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Hello everyone reading this! This page is still being updated, but I made it public to hopefully boost some circles on Bandcamp Fridays. A lot of the descriptions are basic or just outright unfinished. If you enjoyed reading this, I hope you'll come back when I've written more.
There are some music styles I'm interested in which have had huge developments in the 2010s and has an underground following with artists all around the world. However, they're pretty much unknown by the Touhou music scene or fans, so I made this page to keep track of their appearances in Touhou music!
Since this page will likely be a lot of people's introduction to those genres, I'm going to write a description of the genres. Then, to show the vibrancy and creativity on display in the genre, I'll note some 2010s developments in the genre.
Oh yeah, I'll also talk about Chinese artists making that genre and Chinese labels where you can find the genre. Cuz let's face it lol, if you're reading this wiki for music info instead of the EN Touhou wiki or TouhouDB, you probably are interested in learning about the country's local music scene. I wanna shill some dope local music to weebs. Maybe we can both get something out of this.
The genre descriptions will necessarily have references and links to other genres and artists. For genre links, I'm linking to the corresponding genre page on the music database Rate Your Music where possible. I've been using that site to explore music for the past few years, and for the most part, the genre descriptions are well-written and researched. Artist links will go to music.
"do NOT interrupt a man when he's 4th of july footwerking" - wayneradiotv, dancing to DJ Yung Tell'em's GOD Bless the U.S.A. RYM genre pages on footwork
Footwork is an EDM subgenre that features chaotic and frantic rhythms made with sub-bass and percussion. It usually has a lot of sampling, and common instruments are snares, tom drums, and handclaps. The genre was developed in 1990s Chicago from juke, a subgenre of ghetto house that's fast and features syncopated rhythms unconventional for house music. Footwork extends juke by taking away the 4/4 kick, pushing away from its house music roots. While the focus on complex rhythmic percussions is similar to breaks-based genres like breakbeat and drum and bass, breaks are not necessary for this genre. The most notable producers in the early era are RP Boo, who is generally agreed to be the genre's creator, and DJ Rashad.
Footwork has become much more internationalized in the 2010s and mixed with a variety of genres, most notably with drum and bass, hardcore, and various post-club developments from the decade. One major subgenre of it is footwork jungle, which incorporates breaks by mixing it with drum and bass. This style was developed by artists in Poland and UK. Another major subgenre is footcore, which combine the genre with breakcore and its plunderphonics-oriented sibling genre mashcore. Notable producers of this include Pencil and Melt Unit. Footcore has gained a sizable audience in Japan, with various compilations on it. Another genre hybrid is footwork rap, with examples in English (another one), Japanese, Korean and Finnish.
There are lots of niche interesting takes on the genre. Artists like Jlin and Five Star Hotel created noisier and more industrial tracks, with the latter combining it with power noise and trap. Vapor musicians such as Vaperror and Acetantina has also created vaporwave-influenced footwork. There are also plenty of artists mixing folk and regional genres in footwork. For example, Japanese group Satanicpornocultshop combines it with East Asian folk music on The Shipboard Gardener, Indonesian-American producer Please combines it with gamelan and dangdut koplo on Bekerja Indo, and Moroccan producer Guedra Guedra combines it with North African music.
All this, and I haven't even mentioned what happens when Vocaloids get added to the mix! Here I very much have to give a shoutout to the producer voltex, whose albums feel like a robot catgirl singing and dancing in mid-air. (Which is to say that the music is quite atmospheric and surreal.)
Some Chinese artists making this style are Damacha (on the album Tuhaojin). You can also hear influences of this genre in albums from post-club labels such as Svbkvlt or Do Hits.
(This list has a bunch of juke tracks on it, consider it a bonus and not me being too lazy to differenciate between the two.)
|Rigid Footwork （2012-10-07）|
|Adventures in The Box (Kouki Izumi Remix)|
|Transformation in Footwork [04:17]|
|bakajuke ft. AYA [02:36]|
|- II - Eyes of Instability [04:02]|
|Incorporeal TOHO Juke trax （2017-07-09）|
|I don't want you that night|
|Withering and Flowering [05:06]|
|Argyle (Juke Remix by Musicarus) [04:26]|
|freaky anchor [02:06]|
|This Room Will Seal Your Fate [03:22]|
|lol heian gaylien [01:56]|
|Highspeed Cherryblossom [03:31]|
|異聞見聞録 上 （2021-10-30）|
|Kuso AKA Kx $ 0 the Mixtape： "God of Darkness, breathing clouds in the fantasy landscape, etc." （2021-12-22）|
- II-L (まかろに☆けちゃっぷ) created their own style of psytrance-influenced footwork on their Mission Sputnik series. Later releases add Kirby synths.
- There are albums like The Neurobiology of Moral Decision Making and Foxconn: Trios, which, while created as an experiment in generative music and MIDI technology respectively, ends up having footwork-esque rhythms.
- For a quick overview of the early 2010s Japanese scene, I recommend this free compilation. This article from Vice is a must read, especially as it talks about the Japanese scene's importance on the history of the genre.
- Planet Mu's first Bangs & Works compilation is an excellent overview of the early Chicago scene. The follow-up volume is recommended too as a look at what was considered new in the Chicago scene in early 2010s.
