The last decade has brought out some pretty experimental music. Soundcloud and other streaming apps, allow for more artists and creators to get music streaming to the masses. So, what is it about “Lo-Fi” (Low Fidelity) music that has people hooked and listening, over and over again in recent years?
LoFi seems to give the same psychological effect as meditation music, and helps the listeners focus on studying, work or other activities with more ease. LoFi music creates a sound that is not only serene but also has some characteristics you won’t find in traditional meditation music. Bridging gaps between genres that are already very popular.
The sound quality and ‘imperfectness’ of these songs are what remind listeners of the natural thing that we find in nature, nature sounds, and art aesthetics. With less focus on creating a perfect masterpiece, the artist focuses attention on the overall enchantment that the sound brings to the listener.
In many cases this music has an urban twist to it that other calming and transcendent music from the past has lacked. We have heard nature sounds plenty over the years, but is that to say we only feel peace and calm outside of the city? No.
LoFi shows that the city is actually a place to experience soul-earth connection just as much as the natural world. LoFi is a sound connected to the real urban and concrete jungle many live in and experience today.
A major characteristic of LoFi music, is it’s inability to be defined. Many LoFi artists create a smooth blend-in-ability and an almost anonymity feeling to the artist and listener alike. The chill and ethereal sound is soothing and slow-paced in a very high strung technological world. Taking the hustle and bustle out of things, and replacing it with the keys to simplicity. The sound seems to help bring our consciousness to an efficient oneness with our surroundings. Suddenly, we feel our movements move with the music and our spirits seem to chill, focus and breathe.
In a way, the sound we hear inside of LoFi beats helps to detach the listener from their heavy and stress filled world; while also reattaching them to their higher, less perplexed auras. A mix of two things that we love about music and meditation alike. With more and more dependence and reliance on computers and media, we find lo-fi becoming even more popular, bringing with it a feeling of reminiscing whilst creating something new.
From Lo-Fi’s early introduction in the late 80’s(see Nujabes and J Dilla) and progression into what we love from this genre today, LoFi beats seem to be outlasting and ramping up listenership across the globe. Uniting our favorite elements of music into easy listening, and curing people of their overwhelmed and stressed out moods. Lo-Fi has changed the way we view music, technology, the city and new age all together. Low Fidelity music has combined all of these things into a niche subgroup~ a niche now becoming a major genre amongst listeners of every age, culture and environment.
The next time you need some new creative juices, or extra focus when you just can’t seem to muster up the strength, turn on some LoFi beats. You will soon find yourself sinking into the musics soul vibes.