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 Posted:   Jul 14, 2016 - 4:43 PM   
 By:   bondo321   (Member)

Just wanted to give you guys a heads-up on this new Netflix show premiering tomorrow (Friday, 15 July):

http://www.ign.com/articles/2016/07/14/stranger-things-see-how-the-opening-credits-and-music-sets-the-mood

It looks to be inspired by 80s Spielberg movies, with a soundtrack inspired by John Carpenter (!). I'll definitely be binge-watching "Stranger Things" this weekend, but for now I'm listening to the main titles on repeat:




In the article, the creators describe their odd process of layering Carpenter's synth music on top of ET and Close Encounters. I'm hoping for some sort of release for this one!

 
 Posted:   Jul 14, 2016 - 5:20 PM   
 By:   TominAtl   (Member)

I am there for sure. This looks good and I will certainly be watching over the new few weeks. Netflix has been producing some really excellent shows and I anticipate this to be another one too.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 14, 2016 - 5:56 PM   
 By:   jfallon   (Member)

That main title was pure 80s nostalgic cheese in the best sense. Wonder if they actually contemplated hiring Carpenter himself.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 14, 2016 - 7:47 PM   
 By:   ryankeaveney   (Member)

Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein have been doing this for a few years now as part of a group called Survive. If you love that Carpenter-esque stuff check their LP SURVIVE on Bandcamp:

https://mannequinrecords.bandcamp.com/track/a2-floating-cube

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 14, 2016 - 7:58 PM   
 By:   bondo321   (Member)

Thanks for the heads-up Ryan, I'll definitely check that out! big grin

UPDATE: Based on the samples, that was an easy purchase!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 14, 2016 - 9:01 PM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

Ah yes, nostalgia and homage reign supreme once more amongst younger filmmakers at the expense of personal voice or originality. Sorry for the negativity, but this nonsense really irks me in the worst way.

We get it. You grew up in the 80's and long for the kinds of movies you saw in your childhood. Do you actually have anything to offer as storytellers, however?

And will ANY filmmaker with this 80's or 90's-stalgia fever be planning on bringing back the big thematic sound that equally-defined these eras, or are they going to stick to the "budget" approach with bygone synths?

Pass!

Rant over. Sorry.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 14, 2016 - 9:05 PM   
 By:   bondo321   (Member)

According to the reviews, the answer to your question is a resounding YES, they do have a story to tell. I wouldn't go around calling it "nonsense" if you haven't seen it.


And will ANY filmmaker with this 80's or 90's-stalgia fever be planning on bringing back the big thematic sound that equally-defined these eras, or are they going to stick to the "budget" approach with bygone synths?


Ummmm... Super 8?

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 14, 2016 - 9:10 PM   
 By:   bondo321   (Member)

Much to bobbengan's chagrin I'm sure, I made a preliminary cover if we're lucky enough to get a release:


 
 
 Posted:   Jul 14, 2016 - 9:12 PM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

Ummmm... Super 8? Cloverfield? 10 Cloverfield Lane?

Surely someone can do better than these - Films and scores.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 15, 2016 - 11:20 AM   
 By:   Dylan   (Member)

Since "House of the Devil," isn't it pretty common these days for a horror/thriller project to have *exactly* this kind of "80s synth" or "John Carpenter-esque" score? The examples are so numerous at this point (It Follows, Starry Eyes, The Sacrament, Lost River, and I'm forgetting a great deal more) that this approach no longer seems exceptional to me.

 
 Posted:   Jul 15, 2016 - 2:15 PM   
 By:   Sean Nethery   (Member)

Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein have been doing this for a few years now as part of a group called Survive. If you love that Carpenter-esque stuff check their LP SURVIVE on Bandcamp:

https://mannequinrecords.bandcamp.com/track/a2-floating-cube


Thanks for posting this - not familiar with these fellows, but enjoying this music right now on Spotify!

 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2016 - 12:09 PM   
 By:   Nyborg   (Member)

i got through an episode and a half and had to quit. I'm interested in the score, might be interested in a release, but everything about the show is tropes, without very much weight to them, then fleshed out to feel even emptier because apparently its okay to repeat -in essence- the same scenes over again if you need to pace for a tv series.

it's of a good enough standard that plenty of people will and should enjoy it, but if you're going to evoke E.T. and Close Encounters, and namedrop Poltergeist immediately, THE textbook examples of endearing family set-ups, then proceed to postpone the plot so you can spend way too much time falling short of those marks, then you've got me mildly annoyed.

Abrams had better skill with the kids in Super 8 (the main kid in ST is not a natural actor and it kinda sucks for the other two, who are good), he got the endearing part right, but even then it couldn't make up for how stale the film was at its core. Feels similar here.

