Hydrogen is an aesthetic designed to evoke a vibe of a combination of calmness, a feeling of being static or frozen in time, and enough strangeness to feel slightly surreal. Common elements of Hydrogen, like lunar imagery and retrofuturism, are simply effective ways to evoke these three emotions. Hydrogen gets its name from the element, which is the lightest and simplest element on the Periodic Table


Hydrogen was initially inspired by early retrofuturistic media, such as Georges Méliès' "Le Voyage dans la Lune" and Edgar Allan Poe's "The Balloon-Hoax." At the beginning it was fully based on the emotions of certain static images contained within these works, removed from their contexts. Eventually this diversified: first beyond the confines of media into music and digital art, and later on beyond the confines of its initial aesthetic themes, replacing them more unifying emotional themes.

Examples of the hydrogen aesthetic in media


  • Dust by M|O|O|N
  • the intro of Plus Four by M|O|O|N
  • the intro of Aural Psynapse by deadmau5
  • "electronic nocturnes" in general

Film: the intro of 2001: A Space Odyssey


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