What The Hell is a Moog? Watch Synth Britannia and Find Out

Synth "The music will appeal to alienated youth everywhere. And Germans."

That's Depeche Mode's Martin Gore discussing the beginnings of electronic music in Britain, a movement that emerged from a time when punk rock was the thing the kids were listening to and synthesizers were all something called 'analog'.

I had the opportunity earlier this week to finally watch Synth Britannia, the BBC's documentary on the rise, fall, and importance of electronic music, with particular detail paid to bands like Kraftwerk, OMD, The Human League, and Depeche Mode. It's been around for a couple of years now, but if you were like me and didn't have a chance to see it on its original run on the networks, here's you chance.

I've managed to track down a complete version of the program, which runs for almost a full ninety minutes. Not only will you learn more than you thought you'd ever need to know about Moog synthesizers, you'll also come away from it with a basic grasp of Spanish, since the clip is subtitled. Hey-you never know when you might need to name drop Heaven 17 after a run-in with the Mexican authorities.

First, a trailer for you, just in case you're unsure as to whether or not to commit to the full show:

 

Synth Britannia:

About Jay Moon

Freelance writer guy. My ears love music. I'm a transplant recipient (October/2015), so I also give talks to the masses about that entire experience.

Posted on March 11, 2011, in Music and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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