Dinzu Artefacts Fall Batch

Batch Review - Dinzu Artefacts

If anything could be done to further cement the viscerally tangible aesthetic of Dinzu Artefacts, it would be the release of this October batch, replete with more found sound, field recordings, and tape manipulations than you can wrap an ear around.


 Dominique Vaccaro -Close Distances

Close Distances is a slow ride on a conveyor belt made of burlap, teeth and oversized rubber bands. Each audio offering here is a hyper-aware focus on looped chatterings, clatterings, and spatterings that attains a hauntingly organic feel despite probably being recorded in a collapsing button factory. Vaccaro is able to take 'ordinary' sounds of everyday objects and turn them into abstract structures of layered sound that fool the ear and tickle the spine.



 Ludwig Berger & Veronika Ehrensperger -The Capacity of Things to Act

This tension-laden piece is full of terrifying stillness and malevolent fury, allegedly recorded with a 'prepared harp' which is a fancy musical term that really means 'interdimensional helicopter made of nightmares and lies.' What begins as warmly vibrating drones quickly descends into dark and reverberating explorations of the rusted clockwork that operates purgatory. The sound on each of these tracks is dense, and heavily weighted with colorful swirls of shadowy energy, nimbly leaping to action and then falling dormant.



 Weston Olencki & Max Murray - Gram

Treat yourself to this careful examination of pneumatic systems. Metal tunnels expand and contract, hissing with powerful surges of air. Valves squeak. Networks of pipes breathe with cycles of pressurizations, filled with rushing gusts of harnessed air energy. Tension builds as rivited seams of squealing conduits are tested by atmospheres of gushing power. Effort of breath is pushed through shaped brass, alloy tubes create bubbling sound in an exchange of expelled energy for sound output.

These three tapes are sold out, but digital editions are still available.


Gray Lee

Houdini Mansions Top 100 Albums of 2018

This year has seen a tumultuous whirlwind of powerful new music, and we were here to witness it. At every turn, there was yet another stellar release from some artist or another. Like many others who attempted to observe the endless waves of new releases breaking upon our digital shores, I found myself overwhelmed by the magnitude of it all. I present to you:

The Houdini Mansions Top 100 Albums of 2018.

100. Buck Young - Proud Trash Sound

99. Johnny Utah - S/T

98.  Frank Wilke & Wayne Rex - Cobra Venom

97. Index of Refraction Records - Glimmer of Hope

96. Boycalledcrow - Hyperlight

95. Nikmis - #17

94. Disappearing - Untitled

93. Benjamin Shaw - Megadead

92. Young Scum - S/T

91. Ricardo Dias Gomes - Aa

90. Wizard Apprentice - I Am Invisible

89. Somesurprises - Alt

88. Voodoohop - Entropia Coletiva II

87. Pool Kids - Music To Practice Safe Sex To

86. EQ WHy - Life of the Why - The Mixtape, Vol 1

85. 土星4IO - 紫色の ホタル (_purple_firefly)

