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satellite cult 31.31
WozWare™, rave till u die!!!, wikipedia, blinkies
welcome to this week’s satellite cult dispatch. i’m so glad you’re here. i hope the artifacts i present you with will give you a tiny radioactive bite, turning you into a mutant and giving you all the powers of a CMS. don’t forget to proofread before you hit post.
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valoregal’s WozWare™ is loosely structured around Nintendo Wii (and Wii U) nostalgia, taking slowed, slushy commentary clips about the consoles and blending them with plundered, heavily distorted, sometimes hexd audio ranging from game soundtracks to vaporwave classics like “Lisa Frank 420/Modern Computing” to “Call Me Maybe” to “Dragula” to this Adam Conover video. sometimes calm, sometimes tense, always intriguing, the album captures a very specific moment in time and place. i promise you haven’t heard anything quite like it.
ambient depressive breakcore by Yung Lain, Relapse has a melancholic push and pull to it that conjures loneliness and yearning—a quietly doomed person aching for some type of saving grace to emerge from shadows of their own heart and mind.
an experimental breakcore soundscape by vmrrobotic & TURQUOISEDEATH, this album places strong focus on chopping its samples pleasantly beyond recognition. it’s icy and calming. rebirthing, even. it’s the moment your spirit leaves your body on its way to some cloud realm where everything is soft and good and cool.
Koro Koro / Advisory
this two track single by Type R, out on Montreal-based label and artist collective audio bambino, is pulsing and bubbling all at once. “Koro Koro” is full of bright suspense, while “Advisory” is tense and somewhat anxious. they compliment each other perfectly.
Rave Til U Die!!!
i featured psiangel a few weeks ago, and here we are again! this time, Rave Til U Die!!! blends hardstyle with breakcore, trance, hexd, and hyperpop, sampling from a multitude of sources, including plenty that would be familiar to an anime fandom kid circa 2009. in the description, psiangel states this album will probably be the last they release in this style of music, with the intention of exploring other genres. i’m happy to see someone follow their heart, but it’s also a shame since this album is so good.
macintosh plus 420
macintosh plus 420 isn’t a tribute or a parody, but it is a curious case of sonic shitposting. the four tracks on this album are entirely unrelated to FLORAL SHOPPE, but are rather hexed hardcore, drone, and extended signalwave. so why Macintosh Plus? if you highlight the text on the album page (you need to in order to read it—the text is white on a white background), you’ll find it’s mostly a joke related to SEO. the producer evidently used Keyword Tool Pro find the most common search queries related to FLORAL SHOPPE and included every single one in the description. twice. the album is out on what explosions do to the body.
finding its niche somewhere between slushwave and mallsoft, this album by Q Z E™ is distorted, atmospheric, and pleasantly haunting.
Dolphin Cove EP
this release by Data West brings classic eccojams into the spotlight, plundering from city pop tracks and incorporating slush, chopping, and even a future funk-esque break or two. the result is a joyful, sunny haze.
hatnote plays a tone each time an edit is made on Wikipedia. the music? surprisingly calming.
noclip.website is a digital museum of video game levels. if you ever wanted to explore your favorite game’s map without playing, or just wanted to appreciate the scenery, you might be able to do it here.
stamps, blinkies, and more
this SpaceHey blog post was one of the top on the platform over the weekend, and for good reason—it has a list of sources for blinkies, stamps, gifs, graphics and more. use them on your Neocities page or something.
thank you for joining me. until next time.