The surreal sound of synth-pop

Who should we thank for music led by the synthesizer?

Stars Insider

04/10/22 | StarsInsider

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As modern and as innovative as it may sound, the synthesizer was in fact developed as a musical instrument as far back as 1964. It came to prominence in the mid-1970s, used by groundbreaking bands such as Kraftwerk and Yellow Magic Orchestra. But it was in the advent of the 1980s that the synth-pop sound was born, played as a dominant instrument by the likes of Depeche Mode, Eurythmics, and Duran Duran. The synthesizer diminished in popularity in the 1990s and 2000s, but has since enjoyed a revival of sorts, with many of today's acts demonstrating a renewed interest in electronic music and nostalgia for the late 1970s and 1980s.

So, who should we thank for inventing the synth-pop sound? Click through and tune in.

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