Describing Digital Microcultures: Part 2


In my last blog I gave some background and insight into the world of musical microcultures and offered a brief understanding of the microcultures I will be speaking about specifically in this blog. As a reminder, I spoke about genres such as vaporwave, seapunk, chiptune, synthwave, and harsh noise and the culture within them. This blog will be focusing purely on vaporwave and harsh noise. The reason behind this is that there is a lot of similarities between the two genres in terms of culture and production, but the music and the scenes themselves are polar opposites. The common ground among these genres is that they both utilise or manipulate technology in some way to produce their product, separating them from conventional ways of songwriting e.g. guitar, bass, drum and vocals. This unorthodox way of producing music has allowed each genre to gain its own cult followings or fanbases and…

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