Having found Gunship a few years ago, I'm not sure that this is true. At least one of the members is in their 40s, and based upon their other works, they definitely seem to have a love of the 80s and 90s (at least the media of it).
It made me look into the making of the visual elements  and a more technical look here  of the short film "Paths of Hate".
Given some (or all?) of the elements are 3D models, that would make a great experience in VR.
Would it be possible to have it as a VR music video?, or do those compositing shots/passes mean you wouldn't see the same thing? Amazing how creative people are... and how much work goes into such work.
For those reading this comment that listen to The Adventure Zone and finished the first season, there is an amazing edit of fan art as a music video to Hey Brother that will hit you right in the feels about Taako’s story. It’s not the same genre, obviously, but I bring it up because context + music + amazing editing = magic in that case also.
I saw a post here about a similar dogfight in the macross anime, not sure what happened to it. Probably this one:
It's always nice to watch planes flying.
The music is like the bland, empty affect part of the Patrick Bateman character's outward personality, which only barely concealed the serial killer "depth" on his inside. Any edge in synthwave at all appears to be playing on this, where the smoother it is, the more meta and uncanny it seems, and with it the implication of extreme and bizzare hidden depths behind it. Like a David Lynch theme.
To me this makes synthwave perfect for the way millenials and younger people have had to manage their smooth social brand exterior in every concievable micro aspect of their lives, down to the organization of their bathrooms because it's all being competitively scrutinized for performance on video. When I hear synthwave, to me it is the soundtrack to embracing that insanity, which I don't have, but can appreciate.
Maybe people just like it, but that seems more insane than I'm really prepared to consider.
With you on the movie Drive as the aesthetic origin of the revival though. I'd still say that the mumblecore/normcore element of Drive is an expression of the same kind of psychopathic dull affect Ellis was writing about, except Drive was about working people struggling instead of city bankers.
I make a lot of music that is influenced by what happened outside and after that 80s synth genre, as I think what happened was the paralell thread of the 80s, which was holdovers from industrial and minimalist pioneers in the 70s influenced aphex twin, autechre, orbital, future sound of london, and eventually breaking through to the mainstream with underworld and chemical brothers.
There is a godawful almost secret album by Underworld when they were an 80s synth band, that captures the end of the synthwave moment just before they really became Underworld (pre dubnobasss) when synthy alt culture met dance/techno. My own stuff (in recent comment history) riffs on that transitional era between industrial, techno, punk, and what would become electronica. Super fun topic!
> my own stuff
Dance with the Dead  also does this particular well along with Turbo Knight .
Do you think you might be projecting some of your own feelings or inner pains onto these groups? Or could it be that you have more to learn about even the complexity of others' inner feelings? It's a strangely broad brush to paint with...
I dig synthwave specifically for the eros and hard listening, and I'm in my mid 40s.
I think the popularity of Synthwave has a lot to do with the Stranger Things series, which used a lot of 80s nostalgia synths.
I think in it is the opposite way round: Synthwave seems to be nostalgia for a simpler time when technology was something people controlled, rather than now where it seems technology increasingly controls people.
Hands down my favourite in that genre.
”[John Carpenter and Matthew Sweet] discuss John's iconic scores for Halloween, Escape from New York, Escape from LA, The Fog, Vampires and Village of the Damned.
John explains how he came to work with the great Ennio Morricone who wrote the score for 'The Thing'. He describes the great pleasure he now gets from writing themes for imaginary films in the 'Lost Themes' series, and the joy that performing his music live has brought him.”
Synthwave is the greatest genre of music as far as I'm concerned.
I agree - Synthwave is where my weirdest and most enjoyable music journey began.
If you are a fan of synthwave, you may also enjoy stuff like techno bunker (slightly more minimal). Spotify decided to start lacing playlists with this stuff and my monkey brain got addicted really fast.
Something about the repetitive minimalism of these genres turns me into a coding terminator. I find I forget the music is going after about 5 minutes into the first track. That's not to say this is the only reason I listen to this music, but it's one fun benefit. It's a bit harder for me to concentrate externally when listening to things like trap instrumentals or dubstep (not that these are invalid sub-genres either - I really enjoy them too).
Funny, I always assumed the hn type crowd was the target audience for stuff like synthwave.
Timecop1983 - Night Drive (https://songwhip.com/timecop1983/night-drive)
The Midnight - Days of Thunder (https://songwhip.com/the-midnight/daysofthunder)
Skull and Shark - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYvqDqoYXMY
Redline - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpDn4-Na5co (my intro to the genre closing on a decade ago).
Trevor Something - Trevor Something Does Not Exist
Most famous is Spaceflight: https://efence.bandcamp.com/track/spaceflight
U-he's synths are amazing.
“Drone Racers” is my personal favorite
FM Attack - Dreamer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQ88xK3XmpQ
Mitch Murder - In The News - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dz7rK3Eks4s
Mitch Murder - Television - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_h7AM9UeaA (Contains clips from Videodrome, possibly NSFW)
Miami Nights 1984 - Ocean Drive - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vC42MRmiAt0
Droid Bishop - Stunner - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YEk5iD2dUk
iamMANOLIS - My Future Girlfriend Video - (WARNING: Video contains some strobing) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TuiZMrHMiU
Arcade Summer - Ocean Break - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXdXywI4-qM
Miami Horror - Bellevue - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZFCmZZKB70 (the most popular video is better but NSFW)
I've been into Italo disco for much of my life, it's similar but usually relentlessly positive/upbeat in comparison with some Synthwave tracks.
If you want a pretty solid intro to this genre and music like it I would suggest the Night Ride FM mixes. You can find them on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0tKnpDwTio
also, perfect music to endlessly hack on code.
The whole album is great. It’s available on Bandcamp and absolutely worth owning: https://gunshipmusic.bandcamp.com/album/gunship
I had liked the book and was looking forward to the movie. I listened to the music video probably hundreds of times on loop, and then, when I finally saw the movie, I wished it had been more like the music video.
Getting close in a VSTi and publishing a breakdown is a nice way to sell your presets I guess!
Do anyone have tips on how to get off the ground for someone whos experience can be summarized to something like 1 hour of fruity loops but who now starts to get some free time? (videos, explanations etc that start from scratch)
If you're looking for a free wavetable synth comparable to Serum from the article, I recommend Vital: https://vital.audio - there's a fairly active community forum there as well.
Subtractive synthesis is different from wavetable synthesis, but most of the concepts transfer. And Syntorial even has a free download (after the initial purchase) which covers Serum specifically, as well as a couple other industry standard synths.
It might be pricey depending on how invested you are in learning, but they have a demo so you can see what you're in for.
From my perspective, outside messing around by yourself, I don't know of a more cost-effective way to learn everything that it covers, and it saves significant time over messing around.
The best advice I was given relating to this exact question (20 years ago) was to invest in a midi keyboard, stick with one piece of software and use my free time experimenting with it. That's it. Watching youtube videos is a complete waste of time in my opinion, since a lot of that crowd has fallen into the trap of reviewing one plugin after another, without really being able to create art. At best it's a circlejerk of mimicry and patterned-knowledge regurgitation.
That said, Gunship and Starcadian are the only synthwave artists i've liked enough to actually get out my wallet for, and i think i heard both of them from recommendations. I probably will for Occam's Laser at some point, who i think i first heard on Spotify.
My "in" was Trevor Something - Death Dream as a freeleech staff pick on w.cd. From there I've discovered a lot by searching for popular artists on certain tags and branching out.
I get my wallet out regularly for Hello Meteor, Trevor Something, and George Clanton despite being very active in the torrent scene.