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Dreamcore is a surrealist aesthetic that uses motifs commonly associated with dreams, daydreams or nightmares, portrayed through media such as images, videos and, on occasion, music. Dreamcore shares many similarities with surreal memes; however, it does not rely on absurdist humor. Instead, dreamcore focuses on emulating the general feeling of a dream.

Visual

   Dreamcore, as stated before, is commonly portrayed through images and videos, which utilise different ‘base images’ such as liminal spaces, unrealistic terrain and structures (photoshopped hills, floating buildings, etcetera), or even fantasy-like lands, to give the visual a dream-like quality. Dreamcore visuals are typically lighter-toned and pastel in colour, or more bright and harsh. These ‘base images’ are then overlaid with different elements, with the major ones being text and characters.

   Dreamcore tends to include characters with surreal features. These characters aid in telling a story or creating a scenario that one might possibly see in a dream. However, the use of characters is not required. Text is also a common element; it ranges from short phrases with very little context to entire conversations or monologues. It’s typically written in a generic base font like Arial, or a serif font like Times New Roman, and can be different colours, sizes and even patterns, depending on what fits the situation best. Text, like characters, is not required! Some other common features of visual dreamcore are listed below:

  • Eyes and other facial features
  • Wings
  • Rainbows
  • Bubbles
  • RPG elements (text boxes, etc.)
  • Borders
  • Sparkles
  • Orbs
  • Old televisions (as head elements)
  • Flowers

Origins

Dreamcore’s exact origins are unknown, but it gained popularity in the early 2020s with a surge of TikTok videos containing dreamlike visuals. The videos often include original characters that are typically drawn or stitched together with numerous images. These characters usually have objects for heads.

Blogs

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Youtube

  • Baphomet Kun

Music

Artists

  • Jack Stauber (dreamcore elements)
  • Humanfobia
  • Yikii
  • Filmy Ghost
  • My Own Cubic Stone
  • LAKE R▲DIO
  • Enix Inri
  • Cecelia Condit
  • Mild High Club
  • Kero Kero Bonito
  • Pilotredsun
  • Boards of Canada
  • Sitcom
  • Ricky Eat Acid
  • Sleep Party People
  • Instupendo
  • teen suicide
  • Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra (also known as A Silver Mt. Zion)
  • Crystal Castles
  • The Caretaker
  • Cyriak
  • Blood Orange
  • Bakground
  • Temporex
  • Xori
  • aNTOJE
  • Windows96
  • Strawberry Guy
  • Dandelion Hands
  • Beach House
  • Molina

Soundtracks

  • Yume Nikki
  • Minecraft
  • Earthbound
  • Gingivia
  • Omori
  • Undertale

Community

Gallery

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