There was a time when I hated synth-pop. It still grinds my teeth on occasion but I’ve giving up caring because I discovered if I continued I would have no teeth. This is an insight into the instrument that drives most music today. The author plays and knows from whence he speaks on the quality of “Propellerhead’s Reason, and its upstart competitor, Cakewalk’s Project5.”
It’s purely intuitive, but I’ve liked synthesizers probably since the early 1970s, when I first heard Edgar Winter’s “Frankenstein” and all those great Stevie Wonder songs. Still, I’ve always thought guitar was the most important instrument in rock (which is why I chose to learn how to play it at age 17), but keyboards have given rock much more color and shading than the guitar alone allows. And has created all sorts of unique genres separate from rock–such as the synth-pop that risks wreaking all that destruction on Temple’s dental work!