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October 16, 2020 — As the retrowave music scene continues to grow in popularity, Netflix has become one of the genre’s pathways to reach wider audiences. However, all things are good in moderation, and Netflix hasn’t overdone what fans of retrowave often describe as “synthwave” and 80’s synth-pop. When Netflix reaches out to the music industry to synch retrowave tracks for their original programming, they almost always hit the mark. So, without further ado — here are six Netflix Originals that boast some bodacious synthwave tracks.
October 13, 2020 — Movie soundtracks are an important component of the viewing experience, often setting a scene’s tone or mood. Synthwave songs may indicate that the crazed killer is creeping up the stairs, or the star-crossed lovers are finally united. It can round out an action segment or play up an emotional moment. Without music, a movie can feel bare, flat, and unfinished.
Understanding the purpose of a musical score or official soundtrack is the first step in pinpointing everyday tracks that belong on the Silver Screen. Let’s play the role of a music scout for a moment and dive into the world of synthwave. Here, there’s a host of tracks that will undoubtedly fit perfectly into a movie — you just need to narrow down the options.
Below, you’ll find a selection of memorable tracks with beats so smooth and guitar so electrifying that you can’t help but imagine them blaring throughout the cinema. The following seven songs are synthwave tracks that absolutely need to be used in a future movie.
October 9, 2020 — From its very beginning back in 2007, Assassins Creed has served as a vehicle for historical and cultural immersion and Ubisoft has been committed to creating works bursting with both entertainment and educational value. From the Middle East during the time of the Third Crusade to Italy at the height of the Renaissance, Assassins Creed has not shied away from some of history’s most fascinating periods and events, providing each game with a sense of authenticity so strong one of the games was mooted as a model to assist in the rebuilding of Notre Dame following the 2019 fire. Read More »
October 8, 2020 — Black Future ’88 has released on the Nintendo Switch, and brought with it an amazing retrowave soundtrack. The game is an excellent callback to side scrollers of its namesake era with a unique premise that gamers are loving. The game feels as if Contra and Galaga had a baby but then cryogenically froze it to take advantage of future technology. The dark backgrounds and neon lights perfectly embody the electric ‘80s feel, but it is all tied together by a soundtrack that needs to be discussed.
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.
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.
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.
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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