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‘The Call’ Brings ‘80s Horror Synth, Darkwave to 2020 with Composer Samuel Joseph Smythe

October 3, 2020 — A new horror movie is hitting theaters and drive-ins across the United States on October 2, and it brought with it a familiar piece of ‘80s pop culture. The Call looks promising, but we are more interested in the darkwave-like score. The folks over at Dread Central sat down with composer Samuel Joseph Smythe to talk about the music and what influenced him to make a horror synth score for a 2020 movie.

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The Rise of Mongolian Folk Music: Star Wars, Horror, and a Venetian Explorer

October 2, 2020 — It’s difficult not to get caught up in the distinct, raspy vocals and catchy guitar riffs of Mongolian folk rock. So, why is it that I’m only now learning about The HU, a self-described heavy metal Mongolian folk band that does things to my ears that few English-speaking musicians do? The HU is a relatively new addition to the music scene, having found popularity in 2018 with the posting of two music videos – “Wolf Totem” and “Yuve Yuve Yu.” However, within the past 365 days, the band has found itself glistening in the spotlight.

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Retrowave Synth-Pop Artist Roxi Drive Releases New Single “1985”

October 1, 2020 — Retrowave artist Roxi Drive is once again delighting ears with the release of her latest single, “1985.” Dropping on October 2, 2020, “1985” is a collaboration between Roxi, SelloRekt/LA Dreams, and saxophonist Josh Wakeham, who provides an unexpected element to this synthwave track. As with the rest of Roxi’s library of synthesized music, her latest single oozes with 80s flair, capturing the generation’s essence throughout the four-minute-plus track.

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‘DOOM Eternal’ Soundtrack Strains Relationships Between Composer and Publisher

September 29, 2020 — Award-winning composer Mick Gordon, who was behind the guitar-charged heavy metal score to id Software’s 2016 DOOM reboot, has officially been removed from the DOOM series over issues with the production of the DOOM Eternal soundtrack. While Gordon’s displeasure with how the soundtrack was mixed dates back to April, a recent announcement for DOOM’s The Ancient Gods DLC confirms his work with Bethesda has officially come to an end.

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Nine Inch Nails Releases ‘Quake’ Soundtrack for First Time

September 24, 2020 — How much do you love the Quake soundtrack? Enough to drop $40 on a 2xLP recently released by the original composer, Nine Inch Nails? In an unexpected move, Trent Reznor has finally made the original Quake soundtrack available for purchase separately on a physical medium. Originally, the soundtrack was only available on disc versions of the game.

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Synchwatch: Campaign Music in American Politics is A Labyrinth of Legalese

September 21, 2020 — There are many moving parts to a political campaign, but one of the more down-played components is the music. Music is powerful, and it does a lot to pump up crowds and retain viewer attention through repetitive political commercials. So, how do political figures choose their campaign music, and what are the legalities?

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UPDATED: TikTok Ban and New Competition Puts Platform’s Future in Jeopardy

September 19, 2020 — TikTok may be viewed as a platform that’s helped bring rise to several musical careers. But is there something sinister lying beneath that flashy app that’s fueling talks of a TikTok ban? A recent review of the app performed by ProtonMail indicates the video-sharing platform is quite nefarious, which may be the best news for its up-and-coming competition.

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Synch Watch: Was Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater the Best Marriage of Music and Gaming Ever?

September 14, 2020 — The year was 1999, and Tony Hawk had done the incredible by landing the world’s first 900 at the X-Games. Little did anyone know at that moment that it would make Tony Hawk a household name and launch one of the most popular video game franchises of a generation. Four months after he landed the now infamous 900, Tony Hawk’s: Pro Skater hit the shelves and became a must-have game for all kids, even the ones who didn’t skate… Read More »




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