Unless you are living without internet access, you must already have heard about lo-fi music. It is a new genre that started as an alternative genre of music. Combining different elements of other music along with a chill vibe, the genre has gained in popularity exponentially.

Lo-fi is short for low fidelity refers to a music production quality with imperfect elements on the recording that is usually considered as flaws in a professional production. In lo-fi, this imperfection becomes the main feature and considered as its aesthetic. The standard of fidelity or sound quality in music production has evolved throughout the years.

Nowadays, music production has become more and more professional and to a high standard. Old recording that have the elements of low fidelity weren’t considered as lo-fi back then because the standard for all music hadn’t evolved yet. This explains why there are a lot of modern lo-fi tracks involving old records because the recording quality matches its aesthetic.

Even though lo-fi became a musical genre that is very popular now, it was born a long time ago back in the 1990s. At that time, there were a lot of musicians who made alternative music that was often called DIY music. They made their music at their home studio.

Lo-fi has a characteristic to bring imperfection as its aesthetic. The tracks feel rawer, imperfect, real, honest, and therefore relatable. We may find it hard to relate to unnatural perfect music, but it is easier to relate to something raw that includes flaws. It feels more honest and suddenly we feel understood.

Lo-fi music has just the right recipe for your brain. It is slow enough but not too slow. It’s also not so fast it makes you feel anxious. This music keeps you entertained and relaxed at the same time you can focus on whatever you are doing feeling less bored, and you get more done as a result.

Lo-fi music may seem simple and repetitive. And even with so many people hating the genre, it still rises and maintains its popularity and is able to make its way to the pop culture mainstream.


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