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Ramona Andra Xavier (born August 19, 1992), better known as Vektroid, is a Portland based musician and visual artist. She has released over 40 albums since 2005 under a myriad of producer handles, spanning such disparate electronic genres as synthwave, IDM, musique concrète, ambient and breakcore. She best known for being the Trope Codifier of Vaporwave as Macintosh Plus and that alias' album, Floral Shoppe. She has also conceptualized and produced all of the artwork and packaging for all of her releases.

Her Bandcamp, Twitter and Soundcloud can be found here.

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Discography

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    As Vectorfray 
Studio Albums
  • Omegalpha (Disc One) (2005)
  • From The Comfort Of Your Deathbed (2005)
  • Pentbüt (2005)
  • Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia (2007)note 

Singles/EPs

  • Ides EP (2005)
  • Bloodsample EP (2005)
  • For OCRemix's Evaluation (2005)
  • NolemN Single (2005)
  • The Wavefunction Collapse Session (2007)note 

    As Vektordrum 
Studio Albums
  • Shitaihokansho (2008)
  • Unreleased Tracks (2008)
  • I, Banished (2009)
  • Deciphered (And Re-Encrypted) (2009)
  • Capitose Windowpane (2009)
  • Geese (2010) note 
  • Discrét Night Signals (2010)
  • Trinity (2010) note 

EPs

  • Hello Skypedals EP1 (2010)
  • Hello Skypedals EP2 (2010)

    As Vektroid 
Studio Albums
  • Polymind (2011)
  • Starcalc (2011)
  • Neo Cali (2011)
  • Color Ocean Road (2012)
  • Midnight Run (with Siddiq) (2016)
  • Big Danger (2016)
  • RE•SET (2016)
  • Vektroid Texture Maps (2016)
  • Telnet Complete (2017)
  • Seed & Synthetic Earth (2017)
  • No Earth (Upcoming)
Other Releases
  • Telnet Erotika (2010)
  • Starflight Iguana (2010)
  • Hot Neon Love (2010)
  • Planet Dudette (2011)
  • Polymind/Windows Safari/Sphinx Caverns (re-released as Polytravellers) (2011)
  • Toro y Moi - "Still Sound" (VEKTROID ‘DENDRITE’ Remix) (2011)
  • S27-069: SECTIONED 2.0 (2011, Guest Appearance)
  • Magic Fades - "Ecco" (Vektroid Remix) (2015)
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    As dstnt 
Studio Albums
  • is&A Elig; (2010)
  • Nsii (2010)note 

Other Releases

  • Iss2 (2010)note 
  • isoDMOS (2010)
  • Ntdrv (2010)

    As New Dreams Ltd. 
  • Initiation Tape Part 1 (2011)note 
  • Initiation Tape: Isle Of Avalon Edition (2014)
  • Fuji Grid TV EX (2016)
  • Sleepline (2016)
  • Eden (2016)

    Other Releases 
  • Laserdisc Visions - New Dreams Ltd. (2011)
  • Fuji Grid TV - Prism Genesis (2011)
  • esc不在 - Black Horse (2011)
  • esc不在 - MIDI Dungeon (2011)
  • Tanning Salon - Dream Castle (2011)
  • Macintosh Plus - Floral Shoppe (2011)
  • 情報デスクVIRTUAL - 札幌コンテンポラリー (2012)
  • Sacred Tapestry - Shader (2012)
  • PrismCorp Virtual Enterprises - ClearSkies™ (2013)note 
  • PrismCorp Virtual Enterprises - Home™ (2013)note 
  • Sacred Tapestry - Shader Complete (2016)
  • PALACIO DEL RIO - NO TITLE (With Siddiq) (2016)
  • CTO & Ray Shermannote  - GDGA1 (2016)
  • Peace Forever Eternal - Nextcentury (2017)
  • Macintosh Plus - Sick & Panic (2019)note 


Tropes by Vektroid include:

