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Old 09-15-2018, 07:34 PM   #16
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Sci-Fi and horror from the 80s have some of the best soundtracks. That's where most get our inspiration from. Synths like the Juno and DX-7 are legendary and can be heard in most of these OSTs.
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Old 09-15-2018, 07:49 PM   #17
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Actually, let's hear what you got.
Some old and some new, I've got tons more in my deck that haven't been shared. I used to make these when I first started making beats in the early 2k but nobody was checking for them. I always loved horror films (some of you may know that) so that's where most of my inspiration came from.

While not all of them are straight Synthwave, they are heavily synth inspired in the usage of synths, pads and melodies. Substitutes the drums from boom bap to 707 drums and you have synth wave.

https://soundcloud.com/agua-1/strange-things
https://soundcloud.com/agua-1/synths
https://soundcloud.com/agua-1/80s-smooth
https://soundcloud.com/agua-1/dilla-scary
https://soundcloud.com/agua-1/retrofit
https://soundcloud.com/agua-1/apocalypse-2

This is the most straight up retro wave beat (that's uploaded). Made it after watching the 'House of the Devil'
https://soundcloud.com/agua-1/80s-retro
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Old 09-15-2018, 07:55 PM   #18
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listen to first few seconds of that:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZf15xVrOW8

and then listen to this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtCW...utu.be&t=6m55s
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Old 09-15-2018, 08:40 PM   #19
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LOL how the hell did you find that?
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Old 09-15-2018, 09:05 PM   #20
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LOL how the hell did you find that?

i have a decent memory for extremely unimportant things

but here's a classic synth tune that i'm sure most have heard before. it's ken's stage.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XfT...utu.be&t=17m4s
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Old 09-16-2018, 08:56 AM   #21
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Its the past (80s), but still future. Always listened to it, cool sound but still relaxin and kinda nostalgic, can chill/relax or study or work out to that music, but much of it was older stuff i listened to until recent years people are figuring out how good it is more and more and making new 80s style synthwave tracks/artists coming out which are all good imo, i like that.

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Old 09-16-2018, 09:56 AM   #22
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i have a decent memory for extremely unimportant things

but here's a classic synth tune that i'm sure most have heard before. it's ken's stage.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XfT...utu.be&t=17m4s

Ken's stage was stolen from a Charles Bronson movie.

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Old 09-16-2018, 10:32 AM   #23
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Love me some synthwave

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRhCYEnBB0w

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nt2qgY31ziE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30jrmzzgHLc

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the video for this song fits perfectly

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=er416Ad3R1g
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Old 09-16-2018, 12:42 PM   #24
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here's another one: airwolf's theme from the 80s...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8syGlAMTKA&t=

this sound arrived AND left a long time ago. the guy who composed it is 73 years old now!

https://airwolfthemes.com/airwolf-composers.html
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Old 09-16-2018, 12:45 PM   #25
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before talent shows, before baywatch, hasselhoff was the dude with the talking car...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nj80...youtu.be&t=56s
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Old 09-16-2018, 03:09 PM   #26
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Old head musician here; asking what in your opinion separates Synthwave from other electronic genres..?

Been listening to electronic music for a long time and can usually delineate between the subgenres (house, trance, hardcore, dnb, jungle, dub, trap, whatever) and I don't get "Synthwave" as a designation. First time I saw it was in the comments for the Prey video game theme "Everything is going to be ok" (sick track btw). I used to watch those 80s shows too and loved the themes (Airwolf, Knight Rider).
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Old head musician here; asking what in your opinion separates Synthwave from other electronic genres..?

Been listening to electronic music for a long time and can usually delineate between the subgenres (house, trance, hardcore, dnb, jungle, dub, trap, whatever) and I don't get "Synthwave" as a designation. First time I saw it was in the comments for the Prey video game theme "Everything is going to be ok" (sick track btw). I used to watch those 80s shows too and loved the themes (Airwolf, Knight Rider).

its just modern electronic music that has an 80s vibe
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Old 09-16-2018, 05:32 PM   #28
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Old head musician here; asking what in your opinion separates Synthwave from other electronic genres..?

