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Anonymous 2013-03-04 22:59:16 No.33692989

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As somebody who just happened to stumble into vaporwave (and as somebody who rarely, if ever, comes to /mu/), I wanted to discuss what you guys get from the vibes of the genre and what it communicates to you.

First off, favorite album in the genre? I say Underwater Mirage is fucking perfect.

From what I can tell, the entire point is taking that era of synth cheese that was transitioning between the hyper-poppy stuff of the 80's into the full bloom of electronic music in the 90's, where it got a lot of jazz and funk influences. With the latter two being a guilty pleasure of my own, I clicked right in to the genre and found it a delightfully disjointed trip down memory lane, tapping into my childhood's fear of the upcoming uncanny valley of "cyperspace" and the bullshit promise of an age of interconnection and prosperity. The music's a lot more wistful and slightly angry than one notices on a first listen.

A lot of the creators seemingly carry some staunch anti-capitalist message that I'm still failing to pick up on, though. Likely because I'm from a different era than they, I'm feeling most vaporwave as the clanking of the hollow bones of a bygone era of optimism towards the upcoming digital age, blown around by a feeling of being decieved and cheated. Something I can relate to, as a game developer-to-be (in training) who's feeling rather disillusioned at the moment.


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Anonymous 2013-03-04 23:12:08 No.33693457
One bump and done, I suppose

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Anonymous 2013-03-04 23:14:11 No.33693542
It's threads like this that remind me how absolutely fucking worthless and retarded art is.

Thanks OP.

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Anonymous 2013-03-04 23:19:54 No.33693744
>>33693542
Explain?

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Anonymous 2013-03-04 23:37:21 No.33694235

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Pic related is so great.

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Anonymous 2013-03-04 23:38:25 No.33694272
>>33694235
>>33692989
jesus christ you people take this shit seriously?
it started as a joke

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Resident 2013-03-04 23:43:13 No.33694417
it's just some kids making their own eccojams. all the virtual lounge capitalism commentary shit was thought up by dummymag, which happened to accidentally lead to a tiny microcosm of no-budget plunderphonics getting heralded as topical and significant for some retarded reason

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Anonymous 2013-03-04 23:44:02 No.33694443
I get the vibe of lazy sampling techniques and bland music.

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Anonymous 2013-03-04 23:45:32 No.33694486
I like it, it's cheesy and nostalgic like you said. Obviously it's not going to take the world by storm, but for what it is worth it's a pretty swell little micro-genre.

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Anonymous 2013-03-04 23:46:04 No.33694501
>>33692989
got a link for this OP?

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Anonymous 2013-03-04 23:46:24 No.33694510
I find vaporwave enjoyable because it reminds me of things that I never experienced. It makes me nostalgic for a time that never existed, and for some reason, AOL and the old crap MIDI's on earlier versions of Windows etc. I like it mainly because of, like you said, how wistful it is, and also how nostalgic it sounds. I don't know, I also just like the sound of it. I've always liked the waiting music on telephones and in elevators. I always get the image of whoever composes those little crap ditties that they play getting frustrated and putting out a deliberately crap set of songs over tons of distortion, static and other shit. It's got some great visuals as well, I absolutely love crappy "3D" from yesteryear. Even better: It reminds me of worldsplayer, so that's always a plus.

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Anonymous 2013-03-04 23:47:12 No.33694530
Will Burnett, the north-east Texan and internet citizen behind INTERNET CLUB,says “a lot of music in the genre reminds me of fogged-out environments – places where everything is obfuscated and uncertain”, and adds that it’s “based on uncertainty and sometimes even dread”

Yup, I can feel that.

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Anonymous 2013-03-04 23:48:22 No.33694570
>>33694510
Reminds me of the show Reboot that was on in the late 90's. Vapourwave is like the soundtrack to their world.

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Anonymous 2013-03-04 23:49:54 No.33694622
>>33694570
haha, that show was awesome.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=al6ssH4vkdY
>dat riffage

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Anonymous 2013-03-04 23:50:55 No.33694643
>>33694501
http://www.mediafire.com/vaporwave

Under Internet Club.

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Anonymous 2013-03-04 23:51:35 No.33694660
>>33694570
I just looked that up, jesus christ, it's so shite. I love it. I wonder how much it would take to buy the rights to the show, find someone, and commission a bunch of music videos based off of it with vaporwave music.

