Episode 548

Published: Friday, 20 November 2020
Keyed for happiness

It was a dark night in the 1970s, when some mysterious guy opened up a music studio in a Berlin school to enable freaky drug addicts to play music using instruments powered by electricity ... Nah, it wasn't. But would make a nice story about the origins of this style of music, nowadays often known (or confused) with sequencer driven electronic music. Berlin School, one of the earliest main sources for the then famous and new electronic music scene, actually has its roots in Berlin. We all know its pioneers like Klaus Schulze, Edgar Froese, Christopher Franke, Günter Schickert, Manuel Göttsching, Dieter Moebius, Michael Rother, ... Well, and many more. It was originally an exploration of these new kind of instruments and what one could accomplish using them for sound creation. There definitely are some variations on Berlin School, some when reviving the old 70s style in the early 90s and bringing it up to date with new developments in technology and musical experience. And, yet again, younger and current artists are picking up the scents and bring it back to modern life. Now, this is not meant as a history podcast, but to relish the music. Enjoy the modern way of Berlin-ish school music with tracks by Klangzaun, Mythos (Berliner Schule Sequencing), Däcker (Pareidolia), Cloudwalk (Realm of Jupiter), Nations of the Reverbs (Fractures), Steve Roach (Tomorrow).

 

Playlist:

Klangzaun - Run alone (./.)
Mythos - Rationality and Passion (Berliner Schule Sequencing)
Däcker - Face on Mars (Pareidolia)
Cloudwalk - Io (Realm of Jupiter)
Nations of the Reverbs - Fracture (Fractures)
Steve Roach - Optimal Being (Tomorrow)

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Episode 547

Published: Friday, 13 November 2020
May the chill be with us

Thinking about tonight's edition, I thought about the term chill out and where it comes from. I could think of some situation, where you are getting hot because of anger or being uptight about something. Then you need to chill out, i.e. cool down. But I could not find any evidence to that origin. The general meaning though is to calm down and relax. And it's quite a young phrase, some claim it's from the 1970s, others put it to the 1980s. Well, if you know more about the origin of "chill out", let me know in the comments on social media or send me a message or mail. What I found interesting though and did not know before, to chill out also means to spend time with your friends. And that's perfectly fitting for syndae, spending time with all of you to listen to fantastic music by Eleon feat. Jeff Pearce (Chillscapes Vol. 1), Der Waldläufer (Daolai), Stefan Erbe (Breathe), Wellenfeld (The Journey of Voyager 1), Ivan Black (The Skirmish), D-Echo Project (Flavour), Rose (Quarantine in Warm), moonbooter (Beyond the Neon Lights), Rombreaker (Summer Pain), Toffo (The Matter of Life), In Vitro (Modulandi).

 

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Episode 546

Published: Friday, 06 November 2020
Exhilaratingly relaxing

What a week! Especially nerve wracking for all hour friends in the US. For whatever happens next, I only hope the best for you guys over there. So all the right reasons to relax a bit and clear one's mind for all the things coming up. Tonight, you will get treats in harmony and melodic sounds, easy listening material for the soul's pleasure. So, if you feel in need of some chilling but cheering tunes, this is the place. Or if you simply like great and beautiful music, join in and listen to the wonderful tracks by Divine Matrix (Beachcombing), Robert Fox (House Of Chimes), Kevin Keller (The Front Porch of Heaven), Roberto Sass (Equinox), Deep Imagination (My Silent Celebration), Chris Field (Beneath The Sun), Mike Clay (Imaginary Edges), BlueMonk & Michael Whalen (Karmic Dreams), Evenfall (Monsoon Winds), Leaving Richmond (Visions), Richard Souther (Waiting in the Wings).

 

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Episode 545

Published: Friday, 30 October 2020
Scores for scary times

Yes, I know. Everyone's jumping on the Halloween train these days. Well, so will I. Because there is such a great dedicated compilation by Legacy of Thought, I had to pick this up. And also I found more tracks, which are more or less suitable for this occasion. It's not one genre alone tonight, but very much some rather dark sides of electronic music paired with ambient segments. So, best to put your masks (or rather headphones) on and take some deep listening time to the excellent and frightening tracks by Stefan Erbe (Breathe), Myth and Ivan Black (Gehenna), Ombra Obscvra (La Nit Eterna), Otarion (Prayer from the Deep), Kliment (Eastern Depths IV), Corticem (Planetarium), Rïcïnn (Nereïd), RoboKnob (Eastern Depths IV), Dan Terminus (Last Call For All Passengers).

