MAXIMUM SYNTH

Three late summer nights of retrosynth-soaked sonic nirvana.

Welcome to the heart and soul of NEON.  We are putting together some of the most iconic Synthwave, Outrun, Retro Synthpop, Darksynth and related artists in the world for this event, creating a terrifyingly awesome lineup.

What is Synthwave?  Sometimes referred to as Futuresynth, it is a fairly recent genre of electronic music that is mostly (but not exclusively) instrumental, making use of the unique sounds and production techniques that were common in 1980's (and some early 1990's) electronic music, with a heavy focus on science fiction, horror, or action film score aesthetic.  Think of artists like John Carpenter, Vangelis, and Tangerine Dream, and you have a solid idea of what we're talking about.

Given their film soundtrack roots, it should come as no surprise that Synthwave and related genres are mostly concerned with conveying a mood.  They can paint an auditory canvas with a rainy cyberpunk dystopia, an endless summer, or a desperate midnight car chase with ease.  Without a doubt, Synthwave is the soundtrack of Retrofuturism, and it is showing up everywhere.

Are you a music producer?  Do you think your sound would be perfect for NEON? Hit our performer application page and let us know.

"Synthwave can paint an auditory canvas with a rainy cyberpunk dystopia, an endless summer, or a desperate midnight car chase with ease.  Without a doubt, Synthwave is the soundtrack of Retrofuturism, and it is showing up everywhere.”

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