In conjunction with This is the ENDD and at the invitation of event presenter Mathew Dryhurst, Aaron David Ross of Gatekeeper has compiled a mixtape exploring the vape aesthetic. The resulting work is available to stream and download below, along with a statement by ADR. The compilation will be given a public premiere tomorrow at Beverly's (21 Essex St New York, NY 10002), following the conclusion of the conference, at 630pm.
ADR's statement on the compilation:
VAPECRU is a community of artists and musicians born from a shared interest in vapor. As a lifestyle, a smoking cessation device, a fashion accessory, or a science fiction prop, the e-cigarette has affected the lives of many in our community, and has created powerful ties across genre, methodology, and focus. Cloud Chasing Vol. 1 is the first collection of music by vapers, for vapers. I asked contributors to imagine "music to vape to," and compiled the results into an album release which coincides with Rhizome's e-cigarette symposium on February 22nd at the New Museum.
The submissions explore both figurative and literal approaches to the prompt: Milk's "Vaping" describes the lifestyle in detail, Yen Tech's "Powered Up" alludes to both electric and cultural power, and Loric's "Top of the Pyramid" equates the movement to low fat food consumption. The instrumental tracks may be suited for relaxing in vape lounges, cloud chasing in the club, or expressing the frustrations of building an evenly burning sub-ohm coil…
Cloud Chasing Vol 1 begins to codify a sound that spans across demographic and discipline, uniting artists via their unique obsession, forming an intertextual collection of music to be enjoyed inside a dense, sweetly smelling cloud.