I know we've got the dedicated Vaporwave and this woman is responsible for like 75% of the genre. But I think she should have a separate thread anyway.
On a whim I decided to check out some stuff on her Bandcamp and downloaded the album Neo Cali. As far as I can tell there is a lot of original music on it, it has this great sort of Miami Vice feel but with dance beats. Hard to describe but I think I'm addicted to it. I also grabbed the Laserdisc Visions album and it's almost everything I ever wanted out of this genre, so strangely impersonal and gorgeous.
Anyone able to recommend some more stuff? Her discography is insane, even though I'm pretty sure she's only like 25 years old (and she took a couple years off!) - how does she do it???
― frogbs, Wednesday, 10 August 2016 12:54 (one year ago) Permalink
one of the key artists of the decade for sure.
― Treeship, Wednesday, 10 August 2016 13:14 (one year ago) Permalink
She wrote Floral Shoppe when she was 19-20? Pretty cool prolific savant. However, her sound feels constrained to the genre; I wish she'd branch out more stylistically. For instance, RDJ, another prolific wunderkind, had conquered acid house, ambient music, jungle, noise and glitch and even industrial electronic music styles in a span of 5 years while inventing a few genres on the side.
― octobeard, Wednesday, 10 August 2016 15:46 (one year ago) Permalink
yeh floral shoppe is the bombdon't know a few of the aliases mentioned above, will check the output
― nxd, Wednesday, 10 August 2016 15:54 (one year ago) Permalink
polytravelers is a great minimal ambient album and pretty atypical compared to her other stuff. Degraded/timestretched piano samples and stuff, more along the lines of William Basinski or Leland Kirby etc
I really like her album as Sacred Tapestry too.. It's like a half-conscious vaporwave nightmare..
― brimstead, Thursday, 11 August 2016 00:03 (one year ago) Permalink
There's a couple new things on her bandcamp site... a comp of unreleased recordings and something else
― brimstead, Thursday, 11 August 2016 00:05 (one year ago) Permalink
For instance, RDJ, another prolific wunderkind, had conquered acid house, ambient music, jungle, noise and glitch and even industrial electronic music styles in a span of 5 years while inventing a few genres on the side.
Oh god this is why I don't have ILM in my SNA isn't it
Damn you, Zing Touch
― El Tomboto, Thursday, 11 August 2016 00:12 (one year ago) Permalink
― brimstead, Thursday, 11 August 2016 00:41 (one year ago) Permalink
i'd like to see her sound evolve on its own into something completely different but still totally her own. this would be better than "branching out" for its own sake. better to go deep than wide
― Treeship, Thursday, 11 August 2016 01:10 (one year ago) Permalink
why is her stuff so elusive and odd and yet so compulsively listenable? because it is
I mean, sure, there are parts of that 17 hour album that are just already cool music slowed down and reverbed out (pretty shameless to just chop n screw Oval, but hey), but still: she has a gift, there's no denying it
― the tune was space, Thursday, 11 August 2016 01:52 (one year ago) Permalink
Ty frogbs, totally on board w/ this thread, especially because I've so much to still discover of hers and related music. Will read 'n learn.
― Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 11 August 2016 11:13 (one year ago) Permalink
I must have been out to lunch a little too long, but just hearing this stuff for the first time today and really enjoying it.
― calstars, Sunday, 14 August 2016 01:37 (one year ago) Permalink
Thinking of pioneering "yacht vapor" which draws inspiration and content from loggins, mcdonald and the pocaros.
― calstars, Sunday, 14 August 2016 01:40 (one year ago) Permalink
Track 3 on floral shop is my jam
― calstars, Sunday, 14 August 2016 02:46 (one year ago) Permalink
However, her sound feels constrained to the genre; I wish she'd branch out more stylistically. For instance, RDJ, another prolific wunderkind, had conquered acid house, ambient music, jungle, noise and glitch and even industrial electronic music styles in a span of 5 years while inventing a few genres on the side.
Only if you listen to her more well-known stuff - I think her discography is really diverse once you jump into it. Don't forget she had amassed a fairly large catalogue of drum n' bass, ambient, IDM, and glitch-type stuff before she even turned 19. Some of her recent albums are quite frankly unclassifiable. Even amongst her vaporwave stuff, it's not all samey the way a lot of this stuff tends to be. New Dreams Ltd, 情報デスクVIRTUAL, PrismCorp Virtual Enterprises, Macintosh Plus, and Laserdisc Visions all have a fairly distinct concept about them.
Anyway just popped into this thread to say I really dig the way she's been remixing/re-releasing her back catalogue over the last few years. It's kind of a nightmare for those who try to sort out and collect this stuff but it's pretty neat to see "completed" versions of albums she did years ago; for example the "Isle of Avalon Edition" of the New Dreams Ltd. Initiation Tape, which mixes in some of the esc不在 stuff, or the recent Telnet Complete (highly recommended, btw) which takes the original EP, remixes/re-edits everything, and sandwiches it all between 12 new tracks. Or the cassette version of the Laserdisc Visions album, which I think cuts everything with snippets of the Fuji Grid TV album in the background. Or whatever the hell she did to that Sacred Tapestry album. I can't think of another artist who does stuff like this, especially not someone this prolific. It's like what might've happened if Zappa was around in the age of Bandcamp.
