This week we take a look at the second generation of Electronic Music artists. Standing on the shoulders of giants like Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream and Wendy Carlos,
these artists, who a decade later, married a DYI punk ethos with the widespread availability of synthesizers. Any middle-class college student in the early 1980’s could afford to buy an ARP, and many did, especially in the UK. The result ranged from Ultraxox and Depeche Mode to Throbbing Gristle. From melodic to challenging. This is also the case with this episode of Idyllic Music with Winterstrand, Smooth Genestar, Tang Kai, Xena Supermoog, Victoria Darian and ORCATX.
We will start with Winterstrand and the intricate Electronic Music we last heard on episode 194. This is Winterstrand and ‘jpeux faire’
You can find all the albums by these inventive Austrian brothers at archive.org. From the German Creative Commons NetLabel Cyan Music comes Smooth Genestar's soundtrack with deep melancholic vibes, cosmic chords and orbital beats. Sputnik 1 makes the rounds.
That was Xena Supermoog and the sampling madness of ‘Water Song’. Find that and more Tang Kai at archive.org. Victoria Darien and Russian electronic producer ORCATX collaborate on a theater project based on the dystopian novel 1984. This is for Winston and Julia.
Based on Orwell’s 1984 that was ‘Sex’ . Find the whole soundtrack at archive.org There was much about the '80s that elicit eye-rolls, but the democratization of DYI synth music led to ‘The Message’ and, therefore, hip-hop.
Thanks for listening. I’m Jim Nye.