  • Cover Version: "Color Ocean" is basically a cover of "Sexual Healing" by Marvin Gaye.
  • Darker and Edgier: Well... let's just say that the sounds of Macintosh Plus changed considerably during the eight year-long gap that seperated Floral Shoppe from Sick & Panic.
  • Dark Reprise: "新たな夢Spirited Child (Color Ocean Sky)" by Sacred Tapestry for "リサフランク420 / 現代のコンピュ" by MACINTOSH PLUS. It uses the same sample, but uses more abstract sampling styles to create an eerie effect. Note that this was Vektroid's last New Dreams Ltd. project until Home™ and ClearSkies™.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: 情報デスクVIRTUAL's "風船ガムBUBBLEGUM". The Japanese translates roughly to "bubblegum", so the song is essentially called "Bubblegum BUBBLEGUM".
  • Epic Rocking/Miniscule Rocking: "Liquid Air" by Laserdisc Visions is three seconds shy of a minute long, while Macintosh Plus' "リサフランク420 / 現代のコンピュ" is over seven minutes.
    • "Enemy" is a whopping nine minutes long.
    • "Motions Feel" is eight minutes long.
    • Several of her ambient pieces stretch up to twenty minutes.
    • Nearly the entirety of the dstnt alias does not go under nine minutes, with the four songs on NSII being longer than thirty.
    • Sick & Panic is twelve and a half minutes long.
  • The Faceless: Until her DJ set at spf420 in 2014.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: Used in her vaporwave works. Some of it includes redundancies (such as listing the English translation directly after the Japanese text) or mistranslations caused by inputting text into Google Translate.
  • I Have Many Names: Vectorfray, Vktrfry, Vektordrum, dstnt, VEKTROID, Laserdisc Visions, Fuji Grid TV, New Dreams Ltd., esc 不在, Tanning Salon, Macintosh Plus, 情報デスクVIRTUAL, Sacred Tapestry, PrismCorp Virtual Enterprises, CTO and Peace Forever Eternal are all her. Every name in that list past VEKTROID are all one-off aliases.
  • Insult Backfire: The New Dreams Ltd. series of albumsnote , which encompasses all of her work in vaporwave, was created as a Stealth Parody of undiscerning internet hipsters pretending to like things for ironic reasons. She ended up codifying vaporwave into the household name that it is by doing so, creating countless imitators alongside genuine musicians who pushed the genre forward.
  • Last Note Nightmare: "リサフランク420 / 現代のコンピュ" ends with what can only be described as a minute and a half long nervous breakdown.
  • Long Title: "WELCOME 2 SHOP@HOME NETW☯RK LLC #WEEDBREAK #ROLL_UP_THEM_BLUNTS_FOR_2K12"note  by 情報デスクVIRTUAL and "リサフランク420 / 現代のコンピュ" by MACINTOSH PLUS, among others.
  • Loudness War: Her vaporwave works were often EQed pretty loudly.
  • Mondegreen: In "リサフランク420 / 現代のコンピュ", the final line in the chorus of the sampled song (Diana Ross' "It's Your Move") has been commonly misheard as "It's all in your head" even though it's really "It's all in your hands".
  • Rearrange the Song: "Impressions" from PrismCorp's Home™ album is pretty much a MIDI version of Phil Collins' "Easy Lover".
  • Sampling: All of her vaporwave tracks, natch.
  • Stealth Parody/Take That!: Her New Dreams Ltd. works. The whole thing was, in her words, "bred from the hypothesis that the scene has such a backwards mentality of music that they will listen to anything, no matter how tragically unfashionable the music sounds, if it's packaged fashionably."
  • Stylistic Suck: Implied with 情報デスクVIRTUAL's album 札幌コンテンポラリー, in which song snippets were simply slowed down and looped with zero added effects.
  • Title 1: Omegaalpha (Disc One) and Initiation Tape - Part 1.
  • Title Track: "Color Ocean" from Color Ocean Road, "Neo Cali", and "Floral Shoppe", though the latter is written in Japanese characters.
  • Tradesnark™: The fictional company Prism Corp. International has one.
    We Know Who You're Working For™
    • There's also the albums Home™ and ClearSkies™ from PrismCorp Visual Enterprises.
  • Trope Codifier: It's safe to say that she's the most recognizable vaporwave artist in the genre, and her work was likely a gateway for many into the genre.
    • Floral Shoppe is in turn the most popular vaporwave album, credited primarily to "リサフランク420 / 現代のコンピュ".
  • Updated Re-release: Xavier has a habit of re-evaluating and re-packaging older works:
    • Vektordrum's two 2009 Hello Skypedals EPs would be reconfigured into Hello1&2 in 2016. The new album re-ordered the songs and ditched the remixes by Nonima.
    • Vektordrum's 161-minute 2009 album I, Banished was re-cut into the 79-minute Geese in 2010, with the title track pitched down, another song entirely rebuilt into a new song, and all included songs gaining new segues. A later digital re-issue in 2016 gave it different cover art.
    • Vektroid's 2010 EP TELNET EROTIKA would be reissued as Telnet Complete in 2017 with 12 bonus songs, an entirely different running order, and reworkings of the original 5 songs.
    • Vektroid's Starcalc was a 12 song album that came with a bonus 11 song package consisting of Polymind EP, Sphinx Caverns and Windows Safari. The latter two EPs were quickly repackaged as Polytravellers, while all but one song from Polymind EP were added to Starcalc alongside 4 other bonus songs.
    • New Dreams Ltd.'s Initiation Tape would receive a remastering in 2014, adding several songs from the esc不在 albums.
    • Laserdisc Visions' New Dreams Ltd. has 3 versions: A 21-track digital release; a 22-track cassette version with two additional songs and "Zik Zak" and "Liquid Air" merged; and a 27-track digital re-issue one year later, retaining the order of the first release but adding five different extra songs and one extra song from the cassette version. The cassette version also added Japanese commercial soundbytes as an ambient haze to the full length of the album.
    • Fuji Grid TV's Prism Genesis would be expanded and reissued in 2016 under the artist name of New Dreams Ltd. and the album name of Fuji Grid TV EX.
    • Vektroid's Neo Cali was originally a 10 song album. It was quickly turned into a 15 song album while also removing "Wild Wave", but as of 2018 is a 14 song album, having removed "Untitled" as well.
    • Macintosh Plus' Floral Shoppe got a similar treatment to New Dreams Ltd. On cassette and vinyl, the two final songs were swapped out for two new songs, a couple tracks are pitched downward and slower, and one track also fades into the next. The 2017 vinyl reissue is a remastered version of the cassette but removes the segue on side A. A bonus song is also included.
    • Vektroid's Color Ocean Road had five bonus songs added onto the end shortly after its initial release. In 2017, the final bonus song was moved up in the track position, appearing as the final song of the EP proper before the bonus tracks.
    • Sacred Tapestry's Shader got a reissue as Shader Complete in 2016, with a revised track order and new music.
    • PrismCorp Virtual Enterprises' two albums from 2013 were issued with expanded tracklists on cassette. Both albums received "Complete Edition" reissues in 2016. All three versions of Home™ and ClearSkies™ have different trackorders and bonus songs, with one song from ClearSkies™ remaining exclusive to the cassette version.
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