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"You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline - it helps if you have some kind of football team, or some nuclear weapons, but in the very least you need a beer."

I'd remind everyone of the other video hosting websites but despite how goddamn awful YouTube is they're all so, so much _incredibly_ worse.

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High thunderstorm asthma risk today in Northern & Western Victoria today. Not looking so good in Melbourne either...

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Did so badly on the ABC Brown snake quiz I'm expecting my young self to time travel forward to kick me in the shins.

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Part7: LIFELIKE - Silicon Love

In mid 2009 HugoRedRose released another Kris Menace video set to My Stepmother is an Alien, but the music and visuals for one reason or another don't gel at all and it gets almost zero traction. However, eyes are on his catalogue of videos after the success of Lifelike - So Electric, and one year later, mid 2010, Luis Quintana riffs on the failed video but this time sets it to Lifelike's much more spacey and melodic Silicon Love and it nails a perfect vibe that quickly becomes a classic.

Again the theme is magic woman and female beauty.

I'd like to take this moment to quickly say that why i'm looking at videos is because Synthwave, like Vaporwave was very much formed by early youtube algorithms pitching stuff to people late night in certain demographics. An algorithm for hyper-nostalgia aimed at the lost / aimless / depressed. The videos i'm looking at are the ones that effectively joined that endless "next video" suggestion algorithm and therefore became part of the collective "aesthetic".

youtube.com/watch?v=zxtXTlEFZX

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Part 6: Anoraak - Long Distance Hearts

June 2010 and a new video maker named neros77 enters the game with Anoraak's Long Distance Hearts, a very John Carpenter styled song from the seminal Valerie and Friends collective album that is seen as a clear formative moment for the genre's beginning that brought together the major soon to be big names including College, Electric Youth, Futurecop! and The Outrunners.

Set to a cut up of Weird Science, although its a rough edit, neros77 will go on to be the most prolific video maker in the synthwave scene, and the beginning to this song will often be used as part of his credits stinger to his videos. So while Anoraak is pretty unknown nowadays (having moved his music style in another direction), many fans will know the song itself.

The video is definitely early beginnings in style and skill. It focuses on the high 80s 3d computer vector graphics of building the super/magic woman, Lisa and then a giant penis metaphor.

youtube.com/watch?v=aRgXPNsWlF

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Part 5: The Crystal Light National Aerobic Championship Theme - Ty Parr

"Welcome to the Fourth Annual Crystal Light National Aerobic Championship Finals featuring regional finalists across all of the United States competing for the title of Americas Best Aerobic Athelete!

We are the winners, watch us glimmer,
Like the sunset of champions!
We're in control, body and soul,
We push ourselves to the maximum,
The Champions! The Champions!
We are the champions!"

Bursting out onto youtube are the now iconic late 80s US aerobic championships with its wildly catchy theme song by Ty Parr, it sets in motion a new branch of synthwave often labelled "Sweatwave" associated with 80s workout videos.

Original Video:
youtube.com/watch?v=ozoTzkCeO-

Clean rerelease of original song:
youtube.com/watch?v=DCyTijJzEw

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Part 4: Futurecop! - Tonight's Hero

Nearing the end of 2009, and British duo Futurecop! come on the scene and they bring a music style that is over saturated with upbeat innocent childhood 80s film nostalgia with their first EP The Unicorn & the Lost City of Alvograth as a concept "cinematic" album for a fantasy film that doesn't exist by the same name.

In this early period, music producers effectively choose or have a specific niche video aesthetic category bestowed on them by other makers and it then spreads to everyone making videos for them - as people try to build links between successful videos and their own work. Kind of aesthetic evolution with survival of what gets the clicks. For Futurecop! it is upbeat 80s teen movies, with the launch of Tonights Hero that they set to a super fuzzy reolution version of Bill and Ted.

What's interesting is that right from the early beginnings this marked the opening of the genre musically and aesthetically to be much wider in scope and able to take on brighter more playful styles than the late night neon cityscapes to pumping outrun beats that most people think of. And although that night style will become prevalent down the line, its this optimistic day style that will surge to begin with.

youtube.com/watch?v=7PjlFgsHfQ

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Part 3: Testarossa Overdrive

Meanwhile still in France, if we rewind the clock a little back to 2006, Vincent Belorgey has launched his new musical project under the guise of Kavinsky, an 80s car crash synth zombie ressurected in modern time who has possession of the Testarossa Ferrari he died behind the wheel of.

