Synthetic​-​Compulsive Disorder

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Mitch:
DSI Mopho X4
DSI Tempest
Access Virus Ti2 Polar
Waldorf Blofeld
Moog Little Phatty CV Green
Elektron Analog Four
Roland HandSonic HPD20
AniMoog on iPad w/ I/O Dock
Korg Kaoscillator Pro.
TC Electronics Vooice Live 2


Tim:
Alesis A6 Andromeda
Waldorf Microwave XTk
DSI Mono Evolver Keyboard
DSI Tempest
Moog MiniTaur controlled by a Roland PK5
Moog Minimoog Voyager Anniversary Edition
The Voyager is processed through:
MF-103 Phaser,
MF-104M Analog Delay
MF-107 FreqBox
CP-251
VX-351
TC-Helicon VoiceTone Create XT

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released April 8, 2014

Mitch Thomas: Synthesizers, Tempest programming, and Lead Vocals
Tim Koon: Synthesizers, Tempest programming, 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: Mirror Mirror
Magic is money. Make believe sells.
From lottery tickets to wishing wells.
Mystical drugs. Imaginary ills.
From mood suppression to diet pills.

Mirror Mirror
On the Wall
Who are the greatest Fools of all? (We are!)

Strength in a bottle. A jar full of youth.
We'll pay for fantasy instead of the truth.
Motivation and Psychiatry
There's always a cure, and there's always a fee.

All the illusions are not what they seem.
They charge you to hope, and they charge you to dream.
Escape in a movie. Escape in a drink.
Escape in religion so you don't have to think.

Mirror Mirror
On the Wall
Who are the greatest Fools of all? (We are!)

As long as we're gullible and willing to pay
There's a line of folks to take our money away.
Magicians that tell you all that you can achieve.
Just whip out your checkbook and pay to believe.

No need to suffer your chosen abuse.
They'll whip up a syndrome with a doctor's excuse.
Invest in a answer that they'll never find
because they don't make money, if you just change your mind.

Mirror Mirror
On the Wall
Who are the greatest Fools of all? (We are!)
Track Name: Robotic Heart
The modern world the modern family.
We reached a place where we're defined by progress
We worry no more of proficiency.
Our server's backed up to insure our success.

Is it fair to say that we won't be OK
Watching from the back row as it falls apart
Is it safe to bet that this is what we get
Hear the final beat of our robotic heart.

Moving forward exponentially
We think technology makes everyone smarter.
We're so efficient so we can hardly see.
That it could break apart. Yes, it could break apart.

Is it fair to say that we won't be OK
Watching from the back row as it falls apart
Is it safe to bet that this is what we get
Hear the final beat of our robotic heart.

If it shuts down, and we're in darkness, maybe finally we'll see.
All our knowledge locked in a room and we forgot to make a key.

There's too much noise to hear the prophets speak
About our evil comfortable dependency.
No one notices the secrets leak.
Can it be real? Is no one at the wheel?

Is it fair to say that we won't be OK
Watching from the back row as it falls apart
Is it safe to bet that this is what we get
Hear the final beat of our robotic heart.
Track Name: Fortune & Fame
Jet planes - New Car - Cocaine - Big Star
You bend - you break - too bright

(In the) Spotlight! There is no shame.
Standing close to the flame
The world is yours to claim
That's just Fortune & Fame
Scandal. Who is to blame?
Breaking out of the frame
Every one knows your name
That's just Fortune & Fame

You burn - they dance - sold out - no chance.
The cash - The lies - the dreams,

(In the) Spotlight! There is no shame.
Standing close to the flame
The world is yours to claim
That's just Fortune & Fame
Scandal. Who is to blame?
Breaking out of the frame
Every one knows your name
That's just Fortune & Fame

Tied down - gold chain - shallow, and vain
A smile - can't hide - the cracks

(In the) Spotlight! There is no shame.
Standing close to the flame
The world is yours to claim
That's just Fortune & Fame
Scandal. Who is to blame?
Breaking out of the frame
Every one knows your name
That's just Fortune & Fame
Track Name: Average Day
Dark Lonely Night
In my room walls are white
Dream of a light
Strain my eyes. No where in sight

The answer never seems to get any clearer
Just because we wish and hope and pray
There's nothing more to magic than a mirror
It's really just another average day. It's really just another average day.

