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Synthpop is a style of music which developed out of the new wave scene in the late 1970s. As the name would suggest, the signature instrument of the genre is the synthesizer. Drum machines and sequencers also form part of the sound of synthpop.

The genre was initially influenced by Krautrock bands such as Kraftwerk, along with a diverse range of '60s and '70s acts. Synthpop first emerged in the UK and Japan, and became commercially successful by the tail end of the '70s. Yellow Magic Orchestra pioneered the style in Japan. Gary Numan gained UK chart success in 1979, opening the gates to other acts such as Soft Cell and Depeche Mode.

Synthpop was in decline by the late '80s, with new wave as a whole moving to guitar-based music.

In the early 2000s a synthpop revival took place, with acts such as Justice, The Postal Service and La Roux putting the genre on the map again.

Q-Asar artists that feature elements of synthpop include Sonic Pyramid and Heptagon's Secret.