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The Rise Of The Synths

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Fri 17 Apr 2020


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The Rise Of The Synths

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Events Temporarily Postponed

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The Rise of The synths

+Q&A with Ogre
+After Party

Dir. Iván Castell
2019 | 78 mins | Spain, USA


  • £8* – Standard
  • £5* – Student / Under 25
  • £21* – 3 film tickets for £21

This screening will be followed by a post screening discussion between   sound artist and musician OGRE who features in the film and Ben Green, front man of Pattern Pusher. 

Raise your hand if you haven’t seen or heard of Stranger Things! The phenomenon of this series responds to a nostalgia for the 80s that is relentlessly reflected today in film, television video games – and of course, also in music. 

Narrated by iconic director John Carpenter, The Rise Of The Synths is a journey back and forth in time, from to the roots of this scene to its impact on today’s pop culture. So what is Synthwave? An irresistible blend of nostalgia and music; of creative processes and cultural references; of re-appropriation and legitimate creation. Is it a random revival, or an emerging cultural phenomenon?

In the mid 2000s and with the help of MySpace, several composers from different countries spontaneously started an underground music scene that the Internet would call – among other names – Synthwave. It is defined as electronic music strongly inspired by soundtracks and 80s pop culture. These composers whose music has reached millions, all remained anonymous – until now.


Doc’n Roll is the UK’s Music Documentary Film Festival. It celebrates music subcultures by providing a unique platform to support the wealth of creative, compelling and unforgettable documentaries that celebrate the performers, labels, scenes and stories.

Doc’n Roll are passionate about independent film and music across all genres, and provide audiences with the opportunity to watch these films as they were designed to be watched: LOUD. Doc’n Roll Film Fest launched in 2014, convinced it was time to show some love to the under-the-radar music docs that all too often were being ignored. 

Doc’n Roll Film Festival is supported by the BFI using funds from the National Lottery to grow audience appetite and enjoyment for a wide range of independent British and international films.


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