Better Living Through Synthesizers

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

Like much new technology, synthesizers come with the utopian promise that a better machine or improvements to an older one represent real progress in the course of human social history. That this is rarely true is not the machines’s fault; rather it’s the veil of materialism as amelioration that we tend to pull over our own eyes in lieu of actually fixing anything. Still, musicians like Vangelis have used synthesizers to create utopian sounds fit for a world where things aren’t just better—they might be perfect. This is both material and spiritual, bounded on one side by the formal precision and sleek elegance of Kraftwerk, and on the other by the transcendental soundscapes of krautrock bands like Ash Ra Tempel and CAN and the Berlin school of modular synthesizers, heavy sequencing, and large scale, cinematic pieces launched by Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze.