Why does 80s pop music sound so good? Read the video description too!

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* Since my use of the chord lettering “H” has caused so much confusion, a little explanation is in order:

This originates many hundreds of years ago when some sheet music arrived from Italy into Germany. They mistook the letter “b” for “h” and thus the confusion begun.
Many countries in Europe, not only Germany use the letter “H” where many other countries, among them USA would use the letter “B”.
I come from Scandinavia and we’ve always used the letter “H” for this chord and note.
If I’d known at the time I made this video that so many from other countries would watch the video, I would have used “B” and I have been doing so in every other video coming after this.
In short, just use “B” where I say “H” and you”re good to go. “Hm7=Bm7 etc.. *

Have you ever wondered why 80s pop music sounds so different from pop music made today?
I show you why and I explain how you can make your own tracks the same way.

This is primarily a tutorial for beginners in the world of composition and for those who do not yet fully understand the importance of more complex chords and chord progression. I’ve simplified some chords and theory for this very reason. 🙂

I dissect 4 famous hit songs from the 80s and show you how you can use the same principles to make your OWN hit song.

I go through how they used more elegant chords and transitions than they often use today and how melody and chords go together to create the feelings your after. I also show how modulation works to really lift a section in a song.

The songs I dissect are:

The Neverending Story – Limahl / Giorgio Moroder
True – Spandau Ballet
If You Leave Me Now – Chicago
Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley

Although “If you leave me now” was written in the 70s (as is the original “Greatest love of all”) the tradition in which the song is written was well carried over into the 80s and in Europe that Chicago song was a hit in the early 80s as well.)

My own music pay homage to all synth-pop acts of the 80’ies like Howard Jones, Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys, New Order, Thompson Twins, Tears for Fears, Ultravox, OMD, Euryhmics, Duran Duran, Giorgio Moroder, Jean Michel Jarre, Jan Hammer, Alphaville, A-ha and many more.

A use mostly old gear in my music and among them Roland Juno 6, Alpha Juno 2, D550 and JX-8P.
Korg DW-8000, Elka EK22, Yamaha DX7 and TX802 and drum machines Yamaha RX11 and Roland TR-626.

Effects are usually handled by Strymon and TC electronics.

Sampling is done on my E-MU ESI-4000, Akai S1000, Roland S-10, Emax II.

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Why does 80s pop music sound so good? Read the video description too!


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