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The Synthtastic Stranger Things Original Score Is Coming

The Netflix series Stranger Things is a bit of a love song to the '80s—appropriately filled with classics of the decade, from the Clash's "Should I Stay or Should I Go?" to Toto's "Africa." Those hits do a lot to add to the show's nostalgia value, but the original score is what really sets the tone. As Pitchfork reports, volume one of the two-volume soundtrack will be available digitally on August 12, with a physical release on CD set for September 16.

Scored by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein of the Texas-based band S U R V I V E, volume one of the score has 36 tracks, the titles of which reference the scene they were written for (such as "Nancy and Barb," "A Kiss," "Hawkins Lab").

"The directors [Matt and Ross Duffer] were previously fans of S U R V I V E," Dixon said in a statement. "They used a song from our first LP in a trailer they made to pitch their concept to Netflix. Once the show was picked up, they reached out to see if we were available to score the show."

The duo aimed to give the score a "classic tone" without being "’80s cheese," and regardless of whether you think they pulled it off, the music plays an unarguably vital role in the mood of the series overall. 

Stranger Things, Vol 2 (A Netflix Original Series Soundtrack) will be released digitally on August 19, with a physical copy arriving on September 23. Fans are already asking about a vinyl release for the project, which would make sense given the throwback nature of the series as well as the current popularity of LPs, but so far there is no word on a release in alternate formats.

For a taste of the score, rewatch the Stranger Things trailer below.

[h/t Pitchfork]

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U2’s 360-Degree Tour Stage Will Become a Utah Aquarium Attraction
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The immense stage that accompanied U2 on the band’s 360° Tour from 2009 to 2011 is getting an unexpected second life as a Utah educational attraction. It will soon be installed over a new plaza at the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium outside Salt Lake City.

The Claw, a 165-foot-tall structure shaped like a large spaceship balanced on four legs—a design inspired by the space-age Theme Building at Los Angeles International Airport—was built to house a massive speaker system and cylindrical video screen for the band’s performances. Underneath it, a 360° stage allowed U2 to play to audiences surrounding the structure in all directions. To make it easier to tour 30 different countries with the elaborate system, which took more than a week to put together at each concert location, the band had several versions built.

U2 and its management have been looking for a buyer for the 190-ton structures since the tour ended in 2011, and it seems they have finally found a home for one of them. One of the two remaining Claw structures is coming to the Utah aquarium, where it’s being installed as part of a plaza at the institution’s new, 9-acre Science Learning Campus.

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The Claw at a Dublin concert in 2009
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As the only Claw in the U.S., the alien-looking feat of engineering will be "preserved and sustainably repurposed as a Utah landmark and symbol of science exploration and learning," according to the aquarium's press release. As part of the expansion project, the 2300-square-foot stage system will play host to festivals, movies, and other special events in two venues, one with 7000 seats and the other with 350.

The $25 million Science Learning Campus hasn’t been built yet—construction is starting this fall—so you’ll have to wait awhile to relive your U2 concert experience at the aquarium.

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This Beatles Poster Breaks Down the Instruments Played in Every Fab Four Song
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If you're a Beatles fan who has memorized every second of every one of the legendary band's songs, from instruments to vocals, Pop Chart Lab has got a poster for you.

"Come Together," the pop culture-loving design company's latest poster, breaks down the instruments featured in every single one of The Beatles's songs, from 1963's "I Saw Her Standing There" to 1970's "Get Back." The chart is broken down into five colors—one for each member of the Fab Four, plus one hue to represent various non-band members—and the icons show you which instrument each member plays in each tune, from the conventional (guitar) to the unique (tape loops and mellotrons). Grab your headphones and follow along as you listen: soon you'll be able to impress your friends by rattling off who's singing when. Who knows—it might even inspire you to pick up the guitar and learn "Blackbird."

The poster measures 24 by 36 inches and pricing starts at $37. It's available for preorder now, and shipping begins April 20.

Music fans will also love Pop Chart Lab's other music posters, like this spread of famous guitars or this brilliant taxonomy of rap names.

Check out the art below. To purchase the poster and also enjoy Pop Chart Lab's many Beatles puns, click here.

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