Iris Discovers: Vapourwave

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Why stick to ‘prog’ music while there are so many other genres to discover? Of course, what is prog nowadays anyway, and sometimes I like to hear what other genres have to offer.

Today’s genre: Vapourwave!

Vapourwhat? Vapourwave! Or vaporwave, depending how you would like to write the word vapour. I was scrolling on the internet for some music I never heard of… And found a ‘genre’ I never heard of instead!

Well, what is vapourwave? Here’s a description I got from Wikipedia, which is quite accurate:

“Vaporwave is a musical micro-genre that emerged in the early 2010s among Internet communities. It is characterized by a nostalgic fascination with retro cultural aesthetics (typically of the 1980s, 1990s, and early-mid 2000s), video games, technology, post-modern Japanese culture, and advertising, and styles of commercial and popular music such as lounge, smooth jazz and elevator music. Musical sampling is prevalent within the genre, with samples often pitched, layered or altered in classic chopped and screwed style. Central to the style is often a critical or satirical preoccupation with consumer capitalism, popular culture, and new-age tropes. Artists often embrace Classical sculpture, ’90s web design, computer renderings, glitch art, VHS, Cassette Tape, East Asian Artwork, and cyberpunk.

Go check out some videos and let me know what you think:

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9 thoughts on “Iris Discovers: Vapourwave

  1. Interesting little genre you have discovered there Iris ! Sounds like that stuff you get in Doctor’s and dentist’s offices lol Has that early 80’s electronica sound that you got with a lot of the contemporary artists of the day. Very mellow and AM radio friendly stuff! Never heard of it either! Agreed, always good to see what’s on the other side of the fence eh? : )

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