Vaporwave snapshot 2016: TVVIN_PINEZ_M4LL and the B O G U S COLLECTIVE

    Unless you've been living under a rock (and without wifi) for the last few years, there's really not a whole lot left to know about vaporwave in 2016.  It is hard to deny that vaporwave has gone through a large part of its manifest density with the existence of successful labels such as Dream Catalogue and album releases declaring and celebrating the death of vaporwave itself (sand timer).

    The essence of vaporwave is volatile and perhaps the same reason it has been declared dead is due to the fact that it cannot be captured by any one major container based on any specific timeframe.  When you think you've got it, you realize it is not what you thought it was (vapor)--this is the reason why I think some have erroneously declared it dead.

    There is something about the idea of a "well-established" vaporwave label that actually screams "not vaporwave at all".  For this reason I decided to shift my focus to a more realistic view of vaporwave: everyday artists, working 9-5's, lurking in the shadows, dreaming their own dreams, creating without expectations. This is exactly the vibe I got from the BOGUS COLLECTIVE.

    The BOGUS COLLECTIVE is a group of musicians and artists that release their music through bandcamp.  From time to time they also release their own individually-recorded cassette tape albums. I couldn't help order a split album cassette release "Double Entendre" by TVVIN_PINEZ_M4LL and Air Jordans.  Receiving the hand-made cassettes made me realize that a big part of the experience has been lost with digital over-the-air formats. There was something special about receiving the album and the whole ritual of playing off the tape--I honestly can't remember the last time purchasing music felt this good...

    I had the chance to talk to TVVIN_PINEZ_M4LL who is also one of the co-founders of the BOGUS COLLECTIVE and learned a few things (excuse the typos):

     

    TVVIN_PINEZ_M4LL recently released Shorai G Fanku 2 on tape, which ships with his previous 2015 release on side B. If you want to experience what vaporwave is in 2016, check out the growing BOGUS COLLECTIVE, which now includes international artists with plenty of material yet-to-be-released and don't forget to support independent artist!

    https://boguscollective.bandcamp.com/

     

Phonewave EP Project

1/11/2016

The Phonewave EP is an international music project consisting of 20 tracks (38min) made entirely from telephone-recorded voicemails collected via 1-818-649-WAVE.  The project was born on my instagram feed (@brainztain) and most of its contributors were part of the Instagram community connected through hashtags such as: #vaporwave #seapunk #webpunk #netpunk #cyber #cyberghetto #sadboys #glitchart #vhsglitch #bitwave #8bit #pixelart #phonewave etc.

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Official Drupal 8 version released TODAY

11/19/2015

Very happy to announce that the fully supported Drupal 8 was finally released today after over 4 years of development and hard work from the open source community.

Drupal 8 features major improvements, including a new theme engine and a nice selection of API's that allow it to play competitively well with the outside world.  I'm very excited about this update and will soon be porting Synthmode.com to Drupal 8 to take advantage of all the new features.

But what are you waiting for? Go give it a test drive!

Kilpatrick Audio PHENOL

The Kilpatrick Audio PHENOL is the 2nd semi-modular synthesizer I've owned (the first being the Korg MS-20), and it is also the closest thing to a modular.  Soon after getting my hands on it I started realizing what the modular fuzz was really all about.

The PHENOL packs a lot of modular features in a small package.  This includes a very simple but useful divider and powerful multi-mode envelopes--all things that are not very common outside the modular world.

Drupal 8 beta days nearly over

9/14/2015

Drupal is one of the most robust and widely-used open source CMS (Content Management System).  All kinds of websites, from small to huge, use Drupal as a platform--in fact Synthmode.com was developed using Drupal.

MicroBrute and PHENOL Analog Synthesizers

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7/29/2015

I recently made an unboxing video and demo of the Kilpatrick PHENOL semi-modular analog synthesizer.  The PHENOL turned out to be a very fun and inspiring synthesizer so I decided to make another video of it interacting with the Arturia MicroBrute via CV.

Vaporwave Aesthetics

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7/27/2015

You may or may not have heard of vaporwave, but chances are you have already been exposed to some of its stylistic ripples.  What I mean by this is that mainstream culture machines such as MTV have already started mining this underground internet-born artistic movement.

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The PHENOL packs a lot of modular features in a small package.  This includes a very simple but useful divider and powerful multi-mode envelopes--all things that are not very common outside the modular world.

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