 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2016 - 1:39 PM   
 By:   Zaku   (Member)

Started watching this today. Great show and loving the music with that tangerine dream vibe. Anyone have info on a possible score release?

 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2016 - 3:00 PM   
 By:   Erik Woods   (Member)

Love the show! I have two episodes to go and it might very well be the best acted 'hero kids' film/show I've ever seen.

Unfortunately, the score is quite possibly the most disappointing score I've heard in a long, long time. Sure, the synthy 80's vibe fits with the time but this is a show that desperately needed a classic, 80's thematic fully orchestral score with some synth colours.

If you look back at the 80's 'hero kids' movie, the scores are all (except for maybe Flight of the Navigator and The Russkies) thematic, big orchestral scores. E.T., Explorers, The Goonies, The Monster Squad... hell, even Mac and Me got a big score from Alan Silvestri.

And it's not so much the synths that bother me, it's the actual composition. It's not good at all. It's totally forgettable, droning, non-thematic, loop based music which is, for the lack of the better word, boring. I can't believe it took TWO guys to create this.

IMO, the producers dropped the ball on this one.

-Erik-

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2016 - 3:52 PM   
 By:   MikeP   (Member)

I don't have Netflix, so will have to catch this on Blu Ray eventually.

The main title music is nice, but it kinda grinds my gears how it's "in" to have a synth score and go on about how it's like a Carpenter score, but, the actual score...isn't. People raved over the It Follows score, but...it doesn't hold a candle to most of Carpenter's stuff. Not to single that one out but...lemme single that one out razz

The recent score to Cold In July however, was VERY much inspired by John Carpenter, and it works very well in the film.

And with respect to the composers , they say " we were just into synth ... what Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross were doing for [David] Fincher" . Um, guys, I really hope that ain't your frame of reference for electronic scores. Damn, go get a copy of Thief or Sorcerer !

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2016 - 6:29 PM   
 By:   bondo321   (Member)

Binge-watched this in two days, and LOVED every minute of it! The casting was perfect, the writing and plotting was well done, and the story was very interesting! This series was everything that modern movies aren't: WELL DONE. Can't recommend this one enough, especially if you're a fan of 70s/80s Spielberg and Stephen King.

And to all the naysayers, it's doing well in the ratings and getting rave reviews. I have no doubt we'll see a second season big grin

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2016 - 9:47 PM   
 By:   jb1234   (Member)

I like the show quite a bit. I find the score distracting and insipid and yet, everyone else I know is praising it.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2016 - 8:29 AM   
 By:   ryankeaveney   (Member)

Really like the show, but feel like someone should have put a gentle hand on Winona Ryder's military jacket-clad shoulder and said "what you did there, that's too much."

 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2016 - 8:55 AM   
 By:   La La Land Records   (Member)

Love the show! I have two episodes to go and it might very well be the best acted 'hero kids' film/show I've ever seen.

Unfortunately, the score is quite possibly the most disappointing score I've heard in a long, long time. Sure, the synthy 80's vibe fits with the time but this is a show that desperately needed a classic, 80's thematic fully orchestral score with some synth colours.

If you look back at the 80's 'hero kids' movie, the scores are all (except for maybe Flight of the Navigator and The Russkies) thematic, big orchestral scores. E.T., Explorers, The Goonies, The Monster Squad... hell, even Mac and Me got a big score from Alan Silvestri.

And it's not so much the synths that bother me, it's the actual composition. It's not good at all. It's totally forgettable, droning, non-thematic, loop based music which is, for the lack of the better word, boring. I can't believe it took TWO guys to create this.

IMO, the producers dropped the ball on this one.

-Erik-


Nope.

This is Stand By Me by way of Firestarter. The score is perfect. Pitch perfect. This is not ET or Monster Squad.

MV

 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2016 - 8:55 AM   
 By:   La La Land Records   (Member)

Love the show! I have two episodes to go and it might very well be the best acted 'hero kids' film/show I've ever seen.

Unfortunately, the score is quite possibly the most disappointing score I've heard in a long, long time. Sure, the synthy 80's vibe fits with the time but this is a show that desperately needed a classic, 80's thematic fully orchestral score with some synth colours.

If you look back at the 80's 'hero kids' movie, the scores are all (except for maybe Flight of the Navigator and The Russkies) thematic, big orchestral scores. E.T., Explorers, The Goonies, The Monster Squad... hell, even Mac and Me got a big score from Alan Silvestri.

And it's not so much the synths that bother me, it's the actual composition. It's not good at all. It's totally forgettable, droning, non-thematic, loop based music which is, for the lack of the better word, boring. I can't believe it took TWO guys to create this.

IMO, the producers dropped the ball on this one.

-Erik-


Nope.

This is Stand By Me by way of Firestarter. The score is perfect. Pitch perfect. This is not ET or Monster Squad.

MV

 
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