Rule 66: A Beginners Guide to Dubstep

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Rule 66?

Yes, according to the 'rules of the internet Rule 66 is "If it exists, there is a dubstep remix of it".

[n.b. some would argue Rule 66 is "The cake is a lie" but I'm not getting in to that...]

Dubstep came to the attention of many music fans in the late Noughties (is this the Twenteens? anyway...) but had been floating around the London scene for a few years prior.

Dubstep grew out of the garage scene, and generally features beats influenced by 2 step and drum n bass, although often with a 'broken' twist a la Aphex Twin. The key feature of dubstep is 'wobbly' basslines, generally loud and intense and designed to be played through massive speaker systems with subwoofers, like the dub of old.

The power of the internet has shoved dubstep into the faces of a wider audience, with remix after remix appearing on the likes of YouTube using music and samples from video games, TV shows and basically anything which makes noise.

Now dubstep influenced music is starting to get onto daytime radio (in Britain anyway) and this trend is likely to continue for a few years yet, with dedicated club nights popping up around the country and DJs putting dubstep tunes into their regular playlists.

Probably the most famous of the late 90s 'breakthrough' dubstep acts are Burial, Benga, Kode9 and Skream.

Burial was the first to gain attention in the mainstream when he was nominated for a Mercury Music Prize in 2008. Here's a track from his first album.

Burial - Broken Home

Next up Kode9, who runs the Hyperdub label which is home to much of the better dubstep out there. I personally like his work with Spaceape, who has such a good voice for this type of music. This track samples the score from the film "The Seven Samurai" and is from their album 'Memories of the Future.

Kode9 and Spaceape - 9 Samurai

Skream is considered one of dubsteps first producers and is a member of Magnetic Man along with Benga and Artwork.

Skream (feat. JME) - Tapped

Benga- World War 7

Remixes and stuff

Now for some randomness as provided by various folks on the internet, and other commercial tracks I've decided to add on the basis that they're vaguely dubstepish. Some is funny, some is just great!

...not Technically Dubstep?... but Has a Wobble Bit in the Middle

Resident Evil theme - dubstep edition!

Now go type 'dubstep' followed by whatever you like into your search engine of choise and see what happens!

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Garrett Mickley 5 years ago from Jupiter, Florida

You pretty much hit the nail on the head.

Aside from there being a dubstep remix of EVERYTHING (including Hedwig's Theme from Harry Potter, which is a terrible remix), it seems like everyone's throwing a wobble bass into their songs.

I love a lot of Dubstep and I'm cool with the wobble bass (I've been known to use it), but I feel like the amount of people out there on forums asking "how do I make a wobble bass" is upsetting when they don't know what an LFO is.

Maybe I should become a teacher of electronic music synthesis.


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lukecore 5 years ago from Manchester Author

Thanks!

Yes the wobble is appearing in more and more music at the moment, apparently even metal bands are getting in on the act!

People who don't know what an LFO is are trying to make dubstep? Oh dear...


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dubmakers 3 years ago

LOL! Hadn't heard of "Rule 66" before...

Great hub, any thoughts of a revision at some point?


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lukecore 3 years ago from Manchester Author

Yeah this could do with an update, a lot has happened in the two years since I wrote this!

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