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  Illbient - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Illbient music is an offshoot of the intelligent dance music (IDM) movement, similar in style to ambient music but far different in theme.
Whereas ambient uses natural noises to represent almost a random pattern of music, illbient uses dissonant noises and dark, unsettling ("ill") samples to create controlled chaos.
Illbient ranges from the very minimalistic to the rather complex, similar to other genres such as experimental hardcore and the later incarnations of IDM.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Illbient   (143 words)

 Illbient   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The word "illbient" comes from a fusion of "ill" and "ambient." Its music is equal parts dub, drums 'n' bass, hip-hop, beatless knob-twiddling, and scary vocal samples.
Illbient is funk turned upside down and inside out, with sprawling, scary sampled bass lines in place of punchy bass guitar.
Illbient lays claim to being the soundtrack of the premillennial urban experience.
www.bostonphoenix.com /archive/music/97/09/11/ILLBIENT.html   (714 words)

 Music.com ||| Illbient   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Centered in New York City (Brooklyn in particular), illbient is a distinctly and consciously urban form of electronic music, aiming to express both the cultural variety and grimy decay of its surroundings.
So dubbed by DJ Spooky (the style's defining artist), Illbient's eclectic, atmospheric pastiches are rooted foremost in ambient music, but may incorporate (in particular) dub, hip-hop, and drum'n'bass, plus occasional ethnic musics that blend well with whatever is already in the musical stew pot.
Performance venues for illbient are often selected for how well they evoke the atmosphere of a city's dirty underbelly, which speaks to the music's underlying conceptual (and intellectual) nature.
www.music.com /style/illbient/1   (261 words)

 The Net Net: What You Need to Know About Electronica
DJ Spooky, the most vocal and media-savvy illbient provocateur, coined the term "illbient" to capture the mood of an ambient genre born and bred in the grit of urban decay.
In illbient circles, the rule of the day is shifting collaborations and morphing collectives rather than lone artists or stable groups: hence the Brooklyn-based Wordsound is part record label, part DJ posse, and part commune.
Illbient shows often go to great lengths to achieve the urban atmospheric requirements: from all-night roaming parties in San Francisco to concerts under the supports of the Brooklyn Bridge.
www.thenetnet.com /reviews/newelec.html   (2248 words)

 DJ Spooky   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Illbient, so-called because it's a New York City musical child, is the sick form of ambient: it's noisier, more disruptive and more erratic.
In the live music forum, illbient sounds nothing like the theory - the shifty planes of sounds colliding, which are meant to challenge the listener's ears and mind, to challenge the way we hear music and respond to it.
But the creators of the music should stop writing 30-page theses on how brilliant their music is and start playing the brilliant music of which they speak so loudly.
archives.thedaily.washington.edu /1997/022797/022797spooky.html   (603 words)

 Incursions in Illbient   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
It is, in fact, a hybrid of musical influences that encapsulates influences from the aforementioned ambient genre along with techno, hip hop and dub styles.
This particular introduction to the world of illbient sounds includes four of New York City's major proponents: Sub Dub, DJ Spooky (Paul Miller), Bizarre and We (DJ Olive).
Whether so-called "illbient" music is just a stop on the road to another genre of music remains to be seen.
www.metrotimes.com /music/rr/17/rr02.html   (408 words)

 Techno Guide: Illibient   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Style born in New York's Brooklyn during the mid 90's as the result of the fusion of Ambient, Hip Hop, Dub, Krautrock, and 20th century Avant-garde music.
Illbient is characterized by Dub backgrounds, noisy urban ambiences, and contemporary scales.
DJ SPOOKY is the most representative artist who defined this genre, along with other artists such as DJ Olive, Spectre, WE, Slotek, and Sub Dub.
www.intuitivemusic.com /tguideillbient.html   (84 words)

 Various Artists
The artists create illbient sounds while the visual crews improvise with light, video and film.
"Illbient" — a combination of hip-hop beats and scratches, drum ’n’ bass, jazz, tribal, ambient and random city noises — can be taken as an attack or a challenge on your psyche.
Illbient artists tend to be based in the realism and vibes (regardless of negative and positive aspects) of urban culture and city life.
www.citypaper.net /articles/121699/mus.dq3.shtml   (229 words)

 Share the Music!   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
But the reality doesn’t always match up – illbient performers are sometimes disappointed to find that audiences watch the DJ tables as they might a concert stage.
MP3.com has an illbient chart, and Simulacra, this amazing Minnesota-based musician named Eric Peterson, has composed many pieces in this style.
I’ll write a more in depth story on his music later, but he has a prodigious amount of mp3’s freely available on mp3 including the extraordinary pieces 4am, Apparition, and the faster Auriga and Jawbreaker.
www.imaginaryplanet.net /weblogs/sharethemusic/index.php?m=20030908   (344 words)

