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Internet Micro-Genres and the Over-Classification of Music Online

When I was a young lad playing music in my teens and 20s, before the Internet took over, me and the rest of my fellow musicians made music that we considered to be un-classifiable. We didn’t want to be called things like alternative, punk, grunge, hardcore, indie rock, math rock or any of that stuff. It was considered pretty lame to classify your music something and if it fit neatly into one of those categories you were doing something pretty wrong.

This is basically the opposite of what 20 somethings do with their music these days. Everything is about internet exposure, and how you get that is by manipulating and exploiting trending micro-genres, keywords, and cliques on the internet. The problem with this is a homogenizing effect on music, not just pop music, but all music. The more people try to conform to Synthwave, Vaporwave, Chiptunes, Sadcore, Trap, or whatever else, the more they just sound like everything else in that net-scene.

I’m not saying that all of the artists making music in those styles are bad, but I am saying there’s a problem with fit too neatly into categories. This is the very definition of thinking WITHIN the box. The fact that my music doesn’t really fit neatly into any category has made it very hard to market online, but also is what makes it special (at least to me).

So what can be done about this? I’m not totally sure. I have tried in the past with the blog version of my Anthill Recordings Label to help promote good music that’s hard to classify. But then I’m stuck with the task of how to market that blog itself?!

I think this is really up to the artist and their integrity. If people want to create unique and original music, they will. People that are into music just to gain a little notoriety, will most likely be concerned with fitting neatly into whatever sub-genre that want to target, and those with creative integrity will not concern themselves with this and will most likely be heard by less people. Maybe this is the new underground. 

Maybe now that this site has a bit more traction and popularity than in the past, I can use this as a place to share some hard to classify music I think is good. I’m not sure how I’ll tag it though. This is a pretty big problem it seems. I’m not the only one thinking this either. Last night I was having a discussion about this with my friend Fornax Void, and he brought up many of the points I’m making in this post.

If you feel like you’re making great music that you can’t fit into a neat category, by all means send it to me in the comments section of this post. I’d love to hear it.

Vaporwave fashion

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Vaporwave Fashion

by EMILY P

Vaporwave is difficult to describe in full: it is both an aesthetic and a cultural movement that is having a major moment in fashion. Closely related to seapunk, this aesthetic takes cues from cyberpunk and dystopian capitalism and often features Japanese writing, grid motifs, classical sculptures, and 80s and 90s technology.  Recently, certain brands have come to understand its popularity amongst young Internet users and have started to manufacture clothes and bags that emulate the Vaporwave style.

Digging this Vaporwave style? Here is a curated list of some of the best translations of Vaporwave from the Internet to clothing.

MODA vaporwave

The Technology Tee // $35.99 // Very Cool Shirtz

MODA vaporwave 2

Grid 3D Head Dufflebag // $70.00 // Shop Jeen

MODA vaporwave 1

Blue Sky Backpack // $85.00 // Shop Jeen

MODA vaporwave 3

Vaporwave Thing // $22.40 // RedBubble

MODA vaporwave 4

ひきこもり Swag // $25.84 // RedBubble

MODA vaporwave 5

The Brain Aesthetic // $24.80// RedBubble

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via http://www.modachicago.com/vaporwave-fashion/

Akai MPD24 Fingerdrumming – Panaphonics, the VHS-c Chronicles – Geeky Gigs #14

#14 of Geeky Gigs and more Vaporphonics. Ableton Live Intro with MPD24 on a single drum rack. Cut up some samples, added fx, played quite a bit with the grain delay in Ableton for this one. Recorded with my old Panasonic VHS-c cam and then cropped to HD in Vegas.
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Vaporwave font tastes like bumblebees and is powered by ccCaffeine

Welcome Beauty Sounds may by my favorite obscure bandcamp label. These weirdos down under sure put together some awesome mind bending stuff.

I think this one is probably my favorite release of theirs yet! Name your price download.

Vaporwave is dead….. or is it? Yes it is, but this is still worth watching

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Is Vaporwave a real genre of music? A lot of people would say no. A lot of people would say it’s just crappy 90s music slowed down. A lot of it is actually, and and a lot of it does indeed suck horribly. Much of it is just horrible rehashes of the same things over and over again, obvious samples with nothing done to them but slowed down (I’m looking at you Mac Plus) This is one of the reasons I started tuning much of it out of my attention-o-sphere. However, when a video came up called “Vaporwave is dead” I couldn’t resist but to click it. Much to my surprise it was one of the ever so increasingly rare gems that the internet-sub-fake-sudo-genre can produce from time to time. I figured it was worth a share 🙂

Vaporwave may be dead, or was never alive, but this short video is still pretty cool.

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