Glitch (Music)

Glitch (Music)

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Updated Apr 09, 2014 at 01:33AM EDT by Brad.

Added Jan 25, 2012 at 01:10AM EST by Brad.

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Glitch is a term used to describe a genre of electronic music characterized by deliberate use of glitch-based noises typically viewed as undesirable in audio recordings. The glitches sounds are typically sampled from malfunctioning audio recording devices or misconfigured digital devices, such as CD skipping, hardware noise, vinyl record scratches, computer crashes and system errors among others. It also refers to the audio-mixing technique that involves splicing together small cuts of music or audio samples to the signature of glitch beats.


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Yeah I filed this entry as subculture since it is a subgenre of electronica music. As for the examples given, I think sampling irregular noises / digital audio effects is too common of a technique to simply tie it with glitch music. This entry needs a narrower scope in defining what makes a song part of “glitch” genre music and its influences on other related genres (dubstep, chillwave, downtempo, etc) or parent genre, electronica music.


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