 DJ Spooky   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
But don't expect to whip yourself into a dance frenzy when illbient's foremost proponent, DJ Spooky, drops in at the Middle East next Thursday to mix with like-minded alterna-folks Ben Neill, Edsel, Chainsuck, and Willie Wisley.
"Illbient was trying to put a New York take on things," Spooky explains over the phone from New York.
Of course, as hip as the illbient scene in New York has become, Spooky has his detractors.
www.bostonphoenix.com /alt1/archive/music/reviews/11-28-96/DJ_SPOOKY.html   (1220 words)

 Tiny Mix Tapes
Liminal were an improvisational collective comprised of DJ Olive, Loop, and Danny Blume, aligned with the "illbient" hip hop/electronic music scene from New York City in the early- to mid-90s.
Three of the album's eight tracks are culled from actual live performances of the accompaniment to the film; the others are expositions of ideas and motifs utilized during the performances.
Though similar to the illbient hip hop releases of DJ Spooky, DJ Wally, et al., Liminal's record has much more of a fractured, eerie quality.
www.tinymixtapes.com /musicreviews/l/liminal.htm   (388 words)

 Scratching the Surface
Spawned by artists like DJ Spooky, We, Sub Dub and Ben Neil, illbient music can be defined as a psychedelic, sample-heavy, all-encompassing amalgamation of trip-hop, hip-hop, dub, funk, jungle, noise, spoken word, atmospherics and ambient soundscapes (typically reflecting the profound subconscious struggle and exertion of urban living).
Of course, as times change, so does the illbient "scene." It remains open-ended as a sort of free-for-all for the artist and listener.
Through Slipstate and his own illbient creations, Dev79 aims to trigger strong emotions — beyond the boundaries of "good" or "bad" — in his listeners.
www.citypaper.net /articles/011702/mus.dj.shtml   (829 words)

 disinformation | dj spooky: spatial engineer of the invisible city   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
As a DJ, his chaotic and abstract style of spinning has given rise to "illbient", a new musical genre combining hip-hop, ambient, drum 'n bass, musique concrete, and jazz.
Whereas classical ambient comes across as a tranquil convalescent home, illbient immerses the listener in the density and motion of city life: woven into the tracks are soaring subway trains, radio static, steam.
But illbient re-creates this shadow world in dreamlike sound collages, which suffuse the listener with the dizzying hyper-culture of the urban milieu.
www.disinfo.com /archive/pages/dossier/id1260/pg1   (1350 words)

 Wired News: The Doctor Is In
Dr. Israel is one of the more recent descendants of the toasting tradition, a rap style born in Jamaica in the late 1960s.
His version of the so-called illbient genre has a wider appeal than some of the experimental music in the genre.
Illbient is a blending of traditional reggae and electronic dub music with the drum programming of modern dance genres like jungle, drum 'n' bass, and hip-hop.
www.wired.com /news/culture/0,1284,16327,00.html   (519 words)

 Paul D. Miller aka Dj Spooky
As DJ Spooky, Miller first gained notoriety by helping establish a downtown New York City music style 'illbient' (etymologically derived from 'ambient,' a atmospheric genre of electronic music).
The 'Illbient' movement utilizes the core of both Hip-Hop DJ culture, based on using or sampling bits of old LPs to form beats and rhythms, and 'ambient' soundscapes.
'Illbient' music sounds like a collage of background sounds and chopped up beats, making for a complex and enlightening listening experience.
www.otherminds.org /shtml/Miller.shtml   (376 words)

 Sounds Online: Lo Fi and Illbient Reviews
Paul D Miller aka DJ Spooky and several fellow illbeings have concocted Lo Fi and Illbient, a rangy collection of breaks and sound effects that reflect their creators' obsessions with sampledelica, ambient-dub, neurofunk, and abstract Hip Hop.
Other than that, generally speaking this is a quality act all the way, and it's refreshing to see a usable sample CD not built around the ultimately limited format of the construction kit.
As for the disc's "illbient" title, the subgenre was made famous by the likes of DJ Spooky, who contributed some beats and vinyl tape material to this CD.
www.soundsonline.com /revLOFI.shtml   (1337 words)

 History: amoeba technology   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
This audiovisual style was composed of the juxtaposition of abstract thick layers of sound collage, jungle, breakbeats and explosive, visceral manipulations of video.
What was once a conjunction of separate live music/visual sets occurring once a week with various participants has become a unified group of collaborators who have taken the illbient theme and furthered it by becoming what is today Amoeba Technology: electronic musicians Tomstir, MASA, Dok; filmmaker alienresident, video artists Seemonkey and Lu(x)z.
Through ten years of evolution, and in its present form, Amoeba is a self-contained collective of peoples come together for the expansion, oscillation and ever mutation of a unified sonic-optic experience.
amoebatechnology.com /history   (223 words)

