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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Stranger Things: the synth band behind the Netflix series' haunting score

The celebrated retro drama has a throbbing soundtrack which harks back to the glory days of John Carpenter, composed by members of Austin band Survive

On 3 July 2015, Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein got an email that changed their lives. (“The email came at 6.15pm,” jokes Dixon.) It was from Matt and Ross Duffer, twin writers and directors known as the Duffer brothers. They were making a trailer for a television show they were pitching and wanted to use a song by Dixon and Stein’s atmospheric synth band, Survive, in it. How did they know about Survive? “We have no idea,” says Stein.

When the series got snapped up by Netflix, the Duffers asked for more. “They contacted us and said: ‘Hey, are you guys still active, are you making music, would you be interested in doing, like, scoring work?’” explains Dixon. “That was enough. We wrote back immediately to kind of get an idea of what they’d have us do.”

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