would you share a moment of lo fi with me?


I think that most music today tends to move too fast. And I think a lot of people like that, Feeling a bit more bitter when a minor song plays, Then immediately moving to a place that’s more positive if things become major. But I also think that, for a lot of us, sometimes we don’t want to be moved so much. And that’s when lo-fi music comes into play. The world in many ways moves too fast. Go anywhere, online, and information is constantly flowing towards us, I mean a lot of it happens to be bullshit, But we are ok with that. As long as there’s tweets coming at us, comments on our videos, responses in our discord, We’re secure and being socially surrounded, and there’s no difference on the Billboard Hot 100. All the music is surrounded jam-packed with changes in tone, changes in style, changes which evoke changes in feeling and everyone who’s listening. Clearly it’s what people want. It wouldn’t be so popular if it wasn’t, but as I said people don’t want this all the time. I think it’s necessary in any situation for people to have contrast, it’s the only way that we’re going to find a balanced medium, So in a world that’s hot with movement, I think a lot of people seek out a contrast that’s chill with stillness, something that’s not so moody and changing, something that’s grounded and kind of repetitive. And I think they find that in lo-fi hip-hop. And yeah I know that’s because it’s really easy to make, and that most soundcloud rappers just loop the sample over and over, so it’s just repetitive out of laziness, But the repetition generates a certain aesthetic. When that coats the ears and surrounds them, a lot of that comes from the type of artist that lo-fi producers sample, Like the song that’s playing right now, J Dilla’s look of love. It samples jazz guitarist Barney Kissel’s song of the same name, But Dilla in producing his own version of the songs, Selected only one of the smoothest samples from it. What jazz artist Herbie Hancock misquoting Miles Davis would call “butter notes” Butter might mean fat and fat Might mean obvious Where there’s no tension. No noise. Just smooth butter And I think people would be really quick to say that these producers sampled songs like this because they sound good and, No shit, of course they do. Nobody’s sampling screaming. Well, some people are but their music’s not really good *RIP headphone users* But I don’t think that’s the only reason why. There’s been a bit of a tradition in lo-fi
precursor jazz-rap, Where the rapper’s producer would usually sample from american or cuban jazz artists. And one of the first people to break with that tradition was the Japanese producer Nujabes. Who sampled japanese pianists like Noriko Cosette. And in doing so, he tilted jazz rap towards what lo-fi today sounds like, Because Japanese jazz is a lot smoother than Western jazz. Compare John Coltrane’s version of the song “I want to talk to you”, with the version from Ryo Fokui. And guess which version was sampled by the lo-fi artist Knxwledge in 2014. It really is in the moment sort of sampling of an in the moment sort of sound. Because jazz isn’t bound to strict rules of classical composition and, is typically improvised on by each artist on a moment-to-moment basis. The resulting buttery and graceful set of notes is transformed in lo-fi to repeat and drown out everything around you as it, Caresses and consoles to listen. Other ambient music doesn’t do this, which is why when people compare a lo-fi to ambient, I don’t think it’s quite a fair comparison though, admittedly, the other reason lo-fi can keep you in the moment so well Is because of the ambient sounds it uses. In a sense it almost makes the music a bit of a parody of itself because it’s aware that it’s using decades-old samples and putting them on a beat, Adding a bit of vinyl scratch or Walkman hum just ties it all together. It makes the music… Tactile in a way, because it’s almost as though in a sense you’re listening to that old buttery, recording not someone’s sample of it. You’re listening to the best part of it, on repeat, on an old cassette player. You’re not trying to feel anything, but this moment in which you’re listening to it, This repeating moment, that might remind you of the past but, that’s static right now in the present. Some people like to make lo-fi even more meta than that, Especially when they put that little piece of dialogue from the film in the front of the song. You know that stuff that kind of goes like,>It’s not even music, just people talking to each other. But it’s a staple of lo-fi today, and part of the reason is because It’s comfy. It’s almost like you’re there with these people in that moment. Which is now so you’re actually in this moment and they’re with you. It should make sense that this ambient piece of lo-fi came from hip hop’s ambient brother trip hop. As far as I can tell one of the earliest people to do this combined with a chill hip hop was the artist DJ Shadow, And in a way, his music doesn’t sound too much different from lo-fi that you could hear today. Even though he wasn’t a lo-fi producer. It’s that combination of buttery tactility that gives lo-fi such a strong emotional appeal. Even though it’s a fucking meme now but, that’s beside the point. That’s part of the reason why it works so well with anime. I mean, The real reason is because Nujabes helped produce the OST for “Samurai Champloo”, And also because the composer Yoko Kanno created “Cowboy Bebop” OST with a major jazz influence and if you want a reason why all those streams have anime girls in them, That would be why. But stepping back from the meme of this, It’s a girl studying. And one of the most commonly used animes for edits that people make of these songs is the “Garden of Words” An anime in which nothing happens, but people just trying to go about their daily business and happen to fall in love. They’re living moment-to-moment, and some of those happen to intersect. It’s exactly what lo-fi stands for, and if you notice – the title scheme that this video parodies Also deals with the moment. And yeah I know a lot of them are intentionally pretentious but some aren’t. And they’re still going after the same aesthetic. the moment. And that’s why I like lo-fi, because sometimes, I don’t want to think about the world, or the things I have to do, or even the videos I have to make Or how I’m gonna edit them, or what I’m gonna do with them, I just want to listen to a jazzy tune close my eyes and, take inwardly this moment. This is misteramazing. Thanks for watching.

100 thoughts on “would you share a moment of lo fi with me?

  1. I don't understand why you don't have millions of views, bcz this content is awesomeeee, interesting, fun, fresh and (!) quality
    I wish you sustainable growth!

