Netflix’s Stranger Things season 4 has accumulated more than 1 billion watch hours and becomes the first English speaking series to do so. The second part of this popular series dropped in the early hours of July 1st, 2022 and had enough viewers log in at once that the streaming service was temporarily overcome.
It’s no surprise that this juggernaut of a series brings us Tunefind’s top TV song with a near takeover of Tunefind’s trending music chart. This new take on a Journey original adds a cinematic flare to the 1983 classic, thanks to a creative synth musician with a knack for composing epic movie trailer scores.
As the the gang sets their plan into motion, the track can be heard playing as the audience is shown close ups of the characters as they silently prepare for battle. The music swells and a resolute drum-line begins as Lucas, Max, and Erica stand in front of Victor Creel’s abandoned house. The trio approaches the front door and the music builds climatically before suddenly halting as the screen goes black. The track started trending on Tunefind when part two of the season was released and fans heard the song during this monumental end montage scene in episode 8. The scene is exciting and sets the stage for the two hour season finale that is the last episode of the season.
‘Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)’ was originally released by rock band Journey in January 1983, as the first single from their eighth studio album, Frontiers. Steve Perry was the lead singer for Journey during the height of the bands popularity from 1977 to 1998. Perry has long been admired for his impressive vocals and was named one of Rolling Stone’s greatest singers of all time.
Bryce Miller is a California-based composer who specializes in composing music for blockbuster movies and TV trailers. Miller is credited on trailers such as Jurassic World Dominion, The Batman, House of Gucci, Godzilla, Respect, and Dexter. The remix of ‘Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)’ isn’t Miller’s first foray into taking classics and breathing new life into them. Bryce recently worked on the trailer for The Batman – featuring custom overlay and trailerization of Nirvana’s ‘Something in the Way’ and incorporating themes by the movie composer, Michael Giacchino. Miller’s revamp sent ‘Something in the Way’ onto Billboard’s Hot 100 this past March.
I hoped to give these iconic vocals from Steve Perry new meaning by taking ‘Separate Ways’ from its rock origins to an expansive cinematic setting.” – Bryce Miller
“I knew this was the perfect song for Stranger Things and when the opportunity to remix it for the trailer and show came up, I was thrilled,” Bryce Miller shared with Tunefind. Miller gave some insight into creating this remix for the show stating, “I hoped to give these iconic vocals from Steve Perry new meaning by taking ‘Separate Ways’ from its rock origins to an expansive cinematic setting – adapting the melodies and chords Journey had written but arranging them for synths and orchestra in an entirely new way.” Miller continued, “Steve Perry came to my studio to help with the finishing touches and it was inspiring to work with him and be a part of bringing this incredible song to new audiences.”
‘Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) [Bryce Miller/Alloy Tracks Remix]’ was first heard back in April of this year when Netflix dropped the long awaited trailer for season four. This three minute trailer packs a punch and was good enough to send fans searching for the song even before the season premiered. The Stranger Things season four official soundtrack was released on May 27th, 2022, the same day that part one of the season dropped on Netflix. ‘Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) [Bryce Miller/Alloy Tracks Remix]’ currently boasts more than 11 million streams on Spotify.
In addition to the trailer remix, an extended version of the remix was added to the official soundtrack album on July 1st, 2022 after part two premiered. The extended version was co-produced with Journey frontman, Steve Perry. In an article with Variety, Perry stated, “I was stunned at how cool it was. I found out that Bryce Miller and Troy MacCubbin [founder of Alloy Tracks] had created it and told them how much I loved it.” Perry continued, “One week later, I had an idea for an extended version, so I called Bryce and we assembled our extended remix. Being a huge fan of the show, having my music on the soundtrack made me very happy!”
I truly love both these remixed versions as much as I do the original recording from the Journey Frontiers record.” – Steve Perry, Variety
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