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Posted on: August 15, 2018 @ 07:23 AM
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Hi All,

Remember there was a discussion started last August on Motifator about who are/were the best synth players of all time?

http://www.motifator.com/index.php/forum/viewthread/479109

I’m now trying to finish that question with what are the 10 best synth performances on record to date?  Were the performances great because the artists had good chops?  Was it all about the sound and synth articulations.  Were the best performances monophonic, or polyphonic?  Was it all about the gear?  I wonder whether the best performances will come from the best synth players.

I’m trying to identify these performances, because they will be bench marks of a sort, for a big synthesis competition we are sponsorsing in Sept. If you read the original thread:

http://www.motifator.com/index.php/forum/viewthread/479109

I refer to a group that I’m part of that was organizing a Synth God competition.  Well one year later, its official!  There will be a SYNTH GOD’s MASS (Music Automation Synthesis Symposium) and a Competition this September in Ohio and we hope it will be an annual event that gets participation from everywhere on the planet :-)


SYNTH GOD M.A.S.S

http://www.neoacmchapter.org/synthgods

SYNTH GOD COMPETITION

http://www.synthgod-competition.org

The Motifator community helped us to put together a great list of the top Synth Players.  We’re hoping that the Motifator community can help us identify the top 10 Synth Performances of All time.  Any suggestions?  Do any Synth Solos/Performance Stick out?

If you had to pick the 10 most awesome synth performances what would they be?  Would they all be from the 80’s?  Are any synth players setting the bar in 2018?

Any and all suggestions will be greatly appreciated!!!!!!

  [ Ignore ]  

Posted on: August 15, 2018 @ 02:14 PM
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Any of this in the ball park?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJnbKtK4Nkc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUg431eFACw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-OajExZnq0

Keith Emerson’s Solo?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwS9U5b6nsQ

Joe Zawinul?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwtsBSFImg0

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Posted on: August 17, 2018 @ 11:44 AM
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lastmonk - 15 August 2018 07:23 AM

[...] If you had to pick the 10 most awesome synth performances what would they be?  Would they all be from the 80’s?  Are any synth players setting the bar in 2018?

Any and all suggestions will be greatly appreciated!!!!!!

How about artists with 10 performances per album?

Carlos’ “Switched-on Bach” had 10 Bach pieces.
Tomita’s “Snowflakes Are Dancing” had 10 Debussy ones.

Showing my age and early synth exposure?  ;-)

  [ Ignore ]  

Posted on: August 17, 2018 @ 12:53 PM
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I’m personally not that into traditional synth music (80s stuff etc.), but one gotta admire this guy!

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Posted on: August 18, 2018 @ 07:37 PM
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5pinDIN - 17 August 2018 11:44 AM
lastmonk - 15 August 2018 07:23 AM

[...] If you had to pick the 10 most awesome synth performances what would they be?  Would they all be from the 80’s?  Are any synth players setting the bar in 2018?

Any and all suggestions will be greatly appreciated!!!!!!

How about artists with 10 performances per album?

Carlos’ “Switched-on Bach” had 10 Bach pieces.
Tomita’s “Snowflakes Are Dancing” had 10 Debussy ones.

Showing my age and early synth exposure?  ;-)

Yes!  we’re definitely going put some of this on the list.

I suspect that many of the best Synth performances will probably be pre 90’s
LOL

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Posted on: August 18, 2018 @ 07:40 PM
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zpink - 17 August 2018 12:53 PM

I’m personally not that into traditional synth music (80s stuff etc.), but one gotta admire this guy!

Wow!

Giorgio Moroder

I had never heard of this guy, very good.  He’s got to fit on the list somewhere.  Very very good.

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Posted on: August 18, 2018 @ 11:20 PM
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lastmonk - 18 August 2018 07:40 PM
zpink - 17 August 2018 12:53 PM

I’m personally not that into traditional synth music (80s stuff etc.), but one gotta admire this guy!

Wow!

Giorgio Moroder

I had never heard of this guy, very good.  He’s got to fit on the list somewhere.  Very very good.

Since ‘DAW-less jamming’ now is a big thing on the interwebs, there are quite a few good performances on YouTube etc.

I suspect that you will need to introduce some rules to your list to narrow it down a bit since a lot of these performers may not be very good keyboard players, but still sound amazing due to sequencers.
Since we all are limited to two hands (or fewer in some cases), sequencers will be a necessity for most solo performers, but should the sequence then be programmed/recorded live during the performance etc.?

No need to be Jordan Rudess these days! ;-)
Am I just overthinking this now? hahaha

Best of luck with your list!

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Posted on: August 19, 2018 @ 04:41 AM
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zpink - 18 August 2018 11:20 PM
lastmonk - 18 August 2018 07:40 PM
zpink - 17 August 2018 12:53 PM

I’m personally not that into traditional synth music (80s stuff etc.), but one gotta admire this guy!

Wow!

Giorgio Moroder

I had never heard of this guy, very good.  He’s got to fit on the list somewhere.  Very very good.

Since ‘DAW-less jamming’ now is a big thing on the interwebs, there are quite a few good performances on YouTube etc.

I suspect that you will need to introduce some rules to your list to narrow it down a bit since a lot of these performers may not be very good keyboard players, but still sound amazing due to sequencers.
Since we all are limited to two hands (or fewer in some cases), sequencers will be a necessity for most solo performers, but should the sequence then be programmed/recorded live during the performance etc.?

No need to be Jordan Rudess these days! ;-)
Am I just overthinking this now? hahaha

Best of luck with your list!

For sure.,

Some of the rules can be found at: 

http://synthgod-competition.org

Actually, all kinds of synthesis is being considered:

Softsynth performances
Dawless Jamin
Modulars
Old School Analog
New School Keyboarding

The idea is to try to recognize a significant synthesis performance no matter what form its in.  Which is turning out to be really challenging.  But the pursuit has been very rewarding so far.

First there was effort to see what all of these forms of expression have in common.  Are there certain basics that have to be done regardless of synthesis method?  Second there was an effort to try to identify what would constitute a good synth performance.

I think all of the rules will be at http://synthgod-competition.org/ in the few days,

https://www.facebook.com/synthgodcompetition/

so that anyone wishing to register for the competition will know a head of time what they’re getting themselves into LOL

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