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Dark wave or darkwave is a musical term used for dark, usually gothic rock -influenced music that incorporates synthisizers, or elements of new wave and synth pop , although the term is also applied to post bands that produce a dark atmosphere. The label began to appear in the late 1970s in German music media, coinciding with the popularity of new wave and post-punk. Building on those basic principles, dark wave is used to describe dark, introspective lyrics and an undertone of for some bands. In the 1980s, a subculture developed primarily in Europe alongside dark wave music, whose members were called “wavers”or “dark wavers”.
Synthpop (also known as technopop) is a genre of pop music that first became prominent in the late 1970s which features the synthisizer as the dominant musical instrument. It was prefigured in the 1960s and early 1970s by the use of synthesizers inprogressive rock, electronic, art rock ,disco and particularly the “Krautorock” of bands like Kraftwerk. It arose as a distinct genre in Japan and the United Kingdom in the Post-punk era as part of the new wave movement of the late-1970s to the mid-1980s.
New wave music is a musical genre of rock created in the late 1970s to mid-1980s with ties to 1970s post-punk. The wide range of bands categorized under this term has been a source of much confusion and controversy. The new wave sound of the late 1970s moved away from the smooth blues and rock and roll sounds to create music with a twitchy, agitated feel, choppy rhythm guitars and fast tempos. Initially—as with the later post punk—new wave was broadly analogous to punk rock before branching as a distinctly identified genre, incorporating electronic and experimental, mod, disco and pop. It subsequently engendered subgenres and fusions, including synth pop, college rock and gothic rock. New wave differs from other movements with ties to first-wave punk as it displays characteristics common to pop music, rather than the more “arty” post-punk,though it incorporates much of the original punk rock sound and ethos while arguably exhibiting greater complexity in both music and lyrics. Common characteristics of new wave music, aside from its punk influences, include the use of synthesizers and electronic productions, the importance of styling and the arts, as well as a great amount of diversity
Post-punk is a diverse type of rock music that emerged in the wake of the punk movement of the 1970s, in which artists departed from punk’s raw, accessible style and instead pursued a varied range of experimental sensibilities. Attempting to break from rock tradition, post-punk artists embraced electronic music,black dance styles and the avant-garde , as well as novel recording technology and production techniques. The movement also saw the frequent intersection of music with art and politics, as artists drew inspiration from sources such as modernist literature , critical theory , cinema, and performance art. Accompanying these musical developments were communities that produced visual art, multimedia performances, independent record label and fanzines in conjunction with the music.