Some artists sample things from various sources (from anime, to video game start-up menus, to old work-out LPs and infomercials), but many come up with original work & only use sampling sparingly. (For example, the SailorWave album you mentioned has a good amount of sampling, but Macross82-99's newer albums have a little less, from what I can tell.) "Vaporwave" seems to be a genre that has a ton of tiny sub-genres--I've seen lots of different styles being described as vaporwave...it's my understanding though that anything electronic that carries a "nostalgic" sensibility and style can fall into the category.danth wrote:Yay Usamimi! I'm so glad someone else likes this stuff!
Feel free to tell me what you know about Vaporwave. It's kinda mysterious to me. Its seems like the music is mainly sampling old 80s music, and possibly slowing it down a lot? The visual art form I think I get, but the music I'm still figuring out. I can't tell if I'm listening to original music or just remixed samples or what. The only Vaporwave artists that I know of so far are Vektroid, Saint Pepsi, Trevor Something, and now Macross82-89.
And now I'm off to check out Digital Trip!
I actually discovered it via a Japanese digital-indie music blog I found a little over a year ago called HihiWhopee: http://hihiwhoopee.tumblr.com/ Even if you don't know much Japanese, it's a cool blog that features a lot of different types of artists. That's how I first heard of Macross82-99, KEATS//COLLECTIVE, fortune 500, ect. I also definitely recommend browsing through artists' Soundcloud accounts, because many of them will post collaborations they've done with other artists, so you can look up other artists with similar sounds that way. It's a weird, fun rabbit hole to go down!
The Digital Trip albums are so great--I want to track down some of the LPs, but some of them are pretty old and more expensive. Someday!
Char--I totally agree about some of the cover art! I love some of the stuff artists come up with for their albums. It's really cool & I kinda wish people sold prints of them!