Synthentral! 20170210: Lies & Liars

Given today’s political world of “alternative facts,” let’s listen to songs about lies and liars!

Today’s episode features music by Absurd Minds​, steril​, TAMTRUM​, Technoir​, Soil & Eclipse​, Run Level Zero​, mesh​, Retronic Voice​, Plastic, BlakOPz​, CHVRCHES​, Book of Love​, Walk Onto Sun​, Blutengel​, Chromatique​, Emmon​, Thee Hyphen, Dead Astronauts​, Diorama​, minusheart​, MRDTC​, Sonik Foundry​, FrozenPlasma​, Entrzelle​, Carved Souls​, and Amnistia (Official)​!

Just click on the synthesizer below to listen to the stream!

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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! “No Man’s Sky” Edition. 8/20/16

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I’m in love with No Man’s Sky. If you’re an avid action game player, this game may not be for you. Don’t get me wrong, I love my action games, but I also like games that allow unlimited exploring. NMS is massive in scale when it comes to exploring. Hello Games said that even after everyone’s done playing it years down the road, 99% of all star systems will still be undiscovered. That’s some serious scope. It also means I’m dedicated to finding as many star systems as I can, even going “off mission” to do it!

There is action (just not mission-to-mission driven action like in most games). On some planets the Sentinals will attack you on sight. On others you can choose to attach them if you’re really desperate for some action. There are predators on some planets that will attack you if you’re not careful. And space pirates! You gotta defend yourself against them. You can also choose to defend freighters being attacked by space pirates when they put out a distress call (this increases your standing with that alien species).

The game isn’t perfect. I’d change a few things if I could. Primarily, I’d change the space scanner so that it identifies major resources and planet conditions from orbit. The space scanner only detects “anomalies” and sometimes a single building in a star system (your suit scanner (if installed) is more powerful than the one in your spaceship). It’s kinda useless in that sense.

I’d also change the dog fighting. Most of the ships you can salvage from crash sites or buy at space stations/land ports have super slow maneuverability and by the time you turn around to fire at the oncoming ship, they’re right on top of you, firing beams and cannons and you’re taking pretty heavy damage. You constantly have to repair your shields (if you don’t get killed while trying to repair it, as the repair screen is not a pause screen). So make sure you keep plenty of ingredients on board in a storage slot just for shield repairs.

And did you notice the synth soundtrack? Oh yeah!

So in honor of No Man’s Sky, here’s a bunch of music about, well, the sky!

ARTIST: Glis
SONG: Blue Sky Night
ALBUM: Alfa Matrix – Matrix Downloaded 004
YEAR: 2015
 

ARTIST: The Presets
SONG: A New Sky
ALBUM: Apocalypso
YEAR: 2008
 

ARTIST: The Dust of Basement
SONG: In This Sky
ALBUM: Awakening The Oceans (Deluxe Edition)
YEAR: 2004

ARTIST: Rhea’s Obsession
SONG: Between Earth And Sky
ALBUM: Between Earth And Sky
YEAR: 2000

ARTIST: Necro Facility
SONG: Painted Sky
ALBUM: The Black Paintings
YEAR: 2005

ARTIST: CHVRCHES
SONG: Night Sky
ALBUM: Bones Of What You Believe, The (Deluxe Edition)
YEAR: 2013

ARTIST: Book of Love
SONG: Yellow Sky
ALBUM: Book of Love
YEAR: 1986

ARTIST: Killing Joke
SONG: A Southern Sky
ALBUM: Brighter Than A Thousand Suns
YEAR: 1986

ARTIST: The Human League
SONG: Sky
ALBUM: Credo
YEAR: 2011

ARTIST: Psyche
SONG: Skywalking
ALBUM: Daydream Avenue
YEAR: 1991

ARTIST: Information Society
SONG: The Sky Away
ALBUM: Don’t Be Afraid
YEAR: 1997

ARTIST: Covenant
SONG: Liquid Sky
ALBUM: Europa
YEAR: 1998

ARTIST: Mental Discipline
SONG: Multilight Sky
ALBUM: Fallen Stars (CD Single)
YEAR: 2011

