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JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Rob Rogers)

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Most of you said I should add music to evening posts, so I will occasionally do so (not every single day), but don't say I didn't warn you.

Two years ago, I didn't even know modern Snythwave was a thing, but it is. It's big and it's getting bigger. Its appeal to me may be attributed to being born in the 80s and growing up in the 90s on a steady diet of Schwarzenegger, Stallone, Gibson, and Ford movies, but it is what it is. It's a very personal genre of music that sometimes invokes nostalgia for a time when things were a bit simpler or makes you imagine sequels to films that never happened.

One of the most interesting things about it to me is how popular it is in Europe today while being relatively obscure here in the states. It's fascinating to me how some of the best producers of the genre are located in places like France and Sweden where their experience with American genre films and television shows of the 80s and 90s is second-hand. It's even more interesting to see younger people adopt it who weren't even alive when the likes of Michael Biehn and Arnold were at the top of their careers.

But everything old is new again, isn't it? Stranger Things on Netflix is one of their most-watched series ever. There's a Lethal Weapon TV show on Fox. There are new Blade Runner and Alien films in production right now. And I'm here for all of it.

Just about anyone with the right software and basic equipment can produce this kind of music (some great, some bad) and that leads to great variety in tone. There are old veterans and very young newcomers alike.

Not all of the music I add to evening posts will be Synthwave, but I listen to it more often than anything else these days.

  • Well, I finally found something we disagree on, Ashby. I really don’t like Synth anything. What I’ve been listening to the most isn’t even music. Our cubes at work are so close in such a small space that I invested in some noise cancelling Bose headphones. I mostly listen to nature–ocean waves, rain and storms, wind and birds in the forest…..It’s helped me keep my sanity over the last year. Whatever works for us, right? Synth on amigo!

    • Groundloop

      Add some wind chimes and/or bells to the nature sounds and you’re standing at the threshold of ambient. Next thing you know you’ll be streaming Drone Zone and Deep Space One on Soma FM 24/7.

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  • Draxiar

    Whoa…suddenly I’m teleported to the 1980’s…loved the 80’s…and the 90’s…

    • ninjaf

      Definitely sounds like the typical 80s montage sequence music.

      *resists posting the “Team America” “Montage” video…barely*

  • muselet

    That track reminds me of Jan Hammer’s soundtrack for Miami Vice, which was very ’80s. (Yes, I used to watch Miami Vice. No, I never wore a pastel suit without socks.)


    • Aynwrong

      “No, I never wore a pastel suit without socks.”

      Awww… Ya did it wrong! Just kidding.


  • Aynwrong

    I tend to associate synth with early 80s movie soundtracks. Tangerine Dream’s work in a number of films and of course so much by John Carpenter. Is there a significant difference between synth & synthwave?

    • JMAshby

      I’m by no means an authority on the subject, but I would say yes and no. Modern snythwave is sometimes an imitation of or inspired by the work of John Carpenter. He’s the original master. Carpenter actually still puts out his own stuff today. A lot of amateur producers want to be him when they grow up.