Dance if you will
In my room nothing's real
This unfair deal
Close your eyes swallow the pill

The answer never seems to get any clearer
Just because we wish and hope and pray
There's nothing more to magic than a mirror
It's really just another average day. It's really just another average day.

See where we've been
Swirling down. Giving in.
This uncomfortable skin
The facade crumbles again.

The answer never seems to get any clearer
Just because we wish and hope and pray
There's nothing more to magic than a mirror
It's really just another average day. It's really just another average day.
Track Name: This Way
I have been this way for a long time. For a long time.
I have been this way for a long time. For a long time.

I don't think that I can change
My DNA has rearranged
Everyone around me seems so strange
And I know, yes, I know

I have been this way for a long time. For a long time.
I have been this way for a long time. For a long time.

I never want to be like them,
I've checked out of fitting in.
I turn the world with my own spin
And you know, yes you know

I have been this way for a long time. For a long time.
I have been this way for a long time. For a long time.

I will be this way for a long time. For a long time.
I have been this way for a long time. For a long time.
I have been this way for a long time. For a long time.

So you'd better get used to it. x4
Cause I won't be changing anytime soon

I enjoy my mutation
Being Normal's just no fun
Now the freak time has begun
And they know, yes they know

I have been this way for a long time. For a long time.
I have been this way for a long time. For a long time.
We will be this way for a long time. For a long time
We will be this way for a long time. For a long time
Track Name: Neon Light
It's the story of a girl
Mom and Dad gave her the world
When the riches washed away
That world became a debt she could not pay. (Oh it's a)

Never ending story
It a never ending tale of woe. Every where you go. Oh Oh.

Once a boy who had it all
Loved a girl but she would not fall for him
He watched her live a happy life
He watched her throat against a knife. (and it's a)

Never ending story
It a never ending tale of woe. Every where you go. Oh Oh.

Life is a book of fairy tales
Where the magic never fails.
Happy endings all around.
Until it all comes crashing down

Never ending story
It a never ending tale of woe. Every where you go. Oh Oh.
Track Name: Automated Dreams
We can all fall right in line
They have helped us change our mind
They calculated, and checked their math
To show us to our chosen path.

It will feel as real as what you see. Oh.
Automated Dreams
Made to show you just what you should be. Oh.
Automated Dreams

Know what you're eating. Know what you bought.
Update your system, download your thought
Trace the signal that's gone astray
Make the bad dreams go away

It will feel as real as what you see. Oh.
Automated Dreams
Made to show you just what you should be. Oh.
Automated Dreams

Watch what you say, watch what you do.
Next thing you know they're coming after you.
Watch What you do, watch what you say.
And if you don't they'll come take you away.

Link to the server before you go to bed
Check the connections to your head
A perfect life while you're asleep
Save each thought they let you keep.

It will feel as real as what you see. Oh.
Automated Dreams
Made to show you just what you should be. Oh.
Automated Dreams
Track Name: Concentration
Constant concentration. Lost my concentration.

It's a miracle I can even think at all.
My attention span is ridiculously small
Sometime it's hard to tell what's make believe and what is real
I never answer when the doctor's ask me how I feel
Another pill.

I lose my concentration - Every time I look at you
I lose my Concentration - Every time you do what you do.

I'm stepping forward but I'm getting much further away.
It's hard to focus in this constant state of disarray.
The conversations float like twisted mazes in the air.
I'm a broken toy that no one's sure they can repair,
and I don't care.

I lose my concentration - Every time I look at you
I lose my Concentration - Every time you do what you do.

I take my medication, I lose my motivation
I take my medication, I lose my inspiration
I take my medication, and flush it down the drain.

It's a miracle I can even think at all.
My attention span is ridiculously small
Sometime it's hard to tell what's make believe and what is real
I never answer when the doctor's ask me how I feel
I got no will

I lose my concentration - Every time I look at you
I lose my Concentration - Every time you do what you do.
Track Name: Oddity
Keep fighting off the corporate robots that they build
Side step excuses from the common crowd.
It's hard to break into a mind once it's filled.
Be new, be bold, be strange, be loud.

