Analyzing the synthisizers of 'Stranger Things'

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The music of Stranger Things made us dive into the show, but it’s much more than that.

The ‘80s live on in the two seasons of Stranger Things and I’m not talking the clothes. The sounds of the decade are everywhere and have been since the beginning.

To understand this, a video has lined up key sequences of the show with musical themes from giants like E.T. and Goonies – not to mention the work of John Carpenter. The moog is right for dancing and Stranger Things is nothing if not a dedicated student.

Oswald Iten’s video essay focuses on how “the synth score by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein affects our perception of the relationship between Eleven and Mike” in the first season. Iten focuses on music as storytelling, looking at how the score reflects the E.T.-esque fish-out-of-water friendship burgeoning between the two children.

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