He releases his first EP in 2006, and a music video for the track Testarossa Overdrive, outlining the undead rising of Kavinsky.

Although earlier in the timeframe, its worth remembering that Youtube is only a year old at this point and music labels are untrusting/slow to adapt to the new model, so it takes them another year before they upload the video (though a fan uploads a ripped copy 6 months prior). So for now Kavinsky won't yet break through to internet and mainstream recognition for the project until 2011 on the back of the success of the film Drive featuring his single Nightcall.

youtube.com/watch?v=ErQNRwH-Hm

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Part 2: Kris Menace - Voyage (This is Miami video) by HugeRedRose (HRR).

This is more of a mini connector for the history aspect. 2 years have passed since HRR's So Electric dropped and its beginning to become a runaway success popping up randomly late night on night people's recommendations - and that's bringing eyes to their catalogue, many of which are not focused particularly on one genre but more scatter shot just making kickass music videos setting films to songs.

One of which is Kris Menace's (another french electro 80s producer who works alongside Lifelike) song Voyager released May 2009. Most importantly HRR has set it to Miami Vice, and the beat of the tune is what you would consider proto-Outrun (Synthwave music with a steady driving in a car feeling of repetitive pound of the road underneath you and street lights / buildings passing you) and like magic suddenly it's there, the synthwave aesthetic ingredients are all there before your eyes - neon nights, fast cars, shoot outs, partying, drugs, sex, sun, sand, and beaches.

BUT, while everything is there, and the video is pitch perfect.. for one reason or another it just doesn't explode like So Electric, it stays there in relative obscurity. However other soon-to-be video makers are watching and taking notes... (to be continued)

Miami Vice is very much the heart of synthwave's aesthetic, no other film or tv show at the time had evoked the fantasy hyper 80s style so perfectly. Incidentally MV was also designed as a new sort of action show for the MTv generation, where it was less about thinking and steady storyline and more about the feeling of the energy in chases and action with the pumping Jan Hammer underscoring.

youtube.com/watch?v=BbKWphL1dn

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So i posted a few days ago about trying to collate together the old synthwave music videos that kind of brought together the evolving aesthetic of the genre. I figured i might post one ever once in a while in this thread for no real reason but to share something i have deep love for.

So the first, which i consider the ultimate classic of the genre, and is also as far as i can tell, one of the very first to put the pieces together back in 2007, was Lifelike - So Electric, video by HugoRedRose. For reference Drive the film didn't come out until 2011 and Hotline Miami 2012.

I always feel this video is the perfect incarnation for the beginning. Lifelike was one of the french electro precursors to Synthwave - alongside others like Anoraak and Kavinsky - and the video itself is cut together from Xanadu, a film shot in '79, released '80, about the desire to bring together an older music style (Gene Kelly) and a modern (Michael Beck) in a wild neon roller disco.

It also features the first example of the classic trope of magical female focus of literal divine muse (Olivia Newton John).

There's something deeply enchanting about it, and it had huge break through success as an internet video about an relatively unknown music producer, racking up an eight digit view count, though much of that record is lost as the original 2007 video was taken down and the new version does not have the same intense algorithmic link.

youtube.com/watch?v=7wD-wI9M_n

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Part 8 Miami Nights 1984

April/May 2010, Miani Nights 1984 gets in the game co-founding a new label "Rosso Corsa Records" with another soon to be iconic producer, LazerHawk and dropping their first album Early Summer. At launch they also release a cut up of the 80s film Thrashin' set to the single On The Run, featuring a pitch perfect aesthetic of skateboarders, breakdancers and girls in bikinis in daytime LA.

This aesthetic/song combo goes on to be riffed on by several other makers taking tracks from the album following similar sunshine, fast car and beach bikini feels.
Most notably neros77's Miami Vice take on Endless Summer, and Floodjoy's 80s teen comedy medley take on Saved by the Bell.

If Futurecop!'s work had been the beginning of the optimistic daytime synthwave aesthetic, then Miami Nights 1984 cemented it as the (for now) heart of the genre.

Rosso Corsa MN 1984 - On The Run
youtube.com/watch?v=k9caRp3HCq

neros77 MN1984 - Early Summer
youtube.com/watch?v=WyT6DeP2u4

Floodjoy - MN1984 -Saved by The Bell
youtube.com/watch?v=foxVW0Ed0D

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Pirate Life Idaho-7 third on the list tonight and it smells like sticky, icky, bud.

My 12AM brain: Here's the leitmotif from The Bush Tucker Man!

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