Waveshaper (musician)

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Tom Andersson, known professionally as Waveshaper, is a Swedish electronic musician [1] specialising in synthwave. Inspired by artists like Jean Michel Jarre, Kraftwerk and Daft Punk, as well as 80s movie soundtracks, his music is retrofuturistic and is composed with a variety of hardware synthesizers, including the ARP 2600, Roland Jupiter-4, and Korg MS-20. [2] He released his debut album Tracks To The Future on the label Lunar Boogie in 2013, [3] and the EP Sounds That Kill on Telefuture Records in 2014. [4] In 2015, he released the four-track vinyl record Solar Drifter on the Swedish synthwave label Rad Rush Records. [5]

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Retrofuturism style

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References

  1. "Waveshaper - Music". Soundcloud. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  2. "Interview: Waveshaper". Neon Vice. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  3. "Waveshaper - Tracks To The Future". Lunar Boogie. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  4. "Waveshaper:Sounds That Kill". Telefuture Records. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  5. "Waveshaper - Solar Drifter". Rad Rush Records. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  6. "WAVESHAPER TEAMS UP WITH ROBERT PARKER IN “MODERN TECHNOLOGY”". Noiseporn. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  7. "Interview: My Faust - Dark Rider E.P.". Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  8. "Q&A: Waveshaper Brings Us Back to 1993" Vehlinggo. Retrieved 6 July 2018.