Synthentral 20170704: July 4th Special!

New episode of Synthentral is now online!

Today’s episode is a special July 4th with songs about Independence, Freedom, Revolution, Rebels, and all that stuff. The song called Freedom may be about freedom from a person instead of freedom from tyranny, but in reality, those two freedoms are one in the same.

Today’s episode features music by Figures On A Beach, Apoptygma Berzerk, Miss FD, Ruined Conflict, Cryo, Atlantic Popes, Funker Vogt, Provision, Psy’Aviah, Ayria, DE/VISION, Destroid, The Comsat Angels, Alice in Videoland, Wideband Network, [:SITD:], Colony 5, Mindless Faith, Endless Shame, Cut Copy, Whiteqube, Velvet Acid Christ, Covenant, Ruined Conflict, Bigod 20, and Modulate!

Just click on the synthesizer below to listen!

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Music Time! Random Shuffle. 12/26/16

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It’s music time again! Why do I do this? Well, in the hopes of introducing people to new synth-based music (EBM, Futurepop, Synthpop, Synthwave, Darkwave, Industrial, Industrial Dance, Electro, etc). So give the bands a listen and if you like what you hear, then go and pay for their album and support the bands!

I was on vacation for two weeks and I’m ready to get some more music out there!!!

You can listen to all of these songs in a solid stream on my MixCloud page!

NOTES: 1) I own (as in paid for, or was gifted) all of the music that I feature. I also attend as many local shows that I can to support bands when they’re on tour. Please do the same and support music! 2) Unless I’m doing a themed Music Time!, then all songs are from MediaMonkey being on shuffle and I put them here in the order MediaMonkey plays them for me (exceptions only if MediaMonkey duplicates a band during the shuffle or there is no video on YouTube for the song).

ARTIST: Divamee
SONG: Traumwelt
ALBUM: Experiment
YEAR: 2008

ARTIST: Boole
SONG: Thelema
ALBUM: The Vital Few
YEAR: 2008

ARTIST: In Strict Confidence
SONG: Something To Remember
ALBUM: Exile Paradise
YEAR: 2006

ARTIST: [x]-Rx
SONG: The Doll Underground (SAM Remix)
ALBUM: Update 3.0 (Limited Edition)
YEAR: 2010

ARTIST: Young Galaxy
SONG: Lost In The Call
ALBUM: Young Galaxy
YEAR: 2007

ARTIST: Massiv In Mensch
SONG: Transformation II
ALBUM: Niemand Weiss Was Die Zukunft Bringt
YEAR: 2010

ARTIST: Mind.In.A.Box
SONG: Machine Run
ALBUM: Dreamweb
YEAR: 2005

ARTIST: Melotron
SONG: Broken
ALBUM: Propaganda
YEAR: 2007

ARTIST: Boytronic
SONG: Goodbye
ALBUM: The Working Model
YEAR: 1983

ARTIST: Null Device
SONG: You’re Not That Charming
ALBUM: Excursions
YEAR: 2007

ARTIST: F.O.D.
SONG: Heal Me
ALBUM: Maschinentanz
YEAR: 2010

ARTIST: Dreamtime
SONG: Ghosthack
ALBUM: Farout
YEAR: 2009

ARTIST: Ayria
SONG: Letter From An Angel
ALBUM: Plastic Makes Perfect (Deluxe Edition)
YEAR: 2013

ARTIST: Spray
SONG: Twitter Campaign
ALBUM: We’re Nihilists, Not Stylists EP
YEAR: 2011

ARTIST: Celluloide
SONG: I Am Fine
ALBUM: Bodypop EP (Deluxe Edition)
YEAR: 2006

ARTIST: Leiahdorus
SONG: Jupiter
ALBUM: Ashes Ashes…
YEAR: 2002

ARTIST: KieTheVez
SONG: Ride
ALBUM: Three Empty Words (German Version)
YEAR: 1994

ARTIST: Edge of Dawn
SONG: Falling
ALBUM: Anything That Gets You Through The Night
YEAR: 2010

