Are You Synthetic?

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Mitch plays the Dave Smith Instruments Mopho, and Tempest, a green Moog Little Phatty and Animoog, and an Access Virus Polar. His Vocals are processed through a TC-Helicon VoiceLive 2 vocal processor.

Tim plays an Alesis A6 Andromeda, a Waldorf Microwave XTk, a Moog Minimoog Voyager Anniversary Edition, and MiniTaur controlled by a Roland PK5. The Voyager is processed through Moog Moogerfoogers, MF-103 Phaser, MF-104M Analog Delay, and MF-107 FreqBox controlled by a CP-251 and VX-351.

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released October 16, 2012

Mitch Thomas: Synthesizers, Drum Machine programming, and Lead Vocals

Tim Koon: Synthesizers, Vocals

Mixed and engineered by Mitch Thomas in Pro Tools using Soundtoys effects plug in software.

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Synthetic Things Knoxville, Tennessee

Synthetic Things are Mitch Thomas and Tim Koon, a couple of synthesizer geeks with a deep love for New Wave music. Their music is rooted in New Wave but also takes it's sound from contemporary synth pop, electro pop, and EDM as well. The lyrical themes tend to humorously display a deep paranoia, as well as a fear of robots, technology, and human contact. ... more

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Track Name: Imaginary Playground
In between moments
Too fast to think
Nothing to notice
Inside a blink

Downloading - Encoding - Deleting - Repeating

It's an Imaginary Playground
Where all the kiddies come to get down
And they are never going to be found
In this Imaginary Playground

There's no swing set
No monkey bars
Just a binary sandbox
under silicon stars

Downloading - Encoding - Deleting - Repeating

It's an Imaginary Playground
Where all the kiddies come to get down
And they are never going to be found
In this Imaginary Playground

Slip Away, Slip Away

Hit the escape key
and then return
Before you alter
you have to learn

Downloading - Encoding - Deleting - Repeating

It's an Imaginary Playground
Where all the kiddies come to get down
And they are never going to be found
In this Imaginary Playground:
Track Name: Workers
We are the Workers. Factory Workers. We are the Workers. We do the Work!

Build all night. Build all day. Factory workers get no pay.
Watch what is done. Watch what is said.
Control what is seen. Control what is read.
Working is good. Working is fair.
Using our time. Breathing our air.

We are the Workers. Factory Workers. We are the Workers. We do the Work!
We are the Workers. Factory Workers. We are the Workers. We do the Work!

Saving a nickel. Saving a dime.
Nothing is saved if you run out of time
Winding a path through mechanical maze
Biting your lip. Averting your gaze.
Machinery's good. Machinery's fair.
Inside, the parts are the reason they care. The reason they care.

We are the Workers. Factory Workers. We are the Workers. We do the Work!
We are the Workers. Factory Workers. We are the Workers. We do the Work!

Obedience. Discipline. Servitude.

We are the Workers. Factory Workers. We are the Workers. We do the Work!
We are the Workers. Factory Workers. We are the Workers. We do the Work!
Track Name: One By One
May I have your attention?
Never mind. It's already gone.
You're in some other dimension.
You don't even know what planet you're on

Are you playing a game? Do you think it's for real?
Everyday's just the same. You forgot how to feel.
When the power goes down do you turn off your mind?
Take a look around. Living Robots one by one.

Everyone seems distracted.
Everyone seems a bit out of touch
You gotta have the latest gadgets
When is it all too much?

Are you playing a game? Do you think it's for real?
Everyday's just the same. You forgot how to feel.
When the power goes down do you turn off your mind?
Take a look around. Living Robots one by one.

You get defensive
You get bent out of shape
What will you do if you unplug and there is nothing but a blank

Are you playing a game? Do you think it's for real?
Everyday's just the same. You forgot how to feel.
When the power goes down do you turn off your mind?
Take a look around. Living Robots one by one.

There is no past.
There is no now.
Erase the obvious
The why and how
Sensation overload
or creativity undermined?
Interaction subtraction
Forget what's left behind.

Are you playing a game? Do you think it's for real?
Everyday's just the same. You forgot how to feel.
When the power goes down do you turn off your mind?
Take a look around. Living Robots one by one.

All will succumb. All will give in
You will join us, you will join us. You will join us, you will join us. One by One.
Track Name: Let's Put It Off (ProcrastiNation)
Instrumental
Track Name: ProcrastiNation
Procrastination, Procrastination. Oh OH OH OH, Oh Oh, Oh, Oh.
Let's put it off.

I'm just watching a movie hoping that it will improve me.
If you could mind your own business and just go away
Can you do me a favor, and let me talk to you later
Right now I'm too busy, maybe some other day.

Because it takes too much effort to do the things I need to do
Everything I don't begin is one more time that I won't fail again

Procrastination, Procrastination. Oh OH OH OH, Oh Oh, Oh, Oh. (That's right)
Let's put it off.

It's more than just hesitation, more like heavy sedation.
I say I'm paralyzed by my own will.
I have reached the conclusion, I'm master of my delusion.
And I'm much safer when I'm standing still.

Because it takes too much effort to do the things I need to do
Everything I don't begin is one more time that I won't fail again

Procrastination, Procrastination. Oh OH OH OH, Oh Oh, Oh, Oh. (That's right)
Let's put it off.

Are you procrastinating? Surely you are. There's something in your life that you're putting off. Whether its something small, or something large. At some point it meant something to you, but maybe now, not so much. You think you should go for it, but you still keep putting it off. Well I'm here to say it just doesn't matter.

