Do old synths sound more futuristic than new ones?

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Post by smallsynth » Wed Dec 19, 2007 12:23 am

the machadaynu remix is pretty funny.

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Post by immigrantboy » Wed Dec 19, 2007 12:28 am

yes.
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Post by Soundwave » Wed Dec 19, 2007 1:24 am

Villi wrote:"Futuristic" sound is retro. :P
You mean 'Retro Futuristic'?

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Post by Soundwave » Wed Dec 19, 2007 1:29 am

Johnny Lenin wrote:
wiss wrote:I personally feel the score to blade runner doesnt sound futuristic, it sounds dated as h**l.
Well... the whole idea of "futuristic" is dated as h**l.

I mean, there's been an interesting aesthetic shift in how "the future" is represented since the 1970s. There was a time when the future was all shiny chrome and girls in day-glo miniskirts driving hovercars to floating cities to meet their boyfriends in diagonal-zippered polyester jumpsuits, and where robot butlers would pour martinis for guests in Bauhaus-inspired living rooms.

The "futuristic" sounds of the past went "woop-woop-woop" and sounded like flying saucers taking off.

The future of the 21st century [which, you might recall, was once the future] is all about global warming, global war, the daily toll of extinction, bio-engineered mutant freaks, retrovirus pandemics and UV radiation from a depleted ozone layer.

If you want to get a "futuristic" sound for the 21st century, just sample a whole lot of people screaming and play it over and over.

There's a lot of truth here in a cyberpunk type way. :?

Alas the future ain't looking too bright these days tho I doubt nothing will ever capture my imagination like Jarre's Ethnicolor 1 from the Captain Blood ST like back in the 80's.

Are we still getting music thats ahead of it's time because to me it seems more like everyone jumping on a generic band wagon as soon as the media latch onto something a little different (but not too different) from the norm?

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Post by smallsynth » Wed Dec 19, 2007 2:02 am

band band wagon

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Post by Mpresev » Wed Dec 19, 2007 2:08 am

if you use an analog sequencer that would make it sound more futuristic.. For me atleast.

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Post by Dr. Sound » Wed Dec 19, 2007 4:55 am

You have seen the future, and it looks like the 80s:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=VIqU0SJPcIg

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Post by technomonster » Wed Dec 19, 2007 5:53 am

the JUNO-D is the official 'futuristic' synthesizer/Rompler.


no kidding - being saying it for years- no one listens !!!

some even suggested locking me up.

the world wont listen - it wont listen - it wont listen - it wont listen.

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Post by i_watch_stars » Wed Dec 19, 2007 6:16 am

Altitude wrote:I think it helps if your Vangelis
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Post by Stab Frenzy » Wed Dec 19, 2007 10:29 am

Jack Spider wrote:Here's some snippets of music on how music might sound in 20 years. Back in 1980.

That was hilarious! I loved how the ghost of Tchaikovsky was in a briefcase, as though he might need to be packed up and shipped off at a moments notice.

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Post by Vxster » Wed Dec 19, 2007 3:37 pm

Yoozer wrote:
Automatic Gainsay wrote:Yeah! Where the h**l is my jetpack??
If you drive over the highway and some asshole cuts you off, nearly forcing you off the road...

well, consider that driving style. Only in 3 dimensions and if you run out of gas, you crash. Thank goodness we don't have flying cars.
We will soon. :shock:

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Post by White » Wed Dec 19, 2007 3:54 pm

They can sound futuristic. It's in the way that you program them.
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Post by Syn303 » Wed Dec 19, 2007 4:29 pm

It's all in the way you program your synth, and the specific sound you have in your head and how you translate it to your particuar synth.

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Post by meatballfulton » Wed Dec 19, 2007 8:57 pm

Dr. Sound wrote:You have seen the future, and it looks like the 80s:
Wow, they'll still be using floppy disks in the 31st century!
I listened to Hatfield and the North at Rainbow. They were very wonderful and they made my heart a prisoner.

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Post by Yoozer » Wed Dec 19, 2007 9:28 pm

Vxster wrote: We will soon. :shock:
I'm not worried; the site hasn't moved an inch for 4 years or so. Vaporware at its finest :).
MrFrodo wrote:I actually HAVE heard people say that older, vintage-status synths sound superior to newer, more recent ones.

Uh yeah, that happens kind of often on this board.
And, to this day, I don't know what makes them say that.
A/B comparison?
Especially when you've got a synth pioneer saying he likes using the Minimoog Voyager moreso than the Minimoog.
Yes, and? Can't argue about taste :).
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