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The Post-Punk Explosion Part 2: Techno-Pop

The Post-Punk Explosion Part 2: Techno-Pop

Update: 2021-03-171
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For the longest time, the sounds of rock were made with voice, guitars, bass, drums, and keyboards like piano and organ…there were plenty of ways to manipulate the sounds of those instruments: effects pedals, studio tricks, happy accidents that happened when you least expected them…


And for a couple of decades, this was plenty to work with…we discovered all sorts of techniques to create sounds that no one had ever heard before…


But when engineers started messing with electricity in new ways, it became possible for musicians to create sounds that not only we’d never heard before but never imagined hearing…this resulted in an explosion of new, amazing music that was based mostly (if not entirely) on electronic sounds…


Experimentation started in the 60s…these sounds worked their way into prog-rock in the 70s…and at the very end of that decade, the technology had become cheap enough for young musicians in the last months of the original punk rock scene to adopt these music-making machines as their own…


I’m talking about synthesizers, of course…and as bands in sharp suits and skinny ties released spikey new wave pop songs, another group went all-in with synths…and in the post-punk era—which is to say the late 70s and early 80s—we had the era of era of techno-pop…here’s how that happened…

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The Post-Punk Explosion Part 2: Techno-Pop

The Post-Punk Explosion Part 2: Techno-Pop

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