An evolving genre of electronic music. Often combines instrumental/orchestral leads with extremely fast and complex beats and rapidfire melodies. Stays at the extremes in terms of tone; either so upbeat it makes you sad out of jealousy at how upbeat it is, or just plain scary and depressing. Not very well-known in the musical world, as there are very few artist who actually produce it. However, its fast beats and complicated melodies have made it very popular in rhythm games such as Osu. Made by xi, ICE, Sakuzyo, occasionally by Yooh, and a few other, mostly Japanese composers. A pretty good pick for anyone who likes classical music but thinks it lacks power, or people who like DnB but think it lacks melodic variety. Sometimes combined with speedcore or trance. The only problem is that you sound super pretentious when you say it.
1: Hey, wanna see my homework playlist?
2: Sure!
1: Here you go, although it's mostly melodic dubstep and artcore.
2: Artcore? Is that what edgy kids these days are calling pop?
1: No, it's completely different. It's--
2: No wait. I'm sure it's "super artistic" because it mentions one world issue and throws a backhanded comment about how shallow teenagers are.
1: jUSt try listening to it.
2: Fine.
1: *hits play*
2: Woah, this is lit! Hit me up with the whole playlist!
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Experimental electronic music with acoustic instrumental leads. Not an officially defined genre, but commonly used as a blanket term for unique fusion music of electronic and classical elements.
My favorite Artcore producers are all Japanese
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The antonym of "hardcore" in the context of gaming. To play a game on an easy difficulty just out of appreciation of the story, art, music, etc.
Johnny's such an artcore gamer - all he ever cares about is the music in old 8-bit games.
by Aerivan January 14, 2012
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A music genre that is an combination of many other genres. It is different from Complextro, which is a combination of many different EDM genres. Artcore doesn't have an official definition, as it is only composed by very few artists.
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An adjective used to describe indie/artsy kids. A cool label for art nerds.
So yesterday I went to Little Five Points with some artcore kids and we spent the whole night stenciling and listening to vinyls.
by C-C-Courtney July 04, 2005
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A shitty non-genre of music that kids your roommates sister brings over use to describe the music they like or play when they're trying to sound intelligent, cultured and like they appreciate the dichotomy of music, when in reality, they listen to Oceana.
Dumbass: I can't tell you the name of my band, because we're going to be a big deal, and we want to keep it under wraps. But we play Post-Artcore. We're influenced by... (Starts to name-drop a bunch of shitty bands), So you know, it's awesome.

Me: You're a moron.
by PsychoactiveEyes December 22, 2013
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