Top Of The Pops 1977 Synthesizer Special

March 19, 2022 0 By GerenM
  1. A Little Synth History – Tom Oberheim
  2. Suzanne Ciani — Electronic Musician, Composer, Sound Designer
  3. Laurie Spiegel — Innovator of Electronic Music
  4. Top Of The Pops 1977 Synthesizer Special
  5. Daphne Orem – Oramics: Drawing Music
  6. Eliane Radigue — musique concrete to ARP and beyond
  7. Delia Derbyshire — The Sound Behind Dr. Who
  8. Isao Tomita — Pioneer of Electronic and Space Music
  9. Else Marie Pade — First Danish Composer of Electronic and Concrete Music
  10. Wendy Carlos — My Introduction to Electronic Music
  11. The History Of Electronic Music in Under Twenty-Four Minutes

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 ….