ARTIST: Com.Pulsion
SONG: Filthy
ALBUM: Made In China
YEAR: 2009

ARTIST: Essence Of Mind
SONG: Nightmare (Industriegebiet Mix)
ALBUM: Watch Out EP
YEAR: 2009

ARTIST: De/Vision
SONG: My Own Worst Enemy
ALBUM: Subkutan
YEAR: 2006

ARTIST: Hurts
SONG: Stay
ALBUM: Happiness
YEAR: 2010

ARTIST: Nachtmahr
SONG: Hochmut
ALBUM: Feuer Frei
YEAR: 2008

ARTIST: Inertia
SONG: Mind-Energy (Charly’s Point Mix)
ALBUM: Demagnetized/Remagnetized
YEAR: 1998

ARTIST: Faith Assembly
SONG: Submission
ALBUM: My Mortal Beloved
YEAR: 1995

Music Time! “Women of Synth” (Volume 1: A to B) Edition! 11/04/16

Wendy Carlos working on the music from Disney's TRON.

Wendy Carlos working on the music from Disney’s TRON.

I love most everything synth-based, especially Synthpop, Futurepop, EBM, Industrial, Industrial Dance, Synthwave, Darkwave, etc. Hell, I even like synth-based New Age music (in other words, not Yanni). But you know what I really like? Those genres with women vocalists! So it’s music time with women vocalists in the Synthpop, Futurepop, EMB, Industrial, and Darkwave world! I didn’t realize there were so many until I actually started thinking about it. There are so many I’m going to have to break this up! So here is Volume 1: A to B!

So let’s get started!

ARTIST: Aiboforcen
SONG: Time & Space
ALBUM: Dédale (Limited Plush Edition )
YEAR: 2011

ARTIST: Alice in Videoland
SONG: Ladykiller
ALBUM: Outrageous
YEAR: 2005

ARTIST: Alkemic Generator
SONG: When We Fail
ALBUM: The Oniric Geometry
YEAR: 2013

ARTIST: Ambra Red
SONG: Oh Boy
ALBUM: Electronic Creations For Special People
YEAR: 2010

The first time I heard this song I was hooked on her voice, of which I said was “beautifully traumatic.” I went back to albums before The Dividing and have kept up every since!

Do yourself a favor and buy ALL of her albums!

ARTIST: Android Lust
SONG: Stained
ALBUM: The Dividing
YEAR: 2002

Creatures came out this year and if you don’t own it, you’re doing yourself a disservice!

ARTIST: Ari Mason
SONG: Beasts Tonight
ALBUM: Creatures
YEAR: 2016

I wish she did the vocals on every Attic Base song.

ARTIST: Attic Base
SONG: Drop It!
ALBUM: Night Vision
YEAR: 2002

ARTIST: Aural Vampire
SONG: Darkwave Surfer
ALBUM: Zoltank
YEAR: 2006

Austra is coming to Austin on 2/4 at Mohawk Austin, so make sure you come see her!

ARTIST: Austra
SONG: Annie (Oh Muse, You)
ALBUM: Olympia
YEAR: 2013

Ayria is also coming to Austin on 12/3 at Elysium Austin with Inertia! Make sure you purchase her new album Paper Dolls (it’s as awesome as all of her albums) and come see her on December 3rd in Austin!

ARTIST: Ayria
SONG: Feed Her To The Wolves
ALBUM: Paper Dolls (Bonus Tracks Version)
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: The Azoic
SONG: Conflict
ALBUM: Illuminate
YEAR: 2003

ARTIST: Balligomingo
SONG: Purify
ALBUM: Beneath the Surface
YEAR: 2000

ARTIST: Beata Beatrix
SONG: Deeper & Deeper
ALBUM: The New Gothic Generation
YEAR: 2013

ARTIST: Bel Canto
SONG: Birds of Passage
ALBUM: Birds of Passage
YEAR: 1989

ARTIST: Belanova
SONG: Baila Mi Corazón
ALBUM: Fantasía Pop
YEAR: 2007

Yep, you’re reading that right. Berlin put out a new album in 2013 and it was really good. It was modern, with hints of 80’s Berlin and of course Terri Nunn’s voice is killer as always!

I know Berlin was touring back in October (including a 10/14 stop in El Paso, TX), but not sure if they’re still on the road.

ARTIST: Berlin
SONG: Animal
ALBUM: Animal
YEAR: 2013

ARTIST: The Birthday Massacre
SONG: Violet
ALBUM: Violet
YEAR: 2004

ARTIST: Blind Faith and Envy
SONG: Golden Glass
ALBUM: The Charming Factor (Extended)
YEAR: 2004

ARTIST: BLITZKIDS mvt.
SONG: Blinded
ALBUM: Silhouettes (German Version)
YEAR: 2013

ARTIST: Book of Love
SONG: I Touch Roses
ALBUM: Book of Love
YEAR: 1986

ARTIST: Bow Ever Down
SONG: Bleed
ALBUM: The Product of My Pain
YEAR: 2009

ARTIST: The Break Up
SONG: Trapeze
ALBUM: Synthesis
YEAR: 2011
(also on The Break Up from 2010)

ARTIST: Brockdorff Klang Labor
SONG: Illusionen Zum Frühstück
ALBUM: Die Fälschung Der Welt
YEAR: 2012

Music Time! Electronic Edition. 9/9/16

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It’s Friday night and I have nothing planned! Tomorrow, though is the Indie Electro Dance Party in Austin. Oh yeah!

So let’s listen to some electronic music – not necessarily the sub-genre of Electro, but anything that uses electronics to make music: EBM, Futurepop, Synthpop, Electro, Industrial, etc.

Let’s start with…

ARTIST: Minerve
SONG: Life Is An Illusion (Blind Believer Mix)
ALBUM: Please (Deluxe Edition)
YEAR: 2010

ARTIST: Vanguard
SONG: On My Own (Optera’s Big Air Edit)
ALBUM: On My Own (CD Single)
YEAR: 2013

Don’t miss Alter Der Ruine on 11/5 at Elysium Austin!

ARTIST: Alter Der Ruine
SONG: Keep the Devil Off Your Back
ALBUM: There’s Always One More Son Of A Bitch
YEAR: 2012

ARTIST: F.O.D.
SONG: Angels
ALBUM: Maschinentanz
YEAR: 2012

ARTIST: Equatronic
SONG: Killing Machine
ALBUM: Endorphine
YEAR: 2007

I had the pleasure of seeing these guys in Nashville and they put on one helluva show. Their stage energy and audience interaction are something to experience, so make sure you see them live!

ARTIST: VNV Nation
SONG: Burnout
ALBUM: Praise the Fallen
YEAR: 1998

Yes, it’s a Van Halen cover!

ARTIST: Effcee
SONG: Jump
ALBUM: Perfect (Deluxe Edition)
YEAR: 2004

Ayria will be in Austin in December, so keep an eye out for an official event!

ARTIST: Ayria
SONG: Cutting (Daniel X Mix)
ALBUM: My Revenge On The World (CD Single)
YEAR: 2005

Yeah, the lyrics to this song speak volumes about today.

ARTIST: System Syn
SONG: A Prayer Of Ending
ALBUM: No Sky To Fall
YEAR: 2013

ARTIST: DE/VISION
SONG: Ready To Die (Strong Force Remix)
ALBUM: Popgefahr – The Mix
YEAR: 2011

ARTIST: System
SONG: Camera Eye
ALBUM: Silicon Based
YEAR: 2003

ARTIST: Android Lust
SONG: Sense of it All
ALBUM: Devour, Rise and Take Flight
YEAR: 2006

ARTIST: Null Device
SONG: Metaphysic (Cinematic)
ALBUM: Aphelion EP
YEAR: 2014

This band is definitely one of my top faves, who recently put out a new album, so make sure you check them out!