 Incursions In Illbient   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
This CD is a beautiful compilation of New York Illbient, that is a must-have for any addict of the scene.
It also makes for a great introduction for the uninitiated, as it is a good example of "typical" illbient sounds.
The style is a lot like ambient with a dark streak and a jazzier beat, or you could approach the description from the other side, by describing it as instrumental hip-hop with more focus on the production aspect.
www.ucalgary.ca /UofC/students/VOX/Albums/incill.htm   (169 words)

 W.i.G.--for Women in General
But that's for the best, because, according to many of the women who spin in New York City's burgeoning "Illbient" scene, that's just where they want to be.
Illbient shows have become known for their egalitarianism, lack of attitude, and anti-"clubbiness."
Their styles and tastes are varied, but they all have a deep love of raw and unusual sounds and melodies, as well as an interesting take on what it's like to be female in a field frequently reserved for men.
www.wigmag.com /musicbox/nycdj_4_2_2001.html   (297 words)

 Authentek Music - Authentek, Authentic Tech House
The warehouse was in foreclosure and not having to pay for rent or utilities afforded him the opportunity to self-mutate from his Illbient roots.
Urban Rhythm had been at the forefront of the Illbient movement, which, at the time, was a fresh perspective on electronic music where musicians were free to explore the fringes of sound and regurgitate it in an electronic landscape.
As more musicians, attracted by the aesthetic and vibe of this collective, "performed" at the seminal Illbient events in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, many of the pioneers moved on to redefine themselves in still unnamed forms of future music.
www.authentekmusic.com   (1498 words)

 Illbient Group Page - Last.fm
I thought we could start it out b y posting what you think 'illbient' is. This genre has so many different descriptions and definitions spread across the internet.
I think of Illbient as: Dark, musky, hazy brooding atmospheres with an urban 'dub' influence on the rhythms and melodies.
A group for fans of the free-form music style known as Illbient.
www.last.fm /group/Illbient   (126 words)

 ArtistServer.com: Genres : Illbient
This last aspect is often referred to as the “ill sound” and helps to give the style it’s frequently disturbing edge.
A variant of illbient could be called atmospheric illbient, where less emphasis is placed on rhythm (or the rhythm is subtly composed of many elements rather than an obvious drum track) and an effort is made to compose a large musical space that is defined by the interplay among many ill, ambient elements.
Illbient can be distinguished from ambient in that ambient often reflects natural landscapes and is intended to relax, while illbient often reflects urban landscapes and is frequently intended to disturb.
www.artistserver.com /genreview.cfm?G=28   (206 words)

 DJ Rhizome's Guide to Life After Rock - Cellar Door   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Noise, spoken-word, dub, hip-hop, and jungle are the crucial elements of a dense sound-collage guaranteed to shake off any residual E-bliss associated with 'ambient' and bring back good old Chronic paranoia.
Media-soluble DJ Spooky is the illbient posterboy, although other enigmatic figures with names like Olive, Loop, the Bedouin, and Byzar form NYC's core community of "cultural alchemists.
" Since illbient is an approach rather than a sound, the available music isn't representative, but it does make for excellent dub-hop-weirdness listening: Aspodel's recent compilation Incursion in Illbience is a high-quality sonic document of this New York scene.
hcs.harvard.edu /~cellar/winter97/rhizome.html   (634 words)

 sonomu: Barbecue Beets: Sunrise on a Rooftop in Brooklyn
Labelled "illbient", it was a singlular mutation of Brooklyn hiphop, Jamaican dub and ambient music that succeeded in capturing and restructuring the queasy chaos of living in an information-overloaded society, and was best represented on disc by artists like We, DJ Spooky and Sub Dub.
Groups dissolved, artists began expanding their horizons, many shunned the "illbient" monicker, some moving closer to jazz, mix culture or any number of crossbreeds.
But although it has emerged to breathe fresh air, don't be fooled: this music still has the same high-density low intensity of illbient, mashing up dub, house, breakbeats, ambient and sampledelica and seasoning it liberally with its range of unique personalities.
sonomu.net /text/~barbecuebeetssun   (731 words)

 ::: synchronic records :::
Think of it as folding and changing the currents of contemporary music to suit the needs of those bored by the conventional art, literary, and yes, dj scenes of the early 21st century.
It's core sounds mirror the diverse worlds the label members inhabit - folk music, hip-hop, drum n bass, techno, ambient, illbient, whatever you want to call it - Synchronic takes you away from the names and labels and back to the roots of what "culture" in the information age is all about - exchange.
So forget what to call the music that the label puts on - it's stuff you have to listen to and decide how you experience it.
www.synchronicrecords.com /about.html   (413 words)

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