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The Human League vs Thomas Dolby vs OMD vs Depeche Mode

Poll ended at 27 Jun 2018, 11:25

The Human League
10
38%
Thomas Dolby
3
12%
OMD
5
19%
Depeche Mode
8
31%
 
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Re: Synth

Postby echolalia » 20 Jun 2018, 23:28

Darkness_Fish wrote:If you have to go British, Robert Rental & Thomas Leer's The Bridge is an absolute favourite


Synth-pop it ain’t! Off the top of my head I think Attack Decay is the track I like best. Rental and Leer both did some good solo stuff. I really like Double Heart by Rental. And, International by Thomas Leer (not the one on his first single) is wonderful. It has a really fab extended outro. On a Fairlight, apparently. It feels like he’s trapped in a two-chord synth-labyrinth. I especially love the way it slinks up and weaves its way into things. It starts at about 4:21 but of course you have to hear the whole track to fully appreciate it!



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Re: Synth

Postby Fonz » 21 Jun 2018, 06:33

These suggestions are great.
Keep em coming.
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Postby C » 21 Jun 2018, 12:02

I loved OMD and saw them umpteen times in their heyday.

Dare by The HL is one of the greatest albums ever made.


I would also endorse John Foxx - many fine albums




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Re: Synth

Postby Darkness_Fish » 21 Jun 2018, 12:27

Like fast-moving clouds casting shadows against a hillside, the melody-loop shuddered with a sense of the sublime, the awful unknowable majesty of the world.

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Postby ConnyOlivetti » 21 Jun 2018, 12:36

Dont like genres ... just good music ;-)

Depeche Mode - Violator
Cluster - Sowiesoso
Harmonia - Deluxe
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Postby Fonz » 21 Jun 2018, 16:37

ConnyOlivetti wrote:Dont like genres ... just good music ;-)

Depeche Mode - Violator
Cluster - Sowiesoso
Harmonia - Deluxe


I would tend to agree re: genres, however, I’m getting into synthesisers, for my own amusement, and want to explore some early stuff- before it all got ‘dancey’.

Any latter day suggestions also welcome, so long as I don’t have to do some drugs to appreciate it...
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Postby sloopjohnc » 21 Jun 2018, 17:06

C wrote:I would also endorse John Foxx - many fine albums


Yeah, he's very good. Ultravox were great when he was with them. Much more interesting band.
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Postby WG Kaspar » 21 Jun 2018, 17:45

Depeche Mode are the best band of the 80's. From the rest I quite like OMD and really dislike The Human League.
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Postby sloopjohnc » 21 Jun 2018, 18:02

WG Kaspar wrote:Depeche Mode are the best band of the 80's. From the rest I quite like OMD and really dislike The Human League.


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Postby bobzilla77 » 21 Jun 2018, 20:07



They never did anything else remotely like this, but I love it. Non-sixties-sounding psychedelia.
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Postby bobzilla77 » 21 Jun 2018, 20:10

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This was interesting too.
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Re: Synth

Postby Darkness_Fish » 22 Jun 2018, 11:48

bobzilla77 wrote:

They never did anything else remotely like this, but I love it. Non-sixties-sounding psychedelia.

The B-side is lovely, too:


Chris Carter's solo synth-pop instrumentals were superb at times:

Like fast-moving clouds casting shadows against a hillside, the melody-loop shuddered with a sense of the sublime, the awful unknowable majesty of the world.

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Re: Synth

Postby Toby » 22 Jun 2018, 17:22

All the best synth music of this time was made in Italy.

Here's my ItaloDisco playlist..

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=P ... 2aoYBZwlGt

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Postby Deebank » 22 Jun 2018, 17:58

Darkness_Fish wrote:
bobzilla77 wrote:

They never did anything else remotely like this, but I love it. Non-sixties-sounding psychedelia.

The B-side is lovely, too:


Chris Carter's solo synth-pop instrumentals were superb at times:




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Postby Deebank » 22 Jun 2018, 18:00

New Order's Power Corruption & Lies is a high point for me.

It all went a bit down hill with the rise of digital synthesis - nasty clangy DX7 patches :x
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Postby Fonz » 23 Jun 2018, 08:22

Deebank wrote:New Order's Power Corruption & Lies is a high point for me.

It all went a bit down hill with the rise of digital synthesis - nasty clangy DX7 patches :x


For all I think I would recognise a DX7 patch, I don’t really know if I could...

What are the unique characteristics of FM sounds?
For that matter, what are the ‘classic’ sounds of other synths that I should be listening for?
I’m familiar with some names- ARPs, Prophets, Moogs, but I don’t necessarily have a sound in my head that epitomises those synths.
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Postby Deebank » 23 Jun 2018, 12:12

Fonz wrote:
Deebank wrote:New Order's Power Corruption & Lies is a high point for me.

It all went a bit down hill with the rise of digital synthesis - nasty clangy DX7 patches :x


For all I think I would recognise a DX7 patch, I don’t really know if I could...

What are the unique characteristics of FM sounds?
For that matter, what are the ‘classic’ sounds of other synths that I should be listening for?
I’m familiar with some names- ARPs, Prophets, Moogs, but I don’t necessarily have a sound in my head that epitomises those synths.


FM allowed for much more percussive sounds that analogue subtractive synthesis couldn’t manage.

So lots of bell and gamelan-type stuff but also some nasty things like the accordion on Lloyd Cole’s Brand New Friend.

It all seemed like a step backwards.

To be fair the DX7 and it’s Yamaha FM brethren were very powerful machines it’s just that no one could be arsed to program them because they were so complicated. So the presets were all you’d hear. With good old analogue you’d just tweak a slider or two.

I had a Casio FM machine which I sold to get my first six string. It could do that VH Jump brass to a tee and the bass line to West End Girls :lol:
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Postby Deebank » 23 Jun 2018, 12:17

You mention Moog and ARP.
A good example of these to is Are Friends Electric?
The Moog does the main melody while the ARP does the soaring portmento notes.

Mini and Odessey respectively.
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Postby Fonz » 23 Jun 2018, 14:09

Thanks for that.

Re: the accordion patch. You’d have thought Lloyd could have found a suitable beret-wearing sophisticate to do it for real.
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