So what inspired you to get into synths in the first place?

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Post by cebec » Tue Jan 09, 2007 3:06 pm

'natural' drones, commodore 64/amiga games, Doctor Who (esp. Pertwee-era), and my dad's workshop (electrical engineer by profession, amateur radio operator and tinkerer by hobby)

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Post by ronP » Tue Jan 09, 2007 3:40 pm

The Antecedents: soundtracks to A Clockwork Orange, Star Trek, and especially Carl Sagan's Cosmos series.

Direct Influences: these records from my mother's vast vinyl collection: E. Powers Biggs, Close to the Edge, Wish You Were Here, Songs in the Key of Life, Headhunter, Long Distance Voyager, Exit Stage Left, The Pleasure Principle, Rio, Vienna, New Gold Dream 81, 82, 83, 84

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Post by Psy_Free » Tue Jan 09, 2007 3:54 pm

One night whilst I was sleeping a tiny alien appeared to me in a dream and said 'you must make electronic sounds using synthesisers or I will kick you in the nuts'.

So began a long and terrible journey of synthetic tone exploration with the singular aim of achieving prolonged testicle protection.
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Post by Tyler2000 » Tue Jan 09, 2007 4:16 pm

I got into synths because of a Huntsville, Alabama local synth-punk band called alabama jihad. Thier synth play had a juno106 and Moog Rogue. I would sit there and drool the whole show.
so what do I put down here now?

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Post by Micke » Tue Jan 09, 2007 4:46 pm

I got hooked on synths after having seen John Carpenter's classic movies "Assault on precinct 13", "Halloween" and "The Fog" back in the 1977-1980 time period. Just loved (I still do) Carpenter's minimalist synth-scores, especially the early ones which are very powerful and dark.

It wasn't until somewhat later, in the early '80s, that I got into other synth acts like Simple Minds, Ultravox, John Foxx, Human League, Tangerine Dream, Goblin, Twice A Man*, Tredje Mannen*, Lustans Lakejer*, Adolphson & Falk*, Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, Jarre etc.

* Swedish bands using synths.
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Post by JUGEL » Tue Jan 09, 2007 4:54 pm

My love of boxes, gadgets and dust.
Video Games
80's Fantasy (NeverEnding Story, etc)
The Cure
New Order
aphex twin
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Post by translucencecs » Tue Jan 09, 2007 5:08 pm

Micke wrote:I got hooked on synths after having seen John Carpenter's classic movies "Assault on precinct 13", "Halloween" and "The Fog"
Curiously enough, I goot hooked on "Assault on Precinct 13" back in the 80's after hearing Bomb the Bass's "Megablast" (subtitled "Hip Hop on Precinct 13") and investigated the loop that he'd used... Go figure. :)

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Post by johans121 » Tue Jan 09, 2007 5:16 pm

Spacey/weird/wacky sounds & samples from film & music
80's synth pop - Depeche Mode, Cure, New Order, etc....
Early projects by Bill Leeb and Rhys Fulber
Skinny Puppy - post Bill Leeb
Just about everyone from the old WaxTrax! label (I cry everytime I think about it)
A handful of people from Hypnotic / Cleopatra label (90's material)
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Post by justin_havu » Tue Jan 09, 2007 5:18 pm

For me, it was the fact that a synthesizer can produce sounds that other instruments just simply can't come close to. My dad had a MiniKorg that I used to mess around with, and I loved it. It was later given to me because he had gotten a PolySix.
Waveforms, and filters, and knobs. Oh my!

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Post by Spike Vincent » Tue Jan 09, 2007 5:22 pm

I've been into experimental synth music since the late 70's,but it was a serious spinal injury that meant I couldn't lug a bass amp around anymore that clinched it.
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Korg EA1,Korg MS10 and some shortwave radios.

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Post by Analogue Crazy » Tue Jan 09, 2007 6:28 pm

The Human League's 'Dare' album is what inspired me. My first Synth was a Juno-D which i thought was s**t and Sold immediatly. I replaced it with a JP-8000. The Promars was my second Synth and my first Analogue.
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Post by PitchBender » Tue Jan 09, 2007 7:10 pm

when i took a chance and spent $90 on an Electribe EA-1. Its been synth addiction ever since.

musical inspiration: Skinny Puppy, early KMFDM, Hardfloor, and super big props to producer, bass player, dub master, Bill Laswell.

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Post by nuketifromorbit » Tue Jan 09, 2007 7:27 pm

synapsecollapse wrote:skinny puppy and depeche mode

(wtf is that combo?)
A great one.

For me it was Nine Inch Nails, which also got me interested in listening to a variety of electronic music.

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Post by Electrocorporation » Tue Jan 09, 2007 7:29 pm

Jarre, Vangelis, Kraftwerk, TD, Ultravox. Pink Floyd.
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Post by peterw » Tue Jan 09, 2007 10:12 pm

Emerson, Lake and Palmer.
Especially albums like... Brain Salad Surgery, Tarkus, Trilogy, Pictures At An Exhibition.

Also Isao Tomita

And the various sci fi noises from the BBC radiophonic workshop, and Delia Derbyshire's DR Who theme.

Ok i know, I'm getting on a bit.

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