Saturday, May 22, 2021 by DJ Uncertain
A >:) Robloxcore -- XD Guide from ! Kiernan Press-Reynolds :0
Kieran Press-Reynolds produced an audio essay/guided tour of zoomer hall of mirrors genres, glitch-hop and Robloxcore. That segment came out on ➚MPR last October and last week he published ➚a piece in the NYT on the Robloxcore side of things. You should R it but TLDR: some kids who met on Roblox ended up creating an absurd and gnarly sounding (but totally loving ,caring, and queer) rap scene for themselves. It recalls a conversation I had with ➚Cade Diehm of ➚New Design Congress on how the design of these social platforms (the UI/UX, their internal economies, the depth of interactions permitted between users) can make for some unintended and sometimes beautiful outcomes. We're familiar with ➚the less pretty places these sorts of social spaces can take us, but this little world feels alright.
Full acknowledgement that it sucks when the NYT catches on to fun stuff kids are doing, but these artists are 16...they'll figure the next thing out soon enough. Also congrats to Kieran who just graduated from Fordham :)