84. Molly Tigre - S/T

83. The Mighty Rhino - We Will No Longer Retreat Into Darkness

82. Exit Fear - Crestfallen

81. An Eagle in Your Mind - Miraculous Weapons

80. Tap Water - Amnesia Nightmare

79. Petridisch - Rêve d'un Rêve

78. Sponge Person - Eggo Jams

77. Kosmogyr - Eviternity

76. Fictional Girlfriend - Perfume Garden

75. Kibble - Lapses

74. Lafidkl - Derichan

73. b e g o t t e n 自杀 - (hushwave) - 治愈它

72. Pop Up - Tasty

71. Wilson Arcade - saturn audio system demonstration cassette 茨ヱめ畝ヹ

70. Dere Moans - Brain Mountain Disciples

69. Pepper Mill Rondo - E.D.M.

68. Glove Pilot - Thunder Suite

67. Pinkcourtesyphone - Romantic Threat EP

66. Fae & Seffi - Miraka

65. Saiwba - 輪 迴

64. Qualchan. - 100 Years

63. Spellling - Pantheon of Me

62. Qoheleth - Black Kite Broadcasts

61. Rangers - Late Electrics

60. V//Tomo - Dirty Oddesy

59. Stormland - Songs of Future Wars

58. Pony League - Picture of Your Family

57. Coffin Torture - Dismal Planet

56. McKinley Dixon - Who Taught You to Hate Yourself?

55. Ramble Tamble - Outlaw Overtones

54. Cartoon Forest - S/T

53. Madison Turner - A Comprehensive Guide to Burning Out

52. Quimper - Perdide

51. Whettman Chelmets - Annihlate Your Masters

50. Alan Morse Davies - Svalbard

49. C Moody Crews - T Zero

48. Little Kid - Might as Well With My Soul

47. Frog - Whatever, We Probably Already Had It

46. Tanner Menard & Andrew Weathers - Wanna Live in a World w/a Whole Face

45. Long Distance Poison - Astro Topoi

44. Surfing - Incubo

43. Fire Tools - Skinless X-1

42. String Modulator - Manifesto

41. VVV - Canson Months

40. Crosby Morgan - Rain Games for the Natural Born Pariah

39. Haunted Gauntlet - OM3G4 G3N3SIS

38. Quicksails - The Bright

37. NUM - Memory Machine

36. Dekonstruktor - No Way Back

35. Dan Mason - Void

34. Wellness - Mall Goth

33. Valyri - Expanses

32. Hide - Castration Anxiety

31. Super Hi-Fi - Blue and White

30. Honeyfitz - Cutting Your Hair

29. Rhucle - New Rain

28. Andy Burns - Excited

27. Yves Malone - The Most of What You Need Is All You'll Ever Have

26. The Tuesday Night Machines - Hawaiian Yurt Music

25. Illuminati Hotties - Kiss Yr Frenemies

24. Third Kind Records - Puzzle Time/ Puzzle Time 2

23. Cyborg Eye - Demo 1983

22. Apricot Blush - Where Blew a Flower, May a Flower No More

21. Doom Trip Records - Doom Mix Vol II

20. Papa Manzano - Ritualism

19. French 75 - S/T

18. åmßêrVVåvê§ - Organics

17. Ursula's Cartridges / Kizunaut - 07:15:14:05 OFFLINE

16. Adderall Canyonly - Museum of Fire

15. Bary Center - Betrayal

14. Valet Girls - Lost Wrld

13. William Carlos Whitten - Burn My Letters

12. Bast - Nanoångström

11. Mukqs - 起き上がり 

10. Ben Boogz & Doc Reevez - Thousand Islands of Death

9. Long Neck  - Will This Do?

8. Scientist - Barbelith

7. Recluse Raccoon - S/T

6. Barbara Morgenstern - Unschuld und Verwustung

5. Diamondstien & Sangam - The Ocean Between Us

4. More or Les - Nerd Love

3. Dinosaur on Fire - Populous Romantique

2. Tarkamt - Live at the Necropolis

1. Megan Jean & The KFB - Tarantistas

Gray Lee


[VIDEO] Pretty Matty - "Kicked Out"

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Toronto rockers Pretty Matty have released a video for Kicked Out, a standalone single with plans to release next year.  Kicked Out carries forward the exuberant and fresh songwriting that  characterized the Pretty Matty EP released earlier this year. Don’t miss it. It’s really short, but a lot of fun. And don’t forget to nab the Pretty Matty EP, either. You can get that here:


ALSO: here's a huge event featuring Pretty Matty:



[Video] Pacific Plaza Releases new Eccodroid CDR


Today, vaporwave producer and vocalist, Eccodroid releases Hologram Hex, a four-track album on 3” CDR format from Pacific Plaza Records. The release features a rainy and cool vaporwave vibe with original lyrics and vocals, a signature of Eccodroid’s style.

Hologram Hex opens with a A Thousand Missing Calls, a moody electronic piece augmented with thunder & rain samples where Ecco delivers an almost disaffected vocal reminiscent of Damon Albarn’s dead-eyed drawl. Fading carries the theme forward with a slow jam with a gentle bass line and ambient backings, topped with a reverb drenched vocal that drifts in an out of the spotlight. The third selection, Low Def, is built on a driving beat and a looping synth pattern, while the title track, Hologram Hex, closes out with groovy bass, some panned accents, and a nice buzzing synth solo after the first chorus. Other unidentified sounds tumble in and out of the mix like a ghostly bowling alley.

Overall, this release is a natural step in Eccodroid’s evolution, introducing new elements and techniques that play well into this thematic work, and presented in an artistic, collectible fashion with Pacific Plaza sensibilities.

