New Virtual Self Utopia System Dates Announced
Written by groove on 8 August 2018
Porter Robinson’s Virtual Self has announced additional stops on his headlining North-American Virtual Self Utopia Tour, including West Coast performances as Virtual Self. The tour kicks off with a performance at Electric Zoo on Friday 8.31 in New York and stops in cities from Montreal to Los Angeles. Virtual Self also recently revealed the technic-Angel edit of “Ghost Voices” called “Angel Voices” HERE, to which Billboard remarked “the remix is brighter and more assaultive, in line with technic-Angel’s happier-hardcore style, but it still retains that eerie haunting feel and the delicious, abrasive percussion.”
The Utopia show combines two sets into one — one set each from the two Virtual Self “producers”. First, a techno, 2-step and trance segment from Robinson’s technic-Angel moniker, followed by a mashing of gabber, jungle and hardcore from Pathselector. The immersive performance will bring fans into a world of mutated 2001-era warehouse rave complete with custom-built lighting and stage production that looks unlike anything else in electronic music. People will be quick to notice that Porter’s commitment to the aesthetic is just as effortful as his previous live shows, and it’s safe to say that this will be the most unique show of 2018.
A concept predicated on the influences of his youth, with Virtual Self, Robinson taps into an affinity for early 2000’s visual aesthetic, looking to “combine three tropes from the period that didn’t overlap much at the time: digital abstract, arcane magic design, and digital grunge, all into a single early-aughts flavor,” a thematic thread which weaves through both the project’s sonic and visual identities.
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