(80's vibe Synthpop)

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jappe
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Post 16 Sep 2018

Hi all,

Synthpop with a slice of 80's vibe and EBM.

Feedback appreciated!
I'd love to hear your suggestions of what music this reminds you of.




* All sounds from Bitley Fairlight CMI, Synclavier and other soundlibraries for Reason (bitley.laconicsounds.net)
* Jiggery Pokery's Steerpike Delay and Chenille Chorus to make anything shine
* Synapse GQ-7 EQ to cut and boost.
* Seligs Leveler for fixing vocal dynamics.
* Selig de-esser for controlling vocal sibilance.
* Onyx Tube Limiter to tame the peaks.
* Adobe Audition for manual tinkering,
* Mastered through emastered.com

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raymondh
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Post 17 Sep 2018

Nice one Jappe! More fantastic synthpop! Really good stuff!

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jappe
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Post 19 Sep 2018

raymondh wrote: ↑
17 Sep 2018
Nice one Jappe! More fantastic synthpop! Really good stuff!
Thanks for the encouraging words πŸ™‚

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Jagwah
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Post 19 Sep 2018

Great 80's vibe, feels like it's straight out of a movie.

Good mix and arrangement and cool vocals and vibe too, really well done dude keep at it!

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jappe
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Post 20 Sep 2018

Jagwah wrote: ↑
19 Sep 2018
Great 80's vibe, feels like it's straight out of a movie.

Good mix and arrangement and cool vocals and vibe too, really well done dude keep at it!
Thank's a lot for the feedback!
At some point I'll travel out from the 80s, perhaps reversing to the wonderful music of the 70s though :D

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Carly(Poohbear)
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Post 20 Sep 2018

Great Vibe..

The lead stabs reminded me of something that Howard Jones would do.

Your voice (or tracks) always makes me want to go and listen to some Andy McCluskey or Philip Oakey.

In the middle bit I thought that Rick Wakeman or Keith Emerson just popped in for a quick riff.... :)

Love the energy towards the end, great track (again)...

Sidenote I came across this the other day, really enjoyed watching it, though you might like it..

Troublemecca
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Post 20 Sep 2018

A slice brother? Is this the theme for the new He-Man reboot? Lol very 80s! I like your melodies, and your vocals are sweet. I think you went too heavy on the 80s. Never go full 80s. It's the synths I think; overwhelming... omnipresent is the word.

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Pete B
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Post 23 Sep 2018

What does it remind me of? Almost exactly as you wrote: 80s synthpop with a bit of more contemporary, harder electronic stuff. My favourite parts are when the more powerful stabbing bass synth sound is there at about 2 and 4 minutes, which makes me think the higher floaty synth notes might also suit being shorter -- maybe half their current length -- because sometimes it sounds as if the different genres are fighting each other rather than blending. Of course, that might be your intention. Anyway, it's good that you're branching out and not limiting yourself to the straitjacket of a single genre.

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sumusik
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Post 24 Sep 2018

Sounds great Jappe! Despite that there's a lot going on in some parts, the production still sounds really clean. Def a huge 80s vibe going on. I don't really hear any EBM elements to be honest, but it's probably not even needed. It's definitley synthpop, which is a good thing! Good work.

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jappe
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Post 30 Sep 2018

Carly(Poohbear) wrote: ↑
20 Sep 2018
Great Vibe..

The lead stabs reminded me of something that Howard Jones would do.

Your voice (or tracks) always makes me want to go and listen to some Andy McCluskey or Philip Oakey.

In the middle bit I thought that Rick Wakeman or Keith Emerson just popped in for a quick riff.... :)

Love the energy towards the end, great track (again)...

Sidenote I came across this the other day, really enjoyed watching it, though you might like it..
Thank you for feedback & references! That OMD documentary will entertain me on the train trip to Sweden today :)

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jappe
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Post 30 Sep 2018

Troublemecca wrote: ↑
20 Sep 2018
A slice brother? Is this the theme for the new He-Man reboot? Lol very 80s! I like your melodies, and your vocals are sweet. I think you went too heavy on the 80s. Never go full 80s. It's the synths I think; overwhelming... omnipresent is the word.
Thanks for sharing your impressions :)
I'm like that when cooking too, never cook from a recipe, so I don't know the result until it's done.

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jappe
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Post 30 Sep 2018

Pete B wrote: ↑
23 Sep 2018
What does it remind me of? Almost exactly as you wrote: 80s synthpop with a bit of more contemporary, harder electronic stuff. My favourite parts are when the more powerful stabbing bass synth sound is there at about 2 and 4 minutes, which makes me think the higher floaty synth notes might also suit being shorter -- maybe half their current length -- because sometimes it sounds as if the different genres are fighting each other rather than blending. Of course, that might be your intention. Anyway, it's good that you're branching out and not limiting yourself to the straitjacket of a single genre.
Thanks for feedback/suggestion!
It's quite busy in the parts you mention so those higher pad hits could be candidates to make shorter, will try that.

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jappe
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Post 30 Sep 2018

sumusik wrote: ↑
24 Sep 2018
Sounds great Jappe! Despite that there's a lot going on in some parts, the production still sounds really clean. Def a huge 80s vibe going on. I don't really hear any EBM elements to be honest, but it's probably not even needed. It's definitley synthpop, which is a good thing! Good work.
Thanks!
Categorising music is a challenge for me, I need a Genre Detection RE :)
It's good to hear that it's sufficiently 80s.

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Bloma
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Post 30 Sep 2018

Wow jappe, your stuff keeps getting better and better. So clean! Would love to hear this live actually.

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Some Desperate Glory
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Post 02 Oct 2018

Very 80s vibe on this one... reminds me also of the songwriting done in those days.... the sound of one hand clapping. The lyrics are excellent on this one.

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Trefor
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Post 03 Oct 2018

Definitely harks back to the 80's shades of Human League.

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jappe
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Post 07 Oct 2018

Bloma wrote: ↑
30 Sep 2018
Wow jappe, your stuff keeps getting better and better. So clean! Would love to hear this live actually.
Thank you!
Alas, my live performance skills are very limited.
Comp Edit mode and recording instruments in reduced tempo helps.

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jappe
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Post 07 Oct 2018

Some Desperate Glory wrote: ↑
02 Oct 2018
Very 80s vibe on this one... reminds me also of the songwriting done in those days.... the sound of one hand clapping. The lyrics are excellent on this one.
Happy to hear I managed to make it sound 80s... sometimes I'm in doubt but there's just so much Human League and the likes in my long time music memory so I trust it'll colour my music.
Using Bitley refills helps a great lot as well.

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jappe
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Post 07 Oct 2018

Trefor wrote: ↑
03 Oct 2018
Definitely harks back to the 80's shades of Human League.
Thanks!

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