New words – 9 August 2021

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ocean vinyl noun [U]
UK /ˌəʊ.ʃᵊn.ˈvaɪ.nᵊl/ US /ˌoʊ.ʃᵊn.ˈvaɪ.nᵊl/
records that have been made out of recycled plastic found in the ocean, or the material used to make them

In 2019, Mercury Prize-nominated singer-songwriter Nick Mulvey achieved a world first by releasing his single In The Anthropocene on what has become known as “ocean vinyl”. “Ocean vinyl was a high-quality playable record made entirely from recycled plastic from the local ocean found in beach combs in the south of the UK,” says the musician.
[bbc.co.uk/news, 24 June 2021]

spatial audio noun [U]
UK /ˌspeɪ.ʃᵊl.ˈɔː.di.əʊ/ US /ˌspeɪ.ʃᵊl.ˈɑː.di.oʊ/
a way of streaming music that makes the sound seem to be coming from many different places

You may have missed it, but music was reinvented last week. Some are calling it the biggest shift in the way we listen since mono became stereo more than 60 years ago. It’s called “spatial audio”, and we have Apple to thank for introducing this to our ears … I was wary. But then a man from What Hi-Fi? said: “Sounds will appear to be coming from in front of you, the sides, rear, even above.”
[thetimes.co.uk, 13 June 2021]

hyperpop noun [U]
UK /ˈhaɪ.pə.pɒp/ US /ˈhaɪ.pɚ.pɑːp/
a type of popular music, usually distributed online, that experiments with and exaggerates the traditional elements of pop music

If osquinn has become hyperpop’s most visible star, then glaive, also 15, has had the fastest rise of any artist in the scene. He began recording his first songs at the start of quarantine, at first inspired by the emo rapper Lil Peep, before finding artists in the hyperpop scene and quickly moving on to a brighter, more up-tempo sound that emphasizes his intricately layered vocals.
[nytimes.com, 10 November 2020]

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