Synthwave, Retrowave, Dreamwave And – Oh Yes – Darkwave…
“We’ll always be together
However far it seems
(Love never ends)
We’ll always be together
Together in Electric Dreams” – Phil Oakey.
Is it too soon, you may ask, to have another music post on this site?!
Perhaps. And yet…
Considering how it feels like an age since the last Post, and my writing is a tad sluggish at the moment for my liking, this seemed like the easiest option to get me back into the swing of actually completing something!
Have not listened to any Synthwave for a while, but returned to it just this week. For me, Lazerhawk is the outstanding artist of this amazing genre – so selecting our first vid posed no problem at all:
SAL-9000: “Will I dream?”
Dr. Chandra: “Of course you will. All intelligent beings dream. Nobody knows why. Perhaps you will dream about HAL… just as I often do.”
You may be interested to know that my ideas have not abandoned me.
Far from it – there is no shortage of them! Time is no problem – never has been for me! My problem is finding the energy!
Purge those rumours of this site’s imminent demise!
Forthcoming attractions are on their way. In the next few days: you can (hopefully) expect Bradscribe Reviews of BOTH Deadpool movies, various updates on my expeditions to find more awesome Bronze Age comics, and…? The rest is a surprise!
Blimey! So was this next track – now this is fukkin’ sick! (As the younglings are wont to say these days, by Jove!):
Nancy Thomson: It’s only a dream!”
Freddy Krueger: “Come to Freddy!”
Speaking of nightmares, my fiction has suffered more than anything 😛 – it seems to have dried up (only for the time being we hope! Yeah…?)
For the second time, my novel has stalled. What has been produced so far is bereft of plot progression – that breath-taking twist still hasn’t “sprung to mind.” Not going to chuck the bally thing in completely – for one thing, it would be a shame to see all my research papers go to waste…
On a much brighter note, during this past two years my enthusiasm for concocting short stories has revived. Through the blog format, Bradventures featuring a distinctly English galactic hero have come along in leaps and bounds. You may like to know/be assured that a handful of new episodes reside on my Dashboard awaiting editing, so he won’t be going away any time soon!
The most recent instalment is still pretty fresh, if a tad neglected, so please, pay it a visit, right here:
You’ll like it, it’s about a prison break. 😉
Moving on then, this next video would have made it into Electric Dreams I – a perfect accompaniment to a Lazerhawk track, but it got pulled offline so had to rummage around for a replacement at the last minute(!)
This tune will suffice; this is the awesome opening sequence from that crazy sci-fi thriller: The Hidden (1987) featuring an alien parasite that uses human vessels to wreak his own warped sense of “fun” on Earth:
Bob Blair: “Now we can go into an enemy’s dream, kill him, make it look as if he died in his sleep. Do you realize what that means?”
Alex Gardner: “It means no one’s safe from you…”
Blade Runner (1982) remains as monumental as those techno-ziggurats that dominate the LA skyline.
Not only did it create one of the most mesmerising examples of visual futurism on the big screen, but the velvety Vangelis soundtrack has had a huge influence on the Synthwave genre.
Not surprisingly, a considerable number of Synthwave tracks turn up on YouTube illustrated by stills from this classic movie.
So, guess what appears here next! :0
Funny how the source material, written by Philip K. Dick is called “Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep” and yet there is no quote featuring the word: ‘dream‘ in the movie…
But why complain?
It’s Blade Runner!
“Milk and cookies kept you awake, eh, Sebastian?” – Dr. Eldon Tyrell.
Speaking of visual style, whenever the mood for writing failed to manifest, my creative faculties have expressed themselves instead through sketching. Noting how plenty of Followers/readers have commented that my fiction would be enhanced by converting the work into graphic novels…
Maybe, just maybe…
In the meantime, there are some artworks – produced several years ago as well as more recent gobsmackers – that should (scans permitting!) appear on this site very soon.
Moving on then – oh yes – when it comes to the best Retrowave producers, there’s no ace like HOME:
Miles Harding: “A dream is a wish your heart makes when you’re fast asleep.”
Edgar: “Who says?”
Miles Harding: “Walt Disney. Sleeping Beauty, nineteen… fifty.”
Edgar: “No, it was Cinderella, 1949.”
To end on a high note, completing this Post has reminded me what is so compelling about the blogosphere; plus, it has restored the verve to carry on!
What better way to end this playlist, fellow Oneironauts, than with some scintillating Chillwave from the exceptional Crockett, who – as you may have gathered from Electric Dreams II – has become my second-favourite Synthwave artist!
“I’m a seeker too. But my dreams aren’t like yours. I can’t help thinking that somewhere in the universe there has to be something better than Man. Has to be…” – George Taylor.
Sweet dreams… 🙂