The Rise Of The Synths

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Synthwave, 80s nostalgia and collective memories

Here’s a teaser for a documentary about the synthwave scene The Rise of the Synths, a documentary about the Synthwave scene, nostalgia and the universe of creating sounds, featuring synthwave artists like Carpenter Brut, Lazerhawk, 80s Stallone, Miami Nights 1984, College, Electric Youth and many more.

A crowdfunding campaign with Kickstarter has started to get noticed and they’ve raised more than $20.000…

The film is a travel in time towards the roots of a worldwide grass-root music scene known as Synthwave, an irresistible blend of modern electronic composition with 80s pop culture’s nostalgia, that over the last two years has transformed from a whisper on selected internet hubs, to an ever-growing scene, expanding rapidly as we speak. Accounting millions of plays on social media, devoted fans are legion, but nobody in the mass media knows about them. They belong to an endless army of watchers for the master’s legacy: the sound that Edgar Froese, Giorgio Moroder and John Carpenter created in the late 70s.


There’s some iconic names from the late 70s and the 80s that are aware of the project and are willing to be involved if the film is fully funded and goes in production. For a lot of reasons the filmmakers can’t unveil the names, but if the audience knew, they’ll probably be 50% funded at this point.

The narrator of the film willing to be involved is a legendary film director, a true hollywood outsider very respected within – and outside – the scene. He will be the Master, the Voice that unites all the synthwave composers in this universe of collective memories.


The makers have tried to fund the film in traditional ways, like co-productions with other countries, televisions, and so on. The feedback has always been very passionate, but also they always felt like they were like an UFO, the weirdest thing in the room. Our conclusion is that film industry folks don’t know or see how to market it, and fail to see a potential worldwide audience outside the niche.

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