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 synthesizer producers with synthesizers like the MiniMoog and others, which has been much used by synthpop musicians. In the 1970s the production of synthesizers started in a larger scale. The synth became extremely popular in the 80s making it the dominant music instrument in music. In addition to pulses created with a keyboard, drum, bass and guitar machines are also a common aspect connected to producing this specific composition. Synthpop has influenced other subgenres such as house, dancepop and techno. Boy bands and teen pop icons have used this genre to create catchy songs with simple beats and lyrics, which gives synthpop a bad reputation. Many disapprove of its alleged lack of emotion and musicianship. Not all of it is that way though. It can be a much different alternative than other genres such as rap or rock directly related to its upbeat and cheerful sound. Most mainstream pop artists are using electronic influences in order to create quick, but popular sounds for the widespread audience in America. In today’s mainstream, it has been obvious how greatly electronic has influenced most artists such as Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas, and Britney Spears.

Artists: Shiny Toy Guns, Freezepop.
Check out EPR (Electro Pop Rocks) weekly Wednesdays in San Francisco.


By-Britnee Marshall

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