What was your gateway drug into synthesis?

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Post by elphcoil » Sun Jan 06, 2008 2:13 am

growing up as a kid it was the early 80's music that got me interested in electronic music. i really dug duran duran, human league, soft cell and others as an 8 year old. fast forward to 1990 when i heard vivisect vi and too dark park by skinny puppy and i knew i wanted to put together a small setup to start experimenting. i bought my first 3 synths in early 1994 and it just kind of took off from there like an obsession. in retrospect, it's quite amazing how music and music technology have changed over that time frame.
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Post by caligari » Sun Jan 06, 2008 4:21 am

Great post!!!

I started with the original Reason and Rebirth when my brother, who is into DJ spinning and the like, visited with his laptop.

Within two months I had my Arp Axxe, Eps, and ESQ 1, and my pocketbook has been in ruins ever since!!!
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Post by kaffekick » Sun Jan 06, 2008 3:00 pm

I remember building synths out of Lego so I could jam to to songs like Crockett's Theme and Axel F in the 80's when I was a kid. :lol:
I guess my synth obsession started there. :)
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Post by Box » Tue Jan 08, 2008 11:45 pm

kaffekick wrote:I remember building synths out of Lego
I hear those have a plastic like sound to them. :P
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Post by piRoN » Tue Jan 08, 2008 11:59 pm

Yes, somewhat cold and brittle. I prefer synths that sound a little rounder.
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Post by kaffekick » Wed Jan 09, 2008 12:33 am

Box wrote:I hear those have a plastic like sound to them. :P
Yeah. But probably the most inexpensive way to build your own modular. ;)
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Post by Joey » Wed Jan 09, 2008 5:56 am

kaffekick wrote:
Box wrote:I hear those have a plastic like sound to them. :P
Yeah. But probably the most inexpensive way to build your own modular. ;)
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Post by buhler » Wed Jan 09, 2008 6:38 am

i know i'm gonna get it for this but my "gateway" into synthesis was....

ACE OF BASE

i know, i know. i suppressed the urge for many years but i finally am letting it out now. (i am married by the way, to a woman.)

"the sign" mmm...

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Post by qube » Wed Jan 09, 2008 2:33 pm

I used to record the tunes off C64 games and demos and listen to them on my Walkman! Didn't associate it with synths or electronic music back then. I got into that after discovering Jarre, Vangelis & Tangerine Dream. Spent ages writing tunes on Sound/ProTracker on my Atari ST & later Amiga.

I used to be into electronics and was often asked to fix stuff, I got the bug when I was asked to repair a PSU on a Korg Wavestation keyboard. The sound on that thing was epic!

Been hooked ever since & still listen to music from the C64.

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Post by Untouchable_888 » Sat Jul 12, 2008 8:40 pm

First it was some toy i had that made froggy noises and kitty and dog noises. I would have a blast...
Then I got out of that stage, and really dug the wierd fx that KoRn put on their guitars. So by this point i loved music, took some piano lessons by force, hated piano, heard Velvet Acid Christ, wanted to get back into music making, and now I will never ever ever part with my beloved Juno-106, whom I have named "Winter."

I will probably forever be addicted to synth gear. h**l, i even have dreams about it while I sleep.....

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Post by yek » Sat Jul 12, 2008 8:42 pm

acid dj, lol

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Re: What was your gateway drug into synthesis?

Post by killanator » Sat Jul 12, 2008 9:58 pm

Tofuik wrote:Mine was Fruityloops 4 randomly handed to me by my brother..


what was your gateway drug? :confused4:
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Post by Hossinfeffa » Sat Jul 12, 2008 10:10 pm

The music for Disney's Main Street Electrical Parade started it for me. That and the original music you heard while waiting to ride on Space Mountain.
Well fffff.

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Post by Alex E » Sat Jul 12, 2008 10:16 pm

Hossinfeffa wrote:The music for Disney's Main Street Electrical Parade started it for me. That and the original music you heard while waiting to ride on Space Mountain.
Hi five! :D
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Post by killanator » Sat Jul 12, 2008 10:23 pm

Alex E wrote:
Hossinfeffa wrote:The music for Disney's Main Street Electrical Parade started it for me. That and the original music you heard while waiting to ride on Space Mountain.
Hi five! :D
Best music in an amusement park ever is at space mo0untain!

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