The Rise of the Synths

  • 82'
  • Spain
  • 2019

Synthwave not only harks back to the synthpop of the 1980s, but also to the glossy visual style of the era. The soundtracks and style of films, TV series and computer games such as Miami Vice, Lethal Weapon and Top Gun are a major inspiration to many of the musicians. Synthwave started in mid-2000 as an underground movement on MySpace where composers from around the globe shared their music. In recent years it has grown into a major scene with increasing mainstream visibility.

This stylish documentary with a soundtrack by Ogre consists of interviews with many important artists such as Scandroid, Miami Nights 1984 and Carpenter Brut. Director John Carpenter (The FogHalloween) acts as the narrator. He is one of synthwave's heroes, primarily because of the often haunting soundtracks he created for his own films, using synthesizers, obviously. As a mentor he provides advice to younger musicians.

Director
Iván Castell
Countries of production
Spain, USA
Production Year
2019
Festival Edition
IFFR 2020
Length
82'
Medium
DCP
Languages
English, French, Spanish
Producers
Javier Moreno, Ana Castañosa, Rebeca Villar Rodríguez
Production Companies
Castell & Moreno Films SL, 9AM Media Lab LLC
Sales
Castell & Moreno Films SL
Cinematography
Beltrán García
Editor
Iván Castell
Production Design
Javier Moreno, Ana Castañosa, Rebeca Villar Rodríguez
Sound Design
Santiago Abadía
Music
Robin Ogden
Cast
voice of: John Carpenter