My Top 3 Synth Albums, what are yours?

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My Top 3 Synth Albums, what are yours?

Post by cscairney » Mon Jan 30, 2017 6:18 pm

Kraftwerk - Autobahn - was hard to pick this one over Radioactivity. Love the use of Minimoog all over this record. Beautiful!

The Chemical Brothers - Surrender - This came out when I was in high school and I immediately fell in love with the Synthi and Buchla 100 sounds, not to mention the countless other synths used throughout the record.

Apex Twin - Syro - All synths all day, WTF, this guy is the synth lord, midi programming wizard.

What are yours? :guinness:

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Post by trickness » Mon Jan 30, 2017 8:41 pm

I assume we're talking about "foundational" synth focused albums that made an impact on us personally? If so, here goes:

Tangerine Dream: Sorcerer
Jean Michel Jarre: Zoolook
Kraftwerk: Computer World

And Ryuichi Sakamoto's "Neo Geo" was big for me too.

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Post by Koa » Tue Jan 31, 2017 4:07 pm

APHEX TWIN - DRUKQS

EPROM - HALF LIFE EP

IVY LAB - FORTUNA EP

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Post by cyclopeatron » Thu Feb 02, 2017 11:33 am

This is the stuff I actually listen to over and over and over and makes me want to play synth.

Recent:
Tobacco - Ultima Massage II Lo-fi modular masterpiece. Nothing else sounds quite like it, which is saying a lot these days. Great sounds, melodies.
Aphex Twin - Syro (duh)
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - Ears New standard for synthetic expression.

Fundamental Classix:
Vangelis - Blade Runner
Skinny Puppy - Remission
Kraftwerk - Computer World

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Post by Xmit » Fri Feb 03, 2017 5:51 am

TD - Phaedra
Kraftwerk - Computer World
JMJ - Oxygene

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Post by 24dB » Fri Feb 03, 2017 6:11 am

Jarre - Zoolook
Vangelis - Bladerunner
Kraftwerk - Computer World
OSCar, Quantum, The Source, D-50, SH-101, S61 MkII, MS-20, TR-909, JP-8080, OP-1, H3000B, VT-4, PMA-5, QU-16, NS-10m, Kubicki Factor-Ex Bass, Parker Fly Deluxe, more always coming and going....

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Post by Torn n Frayed » Fri Feb 03, 2017 8:30 am

Freaky Chakra vs Single Cell Orchestra-S/T
Innerzone Orchestra-Carl Craig
geogaddi-Boards of Canada

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Post by Cyberiad » Fri Feb 03, 2017 9:38 am

Tangerine Dream - Rubycon (could be replaced by any album of theirs from 1972-77)

Popol Vuh - Gartens des Pharaos (not all synth, but close...almost a religious experience)

Robert Rich -Bestiary (he's an artist with real originality and solid quality, this one is fantastically weird)

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Post by Bataserpa » Fri Feb 03, 2017 2:06 pm

Vangelis - Heaven and Hell
Coil - Musick to play in the dark vol. 1
Kraftwerk - Radioactivity

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Post by beatcleaver » Fri Feb 03, 2017 3:02 pm

AE - Untilted
Gary Numan - Telekon
Squarepusher - Go Plastic

(I'm so mainstream!)

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Post by authorless » Fri Feb 03, 2017 3:52 pm

Obviously it will always change. Currently:

Barry Schrader - Lost Atlantis
Else Marie Pade - Faust Suite
Morton Subotnick - Until Spring
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Post by MrTurboparrot » Fri Feb 03, 2017 4:25 pm

Such a tough call.

At the moment:

1. Plastikman - Consumed (who am I kidding. This is not 'at the moment'. This is forever!)

2. Alec EMpire - intelligence and sacrifice (no longer a 'favourite' - but very important in moving me away from guitar-based stuff

3. Steve Moore - primitive neural pathways (solid polysynths, CR-78s... just so powerful and simple, and evocative. Wonderful)
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Post by MindMachine » Fri Feb 03, 2017 11:25 pm

Pure Synth:
Synergy - Cords
Tomita - Kosmos
Jean Michell Jarre - Equinoxe

runner up
Schnitzler - Ballet Statique

Electronic:
Tangerine Dream - Sorcerer
Brian Eno - On Land
Roger Powell - Air Pocket

Poular-ish:
Brian Eno - Another Green World
Gary Numan - Pleasure Principle or Replicas
Devo - either of the first two albums

runner-up
Yes - Tormato

edit - at least in the formative years that was the list(s)

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Post by Liddlepud » Sat Feb 04, 2017 2:51 am

beatcleaver wrote:AE - Untilted
Gary Numan - Telekon
Squarepusher - Go Plastic

(I'm so mainstream!)
I love the fact that this is one of the only places where AE and Squarepusher are considered mainstream :party:

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Post by stk » Sat Feb 04, 2017 7:00 am

Portishead. - Third
Board of Canada - Geogaddi

And. Um, not sure.. maybe Bladerunner? Oh also AE Confield.

