One of the many things that fans praised about Stranger Things during its first season on the Netflix streaming service was the music, particularly, the haunting opening theme that sets the perfect tone for this series set in the fictional sleepy town of Hawkins, Indiana. This unique sound is created by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein, who are half of the all-synth band dubbed S U R V I V E. During a recent interview, the composers not only confirmed that they are coming back, but they also shed some new light on the story.
Ars Technica sat down with Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein, who had never composed for a movie or a TV show before they were approached to create the music by series creators Matt and Ross Duffer. The Duffer Brothers reportedly found S U R V I V E on Spotify, and contacted them, with Kyle Dixon revealing that the Duffer's pitched them by stating that they wanted the music to be something people talked about. Towards the end of the interview, they were asked about their plans for Stranger Things Season 2, when Kyle Dixon revealed that fans will be seeing more of the Upside Down.
"There are new characters, fun, and the Upside Down will be more of a place, you'll spend more time [there]. So we'll make a lot more weird music this time around."
While the mystical place known as the Upside Down was certainly present throughout all of the first season, we didn't get to actually see inside this place until the end of the first season. While young Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) was able to get rescued from the Upside down, the beloved character Barb (Shannon Purser wasn't so lucky, although concept art revealed that Barb's death was originally much gorier than the final version. When asked about their approach to the music for the Upside Down, Michael Stein had this to say.
"The Upside Down is weird and experimental, and we approached it with something like the Alien soundtrack, but this music focused on the monster."
Netflix announced last month that the Stranger Things Season 2 premiere will stream on Halloween, October 31, only on the Netflix streaming service. Fans of Stranger Things will be happy to know that season 2 will consist of 9 episodes, as opposed to the 8 that made up the show's first season, with this season set in the year 1984, a year after the events of Season 1. Not only will the show premiere on Halloween, but the season premiere is also set on Halloween as well, with the young stars all dressing up as Ghostbusters for the annual holiday.
Stranger Things Season 2 will bring back the beloved young cast members from season 1, including Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler), Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair), Natalia Dyer (Nancy Wheeler) and Charlie Heaton (Jonathan Byers). Winona Ryder will also be back as Joyce Byers and David Harbour will also be returning as Sheriff Hopper. New cast members include Sadie Sink and Dacre Montgomery, who are playing step-siblings named Max and Billy. Sean Astin is playing the manager of the local Radio Shack who is also Joyce's new boyfriend, with Paul Reiser playing a government official who comes to town to investigate what happened during the first season. Additionally, Linnea Berthelsen is playing Roman, a damaged young woman who is connected to the mysterious events of Stranger Things season 1.