Synthetix.FM Ultimix 2014
December 27, 2014 2:15 PM   Subscribe

Too future.
posted by anarch at 3:47 PM on December 27, 2014

My new GTA playlist, thanks!
posted by chainlinkspiral at 4:40 PM on December 27, 2014

many thanks! not familiar with pretty much any of it, which is always good (will never understand in this internet age of "take 2 clicks and a single batch of keystrokes and you can hear whatever someone's just mentioned to you" why people find encountering the unfamiliar media-rec-wise off-putting...that's what the internet community is for, duh). can't wait to listen to this while i make hoppin' john on the 1st.
posted by ifjuly at 7:46 PM on December 27, 2014

Wow, item thank you for that link, this band is awesome!

I don't frequent often but it does look like they wrote a review of Roladex's album Anthems for the Micro-Age.
posted by rebent at 9:26 PM on December 27, 2014

Since I'm home sick, here are the first five top 10 lists with links (and a few typo corrections). Links are to Bandcamp where possible (a great place to buy tracks direct from the artists); most other links are to SoundCloud. I might do the remaining lists later.

Top 10 Soundtrack Synth

1. Victory Theme - Myrone
2. Ninja Destiny - Cobra Copter
3. Mall - Protector 101
4. Don't Call Me Hero - OGRE
5. The World Is Gonna End Today - Tommy
6. China Sundown - LA Dreams
7. Frozen Soldiers - Python Blue & Jon Of The Shred
8. Manhattan Docks - Prof. Zonic Zynth
9. Rejects Of The Wasteland - Nightsatan
10. Leave With Us - 20SIX Hundred

Top 10 Electro Funk Synth

1. Breakazoid - Mitch Murder
2. Hairspray - Cobra Copter
3. Walk Like A Boss - Robert Parker [skip to 43:40]
4. Burning Desires - LA Dreams
5. Time Shock - STARFORCE & Action Jackson
6. DownTown - iamMANOLIS
7. Funk This Ship - Phaserland
8. Made In USSR - Pulse 80 & StereoSonic
9. Different Machine - Amazing Police
10. Break It Down - Phantom Ride

Top 10 OutRun Synth

1. Escape Without Control - Dana's Vision
2. Run For Home - Beckett
3. Throttle Up - Dynatron
4. Breaking The Bonds - 20SIX Hundred
5. It's Supercharged! - Botnit
6. PoWer Prostitute - NightStop
7. Crime Wave - Danger Mode
8. Dark Pursuit - Street Cleaner
9. Chrome Beach - KFDDA
10. Running Wild - Tokyo Rider

Top 10 Dark Synth

1. Cyberpolis - Noir Deco
2. Humans Are Such Easy Prey - Perturbator
3. Abandoned Streets (Pt II) - Jordan F
4. Giant Golden Naked Woman - Dan Terminus
5. L.A. Darkzone - Palm Highway Chase
6. Within - GosT
7. Dystopia - Nightcrawler (featuring Vincenzo Salvia)
8. Graveyard Shift - Dance With The Dead
9. The Centaurian Heist - Cluster Buster
10. Devil's Due - Street Cleaner

Top 10 Italo Disco Synth

1. Domenica - Vincenzo Salvia (featuring Giusi Telesca)
2. Same Road, Different Ways - Plaisance & Claudia Ortolani
3. I Wanna Love You Once Again - Ryan Paris
4. IL Stallone - Muscle
5. Time To Run - Supervox
6. My Energy World - Project A [I can't find any reference to this track other than the Synthetix.FM post]
7. Galatine - Mild Peril
8. Train Of My Youth - Olegris
9. Femme Fatale - James Baker [I found a few pages on the web that link to James Baker's tracks on SoundCloud and Bandcamp, but all of the links are dead – apparently he's removed all of his material from the web for some reason?]
10. Knight Of The Disco - Garth Knight
posted by escape from the potato planet at 10:34 AM on December 28, 2014 [4 favorites]

Humans Are Such Easy Prey - Perturbator

Hello to Jason Isaacs!
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 12:54 PM on December 28, 2014

So what exactly defines the "Outrun" subgenre, anway? And does its name come from the video game, or somewhere else?

As far as I can tell, it's a little more futuristic and cybernetic, play-acts at being as serious and humorless as a cyborg assassin (as opposed to the loose-booty fun of electro-funk), is extra devoted to sixteenth-note sequencer patterns, and tends to eschew solos and non-synth instruments.

Is that about right?

I mean, until I saw this post, I didn't even know the genre was big enough to have recognized subgenres, but apparently it is and does.
posted by escape from the potato planet at 5:06 PM on December 28, 2014

And I just re-listened to some of the Outrun tracks, and there are exceptions to like all of my criteria. I'm so confused.
posted by escape from the potato planet at 5:14 PM on December 28, 2014

EFTPP, I don't know! If I remember next friday, I'll ask the Project Friday chatroom if anybody has any ideas. Mostly I think it's just split into whatever subgenres one feels like splitting it into.
posted by rebent at 1:44 PM on December 29, 2014

I've seen "Outrun" used as a genre label elsewhere, though – it seems like it has some general currency. If you find anything out, I'll be interested to hear about it.
posted by escape from the potato planet at 4:57 PM on December 30, 2014

Item, I asked Rick and he said that Roladex was about 16 away from being in the top 10. My take: there's a heck of a lot of synth out there right now.
posted by rebent at 6:36 PM on January 7, 2015

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