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Post by MrNezumi » Sat Feb 04, 2017 7:28 am

Kraftwerk - Man Machine
D.A.F. - Alles Ist Gut
The Residents - Duck Stab

Ask me again next week and they may all change.

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Post by Dr. Sketch-n-Etch » Sat Feb 04, 2017 1:40 pm

Something with Rick Wakeman and his amazing Minimoog (pick one: Yessongs, TFTO, T6WOH8, JTTCOTE, TM&LOKA&TKOTRT, NoEC, etc). These were my introduction to synths, and they still inspire. The Minimoog solos on "The Revealing Science of God" and "Sir Lancelot and the Black Knight" and the intro and coda to "Music Reincarnate" are highlights.

Something with Tony Banks and his amazing ARP Pro Soloist (pick one: SEBTP, TLLDOB, TOTT, W&W). "Cinema Show" and "Riding the Scree" and "Robbery Assault and Battery" and "Blood on the Rooftops" and "Unquiet Slumber for the Sleepers in that Quiet Earth" are highlights.

Vangelis (pick one: Spiral, Beaubourg, China, Chariots of Fire). Probably Beaubourg when all is said and done.

Tangerine Dream: Rubycon.

Sorry... that's four.
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Post by neandrewthal » Sat Feb 04, 2017 3:24 pm

Mouse on Mars - Autoditacker
Joy Electric - The White Songbook
Boards of Canada - Music Has the Right to Children

and a bonus 3 because I can't omit them

Depeche Mode - Violator
Kraftwerk - Man Machine
Global Communication - 76:14
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Post by 2k4s » Sat Feb 11, 2017 3:27 am

Stevie Wonder - Talking Book
Depeche Mode - Speak & Spell
Herbie Hancock - Head Hunters

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Post by eewee » Sat Feb 11, 2017 8:03 am

Once (and still) blown away with:

Conrad Schnitzler - Ballet Statique
Tangerine Dream - Sorcerer
Synergy - Electronic Realizations for Rock Orchestra

Currently listening a lot to
Sankt Otten/N - Männerfreundschaften und Metaphysik
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Post by MindMachine » Sun Feb 12, 2017 12:32 am

eewee wrote:Once (and still) blown away with:

Conrad Schnitzler - Ballet Statique
Tangerine Dream - Sorcerer
Synergy - Electronic Realizations for Rock Orchestra

Currently listening a lot to
Sankt Otten/N - Männerfreundschaften und Metaphysik
You my friend have excellent tastes!

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Post by GuyaGuy » Sun Feb 12, 2017 2:52 am

Harmonia & Eno '76 - Tracks and Traces
Boards of Canada - Music Has The Right To Children
Kaityln Aurelia Smith - EARS

or maybe 3 other ones...

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Post by cscairney » Sun Feb 12, 2017 11:11 am

neandrewthal wrote:Mouse on Mars - Autoditacker
Joy Electric - The White Songbook
Boards of Canada - Music Has the Right to Children

and a bonus 3 because I can't omit them

Depeche Mode - Violator
Kraftwerk - Man Machine
Global Communication - 76:14
You know what, I had forgotten that Joy Electric was the band that first exposed me to the wonders of the monosynth! Loved that band when I was a kid! :party:

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Post by prscrptn » Mon Feb 13, 2017 8:33 am

Manuel Göttsching - E2-E4

Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works vol.2

Nine Imch Nails - Ghosts I-IV

Fennesz - Venice

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Post by Joe. » Mon Feb 13, 2017 9:06 am

Mr Oizo, Analog Worms Attack

Bad Company UK, Book of the Bad.

Devo, Freedom of Choice (that solo in snowball, love it)

Popped on Analog Worms Attack the other day, still holds up :nana:

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