|AKA||CTO (2), Dstnt, ESC 不在, fuji grid tv, Laserdisc Visions, Macintosh Plus, New Dreams Ltd., Peace Forever Eternal, PrismCorp Virtual Enterprises, Sacred Tapestry, Tanning Salon, Vectorfray, Vektordrum, Vktrfry, 情報デスクVIRTUAL|
|Born||August 19, 1992|
|Location||Portland, Oregon, United States|
|Years Active||2010 - Present|
Vektroid (otherwise known as Ramona Langley or Ramona Xavier) is an electronic music producer and graphic designer, best known for her core contributions to the creation of the vaporwave genre. Her musical projects date back to 2005, but her first contributions to the style that is now vaporwave date back to 2011 (2010 if counting Telnet Erotika.) Works by Vektroid are known for being releases under a multitude of aliases for separate styles. These are also contained in her own imprint "PrismCorp" to support the works being in a single timeline or universe of sorts.
- 1 Aliases
- 1.1 Vektroid
- 1.2 Laserdisc Visions
- 1.3 fuji grid tv
- 1.4 esc 不在
- 1.5 New Dreams Ltd.
- 1.6 Macintosh Plus
- 1.7 情報デスクVIRTUAL
- 1.8 Sacred Tapestry
- 1.9 PrismCorp Virtual Enterprises
- 1.10 Peace Forever Eternal
- 2 Gallery
(Non-vaporwave projects by Vektroid are not covered in this section.)
Vektroid is the primary alias of Ramona, also considered the eldest of the names during the dawn of vaporwave. This name is used for a variety of sounds, from longform ambient to experimental sampling projects to detailed original music. Curiously, Ramona has modified her current releases as "dstnt" to now be under the Vektroid name, indicating the former alias's retirement.
Vektroid handles two personal imprints/brands as well: PrismCorp and Chronos & Vermillion (the former used primarily for her music and the latter used primarily for fashion and related projects regarding Ramona's works.)
- Tumblr (PrismCorp)
- Chronos & Vermilion site (chronos.care)
- Rate Your Music
The first vaporwave alias of Vektroid, Laserdisc Visions (also stylized as LASERDISC VISIONS outside of Vektroid's personal uploads) is a single-release project revolving around manipulation of video game soundtracks. Laserdisc Visions' album New Dreams Ltd. would later come to inspire the direction of an alias by the same name.
- Laserdisc Visions - New Dreams Ltd. (2011, Album)
fuji grid tv
As another more casual project of Vektroid's, fuji grid tv was an additional single-release project based entirely in sampling 80s-era Japanese commercials. This can be considered the first major "broken transmission" (later referred to as "signalwave") release in the history of vaporwave. The alias's sole release was later remade entirely as a New Dreams Ltd. project.
- fuji grid tv - prism genesis (2011, Album)
esc 不在 (esc Absence) is another more mysterious alias of Vektroid, publishing two releases on the same day and then ceasing activity. These releases were more new-age and high-fidelity in comparison to previous sampling projects by Vektroid (similar to Laserdisc Visions). In a manner similar to fuji grid tv, esc 不在's tracks would appear in a remastered state in another New Dreams Ltd. project.
New Dreams Ltd.
New Dreams Ltd. is a primary alias of Vektroid's, and in some terms can double as a label of sorts for Vektroid's own projects. New Dreams Ltd. is notable for giving a more visible storyline to the Vektroid "universe", the alias itself being less restricted by styles of audio manipulation. Sampling of 80s-era advertisements and audio from Japan and otherwise is typical for the project, though releases such as the Initiation Tape series or Eden provide a more ambiguous setting.
- new dreams ltd - initiation tape part one (2011, Album)
- New Dreams Ltd. - Initiation Tape: Isle of Avalon Edition (2014, Album)
- New Dreams Ltd. - Fuji Grid TV EX (2016, Album)
- New Dreams Ltd. - Sleepline (2016, Album)
- New Dreams Ltd. - Eden (2016, Album)
Seemingly Vektroid's most infamous alias in the vaporwave scene, Macintosh Plus is another single-release project responsible for Floral Shoppe, an album considered definitive to the vaporwave genre by most. Though Vektroid herself has not officially extended the alias's lifetime beyond its debut album, multiple others have attempted to take on the name, either in cheap parody or actual attempts at forgery.
- Macintosh Plus - Floral Shoppe (2011, Album)
情報デスクVIRTUAL (Information desk VIRTUAL) is one of Vektroid's most vaporwave-resembling aliases in presentation, being her first use of Japanese text in an album name and tracklist. The music itself is meant to resemble an uncanny, simulation-like environment that would affect the genre's direction as a whole.
- 情報デスクVIRTUAL - 札幌コンテンポラリー (2012, Album)
- 情報デスクVIRTUAL - 液体金属TERMINATOR (2013, Track from the music of the now age compilation)
- 情報デスクVIRTUAL - antipiracy (2015, Track from The Music of the Now Age III compilation)
Similar to previous Vektroid aliases, Sacred Tapestry is a primarily one-release project made as a part of the New Dreams Ltd. universe. One release was made under this name, which was later remade four years later as a set with multiple other Vektroid remasters. Sacred Tapestry is known for its complex mixture of original production and sampling, a concept that would inspire the evolution of vaporwave years later.
PrismCorp Virtual Enterprises
PrismCorp Virtual Enterprises is a Vektroid project that influenced and reflected the concepts of vaporwave significantly through a distinct MIDI sound and sterile, corporate environment. Like other aliases, the name was used once in a two-release burst, the albums later rereleased with extended tracklists.
- PrismCorp Virtual Enterprises - ClearSkies™ (2013, Album)
- PrismCorp Virtual Enterprises - Home™ (2013, Album)
- PrismCorp Virtual Enterprises - ClearSkies: Complete Edition (2016, Album)
- PrismCorp Virtual Enterprises - Home: Complete Edition (2016, Album)
Peace Forever Eternal
Peace Forever Eternal is an alias of Vektroid considered to be a continuation of the New Dreams Ltd. project. In comparison to 2011 releases in the NDL continuity, Peace Forever Eternal is much more plunderphonic in nature, focusing on creating new sounds through emotionally ambiguous looping and layering.
- Peace Forever Eternal - Nextcentury (2017, Album)