🎃 Halloween track challenge


It’s been a couple of months since we did the conspiracy challenge so I figured it’s time for a new one. Tonight I saw Stephen King’s Firestarter, a movie I haven’t seen since the mid 1980s. Anyway, here is what was most striking about the movie - the sounds. Loads of analog going on in this movie which makes sense given the era and the fact that Tangerine Dream did the soundtrack; a fact I didn’t recall prior to tonight.

It seems to me that this film is brimming over with potential sample material. With that in mind, I thought it would probably be sensible to suggest a synthwave/vapor/cinematic challenge using this film as the foundation for our tracks.


  • Tempo: 80-130 BPM
  • Sample material: audio from Firestarter, self sourced
  • Genre: synthwave, vapo(u)r or cinematic
  • Technical: open to any music hardware or software; analog, FM and period drum sounds encouraged
  • Deadline: October 30th 2018
  • Limits: no Prodigy covers

So what say you?

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Good idea for a thread, could I suggest maybe bringing the deadline back a few days to allow for the voting to take place and the winner to be announced on the day of Halloween? Just for extra dramatic effect :smile:

Just a friendly suggestion as I understand folks might need time to get a track together :wink:

Also that kid freaks me out, she stares right into your soul :scream:


@DavyP, I’m good with moving it to 10/30. Initially I thought peeps would ask for a few extra days but even if I move it we’ll still have 26 days to get it done.


Might give this a crack just to get out of my comfort zone :slight_smile:


Can’t promise it will end up in the genre parameters but might give this a go anyway. Never actually seen the movie - YouTube here I come…


@Snipecatcher and @J0n35y I hear you on the comfort zone and genre statements. These aren’t genres I’ve ever written in so I’m challenging myself as well. :grinning:


What the hell is “vapour” anyway?! :rofl: Am I showing my age…

“Vaporwave is an electronic music microgenre from the early 2010s. Its stylistic influences include chillwave, smooth jazz, chopped and screwed, new-age, and pop. To explain it in words kind of ruins the point. Vaporwave is the muzak that plays in an elevator in a mall in a futuristic Japanese cyberpunk dystopia.”

I think it’s fairly likely I might end up in this territory now that I know what it is ha!


These might be in the spectrum we’re going for:


Those vids are good, I’m looking forward to hearing what people come up with :smile: :+1:

Rockin it out to them now :slight_smile:


Thanks for taking the heat off me @konputa . :wink:

I’ll come up with something for the next one if you like…


@finalform, no sweat, I hope I’m not stealing thunder. This was unplanned until I made it through the title sequence of this film tonight when I knew this had to happen. Inspiration strikes at funny times. :slight_smile:


No worries at all, all good.

I’m definitely in for this one, I’ve done the odd bit of synthwave/vaporwave. I’m just listening to some of this soundtrack and it sounds like vaporwave already without even being repitched… :ecstatic:


At its most basic it’s screwed funk with an '80s mall/TV aesthetic. From there you can find tons of other variants. There’s lots of really good stuff - it’s proved an interesting way of exploring and recycling consumer culture IMO. The two classic essentials that arguably kicked the whole thing off are Floral Shoppe by Macintosh Plus (the ever-prolific Vektroid) and Eccojams Vol 1 by Chuck Person (aka Oneohtrix Point Never).


thinking about maybe joining in this time as i didn’t manage to do so with the conspiracy one :smiley:


I’ve never made this style of music, but I am down for a challenge.
Plus I love dark sounds, dark vibes & horror movies :japanese_ogre::japanese_goblin::skull:
I’ll give it a shot!! Pew! Pew! (my gun shots)

Thanks for posting examples of the genre too!!!


@Anfim thank you for what is essentially a bit of a retrospective on the genre!


Recorded the audio from the movie into Logic today and started hacking away at the parts I might use. Gonna try to make my entire jam just samples from the film… we’ll see :slight_smile:


Right on @Snipecatcher !

I think I’m going to try to record the audio tonight. There are some cool percussion sounds to be had towards the end of the film. I was sort of thinking I’d do the same but part of me wants to throw some old analog into the mix. I guess we’ll see how it goes when I get to choppin’. I can’t wait to hear your results.


so sample fire starter but noprodogiy remix?


Likewise! All I really have is a DT and OT and an 0 Coast. I’ll have to get creative here :slight_smile: