Often this kind of music is referred to as “experimental electronic music”, but I am not sure that title can truly describe what she is doing. Her work is more than just a break beat or drum machine, it’s more than a synthesizer and droning loops. It’s a journey through sound and image, a modern day remix of the unconscious mind.
If you have never heard Vektroid before, her work can be best described as a journey through color, sound and emotion. Each song takes you on a different path, sometimes it might be an ambient journey into soundscapes and beats, or a trip through nostalgia with 80s/90s style video game samples and synthesizers.
She once told me that her music was inspired by the Japanese video game Seiken Densetsu 2 (known in America as Secret of Mana). This was one of my favorite games growing up, so hearing this sort of gave me chills the first time I heard her say it. She also loves traveling to Japan, which explains some of the inspiration for many songs like “Sailing To Pangea” which is based around dreams of whale watching in Nagasaki Bay with dolphins swimming around on their backs while
The first seven minutes of Vektroid’s “Sailing To Pangea” music video is a surreal, technicolor journey through the artist’s mind. In it, we see her on a phone call with an unknown person. She tells them how she has been trapped in her room for two years and how she wants to leave but doesn’t know how.
We see her world outside of the room: a gargantuan Japanese cityscape filled with neon and skyscrapers. The city is named “Pangea” after the supercontinent, which is where all of the world’s land mass was once located. This city is a utopian dreamland where there are no restrictions on human creativity and consciousness.
As the song progresses and Vektroid begins to dream, we see her start to begin to move about this world. Her voice carries us through the streets as she talks about how everything around her (the sky, buildings, etc.) is made up of “silicone and circuits.” Then she takes us down into the subway where she meets another person who tells her that they’re “sailing to Pangea.”
Vektroid’s music video for “Sailing To Pangea” is beautiful and strange; it
The idea was to create a visual piece in which I could disassociate myself from everything that has come before with my work. A new beginning, if you will. I wanted to create something that didn’t necessarily focus on my own artistic expression, but rather reflected the atmosphere and general feeling of the music itself. To try and capture the emotion of the music in a way that people would recognize and be able to relate to. I think a lot of people have had that experience where they’ve heard a song that really hit home for them, making them feel something very deeply. This is what I was trying to express visually. It’s meant to be reminiscent of waking up from a dream where you can’t remember much of anything except for these vague images or feelings in your mind. It’s meant to be an abstract interpretation of nostalgic memories and dreams.
Sailing To Pangea (original version) was made by Vektroid as Macintosh Plus in 2011. I didn’t know this track existed until someone sent it to me on Soundcloud earlier this year, but when I heard it I instantly fell in love with it! The combination of analog synths and warm chords along with the dreamy beat just felt so right! It’s
Vektroid is an American electronic musician from Portland, Oregon who produces vaporwave and hypnagogic pop. She has made many albums under different names, most notably Macintosh Plus which is her most popular project. For the past few days, I’ve been listening to Vektroid’s music on repeat it’s definitely some of my favorite stuff right now.
Her music is very informative in the sense that she gives you a lot of information about her sources of inspiration and how she created this album with these sources of inspiration. The tone of her music is very professional and she doesn’t shy away from expressing herself in a bold manner. I think that this particular album “Sailing to Pangea” is one of the best albums out there right now by any artist and I would recommend everyone give it a listen!
The genre of chillwave or “glo-fi” music has had a tumultuous history, with the term being almost entirely self-applied by a group of young producers and fans alike. These producers took inspiration from the video games of their childhoods and early electronic music produced in the 1980s, using sounds that were low fidelity to create a nostalgic vibe. The name itself comes from a combination of “chill” as in laidback and relaxing, and “wave” as in a waveform or sound wave.
The genre was popularized by artists such as Memory Tapes, Washed Out, Neon Indian, and most notably Vektroid (producer of the critically acclaimed album Floral Shoppe). As they gained popularity, they began to get less attention from fans of electronic music, who deemed them too simple and derivative of other styles like synthpop and house.
In 2015 Vektroid released an experimental album called Sailing to Pangea under her internet handle PrismCorp Virtual Enterprises. The album was praised for its innovative sound design, use of unconventional time signatures, vocal samples that were chopped and screwed into oblivion over ambient pads, and lack of any semblance to pop music or dance club beats.
Vektroid released her “Color Ocean Road” album a few weeks ago and this video was made by the producer. The video is actually a live set of the music and you can see what she did to make each track. It a great watch.
The song and video are both very well done. The music is a very interesting take on the french house genre with a heavy dose of vaporwave’s melancholic melodies. It’s also very relaxing to listen to in my opinion. The video itself is also great with its mix of japanese animation and live action sequences. It all fits together to create this dreamlike, surrealist atmosphere that matches the song perfectly.