STRANGER THINGS – Synth Sounds and Gear Rundown

I was NOT a fan of  Netflix’s Stranger Things. But one of the things I admired about it – despite the just factually incorrect pontifications of some movie bloggers – was its ability to convey a tactile, familiar feel of movies from that time. Despite being on your television and not in the theater, its digital photography, and generally present-day shot composition and editing sensibilities, this feeling came through.


This was due in no small part to the music of Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein from the synth band S U R V I V E (who just signed to Relapse Records, by the way), which was written and performed on a number of vintage Roland, Moog, and other synthesizers.

Our pals at have just put together a really terrific rundown of the sounds, tools, and melodies from the soundtrack. There’s a full article about it, as well as a cool video showing off the gear. Highly recommend checking it out if you enjoyed the music on the show – it touches on a lot of critical points, including the influence of William Friedkin’s Sorcerer soundtrack, which I think is one of the most important touchstones for the show that hasn’t been discussed to death yet.

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Max is managing editor of Gear Gods.

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