Created By: Alexandri098 on January 16, 2013 Last Edited By: alnair20aug93 on June 20, 2017
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Drop the bass

When the percussion pauses and then comes back with a heavier bassline.

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The "drop" is a common feature of Drum and Bass, Dubstep and Brostep (but it can be found in other genres, too). It happens when the percussion of a song pauses for a few seconds, only to come back with a heavier bassline.

There are multiple types of drops:
Type A: Characterized by loud, explosive basses. Common in dubstep and house music, and made popular by artists such as Skrillex.
Type B: A smoother, quieter bassline than a Type A. Often uses a growl or fuzz bass, and is overlaid by synths. Common in variations of dubstep such as smoothstep, and some pop music.
Type C: Involves use of mid-range synths or guitars instead of or accompanying a bass. Used in dubstep and certain genres of rock and metal.


Examples:

  • The Trope Codifier is Skrillex.
  • deadmau5
    • Raise Your Weapon at 4:07.
  • Jaga Jazzist
    • "I Could Have Killed Him in the Sauna" (the drop happens at 1:44)
    • "Oslo Skyline" (the drop happens at 2:35).
  • A Hawk And A Hacksaw
    • "A Black and White Rainbow" (the drop happens at 0:49).
Community Feedback Replies: 16
  • January 16, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Unless we want to make a page for every musical tool, or if it's particularly common and significant in fiction, I don't really see this as tropable.

    Maybe you could write a description if you think it is?
  • January 17, 2013
    Alexandri098
    @Larkman but we do have musical tropes.

    Also, I am new to tvtropes, i really don't know how to write a good descrpition.
  • January 17, 2013
    Larkmarn
    We do have musical tropes, but usually they have some sort of meaning or significance.

    We don't have tropes on every minute musical technique. And you... make exactly zero arguments for this being tropable.

    Even if you're bad, give us a starting place at all.
  • January 17, 2013
    MetaFour
    "We don't have tropes on every minute musical technique."

    We've got articles for basic stuff like Twelve Bar Blues, The Four Chords Of Pop, and even that one drum break that everyone ever has sampled. I don't see why this is any less worthy of inclusion.

    That said, this certainly does need more description. All I can think of to describe it is the fact that the brief silence, followed immediately by the loudest (or Ear Rape-iest) part of the song, makes both of them more dramatic than they would be alone.

    Non-dubstep examples:
  • January 19, 2013
    Alexandri098
    I tried to make a better description.

    Anyway, this IS tropable: it is not People sit on chairs, it is common enough and I don't really see why it wouldn't be a trope.

  • January 20, 2013
    TheHandle
    Yeah, I want to learn more about music too, man.
  • January 20, 2013
    Alexandri098
    Why is this tagged as "needs better name"? I think the name is good, "Drop" would be too short.
  • January 22, 2013
    Larkmarn
    My point wasn't "This isn't tropable" but that there was no reason to think it was because there was no description or examples.
  • January 22, 2013
    Architect
    I like the idea of this as a trope, but we can't just list every song that has ever included a bass drop. Rather, we could list artists who have used bass drops in their music, and categorize by genre--e.g. dubstep, house, pop, rock, etc.

    Also, maybe we could have some sort of multiple-type dealie for the drops themselves, going something along the lines of this:

    Type A: Characterized by loud, explosive basses. Common in dubstep and house music, and made popular by artists such as Skrillex.
    Type B: A smoother, quieter bassline than a Type A. Often uses a growl or fuzz bass, and is overlaid by synths. Common in variations of dubstep such as smoothstep, and some pop music.
    Type C: Involves use of mid-range synths or guitars instead of or accompanying a bass. Used in dubstep and certain genres of rock and metal.

    That was probably way too in-depth and/or somewhat inaccurate, so feel free to completely disregard the above paragraph!
  • January 23, 2013
    Alexandri098
    @Architect the artist idea is great, but if they used a bass drop only one or twice we could list the songs, too.

    And that "type" idea is great, but I don't understand what Type C means.
  • January 17, 2017
    alnair20aug93
    Seems to be more common in recent years, not just in Dubstep (such as The Chainsmokers' "Closer"); either going side by side or overshadowing the chorus, so Drop the Bump!
  • January 17, 2017
    sailing101
    Gonna repeat part of what I said here. I remember that we may have had this once, but it was likely cut. I'm not sure if recreating it is such a good idea. Already, it's demonstrating the problem of being a ZCE magnet.
  • January 17, 2017
    alnair20aug93
    ^ Fair point.
  • January 18, 2017
    Tuomas
    I'd just like to say that Skrillex is not the trope namer or even codifier. This technique and the term "bass drop" or "drop the bass" has been used at least since the early '90s, as evidenced by, for example, this tune from 1994. Skrillex may have popularised the concept for certain American audiences, but it had become a cliche in electronic music long before that.
  • January 18, 2017
    Tuomas
    And here's a track from 1991 that uses the technique:
  • June 20, 2017
    alnair20aug93
    D-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-drop the bump!
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