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Synth Britannia

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    Documentary following a generation of post-punk musicians who took the synthesizer from the experimental fringes to the center of the pop stage.

    In the late 1970s, small pockets of electronic artists including the Human League, Daniel Miller and Cabaret Volatire were inspired by Kraftwerk and JG Ballard, and they dreamt of the sound of the future against the backdrop of bleak, high-rise Britain.

    The crossover moment came in 1979 when Gary Numan's appearance on Top of the Pops with Tubeway Army's Are 'Friends' Electric? heralded the arrival of synthpop. Four lads from Basildon known as Depeche Mode would come to own the new sound, whilst post-punk bands like Ultravox, Soft Cell, OMD and Yazoo took the synth out of the pages of NME and onto the front page of Smash Hits.

    By 1983, acts like Pet Shop Boys and New Order were showing that the future of electronic music would lie in dance music.

    Contributors include Philip Oakey, Vince Clarke, Martin Gore, Bernard Sumner, Gary Numan and Neil Tennant.
    Type: Documentary
    Year: 2009
    Total Time: 90 mins
    Styles: Berlin, Disco, EBM, Industrial, Progressive, Soundtrack, Synth-Pop, Techno
    Formats: DVD, Television
    Liscense: Copyright
    Cast:
    Dan Miller
    Wendy Carlos
    Wolfgang Flür
    Vince Clarke
    Martin Gore
    Richard H. Kirk
    John Foxx
    Chris And Cosey
    Annie Lennox
    Gary Numan
    Phil Oakey
    David A. Stewart
    Bernard Sumner
    Neil Tennant
    Midge Ure
    Director: Ben Whalley
    Producer: Ben Whalley, Sam Bridger, Mark Cooper, Kalbir Dhillon
    Editor: Bradley Richards
    Sound: Andrew Godwin
    Studio: BBC Productions
    Distributor: British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
    Synthesizers
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