ARTIST: Distant Project
SONG: Flower in the Sky
ALBUM: Flower in the Sky EP
YEAR: 2009

ARTIST: Twice a Man
SONG: Chiba Sky
ALBUM: Fungus & Sponge (A Dreamlike Exspansion In The Audiofield)
YEAR: 1993

ARTIST: Martyn Bailey
SONG: Red Sky Supernova
ALBUM: Gravity Zero
YEAR: 2013

ARTIST: Days of Fate
SONG: Open Sky
ALBUM: Home-Made Cake Of The Day (Deluxe Edition)
YEAR: 2003

ARTIST: Syrian
SONG: The Night Sky
ALBUM: Kosmonauta (Limited Edition)
YEAR: 2005

Music Time! “Magic” Edition 7/31/16

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So it’s Harry Potter’s birthday. So let’s put “magic” into MediaMonkey and see what comes out. It’s time for some “magic” music!

ARTIST: 808 State
SONG: Magical Dream
ALBUM: Ninety
YEAR: 1989

ARTIST: Dawn of Ashes
SONG: Sex, Blood, & Black Magic
ALBUM: Anathema
YEAR: 2013

ARTIST: Neuroactive
SONG: Magic
ALBUM: Antidote
YEAR: 2009

ARTIST: Paradoxx
SONG: Witch Hunt (Black Plague Mix)
ALBUM: Contamination Paradoxx Remixxed
YEAR: 2005

ARTIST: Erasure
SONG: Magic Moments
ALBUM: Cowboy
YEAR: 1997

ARTIST: Empire State Human
SONG: The Witch
ALBUM: Cycles
YEAR: 2005

ARTIST: Secession
SONG: The Magician
ALBUM: A Dark Enchantment
YEAR: 1987

ARTIST: Ganymede
SONG: Magic
ALBUM: Euromantique (Expanded Edition)
YEAR: 2001

C’mon… you knew this song was coming! LOL

ARTIST: The Police
SONG: Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
ALBUM: Every Breath You Take: The Singles
YEAR: 1986 (song)

ARTIST: Austra
SONG: Spellwork
ALBUM: Feel It Break
YEAR: 2011

ARTIST: Minitel Rose
SONG: Magic Powder
ALBUM: The French Machine
YEAR: 2008

ARTIST: Restricted Area
SONG: Magic Memories
ALBUM: Fun and Fearless
YEAR: 2003

ARTIST: Siouxsie And The Banshees
SONG: Spellbound
ALBUM: Gold
YEAR: 1981

ARTIST: The Icicle Works
SONG: In the Cauldron of Love
ALBUM: The Icicle Works
YEAR: 1984

ARTIST: Dynamic Destony
SONG: This Magic Moment
ALBUM: Kisses In The Evening
YEAR: 2007

ARTIST: Equatronic
SONG: Moonspell
ALBUM: La Mode Depeche: The Best of 1996-2008
YEAR: 2008 (album)

ARTIST: Ladyhawke
SONG: Magic
ALBUM: Ladyhawke
YEAR: 2008

ARTIST: Ladytron
SONG: Light & Magic
ALBUM: Light & Magic
YEAR: 2002

ARTIST: Miss FD
SONG: Love Magick
ALBUM: Love Magick (Single)
YEAR: 2011

ARTIST: Book of Love
SONG: Witchcraft
ALBUM: Lullaby
YEAR: 1988

ARTIST: Parralox
SONG: Supermagic
ALBUM: Metropolis (Master Deluxe Edition)
YEAR: 2010

