Illbient is a genre of electronic music. The term was allegedly coined by DJ Olive[2] to describe the music being produced by a community of artists based in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York in 1994.[3] The word "Illbient" combines the hip hop slang term "ill" (a positive expression: bad meaning good) and "ambient".

Though there are many individualistic variants of illbient, the music is characterized by interesting dub-wise layering of soundscapes,[4] hip hop-influenced use of samples and a progressive approach to beat programming that encompasses all genres of world groove and electronic music. Illbient often uses beats more than purely ambient music (or dark ambient), and often includes loops in the recordings.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Ishkur (2005). "Ishkur's guide to Electronic Music". Retrieved October 29, 2014. [better source needed]
  2. ^ Ishkur (2005). "Ishkur's guide to Electronic Music". Retrieved October 29, 2014. [better source needed]
  3. ^ "Electronic » Downtempo » Illbient". Retrieved October 29, 2014. 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.
  4. ^ Reynolds, Simon (2013). Energy Flash: A Journey Through Rave Music and Dance Culture. Soft Skull Press. Unlike the UK's marijuana-infused ambient culture, New York's 'illbient' scene is less about wombing soundbaths and vegetative bliss, more about creating audio-sculptures and environmental soundscapes.

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