Gray Lee

[Video] A Thousand Missing Phone Calls

[Track Premiere] Runescarred's Homage to Iron Maiden's "Moonchild" Rocks Your Halloween!


I’ve been a huge fan of Iron Maiden for years. If I had to choose a legendary rock band that exemplified what Halloween is all about, I would choose them without thinking, and that’s why I was stoked to find out that Texas prog metaliers Runescarred had done a cover of one of my favorite Iron Maiden songs, Moonchild, and are releasing it today.

I was not disappointed! This band is ripping up Halloween with this blistering cover of Moonchild.   Frontman Ven Scott tackles that iconic Bruce Dickinson style, with plenty of Runescarred’s own wicked flavor thrown in.

Says the band:"Maiden fans, raise the irons to the sky! Runescarred's version of "Moonchild" will have the mandrake screaming to #GetScarred and you along with it!"

About Runescarred

Rising out of the ashes of Austin, Texas legends Dead Earth Politics and joining forces with the drummer of regional heroes Southern Front, Runescarred are making a mark on their regional scene and beyond.  The dynamic voice of frontman Ven Scott guides the band from titanic highs to stunning lows and sees the group fusing the musical stylings of everyone from Lamb Of God to Iron Maiden into their thrilling live show. Their debut EP We Are showed the band delivering a veritable tour de force, exploring every aspect of their sound and proving definitively that they are one of the most potent bands on the scene right now.  Just as likely to pull you into the pit as they are to bow a head in self reflection, it’s hard not to be impressed by this Texas metal legion.



New Releases Set a Spooky Mood for Halloween Night

Halloween and music are deeply intertwined, from horror movie soundtracks, to ghostly dark ambient vibes. Here are a few choice releases that can get your blood pumping, WHILE YOU STILL HAVE BLOOD!


VHS GLITCH - “They Made Me an Animal

This synthwave concept piece is full of creepy fun, referencing all the great 80s horror film soundtracks, and supercharging them with aggressive beats. It’s got the scare vibes and chase scenes all strung together, with enough masks, knives, and buckets of blood to make you scream!

This is John Carpenter on a futuristic motorcycle, riding down a desolate highway at night, being chased by a massive, stop-motion animated winged beast.



NEO LA - “Grave Wave Volume II”

(Neo LA)

Another entry in the great category of synthwave + Halloween is Grave Wave Volume II, a formidable follow-up to last year’s chilling Volume 1. This compilation pulls together a wide variety of artists who all have the same goal, to scare you to death, but in a stylish, retro way - with plenty of great synth patterns, thumping rhythms, and a smattering of fun horror samples & sounds. Hang your spiderwebs and carve the pumpkin, it’s time for the gouls to come out and play.



FACEXHUGGER - “Sci-Fi Violence”

Although not strictly a Halloween themed release, this jammer by FaceXHugger is the real deal. Plenty of retro sci-fi horror sounds await in this fantastic release. Be frightened by the speed and ferocity of Day Walkers, or the creepy credit sequence formality of Ethos of Betrayal. And let’s not forget to mention this amazing cover art, which I would file, like this album, under ‘best of.’





(Power_Lunch Corporation)

Dark vaporwave artist Fictional Girlfriend is at it again with another shadowy journey through a hell dimension. This release features a spooky concoction of disintegrated samples and pulsating rhythms that’ll have you looking around every corner for a jump scare.



FAE & SEFFI - “Origin of Conflict”

(Girly Girl Musik)

This nightmarish descent into darkened regions of purgatory has got all the shadowy ambient overture and twisted synth madness you could hope for. It’s a new dead day dawning on a bleak landscape of horror and despair. Don’t miss it!


Gray Lee

Floppy Copy #2

Spooky times are upon us!


NIKTO - “Nikto”

(Power_Lunch Corporation)

Scope this Power Lunch reissue of Nikto?, a spooky halloween album that came out exactly a year ago tomorrow. Freak yourself out with selected tracks ⍹¡Ŧͼℏβᴓ⟑ᴙƌ, Ka Dab Ra, and Broomstix in frightful floppy format!



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Myst “GAC042”

Face Dancer 顔ダンサー & ミスト M Y S T - 空の限界  - “GAC042”

(Gulf Audio Company)

This steamy split by Face Dancer 顔ダンサー and ミスト M Y S T has just the jams to get you in the zone, with the sultry pop tune, Cloud Syrup, and the hot dance tune, 空の限界! Released in glorious 16 bit sound on the most sensual music format available - 3.5” floppy!




