Johns Hopkins University has announced that synthpop pioneer Thomas Dolby is joining their faculty as the first ‘Homewood Professor of the Arts’.
At Johns Hopkins, starting in the fall, he will be teaching ‘Sound on Film’, a collaboration between Homewood’s Film and Media Studies program and Peabody’s Recording Arts and Sciences program. In the programe, students create soundtracks for films.
Dolby will also be the artistic director of the Program in Sound on Film at Station North, helping to lead the university’s efforts in Baltimore’s arts and entertainment district. Continue reading
Devo’s Gerald Casale announced today that his brother Bob Casale, aka Bob 2, died yesterday, from heart failure:
Bob Casale of Devo. Born: July 14th, 1952 . Deceased: February 17th, 2014
As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning. He was my level-headed brother, a solid performer and talented audio engineer, always giving more than he got. He was excited about the possibility of Mark Mothersbaugh allowing Devo to play shows again. His sudden death from conditions that lead to heart failure came as a total shock to us all.
Gerald Casale, Devo founder
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This is the official music video for Polysics’ MEGA OVER DRIVE.
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Thomas Dolby is featured in a new interview on the Nerdist Podcast: Continue reading
Silvia Alonso (aka PSGirl), from Tenerife (Canary Islands), sends seasons greetings, happy new year wishes and a little holiday-themed synth pop action!
Sunday Synth Jam: Here’s a live performance by Eleven Pond, Black Keys. Continue reading
Depeche Mode – The Dark Progression is an unauthorized documentary tracing the career of the pioneering synth pop band. The documentary features rare performances, archive footage and exclusive interviews. Continue reading
As long as there have been synthesizers, there have been composers creating pop synth music. Many of the earliest synth albums were ‘switched on’ or ‘mooged out’ versions of pop tracks, and tracks like Gershon Kingsley’s Popcorn and Kraftwerk’s Autobahn were the first synth music that many people ever heard.
But it took another decade for synth pop to take off as a genre, lead by artists like Gary Numan, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Ultravox & Depeche Mode. And it’s never really gone away since. Continue reading