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Peter Baumann’s Strangers in the Night is basically the most 80s video in existence

Even though this video is over 30 years old, I’ve somehow never seen it until just now. Judging by how few views there are on this youtube video, it seems like it’s still pretty new to many.

Peter Baumann was one of the core members of the band Tangerine Dream, who of course spawned the amazing work of Klaus Schultz, but less known is the work of Baumann. Strangers in the Night is off of his album of the same name from 1983. It was his fourth solo album.

This song and video is essentially everything the modern Synthwave and Retrowave movement is doing amplified by a million and its video is a pure work of art. Its use of Video FX such as flying geometric shapes, smokey alleyways with perfect lighting, and an untra-serious looking Bauman staring off into the distance with a headset microphone is nothing but hilariously amazing.

Peter Bauman

Korg nanoPAD2 Finger Drumming to Synthwave, Retrowave, Dreamwave!

80s VHS girls

Subscribe to my youtube channel and check out this performance with Ableton Live Intro with a nanoKONTROL and nanoPAD2 control surfaces.

I made a couple of melodic loops but am playing all the drum beats live on the nanoPAD2. I used mostly Simmons SDS7 and SDS5 drum samples and a couple others.

The bass tones are from the Jup-6 free VST plugin, which you can download here http://demonicsweaters.com/2015/02/add-this-to-your-vst-collection-free-roland-jupiter-4-inspired-vst-plugin-for-windows/

The lead and string sounds are the DSX from the UVI workstation soft-synth which you can get for free if you purchase a nanoPAD2.

You can purchase this song here https://demonicsweaters.bandcamp.com/track/nanopad-thai

Thanks for watching!

What is Synthwave?

Synthwave is a type of electronic music that is mostly instrumental and heavily influenced by 1980s music, particularly 80s movie soundtrack instrumental pop songs, and is sometimes combined with elements of French House music. Many songs feature a sequenced saw wave synth bass line, with a huge reverberated and deep snare drum sound. This type of drum sound was very popular in the 80s.

It is generally upbeat but at times can go to more experimental territory. Similar types of music are also called Dreamwave, Retrowave, and Chillwave. The differences between these genres are small and pretty interchangeable.

It is a great type of music to listen to while driving, or in headphones while traveling around the city, since it provides a cool “soundtrack” to whatever may be taking place around you.

I really enjoy Synthwave and decided to put together a playlist of some of the best stuff out there as of 2015.

Enjoy!

is it 1985 or 2015? You decide!

 

What happens when you mix transforming robots to dancing synthesizer girls set to futurist synthwave?

Something like this.