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Post by Harp3 » Fri Sep 23, 2011 11:23 pm

Ok, I'm a guitarist who has recently been seduced by the sonic possibility of synth and I was wondering what people were inspired by, artist or album. Now i'll admit i'm super-nerdy when it comes to lists but I know some people either don't like to narrow things down or can't, so i've kept it to simply influences, although you guys could do top 5 favorite artists or top ten albums or favorite scene in a movie or whatever.

For basic yet effective melodic composition, I love John Carpenter. Not only did he write awesome scores but he had a good ten year run making kick-a## movies.

On the more complex side of things, I'm into minimalism(that sounds funny). Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Terry Riley. The first minimalist cd I got was Glassworks and it's still probably my favorite.

Krautrock, of course.

As far as modern music goes, I've been listening to Com Truise Galactic Melt constantly since picking it up. At first it seemed too repetitive, but it has really grown on me. Nice retro-futuristic vibes, real groovy. Cool artwork too.

Honorable mentions- the grimy arpeggios in Terminator(the original). The soundtrack to the movie Drive is cool too, very 80's. It may not work as well separate from the movie but it was definitely a nice change of pace from most modern movie soundtracks.

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Re: Influence(s)?

Post by Alex E » Fri Sep 23, 2011 11:40 pm

Primary Influences:

Teddy Riley's new jack swing productions circa 1986-1989
Kanye West
80's High NRG, Italo
80's synth funk
Parliament and the Funkadelic
Nine Inch Nails
Benny Benassi
Mr. Oizo
Notorious BIG
Pete Rock
Lady Gaga (RedOne, Fernando Garibay)
Kesha (Benny Blanco)
Calvin Harris
Stargate (Production Team)
Wolfgang Gartner
WC Olo Garb
Daft Punk
Various Disney Productions
Perrey and Kingsley
Michael Jackson
Cascada (Manuel Reuter)
Giorgio Moroder
Various childhood gameboy tunes
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Re: Influence(s)?

Post by theotherleadingbrand » Sat Sep 24, 2011 12:18 am

Here are a few musicians I like who have recorded with synths:

John Carpenter, (especially Big Trouble in Little China)
Elevator/ Elevator Through/ Elevator To h**l
The Cars
Eiyn Sof
Pete Shelley
Pink Floyd
Did I mention Pink Floyd?

There's so much more, but basically, anyone who's talented and makes music with an honest desire to connect with people is of interest to me.
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Post by aredj » Sat Sep 24, 2011 3:44 am

Hey, I just heard my first Com Truise today... pretty awesome...

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Re: Influence(s)?

Post by mizu » Sat Sep 24, 2011 4:30 am

Lady GaGa LMFAO, YMO (Yellow magic orchestra), Tomita Isao, Kitaro, Kraftwerk, Kernkraft 2600

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Post by garranimal » Sat Sep 24, 2011 5:06 am

I dig Reich, Ladytron, NIN, New Order, Massive Attack, Vangelis, 808 State, Underworld, Chems, Orbital.

Ten pieces which are influential to what I'm doing now.

10. Sneaker Pimps - Six Underground. It hadn't hit me back in the 90s when I started hearing this song on the radio, that is, until I was auditioning the album Becoming X in the music store with headphones. There is a special way the sample from Goldfinger is locked into the beat and the bassline. The follow-up album Splinter blew me away and I probably like it much more, but Six Underground really inspired me and still does.
9. Barry Adamson - Hollywood Sunset. From Lynch's Lost Highway soundtrack this track does funny things to me like forever residing in my psyche.
8. FSOL - Papua New Guinea. These guys are on another plane creating entire sample-driven worlds.
7. Orbital - Halcyon On and On. Textural and building up sonic layers. I give these guys mad props for pulling me into synth music.
6. TRS-80 - Air Mass. Trippy, dirty, beat-driven, psychedelic paranoid-schizophrenia.
5. Radiohead - Idioteque. This is the first Radiohead song to really rope me in and start listening to them. It's so simple yet complex, definitely unusual and really started to haunt me. Yeah, like in a scary way. That's one of those things that impresses to the sheer power music can have and begs me to answer all sorts of strange philosophical questions about the experience of music and what it should be.
4. Aphex Twin - Window Licker. Wicked track. Production out the a*s, and an interesting video to boot.
3. DJ Shadow - Stem / Long Stem / Transmission 2. Where do I start? The album Endtroducing completly composed of samples on an Akai MPC-60 and featured on Time Magazine's Top 100 albums of all time. A freeform, stream-of-consciousness, break-beat driven affair. I still spend a lot of time listening and attempting to decode the creative process.
2. Telephon Tel Aviv - When It Happens It Moves All By Itself. This track builds-up the sonic spectrum full of electric piano, micro-edits and stutter on the drum machines, voices, string-y synths and effects - then midway falls away into an etheral break.
1. Miles Davis - Flamenco Sketches. Music to me is really all about that feeling and being able to communicate it with others. That's the sort of thing I like to listen anyway and makes good art.

