By Grafton Tanner
In the age of world capitalism, vaporwave celebrates and undermines the digital ghosts haunting the nostalgia undefined. Ours is a time of ghosts in machines, killing that means and exposing the gaps inherent within the digital media that pervade our lives. Vaporwave is an child musical micro-genre that foregrounds the horror of digital media's skill to seem - as media theorist Jeffrey Sconce phrases it - "haunted." Experimental musicians comparable to web membership and MACINTOSH PLUS control Muzak and advertisement song to undermine the commodification of nostalgia within the age of world capitalism whereas accentuating the uncanny homes of digital tune construction. Babbling Corpse unearths vaporwave's many intersections with politics, media concept, and our current fascination with uncanny, co(s)mic horror. The ebook is geared toward these drawn to international capitalism's impact on artwork, musical raids on mainstream "indie" and well known tune, and an individual intrigued through the altering courting among artwork and commerce.
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11 The uncanny is both old and new, familiar and eerie, and confuses us upon first encounter. 12 In this gap lies a truly alien realm wherein the strangeness of the everyday rises up to present us with the unalterable reality that the world is not for us. These gaps produce the ghosts that film theorist Linda Badley refers to in her book. Their very intermediary nature confounds us as they rise from within the familiar to assert its strangeness. Our reaction to such a ghostly encounter would likely resemble Jack Gladney’s in Don DeLillo’s suburban thriller White Noise, when he unexpectedly sees his wife Babette on television.
I realized the true nature of communication on MUBI and then even more so when I joined Facebook and other social-media sites that can offer equal amounts of pseudo- and anonymity. Even before my run-in with the troll, I had not once had communication with any real person on those MUBI message boards. Night after night, I had been sitting in my house in front of my computer with no one else. It is a confounding and eerie sensation to feel social while alone, thronged with invisible entities whose presence is felt yet who appear wholly absent.
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Babbling Corpse: Vaporwave And The Commodification Of Ghosts by Grafton Tanner