Hyper pop is a relatively vague term that describes a style of music characterized by an inflated version of pop music. Artists often labeled with this label tend to incorporate pop and avante-garde sensibilities, borrowing cues from hip-hop, electronic, and indie music styles. Popular Hyperpop artists include Kanye West, Rihanna, the Fugees, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Cranberries, and countless others. While the term is relatively new, the appeal of this style of music has been around since the early nineteen twenties. Popular music writer Robert Johnson coined the modern hyperfocus on the style in his song “What Would I Know.”
Hyperpop was initially defined by an English music magazine when it first began to be recognized as a distinct musical style. The magazine described the hypergenre as a new genre that was “built on high levels of self-pleasure and sensory stimulation…used to satisfy a craving for intensity.” The magazine went on to describe the new genre as one which was highly experimental and which sought to overcome traditional boundaries and create something new and radically different.
The birth of the term Hyperpop can be traced back to the rise of the late nineteen sixtys pop music movement known as the New York City Sound. During this time period, many prominent figures in popular music made their initial recordings as part of what was called the New York experimental music scene. Among these artists include musicians who would become some of the most important and influential figures in pop culture. Among these artists like Larry Graham and John Cale brought a modern focus and variety to pop music. Other names that have become associated with this pop genre include the Mojo Soakers, the Fuzztones, the Mark Mothers, and the Crystal Method.
The style and sound of this new style of music was characterized by its bubblegum guitar approach, which was unique at the time. This guitar technique was often used as a bridge between chaotic free form experimentation and smooth subtlety. Many critics at the time labeled it as a “new breed” of rock music, which they felt had little to do with rock and roll or heavy metal. However, some music critics noted a similarity in the sound of the early nineteen seventies bubblegum punk movement and that is where the term “hyper pop” was born. From that point forward, the style of this new style of music became increasingly popular, especially with the emergence of artists like the Rolling Stones and the Beatles.
This new genre has continued to evolve and change over the years. Today, the term Hyperpop is often used to describe any genre that features artists whose primary instruments are unique electronic instruments. This includes such diverse genres as IDM, glitch hop, drum and bass, and industrial. The most notable feature of this new breed of pop music is the use of samplers, which allow a guitar, drum loop, or other device to be played over a vocals, sometimes using a synthesizer or sample playback software to create a beat. Other popular examples of this genre include Everything Else, You Loved Me, and Blanket Girl.
Hyperpop began as a simple way to categorize music that was created prior to the invention of the compact disc. Compressed CD’s had blanked out spaces that were left over from the recording process and these spaces allowed different kinds of sounds to be imprinted onto the disk. This type of music had been popularized by groups like the Beach Boys. The compressed music format was used for a long time to fill in musical gaps on records before the invention of compact disks.
With the invention of the CD, the possibilities for music were almost endless. A band could now put out a full length album instead of a single song, and artists and musicians were able to record in a wide variety of genres instead of just rock. As more bands and artists ventured into more complex sound worlds, the guitar became an integral part of many songs.
Hyperpop is characterized by guitar leads and a fast pace. Guitarists can achieve high dexterity levels by playing with more techniques than with scales. Guitarists can play extremely difficult tracks because of their technical proficiency with chords, octaves, and scales. Hyperpop music often features complex chords that have many different notes, while it uses the guitar as a primary sound source.