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I will have 2 video pieces and one music piece as these roll out!

 

The Krewe of Vaporwave Rolls...On Your Screen

Sometimes it’s just too cold out for a Mardi Gras parade, right? The big crowds get to be too much, don’t they? If you love the music and visuals of parades but hate the idea of interacting at all with your fellow human beings, then perhaps roll with the Krewe of Vaporwave – New Orleans’s first virtual parade krewe.

If that sounds sad, it’s supposed to.

“This is something to be experienced alone on your computer in the dark,” saysKrewe of Vaporwave coordinator Merely Synecdoche. No, that’s not his real name. Like traditional hooded float riders, virtual krewe members choose to remain pseudonymous, and one requisite of joining KoV is taking on a brand new pseudonym. But otherwise, says Synecdoche, “We’re the antithesis of other krewes which exist to get people out in the streets together.”

Synecdoche instead got Vaporwave musicians and visual artists together online, to create virtual floats, each featuring a song and video collaboration by two unfamiliar artists. “Each float is a free-standing Vaporwave music video that will scroll from left to right on your screen as the parade moves. We wanted to keep the artists local but we got Vaporwave artists from Argentina, Los Angeles, Austin. We have 15 at this point. Most of the artists had never met each other before coming together to create this parade-like experience.”

The krewe’s soundtrack music, “Vaporwave,” is an internet-dependent genre based in societal critique. An almost humorous soft-rock attack on consumer culture, Vaporwave posits that consumerism is shallow, alienating and makes people sad. The genre takes its name partly from ‘Vaporware,’ a word used when a software or hardware project is announced but then fails to be released to the public.

Anonymous Vaporwave artists might sample music from a commercial, old muzak, or a recognizable 80s soft-pop tune, loop that bit, slow it down drastically (a la the “chopped and skrewed” sound from Houston), and slop on tons of reverb. The results range from surprisingly funky little jams, to unsettling trippy tracks (screenshot above).

Created and disseminated mainly through Reddit and Tumblr, Vaporwave music is sometimes considered to be the first ever genre born already completely globalized. But Vaporwave’s roots in cultural critique give it something in common with Mardi Gras. “The virtual parade is much like a normal parade, except that it is virtual,” deadpans Synecdoche, who explains that on Tuesday, February 2nd at 7pm, viewers can go to kreweofvaporwave.com to watch the parade’s 45 minute livestream on Twitch.

During the parade, selcxt krewe members will be hunkered down sending live feeds. “Five or six of us will be sending out throws via the program’s chat feature,” promises Synecdoche, who has been stockpiling Mardi Gras GIFs for the purpose.

But by no means will it be a party. “The overall parade scene reflects the Vaporwave genre. Vaporwave music has only been around five or six years but on the internet it’s already been declared dead many times over,” says Synecdoche.

“So our krewe’s theme is ‘Vaporwave is Dead: Long Live Vaporwave,’” he adds. “We have a death and re-creation theme, with a float dedicated to actor Alan Rickman – someone remixed “Everything I Do I Do it for You,” from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, where Rickman played the Sherriff of Nottingham. And there’s a great float to Alan Toussaint with a mashup of a few his songs – whereas the Rickman video’s tongue-in-cheek, the Toussaint one is very sweet.”

Song titles for music on board some of the video floats include, “Thank You for Your Patience, The Parade Will Start Shortly,” “You Invented the 80s: Vaporwave Made Them Art,” “Vaporwave is an Only Child,” and “In Space No One Can Hear You Vape.”

Synecdoche says the Krewe of Vaporwave will publish its video floats in the days and weeks after the parades. For those watching live, the krewe offers no group watching parties. Says Synecdoche, “This year we’re staying true to the genre: Vaporwave equals the loneliness and pointlessness of the internet. So I’d suggest watching it alone with a bottle of wine.”

The Krewe of Vaporwave rolls, as it were, at 7pm on February 2. Go to the krewe’swebsite to watch the parade’s livestream on Twitch.

