Synthentral 20170721

New episode of Synthentral is now online!

Today’s episode features music by RO13, Timecop1983, ELM, Junk Circuit, Vigilante, Tweaker, Diffuzion, Atlantic Popes, Horizonte Lied, In-Progress, Sacris Idolum, Nexus-6, Cygnets, Abbey Death, Robotiko Rejekto, Soviet, Mirland, The Firm Incorporated, Mirreya, Twice A Man, Selofan, Elmodic, Robert Parker, Phantogram, State Of The Nation, Bigod 20, Kaj, and Foreign Technology!

Just click on the synthesizer below to listen!

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Music Time! Random Shuffle. 12/09/16

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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!

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: Decoded Feedback
SONG: Coming Down
ALBUM: Overdosing
YEAR: 1996

ARTIST: VNV Nation
SONG: Liebestod
ALBUM: Futureperfect
YEAR: 2002

ARTIST: Ladytron
SONG: Ace of Hz
ALBUM: Gravity the Seducer
YEAR: 2011

ARTIST: Duran Duran
SONG: Union Of The Snake
ALBUM: Seven and the Ragged Tiger
YEAR: 1983

ARTIST: Nature Destroyed
SONG: Rage
ALBUM: Hassliebe
YEAR: 2009

ARTIST: Diary of Dreams
SONG: Ikarus
ALBUM: Grau Im Licht
YEAR: 2015

ARTIST: Synthesis
SONG: Unlimited Force
ALBUM: Galaxy Fighters
YEAR: 2012

ARTIST: Twice a Man
SONG: A Letter
ALBUM: Icicles
YEAR: 2010

ARTIST: Re/Move
SONG: A Perfect Place
ALBUM: Uppercut
YEAR: 2006

ARTIST: Echo Image
SONG: Need To Be Proud (Need To Dance)
ALBUM: Need To Be Proud (CD Single)
YEAR: 2000

ARTIST: Patenbrigade Wolff
SONG: Aufbau
ALBUM: Baustoff [Popmusik Für Rohrleger]
YEAR: 2009

ARTIST: Marc Almond
SONG: Addicted
ALBUM: Fantastic Star
YEAR: 1996

ARTIST: Apoptygma Berzerk
SONG: Skyscraping (Schizopreniac)
ALBUM: Soli Deo Gloria
YEAR: 1993

ARTIST: Pandique
SONG: 1000 Mütter
ALBUM: In Sturm Und Leben
YEAR: 2009

ARTIST: Timecop1983
SONG: City Lights
ALBUM: Journeys
YEAR: 2014

ARTIST: Virgins O.R. Pigeons
SONG: In My Head
ALBUM: Gotta Get Mad (Limited Edition)
YEAR: 2013

ARTIST: Bigod 20
SONG: Body to Body (An Afternoon of Aggression)
ALBUM: Body & Energize (CD Single)
YEAR: 1988

ARTIST: Pop Will Eat Itself
SONG: Preaching To The Perverted
ALBUM: This Is the Day… This Is the Hour… This Is This!
YEAR: 1989

ARTIST: [SITD]
SONG: Frontal
ALBUM: Rot
YEAR: 2009

ARTIST: XMH
SONG: The Game
ALBUM: Time To Play
YEAR: 2007

ARTIST: Sequencia
SONG: No Me Vas Amar
ALBUM: Algo En Tu Ser
YEAR: 2007

ARTIST: Half Light
SONG: Take My Hand
ALBUM: Night In The Mirror
YEAR: 2010

ARTIST: Front 242
SONG: Funkahdafi
ALBUM: Back Catalogue
YEAR: 1987

ARTIST: XP8

SONG: Night Run (C-Lekktor Remix)
ALBUM: Meathead’s Lost HD
YEAR: 2013

ARTIST: New Order
SONG: Round & Round (12” Version)
ALBUM: Technique (Collector’s Edition)
YEAR: 1989

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