There are so many more, I wish I had time to put them all up here.

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Post by Automatic Gainsay » Sat Sep 24, 2011 5:21 am

1. Jeff Lynne
2. The Beatles
3. Prince
4. Trent Reznor
5. The Cool World Soundtrack
6. The Sea and Cake
7. Lindsey Buckingham
8. The Rentals
9. Moogsploitation
10. Ministry
11. Jon Brion
12. New Order
13. The Cure
14. Delia Derbyshire
15. Danny Elfman
16. Bill Bonebrake
17. Sigue Sigue Sputnik
18. Depeche Mode
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Post by Betterthanprozac » Sat Sep 24, 2011 7:11 am

John Medeski...and a little bit Thelonious Monk and Frank Zappa

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Post by tekkentool » Sat Sep 24, 2011 7:29 am

1. Wolfgang gartner (Undertaker, fire power, illmerica).
what a f**k genius of production, he's one of the few electro house guys who is a complete auteur. Nobody sounds anything like him and he basically puts everyone else to shame.

2.Megadeth (Holy wars, tornado of souls. Hanger 18.)
Single biggest influence on my guitar playing, dave's riffs rule and learning marty friedman solos changed my life.

3.Blind guardian. (Time what is time, A voice in the dark, Sacred worlds)
Big influence on how I write orchestral parts (as well as guitar riffs).

4.Elton John (Funeral for a friend/love lies bleeding, yellow brick road)
100% my main influence for how I approach and play piano.

5.Pendulum (The island pt1/2, Ransom, Masochist)
Love anything rob swire does. Anything pendulum put out is usually impeccably produced and sounds raw. Immersion is an awesome album.

6.Skrillex (Scatta, My name is skrillex (skrillex remix), Reptile)
Sound design. Absolutely brutal sound design. he was the first person to rope me into making electro house about a year ago after I heard "rock and roll". Haven't looked back.

7. Periphery (icarus lives, insomnia, jetpacks was yes)
Just the best sounding metal album I've ever heard. The riffs are brutal, huge drums. Glitch/Electronic elements. Nothing else quite like it.

8. Dream theater/Jordan rudess. (Under a glass moon, dance of eternity, the spirit carries on)
I know jordan rudess is more hated than cholera around here. But DT was the first band that stopped me making filter sweeps on my computer and make me want to start playing keyboards when I was 13/14.

9. Rush (Cygnus X-1, yyz, anthem)
The reason I play bass, geddy also being the main influence on my playing style (Tom sawyer was the first song I learnt on bass, YYZ next).

10. Porcupine tree. (trains, open car, Fear of a blank planet)
Whenever I'm programming acoustic drums, i want them to sound like gavin harrison is playing.

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Post by tekkentool » Sat Sep 24, 2011 7:32 am

Automatic Gainsay wrote: 3. Prince
4. Trent Reznor
13. The Cure

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Re: Influence(s)?

Post by Voodoo Ray » Sat Sep 24, 2011 8:33 am

1. Cybotron
2. Belleville Three
3. Mr Fingers
4. Dopplereffekt
5. I think you can see where this is going.

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Post by mharris80 » Sat Sep 24, 2011 8:47 am

tekkentool wrote:
2.Megadeth (Holy wars, tornado of souls. Hanger 18.)
Single biggest influence on my guitar playing, dave's riffs rule and learning marty friedman solos changed my life.

4.Elton John (Funeral for a friend/love lies bleeding, yellow brick road)
100% my main influence for how I approach and play piano.
+1000 Pretty much sums it up for me, too. Plus, have the added bonus of meeting MegaDave back in 2009. Awesome dude, to say the least. :guitar:

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Post by Ashe37 » Sat Sep 24, 2011 11:53 am

Nine Inch Nails
Depeche Mode
The Cure
New Order
Gary Numan
Pink Floyd
VNV Nation
Assemblage 23

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Post by Hugo76 » Sat Sep 24, 2011 1:43 pm

Brian Eno
Pete Namlook
Jean-Michel Jarre
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Aphex Twin
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