Dark waves : the synthesizer and the dystopian sound of Britain (1977-80) /

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Rowman & Littlefield,, Lanham, United States, p.xi, 187 pages ; (2023)

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(OCoLC)fst01071422, (OCoLC)fst01141189, (OCoLC)fst01765256, 1971-1980, Electronica (Music), fast, Great Britain, History and criticism., History., Popular music, Popular music., Synthesizer (Musical instrument)


Includes bibliographical references and index.Part 1. Background Noise. Dystopian Sentimentalities ; Political, Economic & Cultural Influences ; The Synthesizer & Aesthetical Frameworks -- Part 2. Outsiders Electronics. Cabaret Voltaire -- Dadaism Up North ; Throbbing Gristle -- Music from the Death Factory ; The Normal -- The Car Crash Set ; Fad Gadget -- Mechanised Curiosity -- Part 3. Crossing The Mainstream. The Human League -- Electronically Yours ; Gary Numan -- Subhuman in Suburbia ; Visage -- The New Guard -- Conclusion. Afterwards & Influences."This book examines the role of the synthesizer and electronics in shaping the dystopian sound of electronic music in 1970s Britain, presenting a musicological analysis of a variety of acts-including Cabaret Voltaire, Gary Numan, Throbbing Gristle, The Normal, Visage, Fad Gadget-and considering background, influences, and technological approaches"--