Vektroid

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Vektroid
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Information
Name Ramona Langley
Born August 19, 1992
Location Portland, Oregon, United States
Years Active 2010 - Present

Vektroid (otherwise known as Ramona Langley, formerly 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 (with some unreleased 2004 stuff), 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.

(Non-vaporwave projects by Vektroid are not covered in this section.)

Discography

Date Artist(s) Release Type
November 22, 2010 Vektroid Telnet Erotika EP
March, 2011 Laserdisc Visions Virtual Casino Album
July 1, 2011 Laserdisc Visions New Dreams Ltd. Album
July 31, 2011 Laserdisc Visions Waterfall Voyeur (from Sewer Greats Vol. 2) V/A Track
August 2, 2011 fuji grid tv prism genesis Album
August 2, 2011 new dreams ltd initiation tape part one Album
August 2, 2011 esc 不在 black horse / midi dungeon Album
December 9, 2011 Macintosh Plus Floral Shoppe Album
April 20, 2012 情報デスクVIRTUAL 札幌コンテンポラリー Album
August 30, 2012 Sacred Tapestry Shader Album
February 15, 2013 情報デスクVIRTUAL 液体金属TERMINATOR (from the music of the now age) V/A Track
April 20, 2013 PrismCorp Virtual Enterprises ClearSkies™ / Home™ Album
January 1, 2014 New Dreams Ltd. Initiation Tape: Isle of Avalon Edition Album
July 30, 2015 情報デスクVIRTUAL antipiracy (from The Music of the Now Age III) V/A Track
February 14, 2016 New Dreams Ltd. Fuji Grid TV EX Album
February 14, 2016 Sacred Tapestry Shader Complete Album
February 14, 2016 New Dreams Ltd. Sleepline Album
February 29, 2016 PrismCorp Virtual Enterprises ClearSkies: Complete Edition / Home: Complete Edition Album
August 20, 2016 New Dreams Ltd. Eden Album
March 31, 2017 Siddiq & Vektroid Reign (Max B. Cover) (from Kudatah—Vol. 2) V/A Track
April 13, 2017 Vektroid Telnet Complete Album
May 24, 2017 Peace Forever Eternal Nextcentury Album

Project List

Vektroid

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).

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Laserdisc Visions

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, all directly extracted from disc images of Japanese games from the Sega Saturn video game console. Laserdisc Visions' album New Dreams Ltd. was the first in a series of albums of the same name.

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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 in 2016 as Fuji Grid TV EX.

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New Dreams Ltd.

New Dreams Ltd. is a series of albums by Vektroid, doubling as a straight up alias in later years. Albums in the series are often considered Vektroid’s most recognized project sonically. The series main theme seems to be telling of a corporate capitalist dystopia, with themes of mind control, virtual simulations and body transmigration.

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esc 不在

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). Some tracks from this alias would appear in a remastered state on the album Initiation Tape: Isle of Avalon Edition.

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Macintosh Plus

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. As of 2019, Vektroid herself started to officially extended and "reclaim" the alias beyond its debut album, though previously multiple others have attempted to take on the name, either in cheap parody or actual attempts at forgery.

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情報デスクVIRTUAL

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 both 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.

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Sacred Tapestry

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, similar to multiple other Vektroid releases. Sacred Tapestry is known for its complex mixture of original production and sampling, a concept that would inspire the evolution of vaporwave years later.

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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.

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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.
In a local Portland newspaper article in October 2018, it was announced that she would be screening a "video mixtape" (titled "Peace Forever Eternal Vol. 1") under the alias following a live DJ set. However, this was not actually premiered or released anywhere until it was shown during a collaborative New Years stream on December 31, 2020. It still has yet to be officially released.

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