What Is Synthpop?

What is Synthpop?

Synthpop is a genre of music that uses a synthesizer (computer based sounds) to create beats and rhythms, also known as electropop. The first synthesizer was built at RCA, USA in 1955. Bob Moog is the most legendary of the…

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Event Review-Beyond Wonderland

Event Review-Beyond Wonderland

What is normally a barren parking lot outside the Oakland Coliseum was turned into a magical wonderland by Insomniac Events this past weekend when Beyond Wonderland came to the bay area for the first time. Insomniac, which is well known for their fantastic theatrics, did an incredible job with keeping the Alice in Wonderland theme. Each DJ’s individual light shows were on par, however the enormous light-up Ferris wheel was a real surprise. Likewise, the go-go dancers dressed as the “queen’s henchmen” were a nice addition. There were three distinct stages for the event- The Queens Domain, The Madhatter’s Castle (both of which played the conventional house/electro/ trance), and The Caterpillar’s Garden which played more dubstep, drum n’ bass, trap etc. The Queen’s domain and Madhatter’s castle were considered the “main stages,” and were under two very large tents. The Caterpillar’s garden on the other hand was very elevated and had no cover tent. The biggest downside of the tent covers was the somewhat distorted sounds. Being a big fan of electronic, music it was a little disappointing to hear that the songs played didn’t sound as good as they could. Another downside of the event was the quality of the speakers. EDM is best listened to loud, however with these speakers it did not do the songs justice- especially at the front.

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KSJS ELECTRONIC TOP ALBUMS & FEATURED SINGLES-CMJ #1269’s RPM/RPM ADDS 10/9/2012

FEATURED ALBUMS (RANKING/ARTIST/ALBUM)

 1. NETSKY Netsky 2

2. ICKY BLOSSOMS Icky Blossoms

3. MATTHEW DEAR Beams

4. MNDR Feed Me Diamonds

5. WOLFGANG GARTNER Love and War

6. RON REESER Mashups

7. BLACKBURNER Planet Earth Attack

8. MANITIX Remixes

9. JULIAN R Remixes

10. DOCTOR P Galaxies and Stars

11.HOT CHIP In Our Heads

12. MORGAN PAGE In The Air

13. HOW TO DRESS WELL Total Loss

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