Oh I am an Oddity. Every body looks at me.
Born with a mind that's free. Reject all conformity.
I am an Oddity. Every body looks at me
What do you think they see? Just another Oddity

The normal way is such a dead end to us
There's so much more than black and white
Avoid the voids and wonder what is wondrous
This time two wrongs will make a right.

Oh I am an Oddity. Every body looks at me.
Born with a mind that's free. Reject all conformity.
I am an Oddity. Every body looks at me
What do you think they see? Just another Oddity

Don't break down
Don't give in
Make your sound
Whole new world to begin

Oh I am an Oddity. Every body looks at me.
Born with a mind that's free. Reject all conformity.
I am an Oddity. Every body looks at me
What do you think they see? Just another Oddity

History has shown that we will lead the way. Brand new building blocks.
Stay on the path where no one plays. Exist outside the box.
Only the odd will rise from the rubble. Rubble.

Oh I am an Oddity. Every body looks at me.
Born with a mind that's free. Reject all conformity.
I am an Oddity. Every body looks at me
What do you think they see? Just another Oddity
Track Name: The Machine
Watch it as it moves and hear its noise
and know the truth.
Words fed into wires. Ideas inspired
in modern youth.
The story is our own, but we've shown
how it all ends.
Is it of this world or from beyond?
Electric friends.

In the Machine no one lies
In the Machine no one dies.

There's no need to feel. Emotions off.
No love or hate.
The message should be clear. There is no fear
we replicate.
Darkness is our friend. Mechanical sin
and secret thoughts
The movie flickers on replays the
lessons we were taught

In the Machine no one lies
In the Machine no one dies.

Now you feel the surge you've thrown the switch,
and come alive.
Time to let it go, and then you'll know
the one called Five.
See the broken glass, the severed paths
of it's return.
The past is swept away, it's here to stay
it's time they learn.

In the Machine no one lies
In the Machine no one dies.
Track Name: Never Ending Story
It's the story of a girl
Mom and Dad gave her the world
When the riches washed away
That world became a debt she could not pay. (Oh it's a)

Never ending story
It a never ending tale of woe. Every where you go. Oh Oh.

Once a boy who had it all
Loved a girl but she would not fall for him
He watched her live a happy life
He watched her throat against a knife. (and it's a)

Never ending story
It a never ending tale of woe. Every where you go. Oh Oh.

Life is a book of fairy tales
Where the magic never fails.
Happy endings all around.
Until it all comes crashing down

Never ending story
It a never ending tale of woe. Every where you go. Oh Oh.
Track Name: Breakdown
Here we go. Another day. To fall apart. To fade away.
Insecure. Susceptible. And still we go.
More Work. Less Pay. More Things. To fade away.
Immature. Corruptible. Surely you know. Listen Up!

I'm in the middle of
A total break down
can't you see
I don't want to go down into the hole.
The weight of the world is on my shoulders, and I break down.


Giving up. Giving in. A lottery. You never win.
Game of chance. Game of life. That's what we play.
Wound up. Worn thin. More games. You didn't win.
Play nice. Play the fool. But don't break the rules. Listen Up!

I'm in the middle of
A total break down
can't you see
I don't want to go down into the hole.
The weight of the world is on my shoulders, and I break down.

One day. You realize. No one cares. Everyone dies.
Cracking up. Wearing down. It's inevitable.
Open mind. And open eyes. It's all the same. There's not a prize.
Learn to live. Learn to cope. Learn to push when they pull.

Strange as it seems, I really want to hold on
To the last bit of human I can feel, so I go…
Solo

Hey!
I'm in the middle of
A total break down
can't you see
I don't want to go down into the hole.
The weight of the world is on my shoulders, and I break down.
The weight of the world is on my shoulders, and I break down.
Track Name: Last Transmission
I always awake in silence, as the warmth fades from the air.
It all appears so normal to me.

I hear a whisper, but can't make out the words.
How could I know? How could I know?

I've followed all the rules, and learned all of my lines.
I did what they said

every single time it falls apart.

Please don't ask me. Please don't ask me why.