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December 24, 2020 — There are so many Christmas songs out there, but there are only a handful of classics that everybody knows. This makes creating a Christmas film soundtrack somewhat of a challenge, because if you put the same old songs in every movie, none of them will be unique. These issues are usually fixed by having artists record a cover of the original song with their own twist. Sometimes, artists will end up recording an entirely new song for a film. Admittedly, there are a lot of bland Christmas movie soundtracks out there. That said, these ten scores set the prime example of what a good Christmas soundtrack can be.
December 14, 2020 — John Carpenter is a legendary horror movie director known for classics like Halloween and The Thing, but he is so much more than that. What many do not know about this writer/director/producer is that he is also a composer and is responsible for the iconic music featured in many of his films. Carpenter recently dropped a new track and some exciting news along with it.
December 10, 2020 — After over nine years of proving players that it is more than just a 2-dimensional Minecraft, Terraria will finally see it’s soundtrack release on vinyl. Terraria has been a smash hit with four million copies sold to date; in 2020 the game saw one final update go live to bring it’s development to an end. Re-Logic and Laced Records have teamed up to remaster and collect the sixty tracks to make a deluxe triple vinyl collection. Terraria’s life cycle has seen so many changes and updates, that if you were to take a look at Terraria when it first released it almost wouldn’t even be the same game. The differences in visuals, content, audio, and gameplay are a testament to the developers hard work and vision.
November 6, 2020 — Alfred Hitchcock once said, “To make a great film, you need three things — the script, the script, and the script.” It is hard to argue with a filmmaker as legendary as Hitchcock, but there is one other thing the master of horror would have to agree with, and that is music can make or break a movie. After all, the sharp violins from his magnum opus, Psycho, are often considered the gold standard for original music in film. Music is rarely written into a script, but maybe the three things you need to make a great film are instead: the script, the script, and a soundtrack to pull it all together. Of course, dialogue is an essential part of most movies, but one could argue that without music supporting certain critical scenes, the dialogue within would fall flat.
November 5, 2020 — Perfect Nothing has once again created musical art, and a treat for our ears, with the release of “Terminator 1984 Theme”. This new single mixes the talents of Perfect Nothing with rising star Vancelot Prime and the darkwave guitar expertise of Strontium Cop — all coming together to create a powerhouse track. With the original Terminator theme being so dark, you would think Perfect Nothing’s rendition would echo similarly, but there are elements here that turn gloomy into groovy.
November 3, 2020 — Astrogon, a new mobile game by Kosmoon Studio, is bringing stylish retro vibes to iOS and Android. Released November 1st, 2020, Astrogon has a strong eighties presence, complete with neon aesthetics and a retrowave soundtrack to jam out to as you conquer each level. It is not often that a game in the app store catches the eye like this one, and I am not sure there are any quite like this.
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.
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