Tangerine Dream, the German electronic group that inspired the music of Stranger Things, have shared their own version of two of the score’s tracks, including the show’s opening theme.
The members of Survive, the group who composed the music for the overnight cult classic Netflix sci-fi series, have cited Tangerine Dream as a key influence for their work on Stranger Things. With the two covers, Tangerine Dream pay homage to the homage, tinkering with the tracks to showcase their own hypnotic, synth-driven style.
Although Tangerine Dream’s founder and longest serving member Edgar Froese died in January 2015, the group continues on a trio with keyboardists Thorsten Quaeschning and Ulrich Schnauss and violinist Hoshiko Yamane. In June, Tangerine Dream performed their first concert together since Froese’s death.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Survive’s Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein talked about raiding their local Austin video store, I Luv Video, and stocking up on films featuring Tangerine Dream’s scores.
“We get to see all that stuff, and then, like, Sorcerer. There’s a Tangerine Dream score for Sorcerer that’s great. I’ve rented that one a few times,” Dixon said. “The Keep. I think you can only get The Keep on VHS. They have a huge horror section, so a lot of times I’ll just get stuff if it’s got a Goblin or a Tangerine Dream score and just see what it sounds like.”
Tangerine Dream’s “Exit,” from the German synth legends’ 1981 album of the same title, also featured in the sixth episode of Stranger Things.