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Diva Synthwave

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Back in February of this year I decided to create an alter ego called Villeneuve Sound in order to create synthwave music. I released an initial four track EP called Sunset Blonde.

After hearing this EP, the highly talented Danish sound designer, Luftrum, contacted me and asked me if I’d like to collaborate with him on a synthwave soundset for u-he’s Diva. Luftrum is one of the very few other synth programmers out there whose soundset I’ve bought. So, naturally, I jumped at the chance to a) do something different, and b) have some fun working with another sound designer.

Having grown up during the 1980s and, thanks to my older brother, listened to a lot of synth pop, I was fully aware of the sort of sounds that inspire the synthwave and outrun genres even before I started making it myself. Sounds that bring back memories of long hot summers, Versace jackets with the sleeves rolled up, John Hughes coming of age films and impractical looking super cars.

In the end we decided that we’d create half the sounds for Diva Synthwave each, making sure to check on each other’s work so as not to cover the same ground too much.

I think we’ve come up with a really exciting soundset, full of retro warmth and, hopefully, bringing a little something else to the table too. After all, we wanted this soundset to appeal to those making cinematic and other electronic music, not just synthwave.

Best of all, it gave me an excuse to write two new tracks as Villeneuve Sound. Plus, we also got two synthwave legends, Timecop1983 and FM-84, to write demo tracks for us, which is really cool!

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