Dubstep: The New Frontier


by Josh Bannon
Eagle Editorial Board

The evolution of dubstep through the years, especially its recent boom in popularity among minors, has generated a lot of heated debate specifically over one claim: dubstep is not music.

Arguments presented by people asserting that it is not music really are very generic and do not vary across haters of the genre.

In every single discussion, without fail, haters will say that dubstep is not music because it is just noise with absolutely no rhythm before trying to crudely imitate a bass drop. Another frequent argument is that it is not music because a child could produce it on a Mac computer after being hit over the head with a blunt object.

Dubstep is in fact music and the above arguments are very flimsy assumptions mostly made by people who think “real” music can only be produced by bands who use traditional instruments and who really have no idea what the components of a dubstep track are or how they are produced.

Rather than having no rhythm at all, dubstep is composed of pure rhythms overlaid onto each other with the legendary “bass drop” acting more as a track’s chorus than its only element. Much like other electronic genres of music, dubstep tracks are produced by layering different patterns and beats and adding samples.

The layers can be composed of anything from various types of drums to snares and bass lines. Synthesizers and other sound effects are then added on top of the layers and the drop is often added last.

Because dubstep is composed primarily of pure rhythms and sound, it can even be argued that it is more “real” than other genres of music.

Dubstep is music in its most primal and basic form, a concept many find too difficult to grasp.

As for the argument that a child can make dubstep with a Mac and a swift blow to the head, there is really no counter argument needed because of its ridiculousness. Those who make this statement would most likely cry in confusion if they ever opened a music-production suite other than Garage Band and in almost every case know nothing about the composition of a dubstep track or the difference between a synthesizer and a sample.

When presented with this argument, the best response is to promptly hit your opponent in the head with a blunt object, hand him a laptop and let him try to prove his claim.

When he fails miserably, go ahead and laugh, and you might as well give him another blow for good measure. After all, he should be consoled by his thoughts of dubstep not being real music and extremely easy to make.