From ‘Halloween’ to ‘Drive’ and beyond, the documentary that charts the rise of synthwave

Words by Tom Parker

How familiar are you with the music phenomenon, synthwave?

Since the early 2000s, the synthwave genre has captured the imagination of electronic enthusiasts the world over. First pioneered by the likes of composers, John Carpenter, Jean-Michel Jarre, Giorgio Moroder and Tangerine Dream, during the 1980s, synthwave has since been championed by a multitude of video games, films and TV series while also pervading contemporary music.

Stranger Things is one TV series that stands out as a notable purveyor of synthwave – the band SURVIVE taking the genre to sinister, unearthly heights through the famed sci-fi horror.…