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80s atmospheric synth music help

Discussion in 'TRIBE Main Forum' started by rentboy, Jul 12, 2010.

  1. rentboy

    rentboy TRIBE Member


    I'm looking to compile a bunch of synthy stuff from the 80s.

    I'm talking about music akin to soundtrack and atmospheric material from that era like Tangerine Dream's 'Love on a Real Train' or Jan Hammer's 'Crocketts Theme'.

    Anyone recommend anything?
  2. atomic

    atomic TRIBE Member

    Mama - Genesis
  3. seeker

    seeker TRIBE Member

    Japan's "Ghosts" is great, and has super extra bonus points for being seriously pillaged by the Metalheadz gang
  4. atomic

    atomic TRIBE Member

    Lots more guitars than synths, and released on the Heat soundtrack in '95, but might be in the same vein as what you're looking for.

  5. Bernnie Federko

    Bernnie Federko TRIBE Member

    how about another mix from you for those of us who enjoy them

    (and I'll take a look around my place for some synthy stuff you're after)
  6. NemIsis

    NemIsis TRIBE Member

    Just the 80's?

    Thinking in the same vein and what immediately comes to mind are:
    Enigma - Delirium or The Voice of Enigma

    Love Tangerine Dreams btw :)
    I'll think on it.
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  7. rentboy

    rentboy TRIBE Member

    haha. I have a few in the pipe.

    Thanks for the recommendations everyone.

    Nemesis: Not specifically the 80s, but stuff of the nature that i listed. :)
  8. rentboy

    rentboy TRIBE Member

    Brilliant pick. Ticks all the boxes :)
  9. Dirty Girl

    Dirty Girl TRIBE Member

    ummm by atmospheric you mean no words? by akin to soundtrack do you mean not a soundtrack? cause I thought of a bunch of sountrack things. if nothing else maybe it will jog your brain to think of something.

    and of course there is the very obvious:

    and now im going to listen to Platinum Blonde, look what you've done.
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  10. rentboy

    rentboy TRIBE Member

    I've been inspired by what the Autonomic guys have been doing (Instra:mental, D-Bridge, ASC, etc).

    There's been a trend of incorporating those 80s synths scores into modern dnb (the half-step sound). I love what they're doing.

    Some examples:

  11. rentboy

    rentboy TRIBE Member

    Nice call on John Carpenter. I'll have to peep his Escape from New York score.
  12. derek

    derek TRIBE Member

    possibly my fave synth track of all time (possibly the best period):

    Manuel Göttsching - E2-E4

    it's actually a whole album, the same syth track is use throughout. it was sampled for sueno latino a few years later.

    kraftwerk - numbers/computerworld - poppier than you may be lookin' for the the syth line in computerworld still can't be matched.

    cabaret voltaire - sensoria

    depeche mode - stripped

    808 state - pacific

    man parrish - hip hop, bee bop

    paul hardcastle - rainforest

    for some edgeyness (not so atmospheric)

    personally there's nothing wrong with the grace jones original, but the normal did a bang up remix.

    dg, you totally caught me off guard with your john carpenter call. i impress!
  13. rentboy

    rentboy TRIBE Member

    cheers Derek :)
  14. derek

    derek TRIBE Member

    almost forgot:

  15. rentboy

    rentboy TRIBE Member

    nice :)

    A few more examples of the vibe that i'm looking for:

    the two tunes i mentioned in the first post:

    I love the first two minutes of this tune so much. It's such a childhood nostalgic piece.
  16. kirstenmeows

    kirstenmeows TRIBE Member

    Twin Peaks soundtrack, or anything by Angelo Badalamenti

    Art of Noise?
  17. alexd

    alexd Administrator Staff Member



    And here is one of my secret weapons in my 12" bag - can't find the instrumental on youtube though, but the vocals are pretty sparse on the main mix:

  18. rentboy

    rentboy TRIBE Member

    Now you're talking! :)
  19. alexd

    alexd Administrator Staff Member


  20. derek

    derek TRIBE Member

    surprised vangelis hasn't been mentioned yet

  21. rentboy

    rentboy TRIBE Member

    haha, Vangelis is always on my mind.

    One of my favourite pieces from him:

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  22. alexd

    alexd Administrator Staff Member

  23. Illuminati

    Illuminati TRIBE Member

    Jean Michel Jarre?
  24. rentboy

    rentboy TRIBE Member

    Nice call.
  25. kirstenmeows

    kirstenmeows TRIBE Member

    Danny Elfman.

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