AWSIDS - “pyramids”


My favorite new floppy release is pyramids by AWSIDS. Solid synth patterns with light ambient backgrounds make for a smooth listen. There is a track for each of the Giza pyramids (KHUFU, KHAFRE, & MENKAURE ) Did you know the base of every pyramid is a square? Get this pyramid music on the squarest format! Floppy disk!


Gray Lee

333REDUX Elevates Collaboration to New Levels


Creative dynamo and No Part of It label head, Arvo Zylo is constantly immersing himself in art, writing, and music culture. One of his most outstanding personal projects, 333, is a powerhouse of rhythmic industrial noise that pummels with it’s unending grit, while continuing interest with new emergence of detail around every corner.

After releasing 333, Arvo decided to invite a significant group of sound artists to take the original 333 material and reimagine it. With 33 artists signed on to collab, the project seems to have taken on a life of its own, becoming an entirely different beast than the original piece.

What these other artists were able to bring to the project was their own visions, and their own varied experiences - which temper the material in a unique way. The result is a surprisingly cohesive musical work that has a definitive vibe running throughout, while continually shifting the minute to minute details. There is a lot of experimentation here with noise as an instrument or a musical device, rather than using musical instruments or devices to create noise.

Worth the price of admission just for the titles, be prepared to have your ears gouged by ripping tracks such as the fuzz-infused electro freakout of Pretzel Days at the Stripper Nebula by AODL, Freakish child voice samples and lo-fi beats of One Two Eight Nine Six by Sudden Infant, or the half hour excursion into mechanical leaning drones and the mournful cries of dying organs of ZRMFXL by Bull of Heaven. Those are some highlights from what is a truly overwhelming work. In fact, this ‘REDUX’ release is so far removed from the original material that it stands separate and squarely above it in terms of scope, variation, and sheer vision.

There is a powerful sense of energy and rhythmic urgency in 333REDUX that permeates the entire runtime. I recommend enjoying this release in its entirety, in a listening setting. 333REDUX is available in digital format, or on DVD. The DVD version of this release adds contributors videos to the experience, and are printed on demand at No Part of It.

Gray Lee


JULIAN ABRAHAM 'TOGAR' - "Acoustic Analog Digitally Composed"


Julian Abraham 'Togar' - "Acoustic Analog Digitally Composed"

(Hasan Editions)

Released recently on Indonesian artistic platform, Hasana Editions, Acoustic Analog Digitally Composed by Julian Abraham is a striking collection of audio works centered around percussive sounds that have been digitally manipulated.

The first several tracks are rhythmic pieces that are like movements of a complex piece of intricate machinery. Kinetic hardware comes together in a symphony of clattering onomatopeia. Gears click, wheels spin, and springs snap. Later in the album, the sounds become mechanical in other ways energized with humming, buzzing energy. Throughout the release, precise placement and execution of each sampled sound makes this release a fascinating listen. While individual tracks are relatively short, the continuing theme makes the audio experience a singluar one.

Julian Abraham is a multidisciplinary artist who experiments in repetition and aural complexity here to great effect, creating an accessible album that is deeply focused and enjoyably convoluted, while remaining conceptually streamlined. Climb into this intricate piece of clockwork and enjoy the percussive marvels within.

  Gray Lee 



[Video Premiere] LONG DISTANCE POISON - "Astro Topoi"

Long Distance Poison - "Astro Topoi"

(Deep Distance)

Brooklyn, New York-based Long Distance Poison is set to release a new record through UK label Deep Distance. Astro Topoi is a 38-minute journey into a musical dimension that rests squarely between science fiction and space fantasy.

The opening track Ausunya, occupies half of the release’s runtime and is a highly varied journey through several musical zones, from sparkling vistas of wide open spaces to electo-robotic thought patterns that weave in and out of heady drones, ending in satisfying deepness.

Liminal Diamond is a trance-like vision that evokes far-away places beyond our limits of existence., merging patient drone-work with pulsating rhythms. Sol Umbra continues the theme of layering artistically rendered analog synthetic sounds with diaphanous walls of cosmic vibration, punctuated by thumping beats.

Astro Topoi continues its travel through the starry heavens by including an essay by the science fiction writer and poet Peter Milne Greiner.

