(also called DIY Low-Fi, Low Fidelity )

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Lo-fi music includes sounds that would normally be considered imperfections in the context of a professional studio recording. Examples include misplayed notes, a degraded quality, audible tape edits, and background noises (coughing, laughing, chair squeaks, passing cars, machine humming ...).

The standards of lo-fi have evolved throughout the decades and the term itself only began to describe a style of music in the 1990s. Even though some older examples may not have been originally recognized as lo-fi, the qualifier may still be applicable.

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