History Main / Dubstep

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.
29th Jul '16 11:35:23 PM KizunaTallis
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* GatewaySeries: It's safe to say a great number of newer EDM fans (read: got into ElectronicMusic around the late 00's/early 10's) would credit dubstep as their gateway genre.
9th Jul '16 4:21:38 PM KizunaTallis
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* Seven Lions

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* Seven LionsLions (mixed with trance, making music that can best be described as either "bassy trance" or "melodic dubstep")
10th Jun '16 12:07:36 AM KizunaTallis
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* Au5

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* Au5[=Au5=]



* [[Music/KnifeParty Knife Party]]
* Kode9

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* [[Music/KnifeParty Knife Party]]
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* Kode9[=Kode9=]



* SensoryAbuse- Fans of the brostep and noisestep flavors would add "but in a good way!". Particularly harsh tracks tend to be fondly referred to as "dirty" or "filthy", playing off of those being the next level of grit up from "grungy".

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* SensoryAbuse- SensoryAbuse: Fans of the brostep and noisestep flavors would add "but in a good way!". Particularly harsh tracks tend to be fondly referred to as "dirty" or "filthy", playing off of those being the next level of grit up from "grungy".
9th May '16 1:27:40 PM Scorpion451
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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 (somewhat derogatorily) 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 (somewhat derogatorily) (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.
4th Mar '16 9:07:28 PM VenomousBlaze
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* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Many dubstep releases (especially the older ones) tend to be very hard to find; much of the traditional dubstep that still exists today has virtually gone out of print, and new artists rarely release professional studio records, therefore the only practical way of obtaining most dubstep is through file sharing sites. Some artists have taken advantage of this by deliberately releasing albums for free, and making money through other means, such as performing live or selling dubstep-related merch.

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* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Many dubstep releases (especially the older ones) tend to be very hard to find; [[ArchivePanic much of the traditional dubstep that still exists today has virtually gone out of print, print]], and new artists rarely release professional studio records, therefore the only practical way of obtaining most dubstep is through file sharing sites. Some artists have taken advantage of this by deliberately releasing albums for free, and making money through other means, such as performing live or selling dubstep-related merch.
12th Feb '16 10:22:52 AM KizunaTallis
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-->-- '''{{Website/Cracked}}''', [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/4-artists-who-should-probably-just-take-break-while 4 Artists Who Should Probably Just Take a Break For a While]] ({{Skrillex}} was not among said artists.)

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-->-- '''{{Website/Cracked}}''', [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/4-artists-who-should-probably-just-take-break-while 4 Artists Who Should Probably Just Take a Break For a While]] ({{Skrillex}} (Music/{{Skrillex}} was not among said artists.)



* Doctor P (one of the very heavier brostep artists around)

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* Doctor P (one of the very heavier brostep artists around)
30th Dec '15 5:25:40 AM Morgenthaler
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* Magnetic Man (a {{Supergroup}} comprising Artwork, Benga and {{Skream}})

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* Magnetic Man (a {{Supergroup}} comprising Artwork, Benga and {{Skream}})Music/{{Skream}})



* {{Skream}} (co-TropeCodifier (chillstep))
* {{Skrillex}} (co-TropeCodifier (brostep))

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* {{Skream}} Music/{{Skream}} (co-TropeCodifier (chillstep))
* {{Skrillex}} Music/{{Skrillex}} (co-TropeCodifier (brostep))
30th Dec '15 4:43:33 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Burial}}

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* {{Burial}}Music/{{Burial}}
24th Dec '15 6:05:08 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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-->--'''{{Website/Cracked}}''', [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/4-artists-who-should-probably-just-take-break-while 4 Artists Who Should Probably Just Take a Break For a While]] ({{Skrillex}} was not among said artists.)

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-->--'''{{Website/Cracked}}''', -->-- '''{{Website/Cracked}}''', [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/4-artists-who-should-probably-just-take-break-while 4 Artists Who Should Probably Just Take a Break For a While]] ({{Skrillex}} was not among said artists.)
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