Top Of The Pops 1977 Synthesizer Special
- A Little Synth History – Tom Oberheim
- Suzanne Ciani — Electronic Musician, Composer, Sound Designer
- Laurie Spiegel — Innovator of Electronic Music
- Top Of The Pops 1977 Synthesizer Special
- Daphne Orem – Oramics: Drawing Music
- Elaine Radigue — musique concrete to ARP and beyond
- Delia Derbyshire — The Sound Behind Dr. Who
- Isao Tomita — Pioneer of Electronic and Space Music
- Else Marie Pade — First Danish Composer of Electronic and Concrete Music
- Wendy Carlos — My Introduction to Electronic Music
- The History Of Electronic Music in Under Twenty-Four Minutes
- Histories of the Modular Synthesizer
- How A Russian Composer And An Australian Inventor Created The Most Iconic Sound In Popular Music
- Bob Moog — Inventor, Enabler, Inspirer
- Bernie Krause — Making the Moog Cool
This is a kind of “aside” to my electronic music pioneers series, and highlights some music that was, well, Top Of The Pops in Great Britain in 1977.
By the mid-70s, synthesizers had found their way into popular music, from disco to rock, from jazz to funk, and everything in between. Here are a half-dozen examples clipped from the BBC’s Top Of The Pops TV show in 1977.
Coincidentally, the sixth song in the video, Donna Summer’s I Feel Love, came up in conversation just last week (I can’t remember why). It was considered to be a ground-breaking song at the time for it’s use of synthesizers and electronic production.
If you’re wanting to know about making the synth sounds in that song, there’s this ….