ARTIST: Ian McCulloch
SONG: Magical World
ALBUM: Mysterio
YEAR: 1991

ARTIST: Diary of Dreams
SONG: The Witching Hour
ALBUM: Nigredo
YEAR: 2004

ARTIST: Ego Likeness
SONG: Burn Witch Burn
ALBUM: The Order of the Reptile
YEAR: 2007

ARTIST: New Clear Sky
SONG: The Stuff of Magick
ALBUM: Psychodrama
YEAR: 1999

ARTIST: Hearts of Black Science
SONG: Witches
ALBUM: Signal (2CD Deluxe Edition)
YEAR: 2015

ARTIST: XTC
SONG: Summer’s Cauldron
ALBUM: Skylarking
YEAR: 1986

ARTIST: Nevarakka
SONG: Magical Moments
ALBUM: Soft (Deluxe Edition)
YEAR: 2006

ARTIST: Eternity Range
SONG: Spellbound
ALBUM: Solitude
YEAR: 2005

ARTIST: Moulin Noir
SONG: Spellbound (Run Level Zero Mix)
ALBUM: The White Room
YEAR: 2001

Music Time! “LOVE” Edition (Part Two)! 6/14/16

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Earlier I posted Part One of the “LOVE” edition of my music shuffle. My Facebook feed has been full of hatred from many sides of many arguments and issues and I’ve just had enough. I also learned today that my daughter frequented Pulse in Orlando. I just don’t have the time or the inclination to deal with people’s hatred. So with that said… here are some more “love” songs from my library…

ARTIST: Missing Persons
SONG: Hello, I Love You
ALBUM: The Best of Missing Persons
YEAR: 1987

ARTIST: Droid Bishop
SONG: In Your Love
ALBUM: Beyond The Blue
YEAR: 2014

ARTIST: The Sundays
SONG: Love
ALBUM: Blind
YEAR: 1992

ARTIST: And One
SONG: Love You To the End
ALBUM: Bodypop
YEAR: 2006

ARTIST: Book of Love
SONG: Book of Love
ALBUM: Book of Love
YEAR: 1986

ARTIST: The Shamen
SONG: L.S.I. Love Sex Intelligence
ALBUM: Boss Drum
YEAR: 1992

ARTIST: The B-52’s
SONG: Summer of Love
ALBUM: Bouncing Off the Satellites
YEAR: 1986

ARTIST: boyfriendgirlfriend
SONG: Down in the Love
ALBUM: Boyfriendgirlfriend EP
YEAR: 2000

ARTIST: Conetik
SONG: Lovesong 1
ALBUM: Carbon Elektriq V2
YEAR: 2005

ARTIST: The Mission
SONG: Sea of Love
ALBUM: Carved In Sand (Limited Deluxe Edition)
YEAR: 1990

ARTIST: Blaqk Audio
SONG: Semiotic Love
ALBUM: Cexcells
YEAR: 2007

ARTIST: Eve’s Plum
SONG: Loved By You
ALBUM: Cherry Alive
YEAR: 1995

ARTIST: Inter-Connection
SONG: Breathing Love
ALBUM: Chrome
YEAR: 2012

ARTIST: Thompson Twins
SONG: Get That Love
ALBUM: Close To The Bone
YEAR: 1987

ARTIST: Echo Image
SONG: Messing With Love
ALBUM: Compuphonic
YEAR: 2001

ARTIST: The Beloved
SONG: Rock to the Rhythm of Love
ALBUM: Conscience
YEAR: 1993

ARTIST: The Human League
SONG: Love Is All That Matters
ALBUM: Crash
YEAR: 1986

ARTIST: The Cure
SONG: Lovesong
ALBUM: Disintegration
YEAR: 1989

ARTIST: Midnight Oil
SONG: Outbreak of Love
ALBUM: Earth and Sun and Moon
YEAR: 1993

ARTIST: Ambra Red
SONG: The Complete Love Story
ALBUM: Electronic Creations For Special People
YEAR: 2010