Included here is a video for Sol Umbra. These striking visuals, created through video synthesis - are a real mind-bender! Enjoy!

Gray Lee

Astro Topoi is out later this month. More details available from the label.

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[Video Premiere] New Release From Trucks Passing Trucks Brings Pokemon and Vaporwave Together in a Unique Way

California based vaporwave producer Trucks Passing Trucks has a crisp, clean musical style that involves using video game soundtrack samples carefully layered with other engaging sound sources.

TPT’s previous album WaveRace64 was released on 3” CDR format with some creative & nostalgic packaging, but this time around he turns his attention to the iconic franchise of Pokemon.

Poke Passion Flower is a pleasing blend of flute samples and clips from the animated Pokemon TV show that is evocative of the comforting sounds of Saturday mornings gone by. This track is presented in the music video below, and is released on 3” rectangular CDR format - just like the shape of a Pokemon Card!

Fans of Pokemon & vaporwave will certainly get a kick out of this Pokewave release. Check out Poke Passion Flower in this exclusive video premiere!

The creative packaging of Poke Passion Flower is a card shaped sleeve that houses a rectangular disc. When assembled, the release looks like a Pokemon card in a trading card sleeve.

The creative packaging of Poke Passion Flower is a card shaped sleeve that houses a rectangular disc. When assembled, the release looks like a Pokemon card in a trading card sleeve.

Poke Passion Flower, in released in an edition of 45.

Head to this link to get into this new music from Trucks Passing Trucks:


DMT Tapes talks with us about Vaporwave is Alive II


DMT Tapes recently presented a month-long digital festival with a different vaporwave release every day.

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Vaporwave netlabel, DMT Tapes has been releasing music in prolific proportions since 2014. A careful balance between releases from pillars of the genre and newcomers, DMT has amassed a discography both impressive, and formidable to preside over. We caught up with label boss, Vito at his Port Richey, Florida compound, to discuss Vaporwave is Alive 2, a digital festival where DMT released a different vaporwave album every day for the entire month of July.

The DMT Tapes compound is housed in an unassuming mid century split level home on a beautiful twenty acre property, approached by a long winding driveway lined with palm trees and hedges trimmed in the shapes of dolphins, tigers, and flamingos. An arched wooden doorway opens into a long hall lit by blue neon lights and lined with Greek busts on pedestals. 

At the end of the hall is a large white room filled with floor-to-ceiling posters of DMT cover art. In the center of the room is a massive multi-screen display for an array of computers. In this ring of technology, seated thoughtfully on a hand-shaped throne is Vito, DMT Kingpin. After exchanging pleasantries and handing me a florescent drink in a martini glass, Vito, clad in a white polyester suit and a neon green necktie, adjusts his sunglasses and casually glances at the myriad of monitors behind him.

HM: "An album release every day for an entire month. What an insane idea! What made you decide to do this?"

V:" The truth is? I never was a huge fan of albums where artists contribute one track each. It’s just a giant list of names and one-off tracks that are disconnected. Some releases like this are totally cool… but for myself, and for a DMT album? I just wasn’t feeling too inspired.  

in order to let you know about this event, I have to tell you some of the origins of the idea with the first time we did it in January 2016. The idea hit me as an inebriated hunch in early October of 2015, shortly after beginning the launch of our 2nd season, DMT[REC]. What if instead of doing one giant album with our favorite artists releasing one song each… why not inflate the idea up to insane proportions, and give each artist an entire album to work on? Instead of a 31-track album with 31 artists, a 31-artist month with an individual day going to the artist instead of just a mere track.

This is roughly the inspiration for the whole project. All in all, that event was one of the funnest things I’d ever did, and I told myself I would do it again if this label thing continued on for me.

 [Vito reaches down to pet a purple and green striped tiger that has entered the room. It saunters to a low chaise lounge in the corner and curls up on it for a nap.]

HM: “There is certainly a wide range of artists who showcased their work in this event, including yourself. Did you find it difficult to be creative with your own projects, when coordinating such a large undertaking?”

