Glitch Hop is a genre that emerged in the late 1990s, fusing elements of hip hop and electronic music. It originated from the glitch music movement, which focused on incorporating digital errors and glitches into compositions. Glitch Hop took this concept and applied it to the rhythmic structures and aesthetics of hip hop, resulting in a unique and innovative sound.
One of the key characteristics of Glitch Hop is its use of intricate rhythms created through the manipulation of samples. Artists often take fragments of drum beats, vocal snippets, or other sounds and manipulate them using various techniques such as stuttering, time-stretching, or pitch-shifting. These manipulated samples are then arranged in complex patterns to create a glitchy yet groovy rhythm.
Another important characteristic is the heavy use of basslines. Glitch Hop tracks often feature deep, distorted basslines that add weight and energy to the music. These basslines are typically created using synthesizers or processed samples.
Over time, Glitch Hop has evolved and incorporated influences from various genres such as dubstep, funk, jazz, and even rock. This evolution has led to sub-genres like Neurohop (which focuses on dark and aggressive sounds) and Swing Hop (which incorporates swing rhythms).
Several significant artists have contributed to the development and popularization of Glitch Hop. One notable artist is Opiuo from New Zealand who gained recognition for his unique blend of glitchy beats with funky melodies. His album "Slurp And Giggle" released in 2010 received critical acclaim for its innovative sound design.
Another influential figure in the genre is Tipper from the United Kingdom. Known for his meticulous production techniques, he has pushed the boundaries of Glitch Hop with albums like "Surrounded" (2003) and "Broken Soul Jamboree" (2010). His intricate compositions have inspired many producers within the genre.