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Witch House Music Genre
electronic music genre and visual aesthetic
Witch house is an occult-themed dark electronic musicmicrogenre and visual aesthetic that emerged in the late 2000s and early 2010s. The music is heavily influenced by chopped and screwedhip-hop soundscapes, industrial and noise experimentation, and features use of synthesizers, drum machines, obscure samples, droning repetition and heavily altered, ethereal, indiscernible vocals.
Witch-House music has been quoted as being provocative and transgressive in nature, "like pop music wafting out of Castle Dracula". The genre is characterized as oozy, dark, transgressive, and that which blends the line between abrasive and harmonic. As artist Nurgul Jones states
The easiest way I can find to describe witch house comes from this scene takes place at the start of the movie Blade (you know, the one with the vampires), where there are a bunch of vampires in a club amid humans. All of a sudden, in the midst of dancing, the movie slows down and blood starts spraying from the ceiling, much to the glee of the vamps and horror of the humans. Like a heavy, pulsating blood-beat.
Many artists in the genre have released slowed-down and backmaskedremixes of pop and hip-hop songs, or long mixes of different songs that have been slowed down significantly.
Origins and etymology
The term witch house was coined in 2009 by Travis Egedy, who performs under the name Pictureplane. The name was originally conceived as a joke, as Egedy explains: "Myself and my friend Shams... were joking about the sort of house music we make, [calling it] witch house because it's, like, occult-based house music. ...I did this best-of-the-year thing with Pitchfork about witch house.... I was saying that we were witch house bands, and 2010 was going to be the year of witch house.... It took off from there. ...But, at the time, when I said witch house, it didn't even really exist..." Shortly after being mentioned to Pitchfork, blogs and other mainstream music press began to use the term. Flavorwire said that despite Egedy's insistence, "the genre does exist now, for better or worse".
Some music journalists along with some members of musical acts identified as being in the genre's current movement consider witch house to be a false label for a micro-genre, constructed by certain publications in the music press (including The Guardian, Pitchfork and various music blogs). The genre was also briefly connected to the term rape gaze, the serious use of which was publicly denounced by its coiners, who never expected it to be used as an actual genre, but viewed it as simply a joke intended to mock the music press' propensity towards the creation of micro-genres.