Sound Smart: Synth Pop

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Although the Mellotron and the Moog were already known and used Synthesisers by bands like The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and many others in the 60’s, it was not until the late 70’s that this instruments became a main piece in the musical composition and development, creating a new genre called SYNTH POP.

Part of the NEW WAVE movement, the Synth Pop is based in electronic instrumentation and danceable rhythms with the use of monophonic keyboards, drum machines and sequencers creating a simple and austere atmosphere.

Synth Pop reached its summit in the early 80’s with bands like DEPECHE MODE, EURYTHMICS and DURAN DURAN, who achieved popularity and opened the road for this genre worldwide thanks to the creation of the famous TV channel MTV.

Nowadays is still very common to find the Synth Pop style in the popular music because it was the influence for most of the POP musicians we know today.



  • Monophonic: Sound reproduction using only one channel of transmission.
  • Austere: With a small amount of elements, plain.
  • Atmosphere: Environment, the character, feeling or mood of a place or situation.
  • Summit: The highest point.


Listen to 80’s music and 00’s music to find similitudes between both eras. Did you know Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” and Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” share the same bass melody and rhythm, only in different styles? The first one as Motown and the latter as synth pop.


  • Which music genre do you like the most?

Welcome to this activity created by Learning Advisor Mr. Daniel Torres from Coapa Branch. Take note of all the pink words, read the text, watch the video and answer the question in the comment section below.

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