ARTIST: Psy’Aviah
SONG: Paranoid
ALBUM: Eclectric (Limited Edition Eclectricism)
YEAR: 2010

ARTIST: Raindancer
SONG: The Journey
ALBUM: Response
YEAR: 2007

ARTIST: Until December
SONG: Heaven (Extended)
ALBUM: Until December (Limited Edition)
YEAR: 1986

ARTIST: Information Society
SONG: Think (Virtual Reality Mix)
ALBUM: Energize! Classic Remixes, Vol. 1
YEAR: 2011 (album)

ARTIST: No Comment
SONG: Back In the 80’s
ALBUM: Painkiller (Digital Edition)
YEAR: 2015

ARTIST: Rhythmic Symphony
SONG: Too Afraid
ALBUM: The Mechanism Fulfilled
YEAR: 2005

ARTIST: The Crystalline Effect
SONG: Gabriel (Fallen Angel Remix)
ALBUM: Glass (Limited Edition)
YEAR: 2005

ARTIST: MOON.74
SONG: Gun (Paralyzed Mix)
ALBUM: Newborn (Deluxe Edition)
YEAR: 2010

With a serious throwback!

ARTIST: Dead or Alive
SONG: Baby Don’t Say Goodbye (Cheers Vocal Mix)
ALBUM: Evolution: The Hits (Expanded Deluxe Edition)
YEAR: 1989 (song)

Music Time! “Sleep” Edition. 7/23/16

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Apparently my body and brain think I’m still in Mountain time and I should wake up at 0600. While something startled me awake (probably a jackass slamming his car door), I couldn’t get back to sleep. So here I am… awake. Wanting sleep…

ARTIST: The Cure
SONG: Sleep When I’m Dead
ALBUM: 4:13 Dream
YEAR: 2008

ARTIST: Apoptygma Berzerk
SONG: Half Asleep
ALBUM: 7
YEAR: 1998

ARTIST: Stray
SONG: Sleep As Metaphor
ALBUM: Abuse By Proxy
YEAR: 2008

ARTIST: School of Seven Bells
SONG: Half Asleep
ALBUM: Alpinisms (Special Edition)
YEAR: 2009

ARTIST: B! Machine
SONG: SleepDreamSleep (Alternate)
ALBUM: Alternates And Remixes
YEAR: 2002

ARTIST: Evil’s Toy
SONG: From Above Comes Sleep
ALBUM: Angels Only
YEAR: 1997

ARTIST: The Creatures
SONG: Don’t Go to Sleep without Me
ALBUM: Anima Animus
YEAR: 1999

ARTIST: Edge of Dawn
SONG: In Your Sleep
ALBUM: Anything That Gets You Through The Night
YEAR: 2010

ARTIST: Cruxshadows
SONG: Sleepless
ALBUM: As the Dark Against My Halo
YEAR: 2012

ARTIST: Deviant UK
SONG: Wide Asleep
ALBUM: Barbed Wire Saints
YEAR: 2006

ARTIST: Lights of Euphoria
SONG: Sleepwalking
ALBUM: Beyond Subconsciousness
YEAR: 1996

ARTIST: Liquid Divine
SONG: Sleepwalk
ALBUM: Black Box (Expanded)
YEAR: 2007

ARTIST: Anders Manga
SONG: At Dawn They Sleep
ALBUM: Blood Lush
YEAR: 2007

ARTIST: Collide
SONG: Dreamsleep
ALBUM: Chasing The Ghost
YEAR: 2000

ARTIST: Assemblage 23
SONG: How Can You Sleep
ALBUM: Compass (Limited Edition)
YEAR: 2009

ARTIST: Conjure One
SONG: Sleep
ALBUM: Conjure One
YEAR: 2002

ARTIST: Simple Minds
SONG: Sleeping Girl
ALBUM: Cry
YEAR: 2002

ARTIST: Ayria
SONG: Kiss Me Goodnight As I’m Falling Asleep
ALBUM: Debris (Expanded Edition)
YEAR: 2003

ARTIST: Moulin Noir
SONG: I Can’t Sleep
ALBUM: Descending
YEAR: 2000

ARTIST: Say Y
SONG: Sleeping Under a Bridge
ALBUM: A Digital Fate
YEAR: 2012

ARTIST: Escape with Romeo
SONG: Sleepless Nights
ALBUM: Emotional Iceage (Limited Edition)
YEAR: 2007

ARTIST: Fiat Lux
SONG: Sleepless Nightmare
ALBUM: Fac Ut Vivas
YEAR: 1984

ARTIST: Faderhead
SONG: No Time to Sleep
ALBUM: FH4
YEAR: 2013