Vaporwave is a microgenre of electronic music, a visual art style, and
an Internet meme that emerged in the early 2010s. It is defined partly
by its slowed-down, chopped and screwed samples of smooth jazz, elevator,
R&B, and lounge music from the 1980s and 1990s. The surrounding subculture
is sometimes associated with an ambiguous or satirical take on consumer
capitalism and pop culture, and tends to be characterized by a nostalgic
or surrealist engagement with the popular entertainment, technology and
advertising of previous decades. Visually, it incorporates early Internet
imagery, late 1990s web design, glitch art, anime, 3D-rendered objects,
and cyberpunk tropes in its cover artwork and music videos.
“Vaporwave cost me my job, and I don't regret a thing.”- Vaporwaver
The Origin of Vaporwave
An Evergrowing History...
Vaporwave originated on the Internet in the early 2010s as an ironic
variant of chillwave and as a derivation of the work of hypnagogic
pop artists such as Ariel Pink and James Ferraro, who were also characterized
by the invocation of retro popular culture.