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Illbient music is an offshoot of the intelligent dance music (IDM) movement, similar in style to ambient music but far different in theme. Whereas ambient uses natural noises to represent almost a random pattern of music, illbient uses dissonant noises and dark, unsettling ("ill") samples to create controlled chaos. Illbient ranges from the very minimalistic to the rather complex, similar to other genres such as experimental hardcore and the later incarnations of IDM.

The marked difference between Illbient and Dark ambient is the hip hop influence involved. This style aims to portray the concept of urban decay found in the music and lyrics of early-90s hip hop. (more needed please)

There is some uncertainty about who coined the term, as both DJ Spooky and DJ Olive claim to have invented the musical style.

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