The Age of Dub

Music has never ever stayed a constant. Throughout the ages, it evolved over years and possibly millennia. This ranges from rudimentary rhythmic music which progressed to classical in the 1500-1900s and ultimately diversifying after that. In fact, the greatest evolution of musical styles was in the past century with the emergence of jazz, and blues and R&B. Suddenly in the 1950s, rock music burst into the scene and gave rise to decade’s worth of memorable music. Music began to truly diversify with Reggae, Dance, and Pop, Funk totally redefining the standard of music and enhancing variety. Rap, Hip-Hop and Metal were all the rage in the 90s up to the present day. Interestingly, a new brand of music derived from Hip-Hop, Electronica and Dance had begun to gain popularity in the past few years, possibly ushering a new era. Welcome to the Age of Dub.

The Age of Dub - Ed Solo

Dubstep has emerged to prove itself to be the music of this generation, which is highly appropriate due to its origins from modern music technology. It has a very strong emphasis on kick and snare drum to lay in the base beat. On this base, they layer out varying composite beats and synth sounds, giving it a gritty tune. Almost all Dubstep songs have a ubiquitous ‘wub’ sound which keeps varying throughout the song, like at the 1:50 mark in the ‘Age of Dub’. The most interesting aspect of Dubstep is how it’s compatible with a variety of genres of music. This enables artists to experiment and produce hybrids. One such example merging classical and dubstep is ‘Crystallize’ by Lindsey Stirling.

Crystallize – Lindsey Stirling

We see how the violin and the Dubstep beat combine to produce a superb song. If you carefully notice, you can see that the violin is played in a semi-classical style and would by itself make a wonderful piece. The Dubstep beat adds onto the magic by merging effortlessly with the violin. Another spectacular performance is the live remix of Vivaldi’s ‘Spring’ by Yale University’s SIC Inc.

Vivaldi’s Spring – SIC Inc

Dubstep has the notorious problem that it’s generally not the kind of music that one would dance to. Dance needs a constant rhythm, but Dubstep is rather weak in that department due to its erratic beat patterns. However, dance videos like the one shown below are a rarity, showing how a successful combination of Dubstep and dance produces rather mind blowing results. This video seems rather eerie and robotic, making it seem like the whole dance seem like a special effect.

Pumped Up Kicks|Dubstep

One derivative of Dubstep which is gaining a massive amount of traction is brostep. This is a more metal inspired aggressive variant of Dubstep popularized by artists like Skrillex. His songs - ‘Bangarang’ and ‘Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites’ have been chartbusters . Skrillex’s wins (Best Dance/Electronica Album, Best Remixed Recording, and Best Dance Recording) at the Grammies established the popularity of this subgenre and that of Dubstep as a whole. This makes it one of the most influential and exciting genres of music of our present generation.


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Rishi Rajasekaran

Intern at The Fishbowl Network
Hi, I'm Rishi, a Computer Science and Engineering student of NIT Trichy. When I'm not mugging in the last minute for my exams, I take part in quizzes and other literary events. Everything about the universe fascinates me, except for Justin Bieber songs. Feel free to praise or demean my work in the comments section and on Facebook.
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