80s Synth-Pop

Synth-pop or electro-pop, composed primarily with the use of electronic musical synthesizers, finds its origin way back in the 70s and 80s. With technological advancements kicking in at the time, musicians embraced the latest musical mechanisms and started relying on synthesizers & drum machines for the production of their tunes. A duo with a single person managing the orchestration replaced the trend of large groups or band performances. This genre of music reached its commercial peak and dominated pop music culture for a considerable period of time in the 80s, serving as the primary source of catchy, dance beats at every British Club.

Besides the initial backlash synth pop faced at a point and being regarded as “artificial” music (with an alleged lack of musical passion and emotions) it still remains a culture defining part of the 80’s. There is no denying that it has had a significant impact on pop-rock music and has now worked its way to the mainstream music with top notch artists including Beyonce, Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa dabbling in the genre.

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