An awesome post from the synth list!
808 state on a TV program in the early 90’s!
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ARP 2600,
ARP Odyssey,
ARP Sequencer,
Maplin 5600,
Memorymoog,
Minimoog,
Moog Opus-3,
Moog Prodigy,
Oberheim 4 Voice,
Roland JD-800,
Atari 1040ST running Cubase as sequencer.
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This is amazing…

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“I took the head off a snare drum and started whacking it with a wooden ruler, recording it through a Shure 57 microphone,” he says. “As I did that, I started twisting the hell out of the [API 550] EQ around 1 kHz on it, to the point where it was starting to sound more like a crash. I blended that with a snare I found in the Linn itself, which was a 12-bit machine, so it sounded pretty edgy to start with.” But the coup de grace for the sound was when Z pumped the processed and blended sample through an Auratone speaker set upside down atop another snare drum, which rattled the metal snares and gave the result some ambience and even more high end. The whole thing was limited slightly and then sent to a track on a roll of Ampex 456 running on a Studer A800 at 15 ips. Only a slight amount of reverb was added to the track later on. The sonic result was closer to a hollow wood block sound than any snare found on a conventional rock record, and in becoming, along with Gift’s vocals, the signature of the song, it would go on to have many lives of its own subsequent to the single’s run up the charts.”

 

DIG DEEEP

Back in 1994, there were plans of releasing a full LP of music from Richard D. James, aka The Aphex Twin, under his “Caustic Window” moniker on his own label, Rephlex Records.

This album unfortunately never saw the light of day until around 1999, when Mike Paradinas (aka µ-Ziq) granted a rare interview with the Aphex Twin fansite,joyrex.com (no longer active). In the interview, Mike described the tracks in detail, and went on to explain that only 4 people at the time were known to have a vinyl test pressing of the album – Richard James, Chris Jeffs (aka Cylob), Grant Wilson-Claridge (co-founder of Rephlex Records) and Mike himself. Each person was sworn to never make copies of the music, and for 20 years, not a single track had ever been commercially released (with the exception of two tracks that appeared on compilations).

Until now.

Fast forward to 2014, when a mysterious seller listed the album on the music website Discogs for sale at a high asking price. We Are The Music Makers, aka WATMM.com, which succeeded joyrex.com as the web’s premiere source for electronic music, discussed the possibility of this “holy grail” of electronic music releases finally seeing the light of day, albeit from unfortunately leaking online once a buyer had obtained it.

Jokingly, the suggestion that the WATMM community band together and “crowdfund” purchasing the album was made, and I began to ponder the possibility – could we band together and purchase the legendary non-release?

Of course, the main issue with doing such a thing is distribution – individuals (even lots of individuals) don’t have the right to copy and distribute music they don’t have the rights to – then, an idea came to me – why not raise the funds for the record, buy it, then strike a deal with the record label to purchase the rights for everyone who chipped in a digital copy of the tracks?

A few emails later, and such a deal had been struck – the label and Richard James himself agreed to offer one-time distribution rights so the people contributing to this Kickstarter would have a once-in-a-lifetime to own tracks from arguably one of the rarest electronic music (non) releases of all time (and some damn fine music too).

So, with official blessings from Richard James and Rephlex Records, if you contribute 16.00 USD (little under 10.00 GBP or around 11.20 EUR) and become one of the only people legally allowed to own a digital copy of the famed Caustic Window LP ripped straight from the vinyl in a lossless audio format that we will as a community vote and decide on. It’s a superb way to support the artist by legally purchasing something you will never get to purchase otherwise – Rephlex has no plans and will not press this record commercially.

Be a part of this unique opportunity and show your hardcore fan support for Richard’s music and own some awesome electronic music!

The Kickstarter was a resounding success, and now is your chance to own one of the most rare and expensive records in history!

More info: http://www.discogs.com/Caustic-Window-Caustic-Window-LP/release/482493

A portion of this auction will be going to charity, as chosen by the WATMM community: http://forum.watmm.com/topic/83473-time-to-choose-which-charity-will-get-half-the-proceeds-from-the-ebay-auction-of-cat023/

PLEASE NOTE: Grant @ Rephlex HQ has the record in his possession, and he will be shipping it out to the winner from the UK – we will contact you in regards to how it will be shipped, insurance, etc. once the auction ends. Please contact me if you have any questions.