Britannia Rules The (Air) Waves With 80’s Synth Power!

The BBC again proves just how mighty mighty it is, putting together this hot and tasty documentary, Synth Britannia, about synth music in the UK, broadcasting starting October 16th.

It looks like must-see TV – if you’re in the UK. No word yet on when it will be available online or outside the UK.

The Guardian has this to say about Synth Britannia:

A curious thing that comes through watching Synth Britannia is how the futuristic-ness of this music is largely irrecoverable to us, precisely because we live in the future that the synth-pop era helped to bring about. Electronic tonalities are omnipresent to the point of banality, thanks to 90s techno rave and noughties R&B, videogames and ringtones. “Electro” in the early-90s meant cutting-edge, the future-now; nowadays “electro” refers to the kind of sounds that lit up hipster bars in east London through this past decade and then went mainstream this year with La Roux and Lady Gaga, which is to say synthetic pop that doesn’t use the full capacity of the latest digital technology, and is therefore almost as quaint as if it were made using a harpsichord.

BBC 4 Broadcasts:

  • Fri 16 Oct 2009 21:00
  • Sat 17 Oct 2009 00:20
  • Sun 18 Oct 2009 23:40
  • Mon 19 Oct 2009 03:10

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