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On this page we shine the spotlight on various underground musicians and bands whom I feel deserve more exposure. This page features current artists who are toiling away deep in the underground, as well as artists from the past who may have been overlooked or forgotten.
In Memory of Karlheinz Stockhausen
Karlheinz Stockhausen was a German avant-garde composer who was born in 1928 and recently passed away on December 5, 2007.
Words often used to describe this artist included "visionary", "brilliant", "innovative" and
"controversial". In his childhood he took piano lessons, and would later study music at the Cologne Musikhochcshule.
He would gradually begin work at the NWDR Electronic Music Studio in Cologne. Eventually he would give lectures and concerts
all over Europe, North America and Asia. In 1971 he was appointed Professor of Composition at the National Conservatory of
Music, where he taught until 1977.
To say that Gershon Kingsley is a pioneer in electronic music would be a vast understatement. Probably best known as the composer of the classic synth instrumental "Popcorn" (which would become a huge hit for Hot Butter in the 70s, and is often regarded as the very first example of synthpop), Kingsley has also created some incredibly innovative electronic music. Nowadays, his name is often uttered alongside Robert Moog, Wendy Carlos, and Kraftwerk, which only emphasizes how important this man's contribution has been. If you find any of Kingsley's recordings on second-hand vinyl, snatch them up immediately. They are very rare. Even CD editions of his work tend to be "import only", and are usually quite pricey. Click on the picture below to learn more about this very talented man.
Marsheaux are a great synthpop duo all the way from Greece. The first time I heard their music, I was very impressed by the amount of control they had over their songs, not just in the arrangement of the songs themselves, but also in the production. They make music that sounds like it is straight out of 1981. I recall hearing them do a cover of Depeche Mode's "New Life" that was awesome. Their influences are A Flock of Seagulls, Human League, Yazoo, Soft Cell and Blancmange. Check out this great duo!
Tony Carey is an American singer/songwriter originally from California. He achieved some success during the 70s in a band called Rainbow, yet later he would go on to pursue a solo career. He eventually found notoriety in his native land with singles such as "The First Day of Summer" and "A Fine, Fine Day" (which still gets play on VH1). Eventually, however, America would turn a blind eye to this exceptional talent, and he would go on to find sizeable success in his new homeland Germany, where he still tours and sells out shows to this day. Tony's songs are consistently well crafted and resonant, and he displays a musicianship that is enormous. His skills remain very much in demand in his adopted European homeland.
Click the photo below to learn about Nervous Gender, a groundbreaking synthpunk band.