History Main / Dubstep

12th Jul '17 8:38:12 PM notahandle
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Originally minimalistic, dark, and atmospheric, dubstep evolved over the course of the last decade. Beats became heavier, bass more abrasive, and as the sound gained mainstream popularity, more attention was paid to big drops and "filthy" wobbles (usually preceded by a 30-60 second long intro) than atmosphere. This new form of the style became known (first derogatorily, then as an AppropriatedAppellation) as "brostep"; that is, dubstep that "[[{{Main/Fratbro}} bros]]" could enjoy. Contrast [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovQS1o6Dxfc "Midnight Request Line" by Skream]], one of dubstep's first crossover hits, with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1VLaXoRRdk the Flux Pavilion remix of "Cracks" by Freestylers]], a popular song from about 2010. This division in sound has led to massive amounts of FanDumb and BrokenBase in the dubstep community, and it will most likely [[ThisIsGonnaSuck only get worse]], as dubstep has, as of 2012, appeared even in advertisements for films, television shows and products. Many artists that once associated with the genre are splintering off and working on other forms of electronic music, such as post-dubstep (dubstep meets R&B/soul), bass music and glitch hop.

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Originally minimalistic, dark, and atmospheric, dubstep evolved over the course of the last decade. Beats became heavier, bass more abrasive, and as the sound gained mainstream popularity, more attention was paid to big drops and "filthy" wobbles (usually preceded by a 30-60 second long intro) than atmosphere. This new form of the style became known (first derogatorily, then as an AppropriatedAppellation) as "brostep"; that is, dubstep that "[[{{Main/Fratbro}} bros]]" could enjoy. Contrast [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovQS1o6Dxfc com/watch?v=gDU1Cy152S4 "Midnight Request Line" by Skream]], one of dubstep's first crossover hits, with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1VLaXoRRdk the Flux Pavilion remix of "Cracks" by Freestylers]], a popular song from about 2010. This division in sound has led to massive amounts of FanDumb and BrokenBase in the dubstep community, and it will most likely [[ThisIsGonnaSuck only get worse]], as dubstep has, as of 2012, appeared even in advertisements for films, television shows and products. Many artists that once associated with the genre are splintering off and working on other forms of electronic music, such as post-dubstep (dubstep meets R&B/soul), bass music and glitch hop.
26th Jun '17 8:22:26 AM Ichibo
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* Xtrullor,a musician extremely popular due to Geometry Dash. He makes arguable the hardest ever beat drops made.
24th Jun '17 2:55:31 PM Gideoncrawle
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10th Jun '17 11:25:23 AM nombretomado
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* PublicMediumIgnorance: Anyone who has a passing knowledge of what dubstep is would immediately think of Music/{{Skrillex}} upon hearing the word, not knowing that a whole scene of active dubstep musicians exists. This knowledge often reaches FanDumb levels as they continue to associate Skrillex with the genre,[[note]]when in fact, Skrillex usually produces house music and {{trance}}, but his dubstep has become so well-known that even his non-dubstep works are easily overlooked.[[/note]] to the point where the rest of the dubstep scene is perecived as irrelevant. This can get particularly grating in some cases, as many music [[FanDumb fans]] now believe that Skrillex is an even better composer than Creator/HansZimmer, Creator/{{Mozart}}, or Music/YoshikiHayashi simply because [[InsaneTrollLogic Skrillex makes dubstep]].