Been listening to electronic music for a long time and can usually delineate between the subgenres (house, trance, hardcore, dnb, jungle, dub, trap, whatever) and I don't get "Synthwave" as a designation. First time I saw it was in the comments for the Prey video game theme "Everything is going to be ok" (sick track btw). I used to watch those 80s shows too and loved the themes (Airwolf, Knight Rider).

electronic music certainly covers everything. even in house, there are endless branches -- deep house, progressive house, tech house, soulful house, jazzy house, funky house, hip hop fusion, etc. in trance, there's another shit load of branches too like balearic trance, acid trance, soulful trance, epic trance, goa/psy trance, etc., and, of course, there are also other stuff like drum and bass, jungle, dub, euro, electro, all that junk... but what do all these have in common? they're obviously produced with synthesizers.

but not all sounds from synthesizers are the same.

the 80s era had a particular sound that's just evident when you hear it. it is very apparent. you can just listen to it and instantly associate it to some 80s movie or tv show. and one reason is because most synthesizers in the 80s were rather "primitive" or "experimental," so to speak, because technology just wasn't quite there yet so they weren't able to produce more advanced sounds yet at the time. 8-bit video game music was limited like this in the same way. whatever sound emulation you implemented, the tones just came out very artificial or overly "synth-y." newer synthesizers obviously have more range and more texture. but for some reason, every 80s producer was in love with the sound of high frequency synths because they probably thought that was the most advanced or futuristic sounding note that they could get.

if you listen to songs categorized as synthwaves today, they are still using those same "primitive" synth sounds but they're also adding some subtle complex notes that weren't available in the 80s. however, the catchy beat is still mostly the same style. again, i agree it's hard to effectively put this description into words. but when you hear that sound, it's just obvious that it's not from the 70s or 90s or 2000s. when you hear it, bam, you instantly know it's the 80s. and there's usually a catchy or uplifting element to it. some might even find that theme to be a little bit cheesy or boring, which many people did at one point. remember, this "sound" did completely faze out in public and it was pretty much buried before it came back to life again, thanks to youtube, 80s nostalgia, and things like GTA: vice city.
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Old 09-16-2018, 08:04 PM   #29
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electronic music certainly covers everything. even in house, there are endless branches -- deep house, progressive house, tech house, soulful house, jazzy house, funky house, hip hop fusion, etc. in trance, there's another shit load of branches too like balearic trance, acid trance, soulful trance, epic trance, goa/psy trance, etc., and, of course, there are also other stuff like drum and bass, jungle, dub, euro, electro, all that junk... but what do all these have in common? they're obviously produced with synthesizers.

but not all sounds from synthesizers are the same.

the 80s era had a particular sound that's just evident when you hear it. it is very apparent. you can just listen to it and instantly associate it to some 80s movie or tv show. and one reason is because most synthesizers in the 80s were rather "primitive" or "experimental," so to speak, because technology just wasn't quite there yet so they weren't able to produce more advanced sounds yet at the time. 8-bit video game music was limited like this in the same way. whatever sound emulation you implemented, the tones just came out very artificial or overly "synth-y." newer synthesizers obviously have more range and more texture. but for some reason, every 80s producer was in love with the sound of high frequency synths because they probably thought that was the most advanced or futuristic sounding note that they could get.

if you listen to songs categorized as synthwaves today, they are still using those same "primitive" synth sounds but they're also adding some subtle complex notes that weren't available in the 80s. however, the catchy beat is still mostly the same style. again, i agree it's hard to effectively put this description into words. but when you hear that sound, it's just obvious that it's not from the 70s or 90s or 2000s. when you hear it, bam, you instantly know it's the 80s. and there's usually a catchy or uplifting element to it. some might even find that theme to be a little bit cheesy or boring, which many people did at one point. remember, this "sound" did completely faze out in public and it was pretty much buried before it came back to life again, thanks to youtube, 80s nostalgia, and things like GTA: vice city.

You're not wrong, but you're not correct.

The music made in the 80s was using synths that were available at the time, yes but they're not primitive at all. It's about a certain 'sound' that these older analog synths provide that the newer ones don't. These older 'primitive' synths are actually still being used today and have always been used. From the 808, Linn Drum, Juno, DX-7 etc these are synths that are still being used. Just listen to a Drake album, Rihanna, Radiohead, Killers, Bruno Mars, etc. From pop to underground artists these analog synths are still being used.

I will say that the synth wave style/sound has become more popular due to Stranger Things.

As to what that sound is?

Like other electronic music, it's dependent mostly in the drum patterns. You can take almost any genre melody and simply change the drums and it becomes a new style (for the most part, aside from a few other elements).
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Old 09-16-2018, 08:54 PM   #30
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I like the faster pace of these newer Synthwave songs. Some of that 80's stuff is too slow. Enjoying the mishmash of the retro 80's with the faster techno beats.
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