How the 80s became a genre.
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Every time period has its own musical sound, but few are quite as recognizable as the 1980s. It was a time defined by bright visions of the future, visions brought to life by the budding new technology of digital synthesis, and there’s no better case study there than the Yamaha DX7. It was the first truly affordable synth, and it quickly took over the musical world, led by its signature preset, E PIANO 1. But what made E PIANO 1 such a perfect fit for the world of the 1980s, and how did it become the most recognizable tone in popular music?
The paper is "What Makes It Sound ’80s?: The Yamaha DX7 Electric Piano Sound" by Dr. Megan Lavengood: https://online.ucpress.edu/jpms/article/31/3/73/105979/What-Makes-It-Sound-80s-The-Yamaha-DX7-Electric
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