AOTW | 30 April – 6 May: death’s dynamic shroud.wmv – DERELICTメガタワー
In the album article for DERELICTメガタワー, we at Sunbleach affectionately nickname it “The Behemoth” – and it wears that name well. DERELICTメガタワー is four-hours, eight-four tracks of vaporwave music that felt like being hit by a brick wall (as in, the brick wall was coming to you, not you at it) upon release in 2014. Not before in vaporwave had a project of this size been attempted by a single artist/collective (Ｆｒａｇｍｅｎｔｅｄ Ｍｅｍｏｒｉｅｓ was a various artists compilation from Dream Catalogue), and DERELICTメガタワー remains a figure of vaporwave culture and aesthetic for that reason alone.
However, to leave it there would be to ignore two demonstrably important aspects of this album that have since been utilized in other projects featuring death’s dynamic shroud.wmv and other like-minded artists. First, DERELICTメガタワー was constructed as a way to harness and look back on the childhood memories of the creator, so many of the tracks are sourced from video games and music that come from the artist’s childhood. Now sure, vaporwave has always had a memoria attached to it, but DERELICTメガタワー was one of the first albums in the vaporwave popular consciousness to really pull away from adult contemporary and R&B music and attach an autobiographical side to the music. Second, the pitch-/tempo-shifting on DERELICTメガタワー was achieved through analogue means – not the digital used by practically every other artist. According to HCMJ (one of the collective’s members), the tracks were transferred to analogue, edited, and then transferred back to digital for additional processing. This analogue editing process was rarely utilized in early vaporwave and gives this album’s tracks an exceptionally clean sound despite extreme editing that simply doesn’t happen in digital editing, whereby the bit-rate decay and grunginess of the sound is part of the glitched-up aesthetic.
DERELICTメガタワー will take a large portion of your day to hear, but it’s totally worth it.
Read the Sunbleach article here, and check out the music below: