There’s been an interesting trend in synth music the last few years; the trend of creating soundtracks for films that don’t exist. Now, don’t let this throw you. Often times these soundtracks are fully realized stories with complex plot lines, rising action and satisfying conclusions. Just, you know, minus the visual component. Playing off the works of composers such as Carpenter, Howarth, Goblin, and Cirino, modern day synth music creators are creating interesting scores to films that, if they existed, would be prime fodder for us 80’s film fans. One of the more recent additions to this club comes via Musike Di Diable and the Ancient Order of the Droids.


Terrore! V: La Tomba del Maniaco


Terrore! V: La Tomba del Maniaco,’ is their upcoming release in a series of non-exisiting 1980’s Italian horror films. Check out the synopsis for this film from Musike Di Diable directly:


The 1986 film was produced by the Spanish Mafia as a money laundry scam and is mostly remembered by the infamous aerobic scene, where the leotards of both male and female dancers failed to cover the crotch area completely, leaving little to the imagination, let’s just say that the term ‘manscaping’ did not exist yet in the early eighties, the music to the sequence though, was a hit in the gay European danceclub scene.

Unfortunately the rest of the film’s music did not get the recognition it deserved, more atmospheric and darker than its predecessors, it went unappreciated by fans of the series who were disappointed in a movie that not only did not feature the original Il Maniaco but a doppelgänger, to make matters worse, it contained the total of TWO deaths on screen, not nearly enough for slasher film aficionados.


The music that Ancient Order of the Droids has created on this release is atmospheric, moody, and engaging.  Dissonant tonal progressions coupled with oozing synths and driving rhythms create a fully realized world fans of 80’s nostalgia will want to reside in. Track highlights include ‘Aerobica,’ an upbeat Electric Youth style track that nearly glows neon pink and blue. ‘Rituale‘ hints at Halloween III with a dash of Disasterpeace while ‘Impostore‘ is a minimal but effective and evocative piece. It’s evident that the minds behind this project are passionate about what they do and the films they’re paying tribute to.

The album also features some ‘killer’ artwork from the indie Mexican artist Eduardo Santaella. Available digitally September 14th on platforms such as iTunes and Spotify, make sure to check it out if retro-synthy darkness is your thing.