Experimental music can be heard in different forms, depending on how you classify the sound. The most general kind would be ambient music, like the works of Aphex Twin, or trance music with a more dance-y feel, like Clean Bandit.
Another perfect example of a modern, well-known experimental musician would be Gotye. Yes, that guy who made THAT song. Remember him? His hit “Somebody That I Used To Know” was composed using different sounds that were recorded separately, and then put together to make the rhythm. If you listen closely, the diversity of the different elements making up the song are obvious.
A cappella is also under the umbrella of experimental music. Think of American a cappella quintet, Pentatonix, and the songs from the movie Pitch Perfect (2012). Each singer in the group is assigned a sound. The different rhythms, beats, voices, and other elements come together to create a unique rendition of a song.
Meanwhile, Pentatonix has been around since 2011, and they've been kicking ass in the pop music scene ever since. Their work comprises of a cappella covers and mash-ups of popular songs. In February 2015, the group won their first grammy for their excellent performance on their Daft Punk medley, which you can listen to below.
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In Pitch Perfect, we all dorked out and sang along to a cappella versions of songs like Price Tag, Just The Way You Are, Eternal Flame, Since U Been Gone, and so much more. In May 2015, the very much awaited sequel to the comedy is set to be released, and we can't wait to hear the songs the Bellas will be performing in the next movie.
- Nikki Alarilla
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