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 unconsciously. Genres happen because of the natural human drive to categorize and are intertwined with a preferred "musical paradigm". When musicians see genre as a limiting set of conventions or as a dishonesty they might try to avoid it, but here comes our "non-idiomatic music" as yet another umbrella term. So there seems to be no easy escape from 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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