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Synthwave is an electronic music genre that draws heavy inspiration from the music and soundtracks of movies and video games of the 1980s. It is often associated with the outrun aesthetic and is seen as the unironic counterpart to vaporwave.

Origin and History

The genre of synthwave got its origins around the mid-2000s, being pioneered by french house artists like Kavinsky, Justice, and David Grellier (under the alias "College"). Synthwave wouldn't garner mainstream recognition until the release of the 2011 film Drive, whose soundtrack consisted primarily of synthwave music.

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