Synthtopia’s Best Of 2014 – Stuff That Was Too Cool Not To Mention

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2014 was such an exceptional year for electronic music and synths that our best of 2014 posts, which cover Mobile Music AppsHardware SynthsMIDI ControllersModular Synth Gear, Electronic Music HardwareMusic Software and even the Sexiest Vaporware – still leave a lot uncovered.

Here’s wrap up on other things from 2014 that were too cool not to mention: Continue reading

Five Essential Klaus Schulze Albums

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Klaus Schulze is one of the seminal artists of electronic music.

He was an early member of Tangerine Dream and Ash Ra Tempel, but quickly established himself as a solo electronic artists. In the 70’s, Schulze helped define the ‘Berlin School’ of electronic music – a new style of music that was performed almost completely on synthesizers.

Over the last 5 decades, Schulze has been prolific, releasing more than 60 albums. He’s also released 50+ CDs of material from his vaults that didn’t make it onto his ‘official’ albums.

As a result, his massive discography is daunting.

Here are five essential Klaus Schulze albums, covering both his classic and more recent work. This is not intended to be a ‘best of’ list – but, instead, a selection of albums that provide an introduction to the full range and scope of Klaus Schulze’s work.  Continue reading

First International Kraftwerk Conference Scheduled For Jan 2015

kraftwerk-man-maschineThe first ever international academic conference on Kraftwerk will take place at Aston University on Jan 21-22, 2015.

Kraftwerk specialists from Britain, Finland, Austria, the Netherlands and the US, will present papers dealing with the band’s music and the impact it has had on other artists.

Details on the conference are available at the University’s site.