October saw the televised debut of BBC Four‘s Synth Britannia, an enthralling and ruminative documentary on the advent of synthesizers in electronic music and their ascent into the pop lexicon of the 1980s. Narrowing its lens upon electronic pioneers such as Wolfgang Flür (Kraftwerk), Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti (Throbbing Gristle), and Gary Numan, the 90-minute gem sheds a prismatic light on how Kraftwerk popularized the synthesizer for a generation of post-punk, disaffected dreamers. With appearances by Human League, OMD, Depeche Mode, Joy Division, Soft Cell, Heaven 17, Visage, Yazoo, Cabaret Voltaire, and innumerable others, the dazzling history lesson is as much a refresher course in style as it is in musical ingenuity.
This entry was written by Patrik Sandberg, posted on November 30, 2009 at 8:54 am, filed under Fashion, Music and tagged 1980's, BBCFour, Cabaret Voltaire, Gary Numan, Industrial, Joy Division, Kraftwerk, Synth, Throbbing Gristle. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post. Post a comment or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.