 

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Episode 544

Published: Friday, 23 October 2020
Get enlightened

Quietness in my job? No traffic on the roads? No. Just the need for some serenity has driven me to relish some cool ambient music and share it with you on tonight's edition. It's this time again, and it's always a great idea to give one's mind a rest from the outer world and contemplate, fetch up with all the thoughts wandering in one's mind. And maybe create some new and unexpected ideas. Maybe the sounds and noises to be heard can tickle your neurons to make new connections or revive some long forgotten ones. Have a wonderful and peaceful time with tracks by Time Being (An Ocean Of Time), Seramind (Embedsave), Sam Rosenthal & Projekt Artists (Tim, where are you now?), A.D.S.R. (UNO), Janne Hanhisuanto (Icescapes), Time Away (Gehenna), Swartz (Nighttide), Alnocys (Alnocys 2).

 

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Episode 543

Published: Friday, 16 October 2020
Uncasted talents

There is a bunch of shows for finding great, wonderful, super, hyper, next star singers. Not that I follow those shows or ever hear about the winners of them. But, where is the "Next Top Composer" show? Or a "Instrumentalists Have Talent" program? Well, just wondering. Would you be interested in such a show? A kind of competition for composers or instrument talents or actually to find new "stars"? Or do you think they would only server the same popular music styles as other shows? Leave a comment with syndae's channels. Or don't and simply relish the non-tv talents providing such great music and which you will always find via syndae. And there is a bunch of them on this edition, brand new stuff and great old treats by Wellenfeld (The Journey of Voyager 1), Substan (Requiem for a Neural Network), All Notes Off (Rise and Decay), Optionica (Biomechanics), Organic Prizmo (Eighth Listen), Dlaivison (Aeon), F.D. Project (Time to Remember), TK (Vertigo), Peru (Forlian).

 

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Episode 542

Published: Friday, 09 October 2020
Muscle food

Oh boy, I am full of energy at the moment. Spiked up by a short trip to the sea. And although it’s a quite lengthy trip, it’s definitely worth smelling and breathing the salty air. Yeah, I know, it’s not the best time for travels, but at least one gets some different sights and fuels up. One of the best audible things at the sea are its waves, pounding in a constant rhythm at the beach. and what is in it for you? Well, you get a beat full of sounds tonight, which may be borderline or further into dance music. Hence, get up on your feet and start wobbling with tracks by Dohnavùr (You Can and You Shall), K37 (Alien Invasion), Progeny-1 (Alien Invasion), Cosmic Kingsnake (Ad Astra), Andy Morello (Collateral Fluxus of Imaginary Thoughts), Deto And Gleam (Archives), Horror House (Tiempos Mejores), Wormhole (Hot  Trax), Element4 (Monotony in Motion).

 

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Episode 541

Published: Friday, 02 October 2020
Winding up to the top

On we go with another hour of cool and fresh music, accompanied by some really awesome tracks from the past. And it's all full in traditional electronic music this time, with lots of sequences and soundscapes to relish. And I tell you what, there is something fascinating in this repetitive but slowly growing style which gets me again and again. Of course, it might be a reason that I am a child of the 80s where this style of music had some kind of golden age. It still rocks ... well, wrong term musically. The newer takes on Berlin School and influenced genres all add something own and modern to it. And still, listening to the good aged tracks, it all feels quite timeless. But listen for yourself to the marvellous tracks by TaboTago (Simulacron), Michael Brückner (Footprints), Wolfproject, Bouvetøya (The Fiction Makers), Thaneco (Journey to Ithaca Vol.1), Frank Specht (Sebastian im Traum), VoLt (HjVi).

 

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Episode 540

Published: Friday, 25 September 2020
Say no more but listen

Usually, syndae is a pure instrumentl show. Ok, sometimes I do have tracks with lyrics for events. But tonight, there is no event to announce. These days rarely is. Nevertheless, I decided to break my rule and have some synth, some pop, some new age stuff on this edition. Just for fun. And I also try a different format of the show, so you actually get two times 30 minutes instead of one hour. Sounds strange? Well, it is. Part 1, the Air part, will be the moderated one. So it's half an hour like you got before with fresh and current music. And if you decide to stop there, feel free to do so. The second part, the Play part, will be an in the mix section. I first let you know what you will be listening to, and then we go off for a cool ride. There will be tracks from albums published way back up to the early ages of ambient and electronic. So for some it will be a good memory, a reminder or simply some quite old stuff to get to know. Let me know in the comments what you think of this format. Feedback is always welcome. But let's get into tonights treats. In the Air part you will get tracks by The String Theory (The Los Angeles Suite), Andawan (Alien Invasion), Obsqure (Cloud 9), Deep Imagination (In My Memory), Ananta Govinda ft. Will Calhoun (Mirror of Desire), Julian Shah-Tayler (Evolution). In the Play part I have Schiller ft. Heppner (Leben), Vile Electrodes (The Future Through a Lens), Rygar (Italo Disco Spacesynth Collection), Laserdance (Future Generation), Koto (Greatest Hits and Remixes), Hypnosis (Italo Disco Spacesynth Collection).

 

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