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Blend of ill +‎ ambient; coinage attributed to DJ Olive (Gregor Asch). See hip-hop slang sense of ill.


illbient (uncountable)

  1. (music) A music genre with layered soundscapes, dub and hip-hop influences (including the use of samples), and a progressive approach to beat programming.
    • 2012, Mark Katz, Groove Music: The Art and Culture of the Hip-Hop DJ, Oxford University Press, →ISBN:
      This describes the sound of what is known as illbient, a genre of electronic music that arose in New York in the mid-1990s. The first illbient compilations were released by the Asphodel label—Crooklyn Dub Consortium Vol. 1 in 1995 and Incursions in Illbient in 1996—and Olive was involved with both projects.

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