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Black MIDI

*WARNING* The video below may cause seizures.

Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a synesthetic? Here's the answer.

A group of musicians uses MIDI keyboard to create impossible songs called. Black MIDIs are so named because if written in standard music notation, the compositions would be entirely black. Our brain can't perceive that many notes at once so most of the notes will sound like a white noise to you. Nevertheless, you should give it a listen.

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Japanoise

Japanoise, or Japanese noise refers to the noise scene in Japan. As the name suggests, noise is a music genre that explores the boundaries between “music” and “non-music”. The instruments used vary widely. Noise features a fusion of traditional instruments and electronic sounds, recordings and machines. It sometimes is described as soundscape, for rhythm and structure are of minor importance.

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Tuvan Throat Singing

Tuvan throat singing aka Mongolian throat singing is one particular variant of overtone singing practiced by people in Mongolia, Inner Mongolia, Tuva and Siberia. Unlike most of the people, throat singers can sing more than one note at once, one fundamental pitch and—simultaneously—one or more pitches over that.

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Still not impressed? Then listen to this throat singing rap.
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Gothic Сountry aka Horror country

Horror Country is what happens when instead of beer, guns and pickups you sing about occultism, skeletons and witches.

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Lowercase

Lowercase is an extreme form of minimalist music that is built around typically unheard ambient sounds. Artists record and remix sounds from crumpled paper, broken lightbulbs and carburetors, among other objects. Artist Steve Roden created the genre in 2001 when he released the album “Forms of Paper.”

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Unblack metal

Unblack metal shares the style of black metal, which tends to use fast drumming, shrieking vocals and complex guitar riffs, but it differs in content. Traditional black metal often incorporates Satanist or Pagan themes and expresses skepticism about organized religion. Unblack metal, on the other hand, promotes Christian beliefs and uses religious lyrics.

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Spytrack

Well, the name says it all. That is music used in spy movies. A perfect tune in case you want to spy on someone.

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1-Bit Music

For those, who think 8-bit is too much. 1-Bit Music is a project by composer and artist Tristan Perich, probes the foundations of digital sound.

An electronic circuit is assembled inside a CD case with a headphone jack on the side. The device plays back 40 minutes flow of 1-bit electronic music—the lowest possible digital representation of audio. 
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Chap Hop

Chap hop is music originating from England that mixes the hip hop genre with elements from the Chappist subculture and stereotypical English obsessions such as cricket, tea, and the weather. 

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Danger Music

Danger music is based on the concept that some music can harm either the listener or performer. An experimental form of avant-garde music, the unadulterated noise is definitely for the acquired taste, and performances are almost always canceled before they can be performed. Audiences attending danger music shows are made to sign a waiver to prevent the band or venue being sued when they're doing things like driving bulldozers through the stage, using sounds so loud they deafen the audience and throw antipersonnel bombs into the crowd. The danger can also be metaphorical, for example, composer TakehisaKogusi 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". What this all means, no one knows It's dangerous though, apparently.
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44 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Mad-Mike_J83
    Ok, time to meld me some danger music with metal and punk, and create the most destructive form of rock derived music ever created.  At our first show, I'm driving a semi truck full of running power tools in the back through the stage!  The show ends after everything is a giant flaming pile of rubble.
    DropDeee
    'Lowercase' sounds like the Sunday evening shows on my local radio station...  'Difficult Listening' & 'Ambient Zone'.    Anyone with an ounce of normality about them would find it impossible to listen to but it's pretty interesting at times.
    Eissari
    Not really obscure but Synthwave/Retrowave.. Goddamn if you like any of that electronic music you will fall in love with the genre, both thumbs up from me atleast.. And that throat singing gave Spyro vibes for me  
    Ben2k9
    so Black Midi is the musical equivalent of a Japanese Bullet Hell shooter? Nice! 
    Anjohl
    Several of these aren't actual music genres, notably the "unblack metal", "Gothic country", "lowercase", "danger music", "1 bit", etc. These would be black metal, coutry, avant garde, avant garde, and electronic respectively.
    Humr
    Just because there are also less specific terms to call these doesn't mean they're not genres. Are you some kind of "genre authority" to say what is and what isn't a genre? 
    Anjohl
    Not an authority, no, but facts are facts. No music needs more than one sub-genre, example, "metal > black metal" or "rock > hard rock". Once you start getting into a higher degree of minutia, you might as well make every band it's own sub-sub-sub-sub genre.
    Humr
    Again, "no music needs more than one sub-genre" - said who? All your "facts" are literally just your opinions. Brutal death metal and melodic death metal are vastly different genres. But no, Anjohl said "facts are facts" so no differentiating between these two. I hate it when bands or labels make genres up, but as long as it is applicable to more than one thing and it actually helps to specify what the music is like there's nothing wrong with being specific.
    munkysquid
    I always wanted to mix techno with country and found the techcunt genre. After listening to all of that, I think we're all better off without it.
    dannyalcatraz
    Black MIDI: the logical evolution of the stuff laid down for Frank Zappa's Jazz From Hell album. ...and it doesn't really do anything for me.
    Tha Funkinator
    To me it just seems like routing all your MIDI tracks through the same channel. So instead of various textures, you just get the bass, rhythm, lead, vocals, and a beat played on a piano. I mean, it's a new way to hear a song, I guess, but it doesn't seem to take special talent, just a MIDI program and some tinkering.
    travislausch
    Been a Black MIDI fan for a few years now. Always wanted to dabble in it, but I just don't have the chutzpah to do what those blackers do.