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half man half synth

Dave (OnliestSmeg) -  Manchester AO


The general theme for my musings have some link to multi genre integration.


James Kent (born 1993) is a French musician from Paris. He became interested in music in part due to the influence of his parents, who are journalists and rock music critics. His parents were themselves musicians and had a tech trance band when they were young.

He initially concentrated on guitar  and got involved as a guitarist in several black metal bands. However his early influences prompted Kent to take up use of synthesizers.

He combined the feel of his dark metal days with 80’s synth music to create Dark and Retrofuturistic music inspired by the 80's.


Since 2012, he has produced electronic music inspired by cyberpunk culture and with inspiration from movies such as Akira, Ghost in the Shell, and the Running Man. He uses a variety of software synths in his productions, such as the emulators of old vintage synths.

His music increased in popularity when it started being used within computer games by Hotline Miami. The success of the Hotline Miami games resulted in a greater amount of exposure to a mainstream audience.


Kent is known by his stage name Perturbator "The legend says he's half human, half synthesizer..." and the genre is dark Synthwave.






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