Journeying Back to the 1980s with Stranger Things: A Synthwave Tribute

Journeying Back to the 1980s with Stranger Things: A Synthwave Tribute

Jul 26, 2023

Step back in time to the nostalgic 1980s, a decade filled with iconic music, thrilling adventures, and captivating film soundtracks. Stranger Things, the beloved TV series created by the Duffer Brothers, skillfully blends sci-fi intrigue with a heavy dose of '80s nostalgia. At the heart of this mesmerizing atmosphere lies the show's original soundtrack, meticulously crafted by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein of the electronic band Survive. Paying homage to legendary artists and film composers of the era, such as Tangerine Dream, John Carpenter, Vangelis, and the electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre, Dixon and Stein weave a synthwave tapestry that perfectly complements the enigmatic world of Hawkins, Indiana.

The Magic of Synthwave

Synthwave, also known as outrun or retrowave, emerged in the late '00s as a genre of electronic music heavily inspired by the soundscapes and aesthetics of the 1980s. It embraces synthesizers and pulsating rhythms to evoke a sense of nostalgia and adventure, transporting listeners to an era of neon lights, classic arcade games, and sci-fi wonders.

Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein's Background

Before their involvement in Stranger Things, Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein founded the band Survive in 2009. Their love for vintage synths and deep appreciation of '80s music and film scores led them to create their own unique sound. Little did they know that their musical journey would lead them to an iconic TV series that would capture the hearts of millions.

The Perfect Marriage: Stranger Things and Synthwave

When the Duffer Brothers began creating Stranger Things, they recognized the crucial role that music would play in setting the series' tone. Enter Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein, whose synthwave expertise made them the perfect choice to craft the show's haunting and evocative soundtrack.

Throughout each season, the duo's compositions beautifully capture the suspense, mystery, and heartwarming moments that unfold in Hawkins. From the eerie theme song that sets the stage for the Upside Down to the emotional melodies that accompany heartfelt character interactions, Dixon and Stein's work elevates the viewing experience to new heights.

Paying Homage to '80s Legends

In creating the soundtrack for Stranger Things, Dixon and Stein draw inspiration from some of the most influential musicians and composers of the 1980s. The pulsing synths of Tangerine Dream, the atmospheric soundscapes of John Carpenter, the evocative melodies of Vangelis, and the innovative electronic compositions of Jean-Michel Jarre are all evident in their work. This amalgamation of influences enriches the homage to the golden era of cinema and music.

A Highly Anticipated Return

As fans eagerly await the release of Stranger Things season 5, it's essential to manage expectations. With a year of filming planned and the potential start date pushed back, a 2024 release seems unlikely. Instead, the latest installment of the beloved series is now expected to grace our screens sometime in the Spring or Summer of 2025. While the wait may seem long, there's no doubt that the Duffer Brothers, along with Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein, will deliver yet another thrilling and nostalgic adventure that will captivate audiences worldwide.


Immerse yourself in the mesmerizing synthwave world of Stranger Things with the original soundtracks now available on a double blue and red 2LP on our website! Composed by the brilliant duo Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein of Survive, and brought to life by the talented London Music Works, these nostalgic tunes will transport you to the captivating realm of Hawkins and the mysterious Upside Down. Experience the magic of the '80s-inspired melodies, expertly crafted to complement the enigmatic world of the beloved series.

Stranger Things continues to reign as a cultural phenomenon, touching the hearts of both young and old with its masterful blend of sci-fi and '80s nostalgia. At the core of this enchanting series lies the mesmerizing synthwave soundtrack crafted by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein. Through their homage to '80s legends like Jean-Michel Jarre and others, they transport us back to a time of wonder and imagination, making Stranger Things an unforgettable journey into the past. So, let's patiently wait for the triumphant return to Hawkins, Indiana, where the world of synthesizers and strange occurrences await!