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 2: C to E) Edition! 11/05/16

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 some 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’ve had to break this up! So here is Volume 2: C to E!

ARTIST: Capsize
SONG: Do You Believe The Lies (Cistrans Remix)
ALBUM: Perfect Wreck, A (Limited Edition)
YEAR: 2006

ARTIST: CHIASM
SONG: Petals
ALBUM: 11-11
YEAR: 2012

ARTIST: CHVRCHES
SONG: By The Throat
ALBUM: The Bones Of What You Believe (Deluxe Edition)
YEAR: 2013

ARTIST: Class Actress
SONG: Need To Know
ALBUM: Rapprocher
YEAR: 2011

ARTIST: Client
SONG: Authority
ALBUM: Authority
YEAR: 2014

ARTIST: Club8
SONG: Late Nights
ALBUM: Pleasure
YEAR: 2015

ARTIST: Collide
SONG: Crushed
ALBUM: Some Kind Of Strange
YEAR: 2003

ARTIST: The Crystalline Effect
SONG: How I Get Out
ALBUM: Identity (Deluxe Edition)
YEAR: 2008

ARTIST: Day Twelve
SONG: Sky Punch (Alt Mix)
ALBUM: Fin
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Daybehavior
SONG: Devil In Me
ALBUM: Have You Ever Touched A Dream
YEAR: 2003

ARTIST: DEAR STRANGE
SONG: The Unicorn
ALBUM: The Unicorn EP
YEAR: 2015

ARTIST: Diffuzion
SONG: Wired Tunes
ALBUM: Body Code (Limited Deluxe Edition)
YEAR: 2008

ARTIST: Dissonance
SONG: Fearless
ALBUM: Reincarnate
YEAR: 2001

ARTIST: Distorted Reality
SONG: In My Dream
ALBUM: Fine Line Between Love And Hate, The (Deluxe Edition)
YEAR: 2002

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

Ego Likeness are currently on tour with Adoration Destroyed and will be at Elysium Austin on 11/12, so come out for two great bands!

ARTIST: Ego Likeness
SONG: The Breach
ALBUM: Water to the Dead
YEAR: 2004

ARTIST: Eight to Infinity
SONG: Carbon Dating
ALBUM: Aether
YEAR: 2006

ARTIST: Einsend
SONG: Fue (Original Mix)
ALBUM: Primary Remixes
YEAR: 2008

ARTIST: Electrogenic
SONG: Another Day
ALBUM: Double Exposure
YEAR: 2015

ARTIST: Elen Cora
SONG: Days And Dreams
ALBUM: House Of Cards
YEAR: 2012

ARTIST: Emmon
SONG: Distance
ALBUM: Nomme (Expanded Edition)
YEAR: 2011

What list of women in synth would be complete without the amazing vocals of Annie Lennox?!?!?!?!

ARTIST: Eurythmics
SONG: Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
ALBUM: Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
YEAR: 1983

ARTIST: EYCROMON
SONG: Give Retaliation
ALBUM: Awake From The Sleepers
YEAR: 2011

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! 3/27/16

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I’m sitting here processing new music for my library to pass the time away before the The Walking Dead starts. So here’s some “dead” music…

ARTIST: Abney Park
SONG: Dead Silence (2005 Mix)
ALBUM: Taxidermy
YEAR: 2005

ARTIST: Alien Vampires
SONG: You Wish Me Dead Get In Line
ALBUM: Drag You To Hell (Deluxe Edition)
YEAR: 2015

ARTIST: Altered Images
SONG: Dead Pop Stars
ALBUM: I Could Be Happy, The Best of Altered Images
YEAR: 1981 (song)

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

ARTIST: XPQ-21
SONG: Dead Body
ALBUM: Alive (Limited Edition)
YEAR: 2006

ARTIST: Ladyhawke
SONG: The Quick & The Dead
ALBUM: Anxiety
YEAR: 2012

ARTIST: Oingo Boingo
SONG: Dead Man’s Party
ALBUM: Best O’ Boingo
YEAR: 1992 (album)

ARTIST: Velvet Acid Christ
SONG: Hail to the Dead Souls
ALBUM: Between The Eyes, Vol #2 1994
YEAR: 2004 (album)

ARTIST: Skinny Puppy
SONG: Dead Doll
ALBUM: Bites
YEAR: 1985

ARTIST: Signal Aout 42
SONG: Dead Is Calling
ALBUM: Contrast (Limited Edition)
YEAR: 1990

ARTIST: Stone Temple Pilots
SONG: Dead And Bloated
ALBUM: Core
YEAR: 1992

ARTIST: Lola Angst
SONG: Am I Dead?
ALBUM: The Council Of Love
YEAR: 2006

ARTIST: Bauhaus
SONG: Bela Lugosi’s Dead
ALBUM: Bela Lugosi’s Dead (12″)
YEAR: 1979

ARTIST: Stabbing Westward
SONG: When I’m Dead
ALBUM: Darkest Days
YEAR: 1998

ARTIST: Midnight Oil
SONG: The Dead Heart
ALBUM: Diesel and Dust
YEAR: 1997

ARTIST: Pixies
SONG: Dead
ALBUM: Doolittle
YEAR: 1989

ARTIST: Siouxsie And The Banshees
SONG: Drop Dead Celebration
ALBUM: Downside Up
YEAR: 2004

ARTIST: Alphaville
SONG: Script Of A Dead Poet
ALBUM: Dreamscapes (Limited Edition Box Set)
YEAR: 1999

ARTIST: Combichrist
SONG: From My Cold Dead Hands (Ginger Fish Remix)
ALBUM: Electrostorm Vol.6
YEAR: 2015

ARTIST: CHVRCHES
SONG: Playing Dead
ALBUM: Every Open Eye (Deluxe Edition)
YEAR: 2015

ARTIST: Funker Vogt
SONG: The Voice of the Dead
ALBUM: Execution Tracks
YEAR: 1998

ARTIST: They Might Be Giants
SONG: Exquisite Dead Guy
ALBUM: Factory Showroom
YEAR: 1996

ARTIST: Faderhead
SONG: Another Dead Boy
ALBUM: FH3
YEAR: 2008

ARTIST: Letters to Cleo
SONG: Find You Dead
ALBUM: Go!
YEAR: 1997

ARTIST: Bad Religion
SONG: Pity the Dead
ALBUM: The Gray Race
YEAR: 1996