Today, CHVRCHES are perhaps the nearest thing to the ‘Synth Britannia’ tradition and have proved that there is an international market for synthpop. But elsewhere, acts like YEARS & YEARS and EKKOES are being championed by the mainstream press as ‘synthpop’ when they clearly aren't.
These mis-sold products would surely be questioned under the Trade Descriptions Act, like PPI? It goes on, so what has happened to synthpop? Continue Reading ›
Released in 1974, 'Snowflakes Are Dancing' gave Japanese synthesist TOMITA exposure for his electronic interpretations of romantic composer Claude Debussy’s tone poem compositions.
Initially TOMITA started his career as a composer for Nippon Columbia including creating music for theatre, film and television. As well as his interpretations of Debussy's works, he also released albums of Stravinsky’s ‘Firebird’ and Holst’s ‘The Planets’. Continue Reading ›
Colin Vearncombe, better known as BLACK, has passed away following a car accident where he sustained serious head injuries near his home of Cork in Ireland.
While Vearncombe was not perhaps as lauded as some of his Merseyside contemporaries, songs such as ‘Sweetest Smile’, ‘You’re A Big Girl Now’ and of course ‘Wonderful Life’ easily marked him out as an equal. Continue Reading ›
DAVID BOWIE sadly passed away at his home in New York on 10th January 2016 after an 18 month battle with cancer. An artistic maverick who continued to push boundaries right until the end, he influenced a generation.
Bowie’s passing sent shockwaves across the world as his illness was kept secret; his new album ‘Blackstar’ had only been released a few days earlier. Continue Reading ›
The user manual for the Roland System 100 semi-modular synthesizer profoundly stated “there are no illegal connections…” - and in modern electronic music, that is still the case with the accomplished artists of today very much connected to the synth pioneers of yesteryear like KRAFTWERK, OMD, DEPECHE MODE and THE HUMAN LEAGUE.
2014 was a comparatively lean 12 months, but this year found many veterans returning to the fold. Continue Reading ›