Lo-Fi Life: What Does It Mean?

The crazy pace of life dictates its own rules. Fashion, food, cinema, music, technology – everything works in an endless cycle of consumption. In response, lo-fi emerges – a strange philosophy of music-making that is opposite to a fast pace. But what is lo-fi? Let’s try to figure it out.

Low Fidelity Music

Lo-fi is music that retains homemade associations. Various creaks, crunches, and noises during recording were typical for garage rock and punk because the musicians were recording their music at home. Because of this, the recording sounded special. Imperfections became part of aesthetics, albeit unintentionally. With the advancement of technology, all popular music has been striving for crystal clear sound. Who would have thought that there would be a demand for deliberately “low quality” sound? However, old rock is still lo-fi, only in terms of DIY feel.

Modern lo-fi is something more ephemeral. When listening to this kind of music, one often speaks of a feeling of “warmth”. It appears due to the imperfections of the recording, but it has a clear set of familiar instruments. All this is the reason why the lofi background music is so popular, especially because one can make a free download. Here we come to the most important historical stage of this culture – the emergence of internet radio, where lo-fi hip-hop plays 24/7.

Music That Suits Everyone

It is believed that the creation of lo-fi hip-hop as a subgenre was influenced by two beatmakers – J Dilla and Nujabes – these are the legends of the industry who are remembered for “soft” music and jazz sampling.

What gives hip-hop a lo-fi feel? We’ve already talked about the tools and the basic structure, but the main thing is the details. Musicians often add white noise or rain noise over the entire track, lowering the quality of the entire recording. For samples, not only jazz parts are used, but also recordings of conversations, and segments of dialogues from movies. All this creates a sense of presence as if you are sitting with your friends, and the music is the soundtrack of your evening.

Almost all lo-fi radios on YouTube use cyclical hand-drawn animations for their visuals. Most often, the preference is given to “anime” heroines, and this may be due to the fact that Nujabes worked on the music for the anime “Samurai Champloo”. In general, all this should create that very elusive “warmth”.

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Lo-fi was originally considered as music for study and relaxation. Its magic is that it suits almost any mood. In this sense, lo-fi unites everyone not so much by musical preferences as by their state of mind. Lo-fi abandons the crazy pace of life – it is a kind of protest from the excess noise.




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1 thought on “Lo-Fi Life: What Does It Mean?”

  1. Hi.
    I’m a tortured artist, frustrated idealist and failed lyricist/singer from some former pretentious alternative rock from a 3rd world country and I was searching for my project’s name when your blog came in the results.
    My new project is called lo fi life and I’m about to make a conceptual double album about a failed lyricist/singer and his descent into madness and social suicide.
    Now here is my copypasta for the ARG I’m making:

    por favor, façam este comentário chegar no nando moura
    nando moura, meu nome é diego agayev e eu tenho um sonho
    iniciei meu projeto musical chamado lo fi life baseado em musica marginal experimental feita em VSTs e meu sonho é que voce me ajude a produzir de graça um dsbm no fl studio, pois utilizar-me de programas para produção e edição musical foi a única coisa que me restou para tentar de alguma forma me expressar atravésa da arte depois do fracasso de meu último projeto que era o paciente zero onde infelizmente eu dependi de outros musicos que não me respeitaram por se acharem por tocar uma porcaria de instrumento, mas eu não to nem aí com dedicação de musico pois ninguém também tava nem aí pra minha dedicação em escrever letrinha
    nando moura por favor me ajuda, sou seu fã desde 2017 quando voce falava mal dos islamita apesar de eu meio que fechar com eles também mas na verdade eu nem acredito em nada e só me importo com eu
    se não quiser também, se morre


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