What turned you on to electronic/synth music?

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Re: What turned you on to electronic/synth music?

Post by CapnMarvel » Thu Jan 08, 2009 5:30 pm

Being that I'm a child of the 80's, I'd have to say film scores, mostly. TD's stuff on the 'Risky Business' soundtrack, the Miami Vice soundtrack and incidental music, and I'm coming to realize now how much Giorgio Moroder-style disco I was exposed you as a young kid.

Yes and Genesis were always big for me.

As for more recent stuff, the Orb's 'Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld' and Tricky's 'Maxinquaye' probably kicked off my interest in modern electronic music.
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Re: What turned you on to electronic/synth music?

Post by Micke » Thu Jan 08, 2009 6:40 pm

cornutt wrote:My first concert was the Edgar Winter Group, and I still remember Edgar with that 2600 strapped around his neck. (Which I later found out was a prop. :lol: )
A prop.... are you really sure about that!?

Sure looks like a genuine ARP 2600 keyboard to me in these clips from '73:

[youtube]x1mV_5-bRPo[/youtube] [youtube]spb4_ym5GdA[/youtube]

Awesome synth solo!

Btw Cornutt, I have a CK interview with Edgar from the mid '70s where he says he has eight 2600's that he carries around
on the road with him.
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Re: What turned you on to electronic/synth music?

Post by cornutt » Thu Jan 08, 2009 8:02 pm

Micke wrote: A prop.... are you really sure about that!?
I'll have to go dig around in the Synth-DIY archives. But several years ago, there was a post there by someone who several other members vouced for saying that it was a prop and he was in a position to know. I'll try to find it and get back to you.
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Re: What turned you on to electronic/synth music?

Post by cornutt » Thu Jan 08, 2009 8:43 pm

Well, I don't know now. My judgement is that it's almost certainly real in this performance, although I wonder about the apparent lack of patch cords, which I assume would be required for that FM patch. Perhaps he had a switch installed for that, and I just can't see it in the video. I've been doing some searches of the Synth-DIY archives, and I can't find any reference now, but sometimes their search engine is a little funny.

I'm trying to recall now exactly what Edgar did with the 2600 when I saw them (which would have been the same time period as the top video). Problem is, I was only 12 then, and it was my first concert, so I wasn't exactly watching all of the fine details of the performance. :shock: I seem to recall it sounding very similar to the record. I also don't remember Chuck Ruff playing the bicycle horn. :lol:
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Re: What turned you on to electronic/synth music?

Post by cornutt » Thu Jan 08, 2009 9:00 pm

Okay, one more post: I found the original claim, it wasn't in Synth-DIY but in Analogue Heaven:

http://search.retrosynth.com/ah/search/ ... -v0506.899

The guy claims that he saw a roadie roll the tape. However, he also claims that the performance he saw exactly duplicated the record, and in the videos Micke posted above, that's clearly not the case. Perhaps they went through a period where they wanted it to sound just like the record and they were using tapes at that time? I could see a record label leaning on the band to do that. And then perhaps later, they chucked that and went to playing it all live. The poster on AH says that he saw them with Ronnie Montrose, but my understanding is that Ronnie left the band not too long after They Only Come Out At Night was released.

(Then again, the fact that this discussion took place on AH might be a clue right there. :roll: )
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Re: What turned you on to electronic/synth music?

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Re: What turned you on to electronic/synth music?

Post by Christopher Winkels » Fri Jan 09, 2009 11:42 am

Hearing a classmate's copy of Depeche Mode's "Some Great Reward" in early 1985. I was about 13 at the time and that blew my mind, probably in the same way Dark Side of The Moon would've if I'd been born a decade earlier.

I asked for a synthesizer for my birthday that year. My parents - bless 'em - interpeted "synthesizer" to mean "keyboard" and bought me an awful Yamaha preset machine (PSR-something) that was implementing the new (for 1985) FM technology in predictably lacklustre ways. Funny enough, the music store they bought it from had a used and terribly unfashionable Prophet-5 in stock at the time for roughly the same price as the Yamaha but my folks opted not to buy that one since the saleman told them it was "old technology". #-o

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Re: What turned you on to electronic/synth music?

Post by Hellhound » Fri Jan 09, 2009 1:10 pm

Man, I feel so young...well I guess I am. For me it was Daft Punk last year. I didn't hear much electronic music as a child in the 90's and until last year thought of all electronic music as repetitive c**p that was only enjoyable with an illegal substance in your system.
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