Non-idiomatic music


The genre of "no genre", also known as free music.

Limitations imposed by genres might be agreed to as an artistic decision or might be carried over unconciously. Genres happen because of the natural human drive to categorize and are mutually intertwined with a notion of "good music". When musicians see genre as a limiting set of conventions or as some form of dishonesty they might try to avoid it, but here comes back our "non-idiomatic music" as yet another umbrella term. So there seems to be no easy escape from such tags…

Music games were invented in similar circles where non-idiomatic music developed and were influenced by many of the same historical figures. Relation between genres and music games are complex (see: genre), but many games tend towards free playing.

All activities with free improvisation:

Free improvisation and other names

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