It's 40 years since the first explosion of electronic songs revitalized the UK charts with futuristic subject matter, DIY aesthetics, and occasionally pompous lyrics. To celebrate, here's a chronological list of those Moog-infused tracks of 1980 that had the biggest impact.
Four musicians reflect on the DIY culture that inspired the spread of electronic music, and on what’s changed in the intervening four decades.
John Foxx & Harold Budd: Translucence/Drift Music / John Foxx, Harold Budd, Ruben Garcia: Nighthawks
Ex-Ultravox singer John Foxx reissues two Harold Budd collaborations on his Metamatic label. You're going to need a lot of candles.
The history of the modular synthesizer is one that involves competing origins, unwieldy equipment, aesthetic disputes, and the whims of business and art.