Awesome question, thank you. The funny thing about it is, I made a specific discovery during the VIA2 planning period. Namely, that I indeed became supercharged at personal creative pursuits when tasked specifically with the only challenge of difficulty faced all event long. On the last day of the IndieGoGo, I was faced with this: “We only made 84% of our crowdfund, so I’ll have to make some of the releases myself. Probably 8 to be safe, in order to still pay out every artist a $20 like I’d hoped” This is because the final disbursement was around $480 after additional IGG garnishing, totaling out to 23 artists and leaving 8 vacant days. My normally anxious self felt emboldened by the challenge, and right away, all these album ideas I’d written down but never fully committed to (some from recent, some dating all the way back to 2015 and earliest label days) started coming forward. I didn’t feel like the event was ruined at all due to not meeting the exact goal amount, as it had both freed me up to create several long-forlorn experimental releases & forced me to do it all in a timeframe I don’t think I’d ever worked in before. My normal self was, this year, working at a pace of about 3 albums a month until this event. Nearly tripling that output this month didn’t feel stressful at all. Thought that was pretty nifty

HM: I’m sure you receive a good deal of submissions. How did you decide who to include in VIA2?

VIA1 & 2 were both pretty different in this regard! Back during season 2, we actually had a policy that all releases came from approaching the artists rather than having an open line for submissions. It was mostly a combination of recontacting preexisting DMT-FL artists (mostly all met through PM on either Reddit or Soundcloud in 2015) and discovering new acts that sounded like they fit our general motif. Back then, the name recognition for DMT-FL was still not as strong and I had to do a lot more personal introductions as to what we’re all about. Luckily, for VIA2, enough people have heard of the first event and of DMT Tapes FL that I actually received nearly an entire month’s worth of submissions before the crowdfund had even made its first milestone. It’s very rare to have to chase anybody down anymore, I’m happy to say. I also encourage people to let me know straight-up if it’s not for them, so that there isn’t that situation of an artist being too nice to say no or something similar messing with the event’s pacing.  Both events, I tried to have two deadlines on both the 31st of the month before the event (Jun 30th this time), and then a secondary deadline a week before any final release. Last year, we ALMOST had an artist let us down, but luckily we got their music in at just the nick of time. I decided this year that anybody who couldn’t meet that would get bumped to August by default, and then if they were suddenly ready in July after all, they’d take a slot of my own and my own release would get the August bump. This way of setting it up helped me safeguard that there won’t be a sudden day of no release. That was my biggest biggest fear when we did VIA1!

[Vito rises, and beckons me to walk with him to a large wooden doorway. As we approach it, it swings open and we pass through it into a beautiful courtyard. The focal point of this circular area, paved with flagstones, is a large fountain, featuring a Greek statue of a one-armed goddess holding an Amiga II computer. ]

HM: Is the title ‘Vaporwave is Alive’ a direct response to the popular ‘Vaporwave is Dead’ meme that has been circling the interwebs for a while now?

I really find the Vaporwave is Dead/Alive/Undead meme to be one of the most interesting meta-attributes of this genre scene. On one hand, you have the fact that it was actually declared dead before anybody had even heard of it! I could be getting my facts wrong (I googled to try and confirm but the results are a little inconclusive), but I think the word vaporwave was first coined in 2011, and it was already declared dead in 2012! Meanwhile, chillwave ended up being the genre that died an unfortunate death into obscurity as the early ‘10s became the mid-, and it was at that time that vaporwave proved itself by resurging for the first time in 2013.   

I consider the two major catalysts of “vaporwave’s undeadening” to be the rise of Luxury Elite (both musically and labelwise with her opening of Fortune 500, which lasted all 2013 long and closed Jan 2014 right as Dream Catalogue was opening) AND the opening of Business Casual in that same springtime of 2013. The netlabel medium had officially crash landed into the vaporwave scene, and so the next series of its popularity led up to the first time I personally saw it declared dead in 2015. I actually remember even getting a tad riled up the first time I saw it. “Dead!? But there’s more music and musicians here now than EVER before. How is that possible?” 
I definitely sought the circumventive title of Vaporwave is Alive out of reference to the fact that the genre had already resurrected, fallen, and risen once more. Funnily enough, vaporwave has been declared dead in mid-2016, parts of 2017, and of course at least once in current year. Nowadays I see the more memetic sense of it, when there were digital soothsayer types in 2015 who were actually trying to declare the sound to be over & participation dwindling. I’ve noticed over the years a typical (yet understandably recurrent) happening of a major player moving on taste-wise or inspiration-wise and declaring their interest in the genre to be dead. Deep down, I think that’s what’s happening more than anything: the magic might morph into something else to certain listeners, and the ‘dead’ effect may be the individual’s observation that the honeymoon phase they’ve had within a scene is over. Yes I really think the constant rebirth attribute to vwave has actually in some ways safeguarded its staying power. Though more than anything, its ease-of-entry to new producers and monstrously giant catalog of releases across the genre are the two biggest factors that keep Vaporwave alive and kickin

HM: Whats the quintessential vaporwave album for you?