― frogbs, Monday, 24 April 2017 21:51 (six months ago) Permalink
appreciate your thoughts and recommendations as always frogbs
― calstars, Monday, 24 April 2017 22:55 (six months ago) Permalink
I find it hard to think and express something about her that I'm confident about, but I like her sense of harmony, as in that Tortoise one mentioned on the vaporwave thread and "Saudade" on Telnet
― calstars, Thursday, 27 April 2017 00:55 (six months ago) Permalink
She's really good at naming stuff. I don't mean for that to sound like a backhanded compliment, but it's true. Every one of her albums has a kick-ass tracklisting.
Here's a particular track I like. It's from Starcalc, which is sort of hit-or-miss, as though she's finding her feet a little. But this track rules. The way all the elements come together here is pretty incredible.
(by the way, a huge chunk of this album is essentially a remix of the "Information Desk" theme from Lego Island, including this track...how cool is that??)
― frogbs, Thursday, 27 April 2017 12:58 (six months ago) Permalink
That's a good one. I also dig "Yr Mind" from that album, which is more atmospheric
― calstars, Thursday, 27 April 2017 19:02 (six months ago) Permalink
>(pretty shameless to just chop n screw Oval, but hey)
shameless or perceptive? I think she knows what's going on
By the way, the rumor that a good number of the samples (on systemisch) were generated from Aphex Twins "Selected Ambient Works II" is correct. Piece number nine on systemisch is a complete Aphex Twin piece, which was scanned backwards through a CD Haenger. We put a ten second delay on the stereo tracks and then added an effect on top of that.
― Milton Parker, Thursday, 27 April 2017 19:20 (six months ago) Permalink
kind of wondering what tune that was referring to. I can't think of anything in her catalogue that sounds like chopped n screwed Oval, though admittedly I've only heard like...40% of her output. she did remix some SAWII tracks in the early days though.
for the record the 情報デスクVIRTUAL album is the shameless one. I love how most of the reviews remarked about how she had found this treasure trove of forgotten infomercial and hold music when it's like...no, this is literally just John Tesh and David Sanborn, almost totally unaltered.
― frogbs, Thursday, 27 April 2017 19:27 (six months ago) Permalink
Aurora 3D is pretty beautiful
― calstars, Friday, 12 May 2017 22:52 (six months ago) Permalink
Haven't seen this one discussed hereOriginal ambient compositions as far as I can tell
― calstars, Tuesday, 16 May 2017 00:06 (six months ago) Permalink
yea that was sort of the "lost" Vektroid album for a long time. I think it was supposed to be released on some other vapordude's label but it never happened, so it just floated around on mp3 for a while. I grabbed it from Bandcamp a few months ago, it's nice but not quite as striking as Polytravellers. the sound design on it is really something though, can't quite pinpoint another album that hits that "taped over 1000 times" aesthetic
― frogbs, Tuesday, 16 May 2017 13:55 (six months ago) Permalink
I couldn't get into Polytravellers , at least the windows safari and sphinx bits. And not familiar enough with starcalc yet (though it was one of the first of hers I bought) to be able to isolate the polymind tracks.
― calstars, Wednesday, 17 May 2017 00:59 (six months ago) Permalink
ah dream castle is awesome :)
― nxd, Wednesday, 17 May 2017 10:07 (six months ago) Permalink
There are big gaps in my hearing of her entire output, but Initiation / Avalon seems to be her most consistent enjoyable
― calstars, Monday, 29 May 2017 18:01 (five months ago) Permalink
haven't heard the Avalon edition but I believe that one adds in bits from the ESC 不在 albums if I'm not mistaken. btw fun fact about Black Horse, nearly half the tracks sample Chris DeBurgh, including one which samples "The Lady in Red" but cleverly cuts around the "nobody here" bit. considering this was before even Floral Shoppe it's amusing how meta this genre got right off the bat.
― frogbs, Thursday, 1 June 2017 20:59 (five months ago) Permalink
ok so I've played Color Ocean Road about ten times in the past week, holy hell is this pushing all the right buttons
― frogbs, Monday, 12 June 2017 20:05 (five months ago) Permalink
Never heard that one. Will look it up (and down)
― calstars, Monday, 12 June 2017 20:06 (five months ago) Permalink
I think Initiation Tape; Avalon is her best. "Cold Water" is a real stand out for me. Haven't heard the original yet.
― calstars, Friday, 29 September 2017 02:32 (one month ago) Permalink
She seems to very proud of / pushing the new one (seed and synthetic earth) pretty hard. Highlights for me are Hostage Earth and Endless Jump
― calstars, Saturday, 11 November 2017 06:54 (one week ago) Permalink
it's a banger alright
she's teasing like 4-5 different albums at once and then just out of nowhere releases something totally different, it's pretty awesome
― frogbs, Sunday, 12 November 2017 04:42 (one week ago) Permalink
yeh this album rules'we need to talk' is my personal fav but 'hostage earth' so good too
― nxd, Monday, 13 November 2017 09:56 (six days ago) Permalink
man 'moebius blue' is such a joyi really wanna listen to it on a bouncy castle
― nxd, Wednesday, 15 November 2017 14:49 (four days ago) Permalink
The 7-note quote on that one of “love is all I have to give” throws me off
― calstars, Wednesday, 15 November 2017 15:20 (four days ago) Permalink