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Thread: The Definitive Synth-pop Index

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    Default The Definitive Synth-pop Index

    Help me index good synth, please!

    proposed categories

    synth-pop: Iris, DM, De/vision, red flag, cause & effect, echo image, comoflauge, sweep

    synth-lite: erasure, bronski beat, communards, echoing green, b! machine

    FuturePop: VNV, Covenant, Apop, Neuroticfish



    please feel free to propose other genres/sub-genres, I don't know much about modern industrial (or is it EBM now), experimental/ethereal/female vocal synth, retro stuff, etc.

    I'm mainly interested in flushing out the big three categories I listed, especially the "synth-pop" category (I basically want to know about any and every band on the face of the earth that sounds anything like Iris), but feel free to add as you like according to your expertise.

    thanks!!!

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    You can check out our band if you like ...

    Kiss the Star

    http://www.mp3.com/kissthestar

    Synthpop

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    uk ebm: http://www.thethoughtcriminals.co.uk

    new-wave/dark early 80's synthpop : gary numan,john- foxx,ultravox,human leauge,joy division,siouxie and the banshee's,simple minds(early),clan of xymox,fad gadget,Devo,softcell,visage,heaven 17(early)
    music for deviant boy\'s and girls f**k playing master and servent\'s
    this is the new s**t

    http://www.thethoughtcriminals.com

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    What is the purpose of this cataloging exercise?

    (aside from being an obvious source of conflict as people argue sub-genres yet again)
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    The Synthpop Network is my pick for the definitive synthpop index since just about every synthpop band has a link there. http://www.spn.nu/ will get you there if you haven't checked it out yet.
    I would sort of disagree with your categories, if only because synth-lite sounds a bit dismissive and your synth-pop category seems like a list of those with "a DM-ish sound" (which is not to say that is a bad thing, they just got there first). This whole trying to place everything into a category is a bit of madness really. If I may quote from the SPN faq's "everyone has different interpretations of what is classified as synthpop."
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    Originally posted by Kiss*the*Star
    You can check out our band if you like ...

    Kiss the Star

    http://www.mp3.com/kissthestar

    Synthpop
    But I thought you guys were going more for the Violent Disco genre?
    If you\'re reading this, you have a tiny penis.

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    Originally posted by Kiss*the*Star

    Kiss the Star

    http://www.mp3.com/kissthestar
    hey hip hop doesn´t count in here...

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    the purpose, mainly, is to create a reference tool for exploring new music in my genre of choice. I personally don't stray much, musically, from the genres that I like, and to be honest there is a bit of a shortage of good new synth-pop (DM, Iris style synth, that is)-- or at least if FEELS like there's a shortage, but if somebody had a difinitive index divided into rough sub-genres, I might be able to discover some new music rather easily, which is always nice.


    I mean, wouldn't it be nice if you could just type in your favorite band on some webpage somwhere, and out it spits a list of similar, lesser known music for to hunt down on soulseek?

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    Try this:

    Go to mp3.com and look for bands who sound like "Depeche Mode" or "Iris" ... you will be surprised what you turn up!

    My involvment in the modern synthpop scene itself stems from me typing in "Erasure" in mp3.com's sound like category and listening to the results I got (including Nukleon, Electrosquad, and Ganymede, amongst many many others). It's what got me opened up and tuned into what is available out there.

    If you're into that area of synth music, I have a list of bands for you:

    B! Machine, Lucide, Pop Star Who Kills, Inticated, Stykfaktor, Simulator, No Decay (or 8IGHT as they are now called), Wave in Head, Strangeway, Joy Machine and related projects (including Brand New Idol and Halovox), Intervox, Nukleon, T.O.Y. ... I also recommend the obscure band Sea of Sin, a by-now forgotten German band from the late 90's who were produced by Heiko Maile of Camouflage. You can still find one of their albums on the Synthphony label. Punch up http://www.mp3.com/synthphony

    Many of these, you can find on my mp3.com station (just look on www.synthpop.fm for it) ... or just Google 'em.

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    thanks synth!

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    Well... I though I mention this. I thought Violent Disco was too complex and not friendly sounding genera, so we are going to switch to Polka Disco. How about Drunken Sailors? That has nice ring to it.
    www.myspace.com/pswk
    www.popstarwhokills.com (ElectroRock)
    www.myspace.com/youngjoon (Breaks)
    www.myspace.com/grep (IDM)
    www.myspace.com/requiemnoise (Industrial)

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    \"why is it feel like a greatful dead show here? like that hippe that constantly talks about one band and how they changed their lives.\"

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    I am so tired of \"I want to be Depeche Mode or Erasure for the last 25 years.\" I hope I am not the only one. 25 years is a quarter of century and about a 1/3 of human life. If a person spends a 1/3 of his or her life having the same tastes, I don\'t know if that person acquired enough information to have an interesting life or has a problem understanding he or she is no longer a teenager.

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    why isn't cosmicity on the list??? anywho, i would look out for bit pixel, because they be good...i would also recommend macondo, blind before dawn, provision... (hey... have you even looked at the synthpop artist available here at EGN, there's three pages of artist. no shortage at all)

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    Originally posted by Daft Monk
    The Synthpop Network is my pick for the definitive synthpop index since just about every synthpop band has a link there.
    Not my pick. When was the last time that site was updated?

    Originally posted by Synthpopalooza
    My involvment in the modern synthpop scene itself stems from me typing in "Erasure" in mp3.com's sound like category and listening to the results I got (including Nukleon, Electrosquad, and Ganymede, amongst many many others). It's what got me opened up and tuned into what is available out there.
    That's funny. That's exactly how I got into things on-line. I went to mp3.com and searched on "Artist Sounds Like" Erasure, and darn if Mark wasn't the second search result on the list. He was the second artist I ever found on the Net. I think the first one was Electrosquad.
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    Sure the Synthpop Network hasn't been updated in two years, but I still think it's the most complete resource for links to synthpop out there. I think it speaks volumes for how great it was in the past.
    I've always found searching mp3.com to be problematic because too many people have exploited the "Similar Artists" by listing every major label band they can think of when they sign up. I just checked and there are currently 282 artists who show up when one does a search for similar artist to Erasure on mp3.com. Which is not to say you can't find great music like you did Dave.
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