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Improvising Vaporwave Live
« on: August 10, 2018, 09:27:41 AM »
TLDR; The track below was improvised and recorded live using nothing but one sample in a single take, no post. Anybody else doing something similar?

So this is something I've been working on for a couple weeks now and I'm trying to float the idea to as many people as possible, but what do you guys think about an offshoot of VW where a special emphasis is placed on creating tracks from scratch and recording it as if you were playing an instrument? What I mean by that is taking a sample and have it loop back while only manipulating whatever effect parameters you have available (speed, pitch, reverb, delay, start / end of clip etc.) all in real time through a live speaker. Effectively it sounds almost like an organic and free flowing cousin of eccojams, and considering the technique being used to make it is something that can be done on the spot with any random sample it almosts feels more like you're "playing" vaporwave rather than producing it. I'll post a track below done using that technique, hopefully it can inspire some producers to try the same approach because I'm really curious to see some of the sounds other people can come up with!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kt0ntLqoT0g&t=157s


Ambient vapor meets ecco-jams;
https://sleepyvapor.bandcamp.com/


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Re: Improvising Vaporwave Live
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2018, 10:14:01 AM »
Doing all of that in one take gotta take some real skill to do, wow I wonder what that would look like on live shows. But im not a producer so I dont really know how it would work. However,  Ive never seen anyone do that type of work on vaporwave. I think you found a new genre. Organic Eccojams? Good job on the video! it sounds like something I would hear in another dimension and im also thinking about what i'll see in an acid trip. The ending might make me see the devil idk ;D 

Re: Improvising Vaporwave Live
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2018, 10:58:10 AM »
Hey thanks for the reply, glad you liked it! I've got a couple videos on there showing tracks actually being made as well, and while the production value is pretty weak I can say with a fair amount of confidence that it's something that would absolutely translate well into a live setting no problem. Get the right lighting conditions and a projector with some trippy visuals and you're in business.  The other really neat thing about doing it this way as opposed to using more conventional techniques is that fact that in the context of streaming a show you can actually take input from the audience, whether that's in the form of song requests or maybe a poll you can run literally any sample though it and turn it into a song right then and there!

Also I definitely feel you on the acid, I was going for eccojams with a mix of psychedelia and ambient influences so definitely a good soundtrack for hallucinogenics.  :P



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Re: Improvising Vaporwave Live
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2018, 11:17:23 AM »
Hey thanks for the reply, glad you liked it! I've got a couple videos on there showing tracks actually being made as well, and while the production value is pretty weak I can say with a fair amount of confidence that it's something that would absolutely translate well into a live setting no problem. Get the right lighting conditions and a projector with some trippy visuals and you're in business.  The other really neat thing about doing it this way as opposed to using more conventional techniques is that fact that in the context of streaming a show you can actually take input from the audience, whether that's in the form of song requests or maybe a poll you can run literally any sample though it and turn it into a song right then and there!

Also I definitely feel you on the acid, I was going for eccojams with a mix of psychedelia and ambient influences so definitely a good soundtrack for hallucinogenics.  :P
yeah i saw the one in the description of the video of you playing the same song with all of that equipment. Let me know If you ever stream it I'll put it up on the main page!

Re: Improvising Vaporwave Live
« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2018, 11:18:39 AM »
Will do, I'm gonna try and set up something like that in the next couple weeks I think!  :D


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Re: Improvising Vaporwave Live
« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2018, 11:26:32 AM »
Will do, I'm gonna try and set up something like that in the next couple weeks I think!  :D
Cool! Im excited to see what you come up with  :D



Re: Improvising Vaporwave Live
« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2018, 04:03:59 PM »
I like it, almost a hip-hop approach but definitely a lot more hands on than most of the stuff out there!

It'd be cool to get a couple of the artists on here to try their own versions of improvising VW, do a compilation album or maybe a few live streams and use it to promote both thinking outside the norm when it comes to production techniques and by extension challenging listeners to find the value in the music beyond the whole aesthetic thing. There's a lot to be said for the atmosphere it produces, and truth be told I think that transcends the culture.

Could use it as a promotional tool for this forum as well, maybe generate some more traffic!  :)

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Re: Improvising Vaporwave Live
« Reply #8 on: August 13, 2018, 06:54:46 PM »
I like it, almost a hip-hop approach but definitely a lot more hands on than most of the stuff out there!

It'd be cool to get a couple of the artists on here to try their own versions of improvising VW, do a compilation album or maybe a few live streams and use it to promote both thinking outside the norm when it comes to production techniques and by extension challenging listeners to find the value in the music beyond the whole aesthetic thing. There's a lot to be said for the atmosphere it produces, and truth be told I think that transcends the culture.

Could use it as a promotional tool for this forum as well, maybe generate some more traffic!  :)
Hey glad you liked it! Yeah we'll just have to wait and see if other Vaporwave Artists would want to do that.its a cool idea! As a promotional tool, That would be awesome! VALYU made 2 tracks for me and the members here check out his other albums too they are great.


https://valyu.bandcamp.com/album/agora-road-projects

Re: Improvising Vaporwave Live
« Reply #9 on: August 14, 2018, 06:33:30 AM »
With the more ambient side of vaporwave (Telepath, HKE...) it’s pretty easy to do a one take track with one sample. Gotta get your sounds and effects chain right first though. I’d recommend granular synths for that.

 

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