Rose Quartz! released in the first week of 2013 by Luxury Elite, I consider this to be one of the most classic releases both in objective style and in terms of personal influence. I listened to the album for the first time on a drive to Orlando in April 2014, on my way to go see one of my best friends, Danielle (who has become my fiancee to this day.) This album embodies the artistic prowess that comes with sample curation and homogenized production, and how each track doesn't sound like a separate song from a separate artist but like they were all concocted by the same person in the same studio. That's what I love about vaporwave so much: you'd never guess that tons of artists/songs/albums were used in the creation of a single work, if the artist knows what they're doing.

HM: The name of your label ‘DMT Tapes’ confuses me, since I cannot find any of your tapes for sale. Where are the tapes?

The name! I'll give you the full & specific history. So first... we’ve never had a physical release and I don’t have any interest in bringing a business/customer service/sales infrastructure to my life. I really just am not that type unfortunately (I’d be a lot more savvy at virtually everything maybe if I had such aptitude). The ‘tapes’ is intended to be the verb, e.g. “He tapes his vacations in Florida every summertime.” The idea is that DMT Tapes FL is actually a full sentence, ‘Dimethyltryptamine Tapes Florida.’ During the year I formed the label (2014), I’d been particularly interested in the metaphysics of the psychedelic neurotransmitter DMT and one of the more interesting pieces of speculative fiction I wrote (purely for fictitious entertainment; I’ve always wanted to be a novelist or short story writer) postulated that DMT was either ‘the consciousness molecule’ or ‘the nostalgia molecule’. A short story about DMT being the molecule that keeps a person ‘on’, and a series of short stories about a group of Floridians across the state who were all affected one way or another by nostalgia or psychoactive experience in their everyday consciousness. The stories would eventually weave together, and… that’s about it. My attempt to sum up a synopsis for my story came out as ‘DMT Tapes FL’, with the mental image of an anthropomorphic DMT molecule holding a video camera while pointing it at Florida. I never physically had that image made up, but some artsy form of it would be my ideal commission if I ever do get this story up and running one day. I’d really like to, since the synopsis attempt for this hypothetical story ended up being my label name. I chose to name the label after it because of how intensely the idea of nostalgia and psychoactive consciousness is to the vaporwave genre (which I had been interested in for only 1 year at that point when starting the label up). The name just felt right. and still always does :)

The Vaporwave Is Alive 2 Releases:




GOTCHA質問 - "2nite"

GOTCHA質問 - "2nite"




われらは平和に来る≌≟ SUNSHINE STATE SECURITY - "Support Main"



BODYLINE - “ファンタジーモニター”



MODERN FOUNTAINS - “Pacific Clear”



PURPLE PALM - “Ramada Radisson”



TVVIN PINEZ M4LL - “Challenge Accepted”



FAIRLANE ELECTRONICS - “SuburbiaSimulator.zip“



ll nøthing ll & MIDI에l - “Euphoria“



DISCO BAMBINOS - “Videoclub”






LITTLE MAC TONIGHT - “Limited Time Flavor”


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UNKNOWN CALLER - “Inevitable Destruction of the World Mixtape”



こ̧̧̧こにプ̧̧̧ールがある WELCOME TO THE POOL '98 - “://www”



CHEMICAL HYPNOTIST - “Your Local Forecast”



V A P O R S O F T W O R K S 蒸気ソフト - “Palm Sky”



BULBASAUR ADDERALL - “HM11 (Reflections on the Best Years of Vaporwave— Past & Present)”


Gray Lee

[Release Announcement] - Two Upcoming Releases on Houdini Mansions!

Our first two releases will be available for purchase on Friday, September 21st at our houdinimansions.bandcamp.com storefront! Stay tuned for more details.

HMR001 - House of Cake 

HMR001 - House of Cake 

House of Cake

Cassette/ Digital

House of Cake is a collaboration project with a wide range of participants that we have been premiering singles from on on the Magnetic Mystery Hour podcast. Ten tracks of audio insanity, all smashed and cut up into the odd theme of cake! Noise, ambient, vaporwave, jazz, hip hop, electronica, and many other genres jumble together in this mad, mad project for the ages!

