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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
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)
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