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Highly Cited: John Carpenter Collects His Movie Themes for Anthology

From Prince of Darkness to Assault on Precinct 13: John Carpenter continues the next act in an incredible career with 13 movie themes, anthologized.
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Moog Brings Back to Life the Pioneering Synthesizer IIIc

Moog, the company, is steeped in music history - largely because they invented much of it. And keep bringing it back to life, like the Synthesizer IIIc.

ErrorSynth: Struck By Lightning

Gorgeous synth tunes and a moving tribute to David Bowie highlight Errorsynth's Struck by Lightning EP

Anthony Nicholson Releases Night-clubb-ing on Bandcamp

Anthony Nicholson releases a record of twitchy, synth-driven dance that owes much to House Music's Italo, New Wave and Krautrock roots.
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Vintage Robotnicks: Alexander Robotnick’s Early Synth Classics

Not all of your heroes died young and left a corpse handsome enough to sell t-shirts twenty years later. Some of your heroes just had bills to pay. Hardly anyone stays on top in...
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Syntax: Live at Kavalounge 09.21.16 (30th Floor Records)

Syntax takes his best records and boils them down to what a man with a bank of synths can physically handle in a live setting.
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Javarnanda: Classified

Javarnanda is the rare synthwave artist whose appreciation of the past goes further than skin-deep.

Soviet Disco: The Tripped Out World of ’80s Communist Exercise Records

In 2010, a label called Secret Stash dropped a record called Soviet Funk Volume 1. It was a previously unheard collection of funk tracks "recorded by Pavel Sysoyev in Abakan" - the capital city...
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Marvel83′: Downtown Sunset EP

In less than three months, Marvel83' has released five EPs of glistening, groovy synth-heavy records that sound like they fell off the soundtrack of Cobra, or at least Drive.

Block35 featuring Thane: Carolina Blue

Carolina Blue is an LP existing somewhere at the intersection a Billy Ocean TV special and the credit roll of a Cinemax erotic thriller.
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Magnus International: Julienne

The perfect blend of melody, rhythm, dancefloor sensibility and mental acuity from Magnus International's Synths of Jupiter EP.
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Nigerian Synth Godfather William Onyeabor Has Died

Mysterious synth-funk godfather William Onyeabor died Monday in his hometown of Enugu, Nigeria.

Alexander Robotnick’s Snapshots of a Happy Time – 2.5 Hour Italo Disco Mix

Here's a two and a half hour DJ mix from 2012 of maestro Alexander Robotnick playing Italo Disco classics.

Louis and Bebe Barron: Forbidden Planet at the Dawn of Electronic Music

Editor's Note: This was originally published in May 2012. In honor of Women's History Month, 5 Mag has decided to republish a substantially revised version of this piece to highlight the (far too often...
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Com Truise: Memory

A tantalizing taste of Iteration, Com Truise's forthcoming LP, Memory nears perfection.
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Tim Zawada: The 312 Mix Vol 19

5 Magazine's Chicago-centric podcast series features half (Side A!) of a new cassette tape mix and interview from our town's Tim Zawada (Tugboat Edits, Star Creature).
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Soul Clap Edit of Benjamin Ball’s I Just Keep Dancing on Wax

Soul Clap's choice remix from the South African '80s synth-disco project Boogie Breakdown gets served up.
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JT Donaldson’s 88 Days EP for Nu Jax

There was a time not that long ago that JT Donaldson was a staple on the "circuit" - an informal group of about two dozen or so DJs that seemed to play every city...
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Stealing Sunrise 2: Malibu Trail (Night Runner)

A synthwave soundtrack for an actual movie, Night Runner's scored pieces and various additional tracks powerfully evoke the mid-1990s American landscape.
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Carpenter Brut is Swinging Through the US

French electro-synth suspect Carpenter Brut embarks on the US leg of his tour in April featuring dates in LA, Coachella, Chicago and wrapping up in New York in May.

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The Trials and Tribulations of Lonely C

His touch is on every aspect of the album: as a vocalist, programmer, arranger and instrumentalist. Lauren Krieger talks to Lonely C (aka Charlie from Soul Clap) on the recording of his debut solo album, Charles and Tribulations.

Dan Curtin: A Matter of Sound

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Ron Basejam: Disco Denizen

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