International Strange Music Day, celebrated on August 24 by many music lovers, has 2 goals. He encourages professional composers and musicians to experiment, to search for new forms. Listeners – to get acquainted with non-standard music in new styles or performed on unusual instruments. You will not find such compositions in the charts. So, International Strange Music Day reveals music from unexpected sides!
This international holiday was invented by Patrick Grant, a composer from the USA. He has always composed non-standard works, synthesizing classical, pop, post-punk, techno, ambient and other genres and styles. But not a single label wanted to release CDs with his experiments. Realizing this, Grant set about creating and promoting his own label, Strange Music. Its goal was to discover and promote truly fresh musical phenomena.
For the holiday, Grant chose the date of August 24 in honor of the birthday of his mentor. Besides, that man was the father of his girlfriend. Patrick soon noticed that Strange Music Day was getting more and more popular. When it was appreciated in Europe, the name had to be changed to International Day.
How listening to strange music affects us:
- Expanding your musical horizons helps you change your point of view on other things as well. As a result, our intellect develops, we begin to think more broadly and progressively.
- Music has a psychological effect on us – this has been proven by research. You can create a special playlist for yourself with songs that help you relax and unwind. Or dump aggression in a frantic dance. Or meditate. Or get inspired to solve work problems.
- It is not necessary to look for new musical directions that were previously unknown to anyone in your city. You haven’t listened to all the world’s music available, have you? The news for you may be some kind of classic composition. Or foreign folk, or never heard before black blues.
How to celebrate
To celebrate International Strange Music Day in a fun way, discover completely new music – genre, style, composition or artist.
When is International Strange Music Day celebrated in 2022?
International Strange Music Day is observed on August 24 each year.