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Dub Step, oh where for art thou Dub Step? A rose by any other name is still a rose.
To me the genre of dubstep has become a specific stylized song type that is being played by DJ's all around the world during shows. It is much like the Ragtime sound of yore or the slow dance played by Lawrence Whelk's Big Band's of the 50-60's.
Dub Step is a very unique type of music within the electronic music genre. But that statement is like saying Baroque is a certain type of classical music. There are many composers that fall under that umbrella and each have songs that widely vary in sound. Such is the genre of Dub Step! Many artists creating lots of music that varies widely is sound but follows a similar style.
Like Ragtime music, when you hear Dub Step you know you are listening to Dub Step. You could listen to a whole show of ragtime music, but more commonly the band director would have several pieces in that style rehearsed, but it would not constitute the bulk of the music heard by the audience. Such is the current state of Dub Step. It has become a staple song style that audiences feel cheated if a DJ does not include at least a couple of these songs during a set.
I go to a lot of electronic music shows, so I am seeing this emergence in real time. To back up my credibility, the concerts I have gone to in the last 2 years alone include: Deadmau5 (twice), David Guetta, Above & Beyond (twice), Avicii, DJ Tiesto, Paul Van Dike, and a festival know as DEMF the Detroit Electronic Music Festival - Movement.
Dubstep entails a much slower and more deliberate percussive section, wild synth sounds, and a very specific meter (mostly 4/4 but with driving bass not necessarily on the down beat).
FOR EVERYONE WHO DOES NOT UNDERSTAND SPECIFICALLY WHAT DUBSTEP SOUNDS LIKE search for it on wikipedia and listen to the samples that are posted on the page.
My personal favorite is Skrillex - Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites.
I hope all the people who are worried about sounding old because they didn't know what DubStep is, find this post useful. Perhaps the moderators will even deem this my first quality post since 2004. Then again maybe this Rose of a post is only a thistle
Where are we going and why am I in this handbasket?
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Dub Step is a very unique type of music within the electronic music genre. But that statement is like saying Baroque is a certain type of classical music./quote]
Now THAT's a about as Quality Post as it gets when discussing "genres" in music! "Electronic" is a genre, dubstep is a style within that genre.
Please do not increment my Quality Posts count. 69 is a good place to be. ;-)
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matthew wrote:Transformers music, right?
Yes. Specifically the sound that an Autobot makes whilst being violently raped by Michael Bay.