Synthpop facts for kids
|Stylistic origins||New Wave, glam rock, punk pop, soft rock, disco, pop, funk, electronic|
|Cultural origins||Late 1970s/Early 1980s Germany, United Kingdom and Japan|
|Typical instruments||Synthesizer - Drum machine - Tape loops - Drums - Guitar (in latter incarnations were added Sequencer - Keyboard - Sampler)|
|Mainstream popularity||Large, worldwide mostly during early to mid 1980s|
|Derivative forms||Electroclash, Bubblegum pop, Ambient pop|
|Futurepop - Synthpunk|
Synthpop is a subgenre of pop music in which the synthesizer is the main musical instrument. An electronic music genre, synthpop is additionally influenced by rock genres such as New Wave music and punk rock, as well as disco music. It is most closely associated with the era between the late 1970s and early to middle 1980s, although it has continued to exist and develop ever since.
Images for kids
The Prophet-5, one of the first polyphonic synthesizers. It was widely used in 1980s synth-pop, along with the Roland Jupiter and Yamaha DX7.
Kraftwerk, one of the major influences on synth-pop, in 1976.
Midge Ure performing with Ultravox in Oslo in 1981.
Eurythmics at Nürburgring, Germany, 1987
The Pet Shop Boys performing in 2006.
Martin Gore of Depeche Mode photographed in Los Angeles in 1986, wearing some of the fashions that were criticised for gender bending.
Synthpop Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.