Time-stretched remixes of Microsoft startup sounds: they just never get old. But maybe we need this vaporwave Windows 98 in our lives.
The source material in this case isn’t Brian Eno – that’s Windows 95. Instead, Microsoft’s own Ken Kato is credited with the composition.
Apart from the glitched-out thumbnail and wonderful sound, I’ll give extra points to this remix on a couple of counts. First, it leads to Indonesian artist Fahmi Mursyid, who has a Bandcamp full of sonic delights. Fahmi, if you were using this as a scheme to bait us into clicking on your music, well … why not? I did:
And second, it has this fantastic quote attached to it … for some reason:
“Global capitalism is nearly there. At the end of the world there will only be liquid advertisement and gaseous desire.
Sublimated from our bodies, our untethered senses will endlessly ride escalators through pristine artificial environments, more and less than human, drugged-up and drugged down, catalysed, consuming and consumed by a relentlessly rich economy of sensory information, valued by the pixel. The Virtual Plaza welcomes you, and you will welcome it too.”
— Adam Harper, in his initial Dummymag article
I miss those innocent days when the thing we were afraid of was too many computers using Windows.
Now we live in the fantastic world where totalitarian governments are watching us through our phones and we aren’t just paranoid … and that’s presuming a social network on our phone doesn’t make us so depressed we ourselves become a danger.
No, let’s loop this beautiful 90s sound and make the world … melt away.
Update: The artist talks a bit more about what he did here:
I tried re-interpretation, not just time-[stretching] it … with sound manipulation / design like sampling, chopping, slicing, change the pitch / speed, and by varying : the waveform, envelope, panning, duration, spatial position, density of the grains, for [an] acousmatic listening experience.