so i've been fascinated with dubstep lately. i keep staring at the screen while i browse various dubstep songs and have them blast through my headphones while wondering what it is about the music that... has acquired a cult following
i mean, i'm not fascinated because i like it, but because it genuinely disturbs me
i don't understand the genre. is there supposed to be a tune? am i tone deaf? is there something i'm missing? is it just the WUHWUHWUHWUHWUHWUHWUHWUHWUH alone that people love?
seems kinda raw, huh? but if you think about it, if dubstep is defined by the wuh wuh wuhs and bass drops, does that mean that dubstep is merely a sub genre?
take for example, Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites by Skrillex. It's a really nice sounding song that's definitely dubstep, and listening to it you will definitely detect the drop, but it slams you in the face at the most unexpected time. remove the bass drop parts and suddenly you have a completely different genre of music (that still sounds the same as before, except even better since it's now a really nice flowing song)
dubstep doesn't seem to have any rules per say except for the fact that it needs a bass drop of some sort. it can sound like anything, like any other electronic genre of music, but as soon as the bass is dropped suddenly that one sound completely changes the entire story making a really weird case of "the tune is filler for the bass lovers, and the bass is the filler for tune lovers"
it doesn't feel like an actual genre of music. eurobeat and happy hardcore have a BPM, vocalist and pitch requirement, metal is defined by the rough sound, high energy and tunes that are composed the same way as classical music, and country is defined by a guy who got ran over and had his dog shot after his wife left him. dubstep lacks any sort of rules like the other genres and depends solely on the bass drops it seems. it can sound like anything else, but as soon as that WUH WUH WUH kicks in, suddenly it's dubstep regardless of what the rest of the song sounds like
dubstep is a sub genre (if you can even call it that). even just regular "dub" has it's defining traits, but "dubstep" doesn't seem to know what it wants to be, and i find that particularly interesting, but also annoying as i won't drop it (AEHUEHUE) until i figure out what makes it so appealing and what it actually is
so, with that said, why do people like their regular music with tunes interrupted with an out of place bass drop that has nothing to do with the rest of the song except to destroy the pace previously set by the filler? i just don't get it
what confuses me even more is this song: [link]
it's dubstep? where's the dubstep? how come it sounds good throughout the whole thing? why do i like it?
...actually that is a pretty good one. but it's not dubstep! why is it that the only dubstep songs i like are not dubstep?! or is the dubstep blended in so well that i don't even notice it?
wait a minute... i think i see it...
...oh wow. the bass drop actually fits really well and doesn't abruptly pull me out of the experience while sustaining a decent tune to go with it that matches the style of everything else
but i still don't get what defines it as dubstep. remove that long note part and what genre is it now?
AGGGHHHHH!! i've had a headache for days now trying to figure this genre out! i just dont get it!