El último día del año 2015 publiqué un breve artículo sobre el Vaporwave llamado “Un futuro perfecto“. Desde entonces parece que nada haya cambiado o, al menos, en el mundo del Vaporwave: un espacio sin tiempo ni duración. Hace poco Theo de Soundontime, me escribió para compartir este nuevo artículo sobre esta estética musical que, desde mi punto de vista, refleja una buena parte de lo que sucede en la escucha a la música en tiempos de bandcamp, youtubers y soundclouders. ¡Bienvenidos a la irónica nostalgia!
Of all the micro-genres to spawn out of 2000s chillwave, vaporwave aesthetic has had the most lasting impact. Drawing almost entirely from the music and culture of the 1980s and 1990s, it has a self-aware and nostalgic quality. Sampling sources as diverse as muzak, elevator music, lounge jazz, City Pop, 1980s synth-pop, R&B and even songs from corporate training videos, it has a synthetic and ambiguous vibe that has somehow endured on the internet since its introduction in 2011.
It is a wholly postmodern genre — considering that songs are situated within an ironic context and are built almost solely from samples — and its rise as an aesthetic is wholly dependent upon the internet, especially the cut-it-up, DIY collages of Tumblr. Vaporwave often slows down samples to near unintelligibility, and then uses that sound and correspondent imagery to create a cyberpunk critique of capitalism. They are often released on Youtube as mixtapes, evoking the feel and vibe of old cassette players and CDs. Part Japanese anime, part Windows 95, a quick look of the genre can be forbidding for most, as if it is some inside joke that is impossible to understand. But don’t worry. In this guide we will look at every aspect at vaporwave, what its intentions are, and how you can make your own. Read on now to find out more!
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