These bones that bound us will be gone
We'll stir our spirits 'til we're one
Then soft as shadows we'll become
Porter Weston Robinson (born July 15, 1992), known as Porter Robinson, is an electronic music producer and DJ. His material is noted for its video game and anime influences.
He first released the Spitfire EP in 2011, to great reception. His debut album, Worlds, released in 2014, was accompanied by the Worlds Tour, which featured many songs from the album as well as other songs. The most notable part of the Worlds tour is the exclusive remixes, which, aside from fan remakes, could only be heard at the concerts.
Robinson announced a collaboration and accompanying tour with Madeon with the release of Shelter on August 11, 2016. It was accompanied by the 6-minute anime/music video of the same name in October 19, 2016 in collaboration with A-1 Pictures.
In 2017, he announced a new project and alias called Virtual Self, and released his first EP under the alias that same year.
- Alternate Universe: The Worlds of the eponymous album are supposed to be that, although they're supposed to be dream worlds. This is further expanded upon in the lyrics of the live version of Unison:Every place you've ever imagined, it's real
There is a fictional city in your mind, and you know every corner of it
Your mind is a world
Each of us is a place
- The City vs. the Country: In the music video for "Easy", a Japanese pop idol escapes the business of the city via a motorcycle, drops an EMP bomb in the street and retreats to relax in a park with a regular bicycle.
- Darker and Edgier: The live version of "Fresh Static Snow" has creepy visuals (see Eyeless Face below) and is loud and angry. This version of the song turns one of the most sad and somber songs on the album into an evil and angry-sounding remix.
- Although it's not Porter's work, Madeon's Evil Edit of Shelter is this down to the name.
- Eat the Rich: "Years of War", which is about a war of vengeance against a wealthy kingdom that goes on for 200 years and ends the world.Oooohhh, 200 years of war
Fight till we are no more
Take back what the kingdom stole
- Epic Rocking: "Divinity" and the Chrome Sparks remix of "Goodbye To A World" are both over six minutes, though only barely.
- Eyeless Face: The visual for the live version of "Fresh Static Snow" features an animal skull with long horns and the eyeless face of a man with antlers.
- Fan Remake: A weird example, since it's not a video game, but since Porter has a laissez-faire policy regarding remixes and such, a lot of remixes of Worlds have been appearing on the Internet. One such example is Worlds: The Movie, that is essentially a fan recreation of the Worlds tour as it actually was, complete with remade versions of the live songs.
- The Shelter Tour now also has Shelter: the Movie.
- There have been leaks of Porter's work computer, complete with studio versions of the actual Shelter audio that Porter and Madeon played, with the actual vocals and not "the Movie"'s recreations. It should be noted that Porter never intended the Shelter tour tracks to leak, so they won't be posted here, but they're not that hard to find.
- While there's an official remix album, and apparently a second one in the works, there's also a fanmade remixes compilation called "Our Worlds."
- The Shelter Tour now also has Shelter: the Movie.
- Genre Mashup: While most of his material can be classified as Electro House (specifically the "complextro" sub-genre), he's also incorporated elements of Japanese Pop Music, trance, dubstep, Synth-Pop and chiptune in there as well.
- Gratuitous Japanese: The lyrical content of "Flicker" is entirely based on "私はちょうど何が重要か見つけようとしている。「自分たちの生活のトラックを失う方法です。」"Translation
- Journey to the Center of the Mind: Porter is very fond of it, and Worlds is entirely built on this idea.
Thank you, I'll say goodbye soon
- Aside from the aforementioned example, "Goodbye to a World" ends with the literal end of the world. It is supposed that our protagonists are the android girl and her lover from Sad Machine. She says they don't have to worry because they can live together again in a place she creates in her mind.
Though its the end of the world,
Don't blame yourself now
And if its true,
I will surround you and give life to a world
That's our own
- The entire story of the Shelter MV is pretty much a call-back to the story evoked in Goodbye to a World, although it replaces lovers by father and daughter, and the robot girl's mind by the VR sim from Rin's ship.
- Limited Lyrics Song: "Goodbye To A World" is 5 and a half minutes but only includes the lyrics stated under Journey to the Center of the Mind, repeated several times, and Fresh Static Snow (despite heavily bordering on Epic Rocking) consists entirely of two short verses, the former of which repeats multiple times:You'd fit perfectly to me, deep in the loneliness
Melt this curse away
Though I'll never know your name, I'll cry for you the same
The frozen white noise static snow
That is your memory
Although I know we'll never meet
You're ever part of me...
- MayflyDecember Romance: "Sad Machine" features an android girl being turned on again by a human after what is supposed to be an apocalypse. They eventually fall in love, however she knows that him being human means he has a limited lifespan, while she'll live on forever. The lyrics imply that once he dies, she'll still go on as ever, as if it had never happened.She'll go alone, and never speak of this again
- Mundane Made Awesome: One possible reading of "Lionhearted" suggests that its lyrics are about playing Space Invaders.
- Shout-Out: The entirety of the Virtual Self EP, its thematics and aesthetics are practically screaming Lain. Porter hasn't outright acknowledged it, but it's made obvious by the fact that his BBC mini-mix is introduced by MacTalk Whisper, the very same voice synthesis preset that read the episode titles.
- To top it off, the music video for "Ghost Voices" had the credit "recorded in present day / present time"
- Stage Names: While he usually goes by his birth name unlike most other Electronic Music artists, he does have the Virtual Self alias to release more experimental material under.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: "Fresh Static Snow" is about two people who are perfect for each other, but will never meet.You fit perfectly to me deep in my loneliness, melt this curse away
Though I'll never know your name I'll cry for you the same
- Synthetic Voice Actor: "Fresh Static Snow," "Sad Machine" and "Goodbye to a World" have vocals performed by AVANNA. As other tracks of his feature real human vocals (including his own within "Sad Machine"), this was done as a stylistic voice, with additionally-added Auto-Tune and slight distortion effects to make it sound as robotic as possible.
- Vocal Tag Team: "Sad Machine" features one between Robinson himself and AVANNA.
That you and I might have always known one another
And that we could not only evoke, but conjure a place of our own
And everywhere, that has ever existed
Is all on the surface of our dream
Now please, hear what I hear
Let me explain
This ugliness, this cruelty, this repulsiveness
It will all die out
And now, I cry for all that is beautiful
Let me explain...