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Anonymous 2013-03-04 23:52:22 No.33694680
I pretty much agree with the OP. I think you can interpret vaporwave both as a rejection of capitalism and as a celebration of the infinite possibilities of consumerism. It's definitely an interesting micro genre

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Anonymous 2013-03-04 23:52:35 No.33694685
>>33694530
what the hell does internet citizen mean?

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Anonymous 2013-03-04 23:52:49 No.33694698
Chuck Person's Eccojams are still the pinnacle of this scene

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Anonymous 2013-03-04 23:53:02 No.33694702
>>33694660
Believe it or not, that show was extremely popular in Canada for a while. Almost every person between the ages of 18-25 has probably watched it at some time.

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Anonymous 2013-03-04 23:53:17 No.33694712
>>33694680
It's uninspired trite garbage

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Anonymous 2013-03-04 23:53:42 No.33694728
>>33694685
Internet as an autonomous state outside of tradition institutions of power, etc, etc, etc.

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Anonymous 2013-03-04 23:54:25 No.33694746
>>33694712
So is your critique :)

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Anonymous 2013-03-04 23:56:06 No.33694795
>>33694702
I didn't live in Canada, but still, from what I can gather it's pretty obscure nowadays, it should be easy to aquire. Dreams are wonderful things. It's so unfeasible, but I would LOVE to see this spliced in with some vaporwave, it would be awesome.

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Anonymous 2013-03-04 23:57:31 No.33694827

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based miami vice

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Anonymous 2013-03-04 23:58:46 No.33694859
>>33694746
Told status:
[ ] Not Told
[ ] Told
[ ] Fucking Told
[ ] Macintold Plus
[ X ] Toldleaf Table

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Anonymous 2013-03-05 00:00:29 No.33694912

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I think this is the superior album. Nothing really comes close to it.

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Anonymous 2013-03-05 00:01:00 No.33694926
>>33694912
great but not really vaporwave

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Resident 2013-03-05 00:01:43 No.33694949
>>33694702

it was on Cartoon Network in murka for a while, round y2k

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Anonymous 2013-03-05 00:04:46 No.33695040
>>33694272
citation needed

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Anonymous 2013-03-05 00:06:24 No.33695073

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>>33694949
oh shit, I had no idea of the far reaching grasp of the Mainframe.
>>33694912
Banshee is dope, but I think this is the best vwave album.

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Anonymous 2013-03-05 00:11:16 No.33695199
>>33695073
>>33694912
>>33694235
>>33692989

people can hate on vaporwave all they want, but the album art is always ace

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Anonymous 2013-03-05 00:11:25 No.33695203
>>33694912
>>33695073
whats with all the busts tho

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Anonymous 2013-03-05 00:11:40 No.33695214
>>33695073
That's pretty good, I like the older 80's vibe it has especially. My parents have a bunch of records that were sampled on this album, so when I first heard it I was pretty excited.

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Anonymous 2013-03-05 00:12:32 No.33695237
>>33695203
I think it symbolizes the duality of man, and that we are really only masks concealing our heavenly bodies.

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Resident 2013-03-05 00:12:46 No.33695241
>>33695040

he may be referring to Floral Shoppe being a more or less tongue-in-cheek release

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Anonymous 2013-03-05 00:14:17 No.33695288
>>33695237
wow.

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Anonymous 2013-03-05 00:14:22 No.33695292
>>33695241
>>33695040

when vektroid came on /mu/ she claimed she started making these albums at least partially as a joke aimed at microgenres

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Anonymous 2013-03-05 00:15:56 No.33695336

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All this music has honestly always reminded me of weather channel jams which is why I thought this was a brilliant release.
http://ecovirtual.bandcamp.com/

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Anonymous 2013-03-05 00:17:31 No.33695391

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>>33695336
Ohhh I LOVE that album.
Also this one is probably my fav vaporwave album.

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Anonymous 2013-03-05 00:17:52 No.33695399
I feel like 90% of vaporwave is crap. I really like the idea of vaporwave but very few nail it. My personal favs are Eco Virtual's release and "Unlimited Dream Company." Underwater Mirage was very polarizing, some songs I loved and others where complete garbage.

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Anonymous 2013-03-05 00:18:13 No.33695412

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>>33695237
>symbolism

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Anonymous 2013-03-05 00:19:15 No.33695449
>>33695199
Vaporwave's only claim to fame.

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Anonymous 2013-03-05 00:20:09 No.33695472
>>33695449
>>33695449

If that's all you're able to take out of it, sure.

