Space Synth: The Best Electronic Music Ever Made?

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Protonic StormProtonic StormTo put it mildly, I'm a big fan of electronic and computer music. Please don't confuse that with techno, dance, trance, or house music. While I have nothing against these other sub-genres of electronic music, I, er, don't listen to them. Think instead of acts like Tangerine Dream (my hero), Klaus Schulze, Vangelis, Jarre, and, to some extent, Kraftwerk. However, my latest obsession is with a genre I've recently discovered: Space Synth. What's great about this genre is that unlike most electronica, these tunes actually have melodies (i.e., you'll be humming them for weeks after you've heard them). I think I've found where all the talent ended up that lost mass consumer appeal in the late 80s! At any rate, I've found a website where you can sample some excellent space synth and see what you think.

Although I haven't had the chance to interview any of these artists, my ears tell me that these musicians must have evolved out of or at least been influenced by the game, mod, and chiptune scenes of the 80s and 90s. Amiga and mod fans might remember the classic mod Space Debris (get it here. Most of the space synth I've heard seems to follow this style, though with a much cleaner and dynamic sound. Some of them even sound like updated versions of XM tracker tunes.

At any rate, I'm extremely impressed with a few of these artists in particular. Probably my favorite is Protonic Storm, though I also love Galaxion. If you have any interest whatsoever in computer and electronic music, I can't possibly recommend these two artists more highly. Unfortunately, getting their music is rather difficult. The biggest stash I was able to find is on this supposedly defunct website, which has two dozen or so sample tracks available for free download. If anyone here manages to buy a CD (particularly an American), please let me know how it went. I'm eager to start collecting, but a bit cautious at the moment.

I can also offer some recommendations for those interested in Tangerine Dream and earlier electronica. Tangerine Dream's best albums are Phaedrus, Hyperborea, and, to be quite honest, Architecture in Motion. Klaus Schulze's Dune is also a must. Vangelis has so many great albums it's hard to pick, but I'd say Opera Sauvage and Albedo are my favorites.

So, there you have it. :-)

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Mark Vergeer
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Indeed - this is some powerfull stuff

This stuff reminds me quite a bit of the good c64 chiptunes of the past. A lot of the ones Matt pointed out are actually very nice compositions. Gosh I actually quite like those tracks, comes with a broad tast in music. Geez how similar is our musical taste Matt?

Anyways, quite a bit really sounds like nice 80's/90's music. I have to confess not all of them are that original - Enigma, Mike Oldfield, Jean Michael Jarre come to mind. Still a nice genre to relax by - get's me in the 'article writing mood' for sure ;)

This is the playlist I quickly gathered from the sites Matt pointed out. Very well worth downloading I say.

-= Mark Vasier - Armchair Arcade editor =-

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Nice music but everything new sounds like Tangerine Dream!

I like it, but it's very much what TD did in the 80ies. Is hard to find original things now after so many people making music that sounds similar. Mark, you will probably like for a change of all those things "Purple motion: music disc", made in the tracker style of the famous purple motion, that is just awesome! you'll be listening to it every day.... or for a more elaborated sound, listen to "Kaltar: Emotional backlash", its like Albedo, with great melodies, but far more intense... and for the c64 tunes, you have to check out "Marcel donne: Sidologie" that has great covers of c64 tunes in a Jarre and Vangelis style, awesome!

Mark Vergeer
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Matt you might enjoy Progressive Rock music.....

Matt, you might want to check out progressive rock music. Artists like Genesis, Philip Glass, Spock's Beard, Anekdoten.....

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drakmin (not verified)
Hi. More Galaxion music at:

Hi.

More Galaxion music at: http://www.mikseri.net/galaxion

Thanks for the positive feedback, I'm flattered :D

-Antti

yakumo9275
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I have cd's full of mods,

I have cd's full of mods, s3ms, it, xm etc.

sounds like they wave recorded some xm's and encoded as mp3 :)

demo music rocks. I even see one of the files on that is a remix of a famous lizard king song! (well Xain is lizard king so.... http://www.lynnemusic.com/xain-borninthestars.html )

-- Stu --

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electronica

on another note, I was heavy into electronica and old british punk in my youth. I have loads of EBM CD's and the old industrial stuff (old skinny puppy 'bites', severed heads stuff etc). If you like elextronica the vnv nation stuff is just awesome. (classic compilations like 'E.B.M. Club Classics' (3 volumes) is good stuff too).

-- Stu --

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Matt Barton
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Wow, it's fantastic that Galaxion actually created an account and posted here! I hope you keep up your work, Antti. It's awesome music, and I love listening to it.

I have listened to VNV Nation off and on. It does seem a bit "goth" for my liking though. Heck, I've been listening mostly to the Smiths and Morrissey these days, it seems, with an occasional dose of the Cure. Maybe that's why I haven't been as motivated as usual!

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Glenn (not verified)
More nice electronic melodic music

Hello :)

If you like music that sounds like Jarre,TD .... you should check out this !!!
www.myspace.com/glennhenriksen

Best regards from norway

Mark Vergeer
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Music from Norway...
Glenn wrote:

Hello :)

If you like music that sounds like Jarre,TD .... you should check out this !!!
www.myspace.com/glennhenriksen

Best regards from norway

Just checked out your myspace page and it sounds very good! I mean REALLY GOOD!
You must be a professional musician!

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lo-fi electronic analogue dreams pt.1

Thanks man.:)

Cheers!:)

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