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"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die." --Tears in rain monologue delivered by Rutger Hauer as Roy Batty in Blade Runner

""Better things for better living … through chemistry" was a Dupont advertising slogan that ran from 1935 until 1982."--Sholem Stein

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1982 is the 982nd year of the 2nd millennium, the 82nd year of the 20th century, and the 3rd year of the 1980s decade.


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  • The Roland TB-303 was a synthesizer/sequencer produced by the Roland Corporation in 1982 and 1983 that had a crucial role in the development of contemporary electronic music, but most of all on the acid house that would follow a couple of years later.
  • Dub in disco
    • "Thanks to You" and "Don't Make Me Wait" came out and started the whole dub thing in disco." Steven Harvey in Collusion magazine #5, 1983 [...]
    • Shep Pettibone: " [...] strangely enough, all these computer records started after "Thanks To You". It was kind of like that computer sound within a black vein.
  • Disco and electro
    • In 1982 NYC disco expanded its perimeters to include dub, electronics, jazz, Latin, afro, new wave - a cauldron capable of melting down any ingredient. Records by The Peech Boys, Sinnamon and D Train allied the Black R&B tradition with high-tech mix/electronics. The emergence of labels Tommy Boy and Streetwise under Arthur Baker and John Robie pushed the hard electronic/beat box edge to the fore. To turn on one of me city's three dance radio stations and hear a DJ mixing three records together at once seemed like an impossible dream of the avant garde infiltrating the market place. -- Steven Harvey
  • Compact disc launched
    • The compact disc was launched in 1982. The advantage of the CD is that it was digital, which helped prepare the MP3-P2P (Napster et all) revolution of the late nineties.





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