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Explore the Vapor - 24h livestream
Together with Jornt, Vaporwave artist and owner of international Vaporwave label Hireath Records, and largest Vaporwave YouTube channel Vapor Memory, we will present Explore the Vapor - 24h livestream on Saturday, November 21 from 22:00. Because if we can’t do it on stage during Explore the North - as the first live Vaporwave event in Europe - we'll do it online anyway! We've invited twenty of the greatest Vaporwave artists from around the world and exciting newcomers to join us for Explore the Vapor. So turn on the livestream from 10 p.m. on November 21 and float away to a Vaporwave world that is specially curated for you with artists from the United States, Japan, Sweden, Belgium, United Kingdom and the Netherlands / Finland.
Vaporwave? Yes! Last year, we introduced many of you to this puzzling internet genre during a performance by 猫 シ Corp (pronounced: Catcorp.) on Explore the North. 猫 シ Corp is the alias of Hallum-born (and now living in Finland) Jornt Elzinga is one of the greatest artists in the global vaporwave culture, that started online in 2010, and owner of Hiraeth Records. Jornt sells hundreds of cassettes and records every month and his first performance was at the first ever Vaporwave festival in Los Angeles. At the same time he can still walk anonymously through Friesland (and Finland). But what is Vaporwave exactly? It’s a subculture and music style within electronic music, in which you are presented with a mix of forgotten music from the 80s & 90s: such as lift muzak, music for tv commercials, lounge music and summery, dreamy and sultry ambient. Visually it’s permeated with Windows logos, nineties web design, video games, vhs, palm trees, shopping malls, Japanese characters and cat pictures - as befits a good internet culture. Vaporwave plays with nostalgia and provides an ironic reflection on our materialistic society. A fantastic genre that in our opinion far too few people know of. After Explore the Vapor, there will be a lot more Vapor-connaisseurs!
About Explore the North
Explore the North a wintry urban festival from Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, for music, literature, theatre and more. Besides that, Explore the North is also an interdisciplinary production house. Explore the North productions share literature, language and multilingualism as a common feature. In November we take you with us during a festival period of multiple weeks and share surprising stories in different forms. The next annual festival takes place from 19-21 November, 2021.