- Oh, and RP Boo also collaborated with an improv music artist, cuz why not.
Working on this.
(I might separate the two genres since there's actually a lot of developments I want to talk about. The gist is that post-metal is metal that focuses on atmosphere and texture over melody, technical playing or soloing, and blackgaze etc is metal with a hazy, ethereal, shoegaze-influenced sound. Shoegaze influences can also be added to death metal to make deathgaze, or post-metal to make doomgaze. There's also the term metalgaze
which only weirdo PR guys use.)
Some Chinese bands making these genres: Dopamine, 虚症 (Asthenia), Reverie Noire, 虚极 (Bliss-Illusion). Deng from Dopamine is the owner of the label Pest Productions, which releases quite a few albums from blackgaze bands around the world.
this article on Weibo talks about other bands
|紅魔の夢 -Her Past-|
|TOHO DUALITY （2015-08-14）|
|She is constantly having to guide me through the world [09:33]|
|The Hardest Struggle [04:56]|
|untitled split 3 （2018-08-10）|
|有形霧消の『 』 （2018-10-14）|
|Lunar War Chronicles Vol. 1 （2021-04-30）|
- One of the earliest Japanese blackgaze artists is つきしま, who is part of the Metaluna circle.
- Brazilian blackgaze/post-rock/depressive breakcore artist F1D31 has a remix of Pierrot of the Star-Spangled Banner.
- Scottish blackgaze/trip hop/EDM artist Magogaio has a remix of Tonight Stars An Easygoing Egoist. Their demo is on this wiki because of it, though for obvious reasons their more recent works aren't.
- If you want to talk about Touhou hijacks, Russian blackgaze artist Justin Giger sampled Chirumiru on their 2010 album Akrasia. No, the year is not a typo.
I wrote the following blurb in mid 2020 when I had a sudden interest in vaporwave and it's surrounding movement. Unfortunately I didn't really do anything with that. whooooops. But I listened to some nice stuff and learned what appeals to me and what doesn't, so it's fine. The movement did give birth to some of the most interesting ambient music and EDM of the 2010s, so I hope you have a lot of fun exploring it! RYM genre pages on vaporwave (includes broken transmission and mallsoft), vapor (includes future funk, vaportrap, hardvapour and dreampunk. possibly brone/brobient in the future?)
Maybe it's because quarantine does weird things to the brain, but recently I've found the whole vaporwave phenomenon intriguing. It defined a significant part of the musical underground of the 2010s, but the public perception of it is so memetic that there's a lot of stereotypes. For one, the genre isn't all based on nostalgia or a early Windows/90s Japanese Anime/old statues/glitch art aesthetic. (glad I was wrong on that one!)It's also no longer inherently a sampling-based genre as the genre developed (since like 2012, even). Part of this, then, is to find out how the Touhou fanbase understand the genre, but also to document the growth of Touhou vapormusic, at least for stuff recorded on the wiki.
(This is where I'm supposed to talk about Chinese vaporwave producers, but the cryptic nature of the scene means that it's almost impossible to tell if an artist is from where their Bandcamp says they're from. So, you're better off searching on your own.)
|Gensokyo Underground Funk （2017-07-29）|
|Mandala (Violet Delta's Vaporwave Edit) [05:02]|
|TouhouWave - 【Ｂａｄ Ｄｒｅａｍ Ｉｎｃｉｄｅｎｔ】 （2018-10-03）|
|幻想郷深夜ドライブ Vol.1 （2018-10-14）|
|Danmaku Luminary （2018-11-10）|
|My Darling Girl ~ The Frozen Lolita! (Vaporwave Version) [09:09]|
|little girls are hell （2020-06-02）|
|Are you sure you want to delete all feelings？ （2020-08-09）|
|東方無限の蒸気夢 ~ Sweet forgotten dream （2020-08-19）|
|SATELLITE VIRTUAL PLAZA （2020-11-22）|
|MOON BASE MALL （2020-02-05）|
|Three Fairies of Light （2021-07-03）|
|Ａｎａｇｌｙｗａｖｅ 東方青赤波 （2021-08-28）|
|（ （ （低） ） ） （2021-11-05）|
|Unsealing a Better World （2022-01-10）|
- この海外東方アレンジがすごい！ is a doujinshi that talks about various overseas Touhou music artists. There's a column on vaporwave, as well as an interview with Zextillion by the writer 長久手 (長久手小牧場). This is also where the 水の流れるまちづくり to vaporwave connection came from and so I have to give credit to them.
- Also, one of the artists mentioned in the book now makes video game music themed juke/footwork, with some Touhou-related titles. Not remixes, though.
- Here are some lesser-known vapor artists that I recommend: Euglossine (glossy midi-wave), Yvyy (vapor-blackgaze), PcUniverse (future funk; this album has a spacesynth/tracker music sound), Lost Cascades (utopian virtual/imaginary video game soundtracks)
- actually, check my RYM collection for stuff I like. I'm not interested in future funk but it looks like I listen to more vaportrap than expected...
- actually actually, torash posts a lot of vaporwave recommendations on their Twitter, so go there instead.