The weirdest music in my collection

Iglooghost's avatar, the U.K. producer that clocks in as an honorable mention below.

Iglooghost's avatar, the U.K. producer that clocks in as an honorable mention below.

There's something really fun about extremely weird music. I'm not talking just $uicideboy$ or Death Grips or something similarly shocking but still fairly mainstream... I mean the real diamond-in-the-rough material. 

Let's get into my top 10.

1. Iraan - New Rumors of War
Recorded in 2012, this is the description according to Iraan: "Each track was recorded in and is meant to exemplify one room of my childhood home." It's a collection of eerie field recordings and ambient instrumentals. The original Bandcamp link is inactive, so I uploaded it here.

2. Ryoji Ikeda - Dataplex
This "minimal glitch" record came out in 2005 and is the sound of "specific waveform data that performs a data-read test for optical drives." Here's a sample of the grating but weirdly rhythmic style.

3. David Teie - Music For Cats Album 1
Well, um, this is an album that I invested in as a Kickstarter and ... well, just watch the video

4. Hauschka
Hauschka's real name is Volker Bertelmann, and he is a German piano player. He explores the percussive elements of a piano by doing things like jamming chopsticks into the hammers and wires of a baby grand, and then looping and amplifying the results. Check out this video and skim through it a bit to see everything he tinkers with. I have the album Salon Des Amateurs from 2011, and I like it a lot.

5. bo en - Pale Machine
British video game soundtrack composer bo en is just fun as hell. Imagine a modern song that reeks of Super Smash Bros. and Sim City 2000... then a 1981 Luther Vandross sample comes in (one that Kanye made famous in 2004), and then a Japanese lyricist sings a bit before bringing you into a clavé cha-cha. And that's just the first 1.5 minutes of one track. This is probably some of the more accessible and listenable stuff on this list.

Twentington - Beautiful Hill
Some good bedroom-core. Angsty four-track acoustic doodling with flaws and all. Haunting and lonely at times. And since Twentington seems to have taken down everything, here's a Google Drive folder.

Al Ripken Jr. - Captain Cougar EP
An effective application of old MIDI and 8-bit sounds mixed with theramin and made into modernized trap. I recommend the Captain Cougar Theme Song. The Captain Cougar EP is on Spotify.

Sesame Street - My Name is Roosevelt Franklin
Roosevelt Franklin (here's a good article on him) was one of the first Muppets on Sesame Street to be implied as a black character. The purple-skinned slick-talker put out an album in 1974 that we used to listen to in college; we always thought there were drug references in the album's opener ("I'm gonna get my first job hauling bricks!").

Electric Sea Spider - Supercash
Bizarre and erratic beats from Melbourne, Australia. Defies convention, especially drum-wise.

Iglooghost - Chinese Nu Yr
I love this EP, but I can't quite find it online, so check out Iglooghost's newest, instead. It's like bo en (also from the U.K.) but with more vaporwave and hip-hop influence. Don't worry, there's still plenty of goofy and wild video game flavor.