
read-and-go.hopto.org /Synth-pop/Synth-pop.html   (252 words)

 Obscure80's and MFV Titles
Sole album by this synth pop duo (vocalist Jonathan Hughston and instrumentalist/producer David Ferguson), released during the short time period when synth duos were 'hip'.
Third indie album by this U.S. pop band, (their first 2 albums were on Columbia) and their first without co-vocalist/guitarist Kyle Henderson who went on to pursue a musical career in the Christian music scene.
Pop City was the second album by Sussman Lawrence, a band led by Peter Himmelman, who then went on to critically acclaimed solo success (with members of Sussman Lawrence playing on most of his solo recordings) as well as Bob Dylan's son-in-law.
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 euRoClAsh: the gr8 encyclopedia of ELECTRO NU WAVE   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
it was an intellectual underground movement which quickly became one of the fundaments of 80s pop music, and it's as if history is happening again, and there's nothing wrong with that, because there clearly is a new approach.
although every song is produced by a different guru of elaborate pop house they are all tied together by erlends style, singing and songwriting.
Bastard Pop is the name of a London party series, which has found a follow-up in Berlin headed by the hammond inferno boys.
euroclash.com   (3947 words)

 Borders - List - Modern Synth & Power Pop
Fronted by singer Dave Gahan and synth innovator Martin Gore, Depeche Mode's sound was reminiscent of early Kraftwerk, with its lush synthesizers and simple drum beats.
Their approach to rock was inspiring, their songs were simple in nature, and all their records featured two recurring themes: power chords and analog synthesizers.
Big Star was formed in Memphis in the early '70s by high-school friends Chris Bell and Alex Chilton, the latter of whom had been the lead singer for the Box Tops at the tender age of 16.
www.bordersstores.com /features/list.jsp?list=rockpowerpop   (435 words)

 Daily Nebraskan - Aqueduct strives for synth-pop glory, falls short   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The other approach is to add layer upon wishy-washy layer of synthesized sounds, creating atmospheres as dense as the walls of clangy feedback, perfected by 1980s shoegazers like Galaxie 500 or My Bloody Valentine.
Somewhere in between, but closer to the latter than the former, is the one-man synth act David Terry, also known as Aqueduct.
Terry’s got a lot working against him in distinguishing himself from the gaggle of synth acts already out there, and does a decent job, with a quirky sense of humor and lo-fi production.
www.dailynebraskan.com /vnews/display.v/ART/2005/01/27/41f87571a0cfd   (365 words)

 Synth pop   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Synth pop is increasingly used in gothic rockgothic and industrial musicindustrial circles to describe various dark electronic artists, particularly those in the electronic body music and futurepop genres.
Make that No. 1 with a redial function "Crazy Frog Axel F" is based on a cell-phone ringtone.
It's the first ringtone to become a mainstream hit.
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 Synth Pop - Free Music Downloads - MP3 Downloads - Download.com Music
Their dark menace is apparent, as is their tuneful addiction to early-'80s synth pop.
Future Boy is atomic pop, to the max.
During the 1980s, underground bands and labels built a network of distribution and touring that was independent of the mainstream music industry.
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 Synth pop   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Bronski Beat were a popular British Synth pop trio of the early 1980s.
At their height, the band comprised of distinctive and diminutive singer Jimmy Somerville, backed by Steve Bronski and Larry Steinbacheck, both of whom played keyboards and percussion.
It was composed partly of re-recorded material and partly new, and failed to make an impact.
read-and-go.hopto.org /Synth-pop   (505 words)

 City Pages - Sprechen Sie Synth Pop?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
They've got the pop down, all right, but theirs is a warmer, late-'90s variety that would be more comfortable in the UK or New York than in the guttural landscapes of, say, Munich.
Not just in their wardrobes, which are tight and thrifty, but in their practice space, which is littered with throwaways--broken accordions, keyboards from the '70s, old carpet, an even older piano.
Even the band's pop sound is the sort of thing that people usually modify with a word like "garage," a term that itself feels used.
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