So here it goes...
I've been refining my ideas for a very
long time, and I think I've locked it in well enough to merit now classing what I'm doing as a new genre of a sort.
It's not revolutionary; it's just classification by content.
There's the genre of Synthwave/Outrun, and all subsequent variations that come from it.
This is a subgenre of that; or, probably would be considered as such.
The difference is in the aim.
In Synthwave, pretty much things still work in a relative format rather similar to EDM format of 8 bar paths running somewhere along the line of 6-ish minutes (though there's no real solid rule here), and, more importantly, the approach remains synth focused in the sense of treating it as
an instrument, and the song is treated as
as dance song. The writer is thinking in form like edm music while making it.
This will make more sense in a moment by juxtaposition.
With Alphawave/alpharun music you use all of the tools and stylings of EDM's gambit of sound design, but two things are critically different.
1. You work in a 32-bar-like fashion of arrangement.
It's not literally 32 bars, but 32-bar form is what popularized ABC block formatting (AABA, being the most basic).
Typically today we think of this in terms of "Verse/Chorus/Bridge".
This is where the name comes from "Alpha" referring to "Alphabet" (ABC).
2. The music is melody driven, and the melody is written as if it were being sung. So it's not just that it's melody driven, but that it's directly written within the standard pop stylings that normally would be sung by a person, but instead are being "sung" by a synthesizer.
Another name I almost called it was "Whistlewave" because the melodies are catchy things that you can whistle just like you can (most) regular pop music. This is an important shift in style, as the song is fully written and arranged exactly as one would do for a standard radio-cut vocalized pop or rock song.
Think of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' "Heads Will Roll", and then replace her singing with another Synthesizer and you're pretty much on target.
I'll be posting more of this style coming up, but here's the most recent one that I put together.
The long form of the format is ACABCABCBC, or Verse, Bridge-lite, Verse, Chorus, Bridge-full, Verse, Chorus, Birdge-reprise, Chorus, Bridge-outro.
If you abbreviate the format and accept only the full bridge as C, and consider all others as fills, then it would be AABCABB.
Anyway, I'll be interested what folks think of this idea as I put out a few of these.
This song in particular comes out of a few things: My love of old western movie soundtracks, Muse, P Lion (the artist), the vibe you'd get from some classic 1980's TV show introductions, and of course, wrapped up in the bow that is old New Wave music.
It also does a rather interesting thing of making a minor key upbeat (Gb Minor).
My wife says the net effect to her is like if you were in a work-out gym in hell which motivated you to work out harder on the cardio bike by having demons chase after you.