Wednesday, August 21, 2013
A gentle intro to Dubstep
Last year at DefCon, they cranked the volume on Dubstep, and I kinda got into it., and have been listening to it a lot over the last year.
I've been trying to get others into it, but Dubstep is pretty harsh. Playing "authentic" Dubstep is the surest way to turn people off. Therefore, I've put together a brief sampling of more acceptable, albeit less authentic, Dubstep songs. You can get the playlist here on the youtube.
The first three songs are "pop" -- they appear on the radio. You shouldn't find them too offensive.
The fourth song, loudly played at DefCon, is what really got me into the genre. I'd suggest playing it at high volume, but it'll overload your speakers, so be careful.
The remaining four songs are increasingly less pop and more wub. The last song of the list is pretty "authentic". Hopefully, if you've reached that point, you've built up a tolerance by listening to the previous songs.
The thing about these samples is that they are all very popular, with 20 to 100 million views on YouTube. The genre will offend you at first, but there's obviously something to it if you listen to it enough. I, too, was pretty turned off by the genre, but I got over it.
BTW, the reason I put this list together is that I just got a Google Chromecast for my TV, and needed something from the youtube to play with it. This was the answer I came up with.
Update: I'm describing authentic American Dubstep here aka. Brostep -- not authentic authentic UK dubstep :)