Experimental music is a genre that encompasses a wide range of styles and techniques that depart from traditional or mainstream forms. This can include unconventional elements such as unconventional instruments, non-standard structures, and chance-based or improvisational methods of composition. The goal of experimental music is often to push the boundaries of what is considered "music" and to explore new sounds and forms. It can be found in many different genres, including avant-garde, electronic, and noise music.

One of the key characteristics of experimental music is its focus on experimentation and exploration. This can mean using unconventional instruments, such as found objects, or incorporating elements of other art forms, such as spoken word or visual art. It can also mean using unconventional methods of composition, such as chance operations or improvisation, to create new and unique sounds and structures.

Experimental music has a long history, dating back to the early 20th century with composers such as John Cage, who was known for his use of chance operations in composition, and Karlheinz Stockhausen, who was a pioneer in electronic and tape music. In the 1960s and 1970s, the avant-garde movement became popular, with artists such as La Monte Young, Terry Riley, and Steve Reich pushing the boundaries of what was considered "music".

In more recent years, the rise of electronic and digital technology has led to the development of new forms of experimental music, such as ambient, glitch, and IDM. These genres often incorporate elements of electronic music, such as synthesizers, samplers, and drum machines, to create unique and otherworldly sounds.

Overall, experimental music is a genre that is constantly evolving and pushing boundaries, with new and exciting developments happening all the time. It is a genre that is not limited to any particular style or instrument, and it encourages creative expression and exploration.

Free Experimental music

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Lo-Fi home-recorded piece, it smells a bit like youthful laziness. A trombone and a drumset, that's it.
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Fun little organ based super light rock tune with some 1950's sensibilities.
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Highly melodic pad with a sense of fleeting hope.
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String quintet feat. double bass. Dark and disturbing. Not music you would listen to, but will probably enhance very unpleasant imagery. Perfect for horror. Photo by Christian Holzinger on Unsplash
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Originally released in a special collection as "Delayed Due to Dissonance", this piece is not part of a larger arc.<BR> Experimental music like this can be found in the background of countless different genres. It's main job is to create suspense.
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Almost like euro club meets industrial vampires. I don't think I've ever done anything similar to this from the percussion side... or with those diving chord things.<BR><BR><BR> This piece of music is <A HREF="http://store.payloadz.com/go?id=2027120">available in an uncompressed format here</A>.
18k      641    62    05:30
Electronica (techo, light industrial). This one moves with a crazy speed guitar doubling some synth lines, and making some lines or its own. Harsh.
19k      656    82    03:25
One of three mixes of this bouncy rock-funk piece. Same notes. Same instruments... just different mixes.<BR><BR>This piece of music is <A HREF="http://store.payloadz.com/go?id=2017489">available in an uncompressed format here</A>.
17k      581    91    01:03
Very simple theme voiced in very very high and bright registers.
15k      515    56    04:00
Ragtime-like music box theme with an unexpected-sounding bridge section.<BR>
7k      260    23    02:31
Written as a theme for a podcast, this was requested as "upbeat with an air of mystery". So that's what it is.
15k      541    47    03:20
A bouncy electronica piece heavily featuring strings and synths.
9k      322    34    03:51
Brazilian carnival style samba music. This is the most chill of the pieces I've made in this style.<BR>This piece of music is <A HREF="http://store.payloadz.com/go?id=2017483">available in an uncompressed format here</A>.
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Floating voices over an ambient bed of sound. Transcendent.
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Electronica (techo-pop dance). This is a fast and energetic piece polished almost to a fault. Lots of synth, and a happy clave. Think fashion show runway. Works best loud, works also not so loud.