Definitions

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  • adj. having an old-fashioned quality
  • adj. Having a rough quality, not musically smooth and refined

Etymologies

Shortened form of low fidelity (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Making inventive use of lo-fi techniques borrowed from Saturday-morning kiddie shows and Grade Z sci-fi, the movie is a something of an adult, live-action cartoon.

    Watching in Another Dimension

  • Step 3: Put it to an understated tune that Sufjan Stevens or She & Him might be proud to call their own -- a lo-fi little ditty that's every bit as unassuming as the animation itself.

    ANIMATION OF THE DAY: When Star Wars gets a new director's cut

  • While his lo-fi contemporary, Wavves, uses his public persona to chastise the Portuguese while on uppers, Blank Dogs has stayed nearly hidden, content to let rumors that he wears only gauze during live performances play themselves out.

    Pop Music This Fussy and Intimate « PubliCola

  • Friday night, local director Lynn Shelton — also treading on male turf (the minimalist mumblecore genre, which is dominated by pointy-headed male directors) — won the Independent Spirit John Cassavetes award for her lo-fi drama Humpday.

    Local Filmmaker Lynn Shelton Wins Trophy of Her Own « PubliCola

  • After he died, Mr. Lore promised Mrs. Jackson he'd sort through the improbable volume of lo-fi recordings and assemble what he could.

    Sounds of the South, Via Brooklyn

  • Part of a thriving Californian community that number the likes of Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall, Sic Alps were part of the lo-fi explosion of 2008-9, but have far outgrown their origins.

    This week's new live music

  • Last year, Wavves (a.k.a. Nathan Williams) emerged from the crowded, static-filled indie-rock underground thanks to an abundance of pop hooks that fought through the fuzz of his lo-fi home recordings.

    Getting Up Guide: Spoken-word showcase; Sly Fox brew tasting

  • He came up as the bassist for Dinosaur Jr., and after being ousted from the group in the late '80s, he holed up with his cheap four-track machine and kickstarted the "lo-fi" movement with his home recording project, Sebadoh.

    Nation Building, Foo Fighting

  • Like Catalan trio Electrotoylets, who make folkadelic music and visuals out of children's toys and lo-fi video games.

    This week's new film events

  • Relatively close to the surface are documentaries Made In Birmingham: Reggae, Punk, Bhangra, on the city's musical history, but there's also psychedelic magickal cinema Angel Rose in Ritual 1, a selection from Today Is Boring, live music and a retrospective of "doctor of underground cinema" Duncan Reekie, including his lo-fi feature Maldoror, each chapter of which was made by a different film-maker, with no idea what the others were up to.

    This week's new film events

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