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* PublicMediumIgnorance: Anyone who has a passing knowledge of what dubstep is would immediately think of Music/{{Skrillex}} upon hearing the word, not knowing that a whole scene of active dubstep musicians exists. This knowledge often reaches FanDumb levels as they continue to associate Skrillex with the genre,[[note]]when in fact, Skrillex usually produces house music and {{trance}}, but his dubstep has become so well-known that even his non-dubstep works are easily overlooked.[[/note]] to the point where the rest of the dubstep scene is perecived as irrelevant. This can get particularly grating in some cases, as many music [[FanDumb fans]] now believe that Skrillex is an even better composer than Creator/HansZimmer, Creator/{{Mozart}}, Music/WolfgangAmadeusMozart, or Music/YoshikiHayashi simply because [[InsaneTrollLogic Skrillex makes dubstep]].
12th Mar '17 9:53:30 AM Jake18
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* Sub Focus
12th Mar '17 9:47:16 AM Jake18
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* ScaryMusicianHarmlessMusic: Frequently inverted with brostep musicians, who tend to look very normal despite the intensity of their music.
11th Mar '17 4:25:16 PM nombretomado
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** For artists, however, Borgore was this, although many successful collaborations with various artists (more emblematically with MileyCyrus) and his ownership of a very promising electronic-centered label, Buygore, [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap retroactively gave him lots of respect.]]

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** For artists, however, Borgore was this, although many successful collaborations with various artists (more emblematically with MileyCyrus) Music/MileyCyrus) and his ownership of a very promising electronic-centered label, Buygore, [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap retroactively gave him lots of respect.]]
6th Mar '17 10:35:08 AM ExoFireBlade
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* Virtual Riot
13th Dec '16 6:33:55 AM MrCandle
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** 2. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlEkvbRmfrA Burial -- Archangel]][[http://youtu.be/sf6LD2B_kDQ Lindsey Stirling -- Elements]]

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** 2. [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlEkvbRmfrA com/watch?v=E2qLD9c3Gq4 Burial -- Archangel]][[http://youtu.Archangel]], [[http://youtu.be/sf6LD2B_kDQ Lindsey Stirling -- Elements]]
23rd Aug '16 4:48:14 AM VenomousBlaze
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Dubstep began in [[LondonTown South London]] in the early 2000s, and has risen to become the most popular form of {{electronic music}} in years. Branching off from UK garage and grime, dubstep primarily became known for a moderate tempo (typically around 140 bpm), a heavy emphasis on bass and frequencies under 100Hz and often (but certainly not always) with a distinctive "wobble" sound. Many artists even delve into infrasonic territory below 20Hz, which is not so much ''heard'' as ''felt''. Rhythmically, dubstep is in CommonTime by definition and owes a lot of its sound to dub reggae: both usually have a snare hit on the third beat of the bar, and both drums and bass tend to make heavy use of triplets.

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Dubstep began in [[LondonTown South London]] in the early 2000s, and has risen to become the most popular form of {{electronic music}} in years. Branching off from UK garage and grime, dubstep primarily became known for a moderate tempo (typically around 140 bpm), a heavy emphasis on bass and frequencies under 100Hz and often (but certainly not always) with a distinctive "wobble" sound.sound, commonly achieved by playing disharmonious bass tones in unison. Many artists even delve into infrasonic territory below 20Hz, which is not so much ''heard'' as ''felt''. Rhythmically, dubstep is in CommonTime by definition and owes a lot of its sound to dub reggae: both usually have a snare hit on the third beat of the bar, and both drums and bass tend to make heavy use of triplets.



One aspect of Dubstep the technically inclined troper might find particularly interesting is that the genre's signature "wobble" sound represents the first time outside of {{industrial}} music and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Experimental_music experimental music]] [[note]]Most notably by avant-garde composers such as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giacinto_Scelsi Giacinto Scelsi]], [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phill_Niblock Phill Niblock]], and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alvin_Lucier Alvin Lucier]][[/note]] that the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beat_%28acoustics%29 beating]] phenomenon has ever been deeply explored as an integral, preplanned, part of composition. When two disharmonious tones are played simultaneously, the out-of-sync soundwaves alternately combine and cancel, forming a third wave. This third wave is heard as a pulsing, or ''beating''. Slower pulses are perceived as rhythms, faster ones are heard as tones. Adding additional disharmonious tones to the mix adds more beating to the sound, which creates more complex interactions, and thus additional illusory notes and rhythms. The wubs and wobbles of dubstep are essentially dramatic demonstrations of a bizarre and novel new area of musical exploration; paradoxically using precisely engineered sets of disharmonious tones to create harmonious sounds that blur the line between rhythm and tone.
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