Just for fun, I wrote a little program that takes the set of genres and mixes them up to give us a whole new set of imaginary genres. Some of my favorite imaginary genres are:
  • Acid Rockabilly
  • British Hip Pop
  • Blackened Broken Metal
  • British Stoner Rap
  • Coast Rock
  • Depressive political rock
  • Dirty Neo-Prog
  • Emo Metal
  • German uplifting death-grind
  • Gothic country grrrl
  • Hardcore chick trance
  • Indie anarcho pop
  • Industrial old northern house
  • Liquid Psychedelia
  • New symphonic hip-hop
  • Organic Metal
  • Progressive teen Hardcore
  • Suicidal Swedish viking rock
  • Traditional ambient deutschpunk
  • Twee Afrobeat
I think would be really cool to listen to some of these genres (such as 'Twee Afrobeat' or 'Liquid Psychedelia') and I think some (such as 'new symphonic hip-hop') would be just horrid. The weird thing is that I can imagine what many of these genres would sound like, even though they don't exist. Just try to imagine what 'Gothic Country Grrrl' would sound like.

Okay, I thought this would be easier than it is. But I think I have a fair stab at four of them:

* British Stoner Rap
- the Streets

* Gothic country grrrl
- Tarnation

* Hardcore chick trance
- Lesbians on Ecstasy

* Twee Afrobeat
- Vampire Weekend

I grant Tarnation is a bit slow for grrl, and that twee afrobeat is, well, maybe a cheap shot. But it is fun to try to figure out who these genres can fit... I think the closest is Lesbians on Ecstasy as "hardcore chick trance" -- and man, does that suggest an awesome Remix Opportunity...

Posted by stephen on June 13, 2008 at 10:00 PM EDT #

British stoner rap?

Not imaginary:


Best track to exemplify this genre:



Posted by Mayhem on June 14, 2008 at 04:19 AM EDT #

I imagine new symphonic hip hop would sound a bit like that mashup of The Verve's 'bittersweet symphony' and Jay-Z's vocals for 'dirt off your shoulder' ( http://youtube.com/watch?v=KmU70VfUYDA ).
What do you think?

Posted by bartandlife on June 15, 2008 at 09:11 PM EDT #

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