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Old 12-08-2016, 11:18 PM   #1
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Icon5 Synthpop vs. Electropop vs. Technopop?

I know, they're just genres and "who cares about difs", but I would like to know the difs btwn Synthpop, Electropop, and Technopop (given there'd be any, unless they are all completely synonymous with each other -- in which case, then why are there 3 dif ways/terms to refer to the same genre?)

if they're different, how (content-speaking)? i.e. -- do they all use dif or certain sounds? are lyrical themes different (when they are present in a song of each genre)?
I almost think such of electropop or technopop would be more "electronic", using more synthesized sounds, whereas synthpop would have more elements of new wave and krautrock or some other rock genre's characteristics.

just asking out of curiosity and with a will to understand some electronic genres better.

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Old 12-09-2016, 06:39 AM   #2
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Re: Synthpop vs. Electropop vs. Technopop?

I consider myself to be a fan of electronic music, but I've never heard of electropop or technopop in my life

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Old 12-09-2016, 07:01 AM   #3
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Re: Synthpop vs. Electropop vs. Technopop?

I found out of those terms through Wikipedia. I guess there's some info on Electropop on Last.FM as well.
as for Technopop, perhaps it's some synonymous term with Synthpop, but I'm not 100% positive (that's just what Wiki claims but I'm skeptical about what's illustrated on Wiki sometimes).

Also, I think some sites claim they're all the same genre, which I don't totally understand..

I'm also an electronic music fan, but coming across those genres/terms got me wondering why there's a few defs of such...
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Old 12-09-2016, 07:16 AM   #4
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Re: Synthpop vs. Electropop vs. Technopop?

Synthpop? Find me some poppy techno that doesn't have synths in it, and I'll find you someone that's misspelled poop.

This discussion reminds me of the first time I heard a metalhead correct another metalhead by saying "no no, they're not death metal, they're blackened post-metal" and I just wanted to reach out and crush his fragile little hipster windpipe.

Never underestimate the ability of stupid people to overly complicate things.

EDIT: I'm not implying that anyone here is stupid, rather that the people that tend to populate lists on Wikipedia and other parts of the internet are. It's certainly easy to get confused by all the silly labels people want to apply to things like music.

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Re: Synthpop vs. Electropop vs. Technopop?

Not to steer this thread further downhill, but Wikipedia is the worst for genre ID's in the world. Dicogs is typically in line with the general consensus, as far as I can tell

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Old 12-09-2016, 05:51 PM   #6
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Re: Synthpop vs. Electropop vs. Technopop?

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Synthpop? Find me some poppy techno that doesn't have synths in it, and I'll find you someone that's misspelled poop.

This discussion reminds me of the first time I heard a metalhead correct another metalhead by saying "no no, they're not death metal, they're blackened post-metal" and I just wanted to reach out and crush his fragile little hipster windpipe.

Never underestimate the ability of stupid people to overly complicate things.

EDIT: I'm not implying that anyone here is stupid, rather that the people that tend to populate lists on Wikipedia and other parts of the internet are. It's certainly easy to get confused by all the silly labels people want to apply to things like music.
I know, some people like to be more specific with identifying certain genres or slight sound changes between artists or something -- I'm not totally "elitist" about music genres and styles, but to a certain extent... surely enough, sometimes I wish people wouldn't keep creating smaller and more complicated subgenres to subgenres over the littlest details...

I'll accept Synthpop as a genre, of course. just not sure about technopop + electropop (which is why I ask about them here, just for some clarifications on them).
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Old 12-09-2016, 05:54 PM   #7
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Re: Synthpop vs. Electropop vs. Technopop?

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Not to steer this thread further downhill, but Wikipedia is the worst for genre ID's in the world. Dicogs is typically in line with the general consensus, as far as I can tell
I don't disagree with you, I also find Wikipedia can be misleading with genres at times, so I do often refer to anything on Discogs. sometimes Last.fm, otherwise.
but again, I only ask about the other two genres here for clarifications of their origins/info...
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Re: Synthpop vs. Electropop vs. Technopop?

you left out futurepop

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Re: Synthpop vs. Electropop vs. Technopop?

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you left out futurepop
purposely, yes -- I can sort of identify synthpop from futurepop, so that's not much of an issue, therefore I left it out by intent.
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Re: Synthpop vs. Electropop vs. Technopop?

I think my real problem with all these microgenres is that it feels like it becomes exclusionary. Ass Pop and Butt Pop are exactly the same, except Ass Pop is only 110bpm or less and Butt Pop is everything 110+. But people will argue about what's what and tell the other side that they're idiots and don't know what they're talking about and I'm standing here thinking "you both like the same terrible music". These silly genres at some point stop encoding information about what I'm about to hear and become a wedge to drive between people that mostly like the same things, and I think that's awful.

I mean I'm all for "this is pop-country" and "this is grindcore" because at that level it actually does give me a vague idea about what's about to hit me. Even then I could just keep on with my own personally classifications of "sucks" and "doesn't suck", which has been working for me for ages.




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Re: Synthpop vs. Electropop vs. Technopop?

You kids and your damn techno

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