Courtesy Photo - Virtual Self, "Ghost Voices"
Whether you love it or don't get it, Porter Robinson's Virtual Self alter-ego is one of the most exciting things in electronic music today. Calvin Harriseven said the song "Ghost Voices" re-ignited his love for dance as a genre, directly inspiring him to write "Nuh Ready" with PARTYNEXTDOOR. Now, that fan favorite single has an official music video accompaniment, and it actually sheds light on the project more than any of the others -- in the sense that it features the main characters.
Virtual Self is fronted by two figures; the white cloaked and gold masked technic_angel and the dark-clothed, pale and freckled Pathselector. They're a cool yin and yang ripped straight from mid-aught video games, which is kind of the whole theme of the project. Robinson described Virtual Self in a press release as a means 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."
Now, there isn't much actual storyline to Virtual Self, although if there was ever a music project ripe for fan fiction, it's this one.
The "Ghost Voices" video shows technic_angel and Pathselector haunting around an old warehouse full of discarded computers. Perhaps these conscious identities have came to life in this tangle of cobwebbed wires, these forgotten hard drives and game consoles from 1999-2003. Maybe these digital ghosts actively create a universe of their own as they try to communicate with our reality through the old graphics and sound cards lying around.
That's our imaginative stab at a storyline, but the fun of Virtual Self is letting your own imagination run wild. Watch the video for "Ghost Voices" below, and see what you take away from it, then look out for Robinson as he bring Virtual Self to a stage near you during 2018 festival season.