Synth Hero 

Created by        

Tim Noakes

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In 2009 I had an idea that I thought would make me a tech titan. Guitar Hero was a huge game, but with the rise of electronic music, surely Activision had thought of doing Synth Hero too, right? Nope.

My idea was that you could buy a mini MIDI-type controller with the same colour coded keys as Guitar Hero, but instead battle legendary Synth Heroes with different skills and powers such as Giorgio Moroder, Wendy Carlos, Vangelis, Delia Derbyshire, Robert Moog and Kraftwerk – and learn how to play the keyboard too!

So I was very surprised when I was able to purchase this URL. Sadly, I don’t know how to code and was editing a global style magazine at the time, so the game idea and tech fortune never panned out (yet...) 

When NTS Radio launched in 2011, I pitched the idea of The Synth Hero Show. I wanted to interview different Synth Heroes about their electronic music influences and play their favourite tracks.I had some great guests, but it aired very late and took a lot of organising, so after a few years I gave it a break. 

I came back to the station in 2015 with a streamlined idea – to ask my favourite Synth Heroes to mix together an hour of their formative electronic music infuences, and also write track notes explaining some personal context behind each song. For five years I curated the mixes and notes you’ll unearth here. 

I stopped broadcasting on NTS in December 2019 to focus on turning Synth Hero into this platform, as there’s so much further it can go than just radio. And yes, I still want to make the game.

What I love about creating Synth Hero is that it is a historical document, an audio DNA chain of electronic music. My aim is for it to entertain and educate in equal measure. I hope you enjoy exploring.

Listen to all my NTS broadcast here.

Are you a Synth Hero?

Drop me a message with your music and mix idea!