RADIO: City College show Synthin Thru San Diego explores 80s classic styles

RADIO: City College show ‘Synthin Thru San Diego’ explores 80s classic styles

Debut episode relives joy of films and television elevated by sounds of synthwave and retrowave

“Synthin Thru San Diego” takes modern-day synthwave and retrowave genres juxtaposed with 1980s throwbacks — bringing the nightly vibes of 80s Miami to the airwaves of San Diego, while exploring the elevation of films and television using the sounds of synth.

“Synthin’ Thru San Diego” is produced by Thomas Wiseman of City Times Sound.

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Do you miss the 1980s and you don’t have a time machine?

Well, you have come to the right place! (You got the touch, you got the power!) So grab that white suit, grab your Smith and Wesson and turn up that volume. You are now plugged into “Synthin Thru San Diego,” where local retro and synth wave come head-on with classics from the 80s and beyond. Only on City Times Radio, KSDS San Diego.

Thomas Patrick Wiseman on “Synthin Thru San Diego here,’ only on City Times Radio.

(“Tech Noir,” Gunship, Gunship, 2014)

And that was 2014’s “Tech Noir” from Gunship- a UK-based synthwave artist bringing inspiration of the 1980s into the modern day. But coming in hot we have Jesse Bishop of Street Cleaners, a San Diego local synth artist and soon Glass Spells later on, so stay tuned here on “Synthin Thru San Diego,” only on City Times Radio.

(“Outnumbered,” Street Cleaner, 2014)

Bishop of Street Cleaner with “Outnumbered,” here on “Synthin Thru San Diego” with me, Thomas Wiseman on City Times Radio KSDS.

If you had a murder a bunch of bad guys, it’s probably not a bad tune to choose. That’s kind of intense, right? The music video on YouTube uses Jean Reno of “Leon The Professional.” I’m more of a John Wick guy personally but John Reno is not a bad choice either. With a little more melancholy, this is Glass Spells, another local San Diego synth wave artist bringing in more lighter and lovely or touch to the genre. My name is Thomas Wiseman and this is Glass Spells.

(“Thrills,” Glass Spells)

“Thrills” from Glass Spells. My name is Thomas Wiseman and Mrs sent them through San Diego on City Times Radio KSDS. Glass Spells brings a little more about dancy Papa B to synth wave compared to other artists who really take heavy inspiration from films and sci-fi related media.

Glass bills takes different approach. They take a lot of inspiration from Latin and Mexican inspired music. And it definitely sounds like it that’s for sure. It’s not a little you won’t be killing bad guys to “Thrills” by Glass Spells … unless you’re into that. Anyways, some covers are truly better than the original. And when it comes to Corvyx, this is a man who lowkey puts Celine Dion to shame. Right here on City Times Radio. We have Kavinsky, “Nigthcall,” coming soon. Ryan Gosling’s 2011 theme that brought synth wave into the modern noir era right here on “Synthin Thru San Diego.” My name is Thomas Wiseman with Corvyx.

(“My Heart Will Go On,” Corvyx, 2023)

I’ll never let go Jack, I’ll never let go. Corvyx here on “Synthin Thru San Diego” with me Thomas Wiseman, City Times Radio KSDS.

Corvyx isn’t the only one with a great cover. “Time After Time” from Cydni Lauper was a terrific song from back in the day. This time revisited by Gunship and to finalize today Kavinsky “Nightcall” coming soon here on KSDS City Times Radio, “Synthin through San Diego.” My name is Thomas Wiseman with Gunship.

(“Time After Time,” Gunship, Dark All Day, 2018)

If my future wife doesn’t want to dance with me to that song at our wedding, the wedding is off. Gunship, “Time After Time” here on KSDS City Times Radio. “Synthin Thru San Diego” with me, Thomas Wiseman, and to conclude this a lovely day, Kavinsky, “Nightcall” from 2011’s “Drive,” starring Ryan Gosling, a devisive film with a song that it’s not so divisive at all because it is awesome.

You guys have a great rest of your night. M  name is Thomas Patrick Wiseman on “Synthin Thru San Diego.” Kavinsky “Nightcall.”

(“Nightcall,” Kavinsky, 2011)

You have tuned into City Times Radio, KSDS San Diego “-Synthin Thru San Diego” with Thomas Patrick Wiseman. Tune in next time.

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