Synthy Six at the BBC

25 years of synth pop on BBC 6 Music      27/11/06

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BBC DAB channel 6 Music are celebrating 25 years of synth pop with a week of programming about electronic music. There’s a 4 part documentary ‘The Great Bleep Forward’ (Mon. to Thurs at 21:30) which charts the rise of the synthesizer in twentieth century music. But Thursday’s the big day kicking off with Synth God Gary Numan guesting on the Phill Jupitus Breakfast Show between 7:00 & 10:00, followed by fledgling electro outfit Hot Chip sessioning with Gideon Coe through till 1:00 PM. Mute Records legend Daniel Miller talks to Steve Lamacq (16:00 to 19:00) and later that evening there are classic performances from Kraftwerk, Ladytron and Depeche Mode on the Dream Ticket with Nemone between 22:00 and 1:00 AM. On the 6 Music website all week you can vote for your favourite synth riff. In true BEEB style they provide a shortlist which includes Yazoo’s Don’t Go, Van Halen’s Jump and Einstein A Go Go by Landscape. (but why not vote for Fascist Groove Thang by Heaven 17 or Relax by Frankie Goes to Hollywood, both records originally banned by the BBC!) The results of this poll will be featured in a programme hosted by Orchestral Manoeuvres, man Andy McClusky on Thursday between 19:00 and 20:00. All these shows can be heard on the 6 Music website for a whole week after broadcast by clicking on their Listen Again feature. BBC 6 Music regularly feature leftfield synth tracks and other electronic blippery with Stuart Maconie's Freak Zone every Sunday between 17:00 and 20:00.
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