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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Virtual Krewe of Vaporwave launches online 'parade'

Posted By on Tue, Feb 2, 2016 at 10:31 AM

click to enlarge Krewe of Vaporwave's music videos incorporate Carnivalesque graphics.
  • Krewe of Vaporwave's music videos incorporate Carnivalesque graphics.

Anyone who can't wait for the final week of Mardi Gras parades to start can try to get some virtual satisfaction Tuesday evening with the launch of the Virtual Krewe of Vaporwave's first "parade." The online experience screens on Twitch.com. The krewe of anonymous DJs, electronic musicians and visual artists created 15 vaporwave videos, incorporating Carnival imagery, and they screen in succession, conceptually like a 15-float parade, says the krewe founder, who goes by the pseudonym Merely Synecdoche.

"We're a digital art collaborative," he says. "The goal is to be a Mardi Gras krewe that posts digital art every year."

The inaugural parade theme is "Vaporwave is Dead: Long Live Vaporware."

Parade viewers can visit www.kreweofvaporwave.com and find the link to Twitch.com, on which the parade will screen at 7 p.m., 8 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. The stream mimics conventions of parades. The four screenings are dubbed as locations: Magazine Street at Napoleon Avenue, St. Charles Avenue at Louisiana Avenue, St. Charles Avenue at I-10 and St. Charles Avenue at Canal Street. Images of those locations will be incorporated into the video stream at the matching time. There also are links for "throws."

Vaporwave is an Internet-born mashup of electronic music and video imagery, including pop culture, advertising and more. The Virtual Krewe of Vaporwave includes local participants and others from California, Boston, Argentina and elsewhere, says Merely Synecdoche. He says the anonymity of the krewe is meant to keep the parade separate from participants commercial DJ and artistic work. 

A krewe posted a couple teasers online.
Following the parade, videos will be available online, but posted independently, not as the assembled parade, Synecdoche says.

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