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Vaporwave is a music genre and art style that emerged in the early 2010s. It is often characterized by a nostalgic fascination with retro cultural aesthetics, commercial artifacts, and technology, as well as a critical or parodic preoccupation with consumer capitalism, popular culture, '80s yuppie culture, and new-age tropes.[2][3]

Vaporwave grew out of styles such as seapunk, witch house, and chillwave, as well as related internet communities. Musically, it is often characterized by its heavy use of samples from late '70s, '80s, '90s and early 2000s popular music as well as lounge, smooth jazz or Muzak.[4] Samples are often pitched, layered or altered in classic chopped and screwed style.[4][5]


  • Style and origins 1
  • Interpretations 2
  • Notable artists 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Style and origins

The genre emerged in 2011 from online communities, such as[4][6] In subsequent years, it gained popularity through websites such as Bandcamp, Soundcloud, and 4chan.[1][4] Daniel Lopatin's 2010 release, Chuck Person's Eccojams Vol. 1 and James Ferraro's Far Side Virtual are regarded as a "catalyst" for the development of the genre.[7][8]

Imagery associated with early vaporwave included glitch art, Classical sculpture, '90s web design, outmoded computer renderings, stills from movies made to look like they were recorded onto vhs and classic cyberpunk aesthetics.[9]


Music writer Adam Harper of Dummy Mag describes the genre as "ironic and satirical or truly accelerationist;" he also notes that the name "vaporwave" itself is a nod to both vaporware, products that are announced but never actually manufactured or cancelled, and to the idea of libidinal energy being subjected to relentless sublimation under capitalism.[10]

情報デスクVIRTUAL, alias of Vektroid, describes her album 札幌コンテンポラリー as “a brief glimpse into the new possibilities of international communication” and “a parody of American hypercontextualization of e-Asia circa 1995."[11] Another artist, inspired by the Situationists, describes her work as a degrading of commercial music in an attempt to reveal the "false promises" of capitalism.[10]

Notable artists

See also


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External links

  • What is Vaporwave?, a guide on the /r/Vaporwave subreddit
  • The Vaporwave Library Project
  • The Vaporwave Network Forums and Wiki
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