In my original post about electronic music, I expressed the concern that electronic music fails to be creative (or good) in a number of ways. There is no subgenre of electronic music that characterizes this better than dubstep. Furthermore, I think dubstep fans, being musically ignorant, have confused themselves on what dubstep actually is.
Dubstep means excessive wobble, obnoxious bass drops, and decent samples saturated with bad filtering. The “good dubstep” artists such as Burial really ought to call themselves downtempo, because that’s what they more closely resemble. THIS is dubstep. This isn’t. That the wobble-less music has been labelled dubstep should be considered a mistake. Perhaps, like djent, there was a time when dubstep was all good, but now, it has all gone wrong.
So, what is the problem with dubstep today? The short answer is: WOB WOB WOB WOB WOB WOB WOB. The long answer is that there are too many kids with computers on the scene that don’t know what they’re doing, but do know how to adjust the bass of a track. What you get, instead of a song, is the output of a function generator on repeat. And yet people think this is good. Just when you think someone would have to be brain dead to enjoy pop, dubstep comes along to finally pulverize the music taste of the masses.
Every dubstep song I’ve heard has had the same uninspired components, and anytime I see someone link to a “good” dubstep song, it turns out to be dnb or the aforementioned downtempo-styled song. Once again, I implore readers to listen to music by artists that actually create music. What is the point of listening to this background noise? Why do Americans pick up on the worst facets of the eurotrash electronic scene years after talented artists have moved on? If people like listening to random noise, why don’t they listen to glitch? It is almost as if the entire country has bad taste in music.