Synthwave Music Production Library

Synthwave

Synthwave, Outrun, and Retrowave are modern genres of electronic music heavily influenced by 1980s film soundtracks and video games. The music tends to sound nostalgic and epic but also futuristic. The style is heavily influenced by the music from movies like Blade Runner, Terminator and Escape From New York, among others. In its purest form, Synthwave is mostly instrumental music, although there are now plenty of live acts incorporating vocals into their music.

Synthwave, for the most part, navigates through beautiful utopian melodies and moods while Outrun carries more of a dystopian cyberpunk aesthetic. In the Synthwave world, the audiovisual and graphic arts are as important as the music itself, often represented with bright neon colors bathed in magenta and blue hues. Synthwave has gained a steady audience through recent movie releases like Blade Runner 2049 as well as Netflix acclaimed series Stranger Things.
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