Artist Interview: qualchan.

Coming back into the vaporwave fray after out extended hiatus, Sunbleach is back with a new interview with the Pacific Northwest artist qualchan.. No, that second period is not a typo – the proper name for the moniker is “qualchan.”! Having released on multiple labels including but not limited to Adhesive Sounds and Celldeath Tapes, qualchan. produces a unique form […]

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AOTW | 16 April – 22 April: qualchan. – the spectacle.

There’s a small yet fervent trend in vaporwave that consists of full-length albums mixed and presented as if they’re complete sides of old cassettes. Usually, the releases consist of two tracks about twenty or thirty minutes each comprised of individual songs or movements that are stitched together in a single listening experience. One example of such a release is the […]

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Aescape Sounds releases “andrew weathers // qualchan.” by andrew weathers / qualchan.

Aescape Sounds is an Internet-based label that primarily focuses on ambient and cyberpunk music. andrew weathers // qualchan. is a split release between the two eponymous artists in two tracks. The first track is a calm ambient song with some field recordings. The second track is completely different from previous qualchan. releases which were sample curation splices – it’s a […]

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Adhesive Sounds releases “smoke break vol II” by qualchan.

Returning into the vaporwave folds is qualchan (typeset as “qualchan.”) with smoke break vol II, available through Adhesive Sounds. This release is set up as two continuous sides of a cassette, with each track made up of a multitude of movements constructed through classic-style vaporwave and sample curation. Sources include instrumental adult contemporary music and smooth jazz, like what would […]

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qualchan. – the spectacle.

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ First and foremost: that album artwork is gorgeous. I’m already interested in the world of the spectacle. in which people apparently swim beside oil and industry rigs in the middle of the ocean. The cassette is spectacular, too. Cell Death Tapes sold translucent purple-blue shells that juxtapose well with the album artwork. Those two factors alone make the […]

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Ailanthus Recordings releases “welcome to the anthropocene” by qualchan.

Our final featured album from this past Saturday is welcome to the anthropocene by qualchan., which is out on Ailanthus Recordings. This album is a two-track, forty-minute(-ish) release that is made of b-sides to qualchan.’s release ninety nine flowers. Although the songs are presented as single long-form suites, each track is actually made up of numerous sound bytes that hint […]

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