schadel, “unsettled”

unsettled
Recently there’s been a lot of talk (including from me!) about the score to a recent 80s-throwback horror show on a popular streaming platform. While I do love attention being paid to cool, darkly moody synth music, I do want to point out that there is a ton of cool, darkly moody synth music already out in the world.

To that end, I give you: unsettled.

To capture the mood I was going for, I tried to stick to a few criteria. I looked for prominent, dark synths, often arpeggiated. I tried, for the most part, to avoid other instruments (especially drums, though some do appear here) and vocals. Reverb always helps, too — in fact, I cheated a bit and drenched one of the drier tunes in reverb myself.

 

Don’t worry, though — after all that dread, I did allow the last tune to be a little uplifting, so you’ll be able to continue on with your day, a little unscathed.

So, enjoy. Tracklist below.

  • Disasterpeace, “It Follows: Title” (2015)
  • Walls/Oram, “Extremely Long Corridor” (196X?/2014)
  • Daft Punk, “Armory” (2010)
  • John Carpenter, “Wrong Flavour” (1976)
  • Johnathan Snipes & William Hutson, “Universal Weak Male” (2013)
  • Laurel Halo, “Carcass” (2012)
  • YOU, “Zone Black” (1983)
  • Makeup and Vanity Set, “The Faceless Man” (2011)
  • Majeure, “Termination Shock” (2014)
  • Aperture Science Psychoacoustics Laboratory, “TEST” (2011)
  • Skinny Puppy, “Love” (1986)
  • Harper / Russe / St. George, “Nightwalker” (1972)
  • AFX, “‎ssnb” (1994?)
  • µ-Ziq, “Sleep” (1991)
  • (d), “Trust” (2014)
  • Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom, “Black Spring” (2005)
  • X-TG, “E.H.s.” (2012)
  • Ricardo Donoso, “Klatu” (2014)
  • OK Ikumi, “Slope” (2012)
  • Nathaniel Ritter, “Tleilaxu Metaphors” (2012)
  • Chroma Key, “Come In, Over” (2004)