  2. Seems like the reason people don’t like lo-fi is the same reason people like it: it's easy.

    It is sooooo repetitive, but it is so safe.

    You really can’t go wrong. It gives me what no other kind of music can give me. Other genres can have a good album from front to back. However, that is rare and only some of the greatest achieve that. Thus, I’m constantly searching for something as good to listen to as the last song I heard. Something that I can appreciate just as much as that last song.

    Man…that is so hard to do. Why?

    I think it is age.

    I can only listen to classic rock so much. Or the first 30 years of hip hop. Or whatever.

    You know what…that is it!!!!

    At least for myself, well I already said it, but yea, it’s EASY. I could search for loads of new music that never drops on the appreciation scale, or I can listen to this mediocre, (sometimes really good) string of beats that are never really inspiring, but never that bad either…

    It is….so….chill.

    Most people aren’t that driven to explore music, or if they are, or once were, other things take precedence and finding new music becomes a chore. Chillhop serves as an avenue for people who want something but don’t want to try that hard.

    And then you have the whole other spectrum who see this exact same quality and can only see it as a copout. These people are probably maintaining enthusiasts and musical artists. Which, yea…the criticism is pretty valid.

    The dynamic between those who appreciate/don’t appreciate chillhop is like when people criticize other people for going to Marvel movies. Yea, it’s a piece of unoriginal garbage (from a creative standpoint) but it’s fun and I only have a few days to enjoy my life before work starts again.

  3. Why did this video meant anything for me. I don't even listen to lo fi. I acknowledged it, but it just was something I didn't care about.
    Whoaa, so that how music works.

  4. Lofi helped me get over my insomnia, and now it continues to help me and many others with anxiety, depression, as well as attention disorders and helps me take my mind off of things when everything around me seems to be going wrong. Lofi has helped me in many ways as a relaxing resource to mine and many many others distress. 🙂 it's just comforting and simply wonderful.

  5. randomly got suggested your channel, and i freaking love these types of videos! i hadn't found anyone who does these type of video essays besides Nerdwriter1 but these are so well made! keep up the awesome work.

  6. Lo-Fi is what i would always listen to make my homework. I spent years listening to the same songs. It really helped me. Good video!

  7. I found lofi about a year ago on accident. It fills in my need to have noise around me without it being distracting. Silence when I'm writing, researching studying actually makes me anxious. Ambient noise videos aren't enough, oddly.

  8. Talks about being pretentious, immediately is pretentious, never the less a great way to end the video, love your work @misteramazing

  9. Interesting. Both jazz and lo-fi have things in common, both depress me so I don't listen to them. My friend likes listening to both these genres because it relaxes them.

  10. it's funny because I didn't even realise that I shifted to this music. YOUTUBE HAS BEEN SUGGESTING THIS CATEGORY TO ME. AND IM LOVIN IT

  11. I know this is an old video… but this vid made me realize why I liked punk rock as a kid. I'm talking more wall-of-sound type punk rock. Ramones, Bad Brains, stuff like that. No, not because it made me feel "still," but because it was constant, repetitive, something that set a tone instead of going through a lot of peaks and valleys. That was sorta calming, when I came home and could blast it on my speakers in the background. It felt kinda like coming home. Dont know if any of that made sense…

  12. Man forget lofi your friggen videos are buttery smooth. Jesus Christ the editing and scripting of this is amazing

  13. I love lofi hip hop, and I love this video.

    The only thing that makes me frustrated about the genre is that it completely ate the term lofi, making it really hard to find/discuss any other lofi genre.

  14. You sure know how to wax poetic.

    Insight, foresight, moresight,
    The clock on the wall reads a quarter past midnight

    Had to listen to DJ Shadow's Midnight In a Perfect World after that.

    Subbed after you used that in this vid. This was icing on the cake. Really enjoyed your Home – Resonance and Vaporwave videos.

  15. I feel quite refreshed finding your content, there's not a lot of stuff that hits this spot that you do with videos, I hope you keep on keeping on, looking forward to future posts 🙂

  16. The first lofi song you played. That song gives me so many happy memories of 2018, and I feel so sad whenever I listen to it because of the reality that I will never experience it again

  17. lofi is the only thing that gives me the asmr feels while proper asmr videos are weird and i dont get the feels. I aint complaining in the slightest

  18. I don't think you are giving enough credit to ambient music.
    Ambient is not just waves sounds
    Try listing to dlp by William basinski or maybe Eno's music for airports and you will understand why people people compare it to lo fi

  19. I want to talk to someone that actually listens to that screaming thing. And just ask y. Not out of sarcasm but sincerely y. What does it do for them as they hear it. And what kind of person would be into that? Would it be some super dark person that always sees everything as doomsday or how corporate foundations r brainwashing everyone? Or will they be like an everyday person

  20. Awesome and well tought out musing, reall liked it. Fell in love with lo-fi a couple of years ago, and having adhd it really is one of the few genres that lets me(in the right settings) just kinda let go and just be. Like you said, just being in the moment, without anything really on my mind. Subscribed 🙂

  21. i love, LOVE this video. like, i never knew why i loved the sounds and crisp so much. i love your mic with it too

  22. This guy has GOT TO BE one of the most underrated channels on YouTube. I appreciate you for taking the time, thought, and dedication to put together a video like this. I hope you only produce more content like this.

  23. You make the most visually appealing videos I swear man, it makes me upset that you don't have more followers. 😩

  24. Mad respect for including DJ Shadow

    Endtroducing is a masterpiece.
    Midnight In A Perfect World is a Magnum Opus.

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