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Music Genre Spotlight: Chill.

I have to admit I am a fan of what I call chill music.  I listen to it in the morning hours as I get into my day and start my daily projects.  In fact I am listening to 100 Chill radio on Radionomy right now – it is one of my favorite chill radio stations in our group.  But what is ‘chill’ music you ask?  I took this from Wikipedia:

 

Chill-out music (sometimes also chillout, chill out or simply chill) is a genre of electronic music and an umbrella term for several styles of electronic music characterized by their mellow style and mid-tempo beats—"chill" being derived from a slang injunction to "relax".

Chill-out music emerged in the early and mid-1990s in "chill rooms" at dance clubs, where relaxing music was played to allow dancers a chance to "chill out" from the more emphatic and fast-tempo music played on the main dance floor.

The genres associated with chill-out are mostly ambient, trip hop, nu jazz, ambient house and other subgenres of downtempo. Sometimes the easy listening subgenre lounge is considered to belong to the chill-out collection as well. Chill out as a musical genre or description is synonymous with the more recently popularized terms "smooth electronica" and "soft techno" and is a loose genre of music blurring into several other very distinct styles of electronic and lo-fi music.

 

Of course – people will always have their unique ideas of what constitutes a particular genre of music – aren’t these the types of discussions we all love?  But it also underscores the importance of genre within the context of radio.   


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