HMR 002 - Andrew Weathers/ Blaine Todd Split

HMR 002 - Andrew Weathers/ Blaine Todd Split

Andrew Weathers/ Blaine Todd split

Cassette/ Digital

Houdini Mansions proudly presents Andrew Weathers and Blaine Todd,  two prolific songwriters whose work collides in a pleasing audio artifact that presents a wide variety of sounds, textures, and moods. 

Further details on these two releases, such as track listings, personnel, and pricing.

We Tried out the 'Song Lyrics Generator' and the Results are Hilarious

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If you are a songwriter like me, sometimes writing lyrics can be the most frustrating part of songwriting. Either the words I am writing aren't exactly what I want, or the well runs dry, and I can't come up with any words at all. It's an age old challenge that afflicts nearly all artists and writers at some point in time.

Had I only known this whole time that now, with the power of the internets, I don't have to write my own lyrics anymore! I can just have this handy website write my lyrics for me. What a time saver! The question is: How well does it work? Let's find out! 

There are several options available on the Song Lyrics Generator website, but the best one is the 'Line by Line' generator, as it gives more creative control than the others. The session begins by typing in an inspiration word that the generator will use to create the line choices, and a band name.

As you can see here, I have decided I want a new song about cars.

As you can see here, I have decided I want a new song about cars.

After a few simple selections, the songwriting session begins. Eight to ten lines pop up at a time, often matching previous lines with rhymes or subject matter. It's completely easy! No more late nights, scribbling notes and scratching my head and agonizing over every syllable of a lyric. The power of technology creates a stress-free songwriting experience.

So how did I do this time around? Have a look and judge for yourself!

Cars  By Vroom McCarface  I live my life as if I'm motor And when you're gone I feel centrifugal Na na na na Cars I don't like your limousines Jalopies are not safe  Auto mechanising And when you're gone I feel hydrostatic When I'm with you, all I have is splendid thoughts Your words cut deeper than a piston Do you mind if I steal a torque?  Throttling It's time we had some garages Motorcycle, motorcycle - I feel just like a motorcycle I don't like your vespas I feel air chamber Cars I just wanna be part of your rollerblades Na na na na Cars


By Vroom McCarface

I live my life as if I'm motor
And when you're gone I feel centrifugal
Na na na na Cars
I don't like your limousines
Jalopies are not safe

Auto mechanising
And when you're gone I feel hydrostatic
When I'm with you, all I have is splendid thoughts
Your words cut deeper than a piston
Do you mind if I steal a torque?

It's time we had some garages
Motorcycle, motorcycle - I feel just like a motorcycle
I don't like your vespas
I feel air chamber
I just wanna be part of your rollerblades
Na na na na Cars

A new day dawns for songwriters everywhere!


Gray Lee


Try the Song Lyrics Generator out for yourself:




The Floppy Copy #1



R∞ brings us the high-minded midi compositions on floppy format in a custom case. Delphi Oracle is a soundtrack to a video game that never existed. Classic 90s RPG style jams await your eager ears. Check it out here:



BLOOMSTRAD - "End of the Century - The Viral Transfer"

(Power Lunch Corporation)

This Y2K-themed project will prepare you for the impending doom that the turn of the century is sure to bring. Relive the terror you felt as you huddled under the nearest piece of furniture at midnight on Dec 31st, 1999 and waited for the world to end.



PUTA MALARIA - "Helvete"

Black metal on floppy. Dark, evil, ultra compressed - This is 1.44 Megabytes of terror!

Purchase floppy here:


Listen to Puta Malaria here:


Qualchan's Smooth Elixir


Electronic artist Qualchan grinds up ambient chill vibes and mixes them down to a silky smooth elixir to soothe your troubled consciousness. Check it out!

Qualchan. is a multi-disciplinary artist residing deep in the heart of cascadia. he describes his work as a reimagining of americana filtered through the tropes of new age, focusing primarily on living through the anthropocene. he calls this wave now age, & is the only member of this school.

He presents a screwed mix of dubious spa jams meant to be played in float centers or deep in the forest. 


















Editors note: while we encourage uncensored and unfiltered artistic expression, the staff at Houdini Mansions does not condone or encourage the abuse of controlled substances.