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Anonymous 2013-03-05 00:20:32 No.33695483
It seems to me to be scared and almost reverant of the materialist, electonic-bound persona that those who drone in mainstream society live. Its scary

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Anonymous 2013-03-05 00:21:19 No.33695505

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http://soundcpu.bandcamp.com/album/holograms
this is a pretty cool release from late 2010

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Anonymous 2013-03-05 00:23:19 No.33695554
>>33695336
The album art is awesome, weird 80s art looking at clouds through open blinds. Could not have been more appropriate.

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Anonymous 2013-03-05 00:24:20 No.33695587

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am I the only one who just listens to this stuff without thinking about it's message or whatever

really digging pic related right now

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Anonymous 2013-03-05 00:26:55 No.33695654
>>33695587
got a link?

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Anonymous 2013-03-05 00:26:58 No.33695655
A genre where the album art is always cooler than the music

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Anonymous 2013-03-05 00:27:02 No.33695657
>>33695391
whats the name of this?

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Anonymous 2013-03-05 00:27:38 No.33695669
>>33694912
One of my top albums of 2012, but definitely not vaporwave.

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Anonymous 2013-03-05 00:28:40 No.33695688
>>33695657
Have a link.
http://beerontherug.bandcamp.com/album/-

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Anonymous 2013-03-05 00:28:44 No.33695692
>>33695654
no but I don't remember it being that hard to find

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Anonymous 2013-03-05 00:29:38 No.33695725
omfg youre STILL talking about it

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Anonymous 2013-03-05 00:37:03 No.33695923
>>33695669
Whatever wave it is it's awesome.

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Anonymous 2013-03-05 00:37:07 No.33695927
>>33695725
thanks for posting :)

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Anonymous 2013-03-05 00:40:54 No.33696019
>ugh vaporwave is a joke guise
>ugh only the cover art is good guise
>ugh why are you still talking about this guise
lel
why do people keep complaining about it

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=|=|= 2013-03-05 00:42:02 No.33696052
probably the most ridiculously horrible and pretentious genre of music to spring up in the last 5 years. worse than seapunk.

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Anonymous 2013-03-05 00:42:31 No.33696060

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Anybody else really like Laserdisc Visions? It's a lot more Japanese inspired than the other vaporwave I've listened to which is always a plus.

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Anonymous 2013-03-05 00:43:13 No.33696078
>>33696052
>#SEAPUNK
>bad

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Anonymous 2013-03-05 00:43:31 No.33696085
>>33695927
you too bitch boy

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Anonymous 2013-03-05 00:44:02 No.33696106
>>33696052
lol @ disliking seapunk

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Anonymous 2013-03-05 00:44:38 No.33696126
>>33695073
I'm in the minority here, but I think Floral Shoppe took "screw" and turned it up to "skipping disc". Not terribly inventive, although some of the tracks are to die for.

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Anonymous 2013-03-05 00:45:50 No.33696164
>>33696060
Yeah they're p good, what do you think about Internet Club and mediafired?

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Anonymous 2013-03-05 00:47:26 No.33696211
>>33696126
Lot of people think that.

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Anonymous 2013-03-05 00:48:36 No.33696247
all these homies working on seapunk and vaporwave music are actually going down in internet history imo

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Anonymous 2013-03-05 00:49:27 No.33696265
>>33696247
?
Everybody on wikipedia is already 'internet history'

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Anonymous 2013-03-05 00:49:35 No.33696270
>>33696247
you better believe it

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Anonymous 2013-03-05 00:51:22 No.33696317
>>33696247
I have nipples, can you milk me?

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Anonymous 2013-03-05 00:52:38 No.33696350
>>33695725
female detected

>>>facebook

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Anonymous 2013-03-05 00:59:28 No.33696524
>>33694235
That album art made me nostalgia so hard.

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Anonymous 2013-03-05 01:16:21 No.33696942
>>33696052
>sea punk
>pretentious
How? That genre was stupid but it didn't take itself seriously, nor was it ever perceived as anything other than gimmicky, fun music.

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Anonymous 2013-03-05 01:26:28 No.33697199

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I dug the "Uncanny Valley" aesthetic that I first heard in Macintosh Plus so that's always what stuck with me. I hate the Dummymag article because I thought it was missing the point. Vaporwave was pretty much music that was both familiar and "off" to the listener. Capitalism played a role in that, sure, but only circumstantially.







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