Fuzzy – utilizes fuzz distortion on guitars or other instruments, especially prominent in psych-rock
Groovy – a rhythmic feel that the listeners and musicians can both easily fall into; playing “in the pocket”. The rhythm is typically repetitive but has enough variation to make it feel alive. Often very danceable. Many different genres names refer to the type of groove they utilize, such as funk, swing, or rock.
Headphone Album – albums that can be best appreciated with headphones, especially music that has a lot of stereo psychedelic effects or atmospheric sounds,
Improvisation – music that incorporates unplanned performance or spontaneous interpretation to some degree
Chordal Improvisation – Music is improvised over a composed chord progression. For example, straight-ahead jazz forms like bebop.
Collective Improvisation – Created collectively and spontaneously; the musicians play off each other to take the music in new places. Each musician has their own freedom
Free Improvisation – created on the spot without any planned composition or structure; music that is 100% improvised
Modal Improvisation – Improvisation based on pre-specified modes or scales.
Orchestral – arrangements include string or horn orchestration
Noisy – utilizes noise through feedback, recording quality, or effects.
Percussive – instruments are played in a way that emphasize percussive qualities like timbre and rhythm, often with a quick attack and decay. For example, digital glitches, muted guitars, or actual percussion instruments.
Polished – high-fidelity production, very cleaned up sound
Sparse – unadorned music that primarily focuses on one or two instruments; utilizing a lot of open space; opposite of dense. For example, an album with just an acoustic guitar and vocalas and no arrangements.