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Synth-Pop Coursework. Synthpop is a genre of music that first became noticeable in the 1980s, this was when the synthesizer was the dominant musical instrument.

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Synth Pop - BTEC Music Coursework Introduction To Synthpop Synthpop is a genre of music that first became noticeable in the 1980's, this was when the synthesizer was the dominant musical instrument. This style of music became very popular in Japan and the United Kingdom during the post-punk era and became a part of the "New Wave" movement of the late 1970's to the mid 1980's. Some of the first synthpop musicians included Japanese group Yellow Magic Orchestra and British bands Ultravox and the Human League. These groups largely used monophonic synthesizers to produce music a simple and unique but exciting sound. What Is Synthpop? Synthpop is a unique genre of music like no other due to its futuristic and electronic sound. It uses synthasisers as its main and sometimes only instrument. ...read more.

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The portable Mini-moog, which allowed much easier use, particularly in live performance was widely used by progressive rock musicians such as Pink Floyd and Rick Wakeman. Instrumental rock was particularly popular in Europe, allowing synthpop bands like Kraftwerk to break the language barrier and allow people from all over the world enjoy their music without foreign languages putting them off. In 1971 a British movie called A Clockwork Orange was released with a synth soundtrack by Wendy Carlos. It was the first time many people in the United Kingdom had heard electronic music. Synthpop Success The emergence of synthpop was described as most significant event in music. In the 1980's synthesizers had become much cheaper and easier to use. After the definition of MIDI in 1982 and the development of digital audio, the creation of purely electronic sounds became much simpler. ...read more.

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After adding other elements to their songs, and with the help of a new audience, several synthpop acts had success on the US dance charts. Among these were American artists Information Society, Anything Box, and Red Flag. By 1991, in the United States synthpop was losing its popularity publically and commercially as alternative radio stations were responding to the popularity of grunge rock. Influence On Other Things By the mid 1980's, synthpop had helped establish the synthesizer as a primary instrument in mainstream pop music. It was a major influence on house music, which came from the post disco dance club culture of the early 1980's as some DJs attempted to make the less pop-oriented music that also incorporated influences from Latin soul, dub reggae, rap music, and jazz. The continued influence of 1980's synthpop could be seen in many variations of 1990's dance music. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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