What happens when it becomes harder and harder to be original in the music genre of your choice? Usually, the musicians either quit their careers or go to extremes in the effort to create a music genre that hasn’t been heard before. Some of it might sound extreme, some ridiculous, some might even remind you of some games, but you must give it to the musicians for trying to create something new. Without further ado, our list of 4 Bizarrely Specific Music Genres that we’ve found for you.
If you consider yourself a music aficionado, then lowercase won’t be your cup of tea. This is because it’s mainly silence interrupted by occasional whispers and microsounds… but mainly silence. It was coined by minimal artist Steve Roden as a radical form of ambient sound art. Lowercase artists try to reveal an auditory experience that was once inaccessible to the human ear. What’s interesting about this genre is that you can hear records of plants, underground ant colonies and even bacteria being flash-frozen in a Petri dish.
It all started as a joke when a track by Shimon and Andy C was titled “clownstep” because it sounded like “dance music for deranged clowns”. Clownstep was an unexpected turn in the dubstep scene and producers started proudly labelling their work with the term, leading to a surge in the highly unnerving nightmare fuel.
Unlike the Satan-loving, evil worshipping black metal bands of Norway, these guys promote the word of God through their incomprehensible growls. Their lyrics tend to be interlaced with stories of conversion, salvation, proclamations of Jesus and Bible quotes. Quite the opposite of the Lucifer-loving metalheads like Venom, Bathory, Mercyful Fate, Hellhammer and Celtic Frost.
One of the most famous band within the genre is the Australian band “Horde”. When you hear some of their songs like “My Heart Doth Beseech Thee (O Master)” and “Silence the Blasphemous Chanting”, you cannot think to yourself that there is something about this genre that seems even more disturbing than the original black metal Devil-worshippers themselves.
Danger music is based on the idea that some music can be harmful to both the listener and performer. An experimental form of 20th and 21st century avant-garde music, the unadulterated noise is definitely not for those who are not into this sort of music. Due to this, performances were almost always cancelled before they can be performed.
Audiences attending danger music shows need to sign a waiver to prevent the band or venue being sued due to their use of things like bulldozers driving through the stage, sounds so loud they deafen the audience and throwing antipersonnel bombs into the crowd. Although, sometimes this danger is metaphorical. For example, composer Takehisa Kogusi directs a performer to gouge out their eyes five years from now, and another artist, Nam June Paik, directs a performer to “creep into the vagina of a living whale”.