Music that uses non traditional sounds, techniques, compositional elements, or performances.
The record labels Erased Tapes and Mythical Records both release quality catalogs of experimental music.
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a genre of music that is very obscure and composed of various noises and sounds. Usually played by a collective of people.
This experimental music sounds like someone locked vicious pack of wolves in a modern art museum with bells and glass jars.
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A music genre that was drug-induced, the first big experimental band was Pink Floyd. The experimental sound is a sound that is more otherworldly. Pink Floyd had songs like Comfortably Numb, One of These Days, The Great Gig in the Sky that had a sound like being lifted into a dream.

People confuse psychedelic with experimental, but psychedelic formed years after Pink Floyd broke up.

In the 21st century The Mars Volta came, with a skilled guitarist and a singer with a strange voice that fit their strange style. they had dedicated an album titled "De-loused In The Comatorium (an auditorium is a place for listening so a comatorium would be a place for being in a coma)" to their friend who went into a coma, came out of it then commited suicide. The album is from the point of view of a fictional character. He goes through battles in his mind while he is in his coma and he wakes up and then kills himself.

Example from song "Roulette Dares(The Haunt Of)":

Specter will lurk
Radar has gathered
Midnight nooses from boxcar cadavers

The Mars Volta's experimental sound is like Pink Floyd's except they are hundreds of times more experimental than Pink Floyd and their kind of sound is different. Instead of being lifted into a dream you are being thrown into another world and pulled extremely fast by and invisible force. But in other songs like Televators, its like standing in the middle of someone elses dream and everything in that dream you have never seen before, except it seems real, and everything echos quietly. Other songs are just extremely weird, the cutting edge of weird. Their sound can be so weird to people that not many people like them. But if you are a Pink Floyd fan and hunger a lot for the experimental sound that Pink Floyd has, and it just isn't enough to satisfy your experimental tastes, then you will love The Mars Volta.

Someone said The Mars Volta "throws lyrics together to sound creative". If he looks at the words he could see that they rhyme, and it is not as easy to "throw lyrics together to sound creative" as it is to write regular ones, I've written lyrics before. All the stuff The Mars Volta writes is in metaphor, its not thrown together.
experimental music kicks ass! its awesome to hear something I never would've thought of ever
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Experimental music is used to describe music that pushes against their boundaries or definitions, or else whose approach is a hybrid of disparate styles, or incorporates unorthodox, new, distinctly unique ingredients. Similarly, it has sometimes been used to describe "transethnic" music: the mixture of recognizable music genres. Prominent labels releasing experimental music include Mythical Records, 4AD, Soleilmoon, etc.
Abandoned Toys and John Cage make incredibly beautiful experimental music
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