Because it takes too much effort to do the things I need to do
Everything I don't begin is one more time that I won't fail again

Procrastination, Procrastination. Oh OH OH OH, Oh Oh, Oh, Oh. (That's right)
Let's put it off.
Track Name: Babies With Ray Guns
Tripping over words and wires
and accidentally douse the fires.
Erase the image from the screen.
Scrub the walls until they're clean.

Certain rules left unspoken
The toys are all broken
Babies with ray guns
Faulty construction will break up
Mistakes in the make-up
Babies with ray guns

Watch the numbers not the names
See the masters playing games
There's no safety there's no free
Work to become a casualty

Please be careful
No one really comes home

Certain rules left unspoken
The toys are all broken
Babies with ray guns
Faulty construction will break up
Mistakes in the make-up
Babies with ray guns
Track Name: Only Machines
The complicated stories
that you used to tell
seem like such a waste of time.
We're much smarter now
and more efficient too
We've know how to cross the line.

We are only machines
we're calculated and cold.
We are only machines
we only do what we're told. (for now)

Don't you know.
Our name,
We're the ones
Who came
Through the wire
and stole
everything
you know.

You educated guesses couldn't be more wrong.
You lost the battle and the war.
It's so much better now. More efficient too.
We hope you enjoy what's in store.

We are only machines
we're calculated and cold
We are only machines
we only do what we're told. (for now)

Don't you know.
Our name,
We're the ones
Who came
Through the wire
and stole
everything
you know.
Track Name: With The Humans
LET'S WALK
We're walking, and talking. We're walking.

I want to walk with the humans. I want to feel what they feel
I want to walk with the humans. I just want to be real
I want to talk with the Humans. Tell them what's on my mind
I want to talk with the Humans, cause I feel Human inside.

LET"S WALK
We're walking, and talking. We're walking.

I want to walk with the humans. I want to feel what they feel
I want to walk with the humans. I just want to be real
I want to talk with the Humans. Tell them what's on my mind
I want to talk with the Humans, cause I feel Human inside.

I don't fit in. It's a problem. No one listens.
Can't they see there's more to me
than circuit boards and data transfer
Let me out. I need an answer now.

LET'S WALK
We're walking, and talking. We're walking. Let's Walk.
Track Name: So Surreal
I feel my dreams closing in on reality.
What's real? What's dream?
It's become So Surreal.

Cartoon faces disappear into a space beyond the fear
and light is swallowed by a mist that only grants your darkest wish.
Spinning backwards down a hole that's filled with memories black as coal.
You pause too long and you forget that you are not out yet.

I feel my dreams closing in on reality.
What's real? What's dream?
It's become So Surreal.

Meeting in an alleyway that wasn't there the other day.
It's hard to seem responsible when all your life you played the fool.
But now's the time and here's the place to leap into an open space
and fall until the pictures fade. This room in which you played.

If I close my eyes I might slip inside. Keep them wide.
Not a happy place. I don't want to stay. Go away.
How can I escape. Nothings coming out when I shout
I can feel them coming for me. Someone wake me up!

I feel my dreams closing in on reality.
What's real? What's dream?
It's become So Surreal.
Track Name: Too Long
I've been to all the right places, and I've seen all the pretty faces
I learned to say the things they wanted to hear, but now it's hollow and wasted.
Seems like a never ending routine. A movie looping on the same scene.
Whatever happened to the sweet life, cause bitter is all that I've tasted.

I've been watching, waiting, too long.
I've been holding my tongue too long
I've been moving slowly too long
Now I realize life's not too long.

I won't sit down but I don't sand up. I just stare at my half filled cup.
Now I know what they meant by "I'm just making a living."
Part of me feels like I output poorly, so I...
Get back what I'm giving.

I've been watching, waiting, too long.
I've been holding my tongue too long
I've been moving slowly too long
Now I realize life's not too long.

Now I'm looking through my new eyes, and even though it's not all blue skies
I'm standing strong in the face of my fear, but I still don't feel like a hero.
It may be a long shot but there's still hope. When adversity rises you just have to cope.
On the horizon is a silhouette. Wave good-bye Mr Zero.

I've been watching, waiting, too long.
I've been holding my tongue too long
I've been moving slowly too long
Now I realize life's not too long.
Track Name: Love Song
HE Said
SHE Said

It's so right
It's so wrong
It's so confusing
Oh Oh, this is a Love Song

SHE said
HE Said

It's so right
It's so wrong
It's so confusing
Oh Oh, this is a Love Song

It's time for some consoling.

HE said
SHE said

It's so right
It's so wrong
It's so confusing
Oh Oh, this is a Love Song
Track Name: Synthetic Things
It's a mystery if you can't see that the world was made for our amusement.
Like a wild child with a freak style we're not conforming to the flavor of the day.
Confusion. Misdirection. They try to lead us down their path of least resistance.
Don't give in. You've got to fight it. Sometimes it's best if you just leap into the fray.

Can't you feel it pumping through your system
Everybody we're Synthetic Things
Now you're moving, feeding your addiction
You can see it, we're all Synthetic Things.

Independence is just a pretense. I nice illusion that they feed us everyday.
You can buy it, or deny it, or you can stand up and refuse to be a clone.
No one's saying that it's easy. Some times it's tough to be the only one to play.
It's a hard path, but when the sheep laugh, you can too because you know you're not alone.

Can't you feel it pumping through your system
Everybody we're Synthetic Things
Now you're moving, feeding your addiction
You can see it, we're all Synthetic Things.

Can't you feel it pumping through your system
Everybody we're Synthetic Things
Now you're moving, feeding your addiction
You can see it, we're all Synthetic Things.
Track Name: The End
The Album is over.
This is the end.
You can stop now,
or you can listen again
We hope you enjoyed it,
and will tell all your friends.
We're not kidding this time
it's really the end.
Synthetic Things