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Dir. Iván Castell, 2019, Spain & USA, 78 mins
Raise your hand if you haven't seen or heard of Stranger Things! This series' phenomenal success is evidence of the same nostalgia for the 80's that is relentlessly reflected today in film, television, video games - and, of course, in music. Narrated by iconic director John Carpenter, The Rise Of The Synths is a journey back and forth in time, from the roots of this scene to its impact on today's pop culture.
So what is Synthwave? An irresistible blend of nostalgia and music; of creative processes and cultural references; of re-appropriation and legitimate creation. Is it a random revival, or an emerging cultural phenomenon? In the mid 2000s and with the help of MySpace, several composers from different countries spontaneously started an underground music scene that the Internet would call - among other names - Synthwave. It is defined as electronic music strongly inspired by soundtracks and 80s pop culture. These composers whose music has reached millions, all remained anonymous- until now.
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