Music is a truly innovative art form. Music genres have shifted throughout history, with new pairings and new sounds constantly being created. Sure, you know pop, rock, and hip-hop, but if you really want to move away from the mainstream – like, really far away – we’re bringing you some music genres that you’ve never even heard of. Plug in your headphones! It’s time to broaden your musical horizons.
If techno and house music are too slow for you, turn to speedcore. The name is derived from the genre “hardcore” and the characteristic of the tempo always being above 300 beats per minute. Sometimes tracks even exceed 1000 beats per minute, and anything over 600 bpm is considered splitter core. The music tends to have aggressive and angry themes, which is not shocking from something that makes your pulse race this fast. Do you dare give it a listen?
- Chap Hop
Maybe a mix of hip-hop and steampunk are more your speed. Chap Hop originated in England and combines elements of hip-hop and the Chappist or steampunk subcultures. Chappism favors the fine clothing, courteous, dandified way of life of old England while steampunk is a science-fiction genre that combines technology and a 19th-century Industrialism aesthetic. What can you expect by way of sound? Well, a British guy rapping politely and playing a banjolele (that would be a small banjo). But it’s really something you need to experience for yourself:
Folktronica combines, as I’m sure you’ve already figured out, elements of folk and electronica. The genre was coined by music writer Jim Byers to describe a new type of record producer that utilized acoustic folk and ambient electronica. The sound is typically created by sampling and looping acoustic instrumentation and rearranging it, and the tone tends to be a solemn and moody, meant to evoke emotion. If you want to give it a listen, give Four Tet a try.
Glitch is a subgenre of electronica that can be traced back to the late 19th century with Luigi Russolo’s manifesto The Art of Noises. The idea behind the glitch genre in today’s music is that sounds like a CD skipping or feedback, which are technically mistakes or glitches in electronic production, actually have musical merit. Glitch is a music genre that celebrates the aesthetic of failure.
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