Too much comment here will spoil the fun, so enjoy – particularly with Dubstep how-to videos becoming, bizarrely, some of the most viral things online. (Hmmm… it’s almost like kids are interested in producing a wildly-popular music genre. Strange. But I hope you’ll stick around for CDM’s new Csound Drones That Hurt Your Ears series, comi– hey, where did everyone go?)

I at least can see lovers and haters of the genre now known as “dubstep” (not to be confused with the previous genre known as dubstep) finding this amusing. But should I turn off comments, just in case?

Thanks to Berliner and serious sonic scientist Martin Backes for the find. Yes, Martin, I am stalking your Facebook page. In the blogger “journalism” field, we call that “research.”

  • Disc

    “(not to be confused with the previous genre known as dubstep)”yeahh that’s so strange how it’s a completely different style of music as dubstep was when the term came about first.
    I didn’t like the first dubstep much either btw.

    • josh g.

      I’d still love to hear a good example of old-dubstep. I stopped paying attention to a few years and now I’m trying to catch up with genre names, but all this distorted bass is making it hard to concentrate.

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    • Ronnie

      Nicely done!

    • Regend

      Josh, check this mix by Hatcha for reference

    • kent williams

      The Hatcha mix is interesting, kind of a ‘missing link’ thing bridging the gap between UK Garage and 2 Step and what became Dubstep when it started blowing up a couple years later.  There’s a lot more two step stutter to this than the big half-stepper back beat that was the trademark of mid-decade dubstep.

  • TehCrucible

    “the genre now known as “dubstep” (not to be confused with the previous genre known as dubstep)”

    HAHA THIS! Just about sums it up doesnt it lol.

    • vincentvc

      should be printed on a tshirt. 

  • kent williams

    There seems to be a general trend when it comes to dance genres:   

    1. It starts out as the sound associated with a tightly focused underground scene.

    2. If enough compelling music grows out of that scene, it achieves exposure outside its original milieu.

    3. Once it achieves a critical mass of audience and producers, the music fragments in several directions:
      a) some seek to keep the faith with the original sound.
      b) some use the genre cliches as a starting point to branch out and innovate.
      c) some magnify the genre cliches into a highly popular sound that annoys everyone in groups a & b
      d) some borrow genre cliches and graft them into pop music to produce a watered down commercial version of the genre.

    4. Usually spurred by over-exposure of groups c &d, casual listeners tire of the genre and look for a new genre to focus on.

    5. The genre is pronounced dead.  Disliking the genre is now as cool as liking it was at stages 1 and 2. No one involved is making much money any more.  The faithful followers and producers go back underground and seek to recapture the original vibe.

    6. 5 to 10 years on, it is revisited by producers nostalgic for the things that made the music compelling in the first place, and a ‘Nu’ version of the genre happens.
    I’ve been around long enough to see this happen to 80s Synth Pop, Industrial EDM, Techno, House, Drum & Bass, 2 Step, Broken Beat, and comes now Dubstep. Or “Dubstep” as Peter would have it.

    I’d be completely cynical and jaded if there wasn’t always someone out there making great music.  As Theodore Sturgeon said, 90% of everything is crap, and as the Sex Pistols said, never mind the bollocks.

    • Peter Kirn

      True, though — when’s the “not making money” thing happening to Dubstep?

      Or, for that matter, when was the “making money in IDM”? Wait – maybe its day has finally come. Fire up the Bandcamp, I’m gonna be rich!

    • kent williams

      At least in the US there’s money to be made throwing dubstep shows.  They’re huge in Iowa City, almost like the brief moment in the late 90s when rave and dance parties were a bigger draw than rock music.

      IDM was never really a money maker for most of the people in the scene.  The guys on Warp and some of the Rephlex crew probably do OK, but everyone else in the scene is lucky to make any money at all.  At least with IDM it never was popular enough to be over-exposed — it was in the academic parlance a ‘minor literature.’  It stands in relationship to the more mainstream EDM as poetry relates to popular fiction — the audience is small, the financial rewards smaller, and it’s relentlessly introspective.

    • Flexmartin

      I’m with you on that Kent. I felt that way with Acid House and -as you said -Techno, many years ago.

    • PaulDavisTheFirst

      or, as the t-shirt put it, “nothing is cool if other people like it” ….

  • Matt Earp

    I think that there is now a style of music that is “the kind of dubstep that gets used in memes that mock dubstep”.

    • Peter Kirn

      Ha! Well, I think this was lovingly mocking dubstep, but yes. 😉

  • drrn

    I await the Csound Drones That Hurt Your Ears series with eager anticipation.

  • Veridical Driver

    So, does all dubstep sound the same, or is it just that I am too old to tell the difference? Old people used to tell me my Detroit Techno and Chicago House records all sounded the same… So maybe this is something we all suffer from getting older. Or maybe dubstep just sounds as generic as hell?

    • luminiscent

      Listen to Pinch – Qawwali. Now listen to Kode9 – Portal. Listen to The Bug – Skeng. Now listen to Digital Mystikz – Anti-War Dub. Do they sound the same to you ?

  • Massive Double Facepalm

    until I die, i will always challenge that this sound IS NOT DUBSTEP – its electro-something >>> but who the fuck cares anyway? = the kids love it and its making people money. 

    • Joe The Wizard

      I’ve always liked the term “brostep” to differentiate “dubstep” from dubstep.

  • Lfsaw

    skrillex, 9v blocks, kitten, dubstep gun, stop motion fight, fat kid dubstep remix, jim gillettes legs (??), street musician with a pentatonic steeldrum, old man shuffling, voice-driven lip sync, nero techno rmx, solve the rubics cube. these are the related videos of the dubstep school; great mix and somehow tells a lot about the theme.

  • Donfuan

    absolutely hilarious 😉

  • dspig

    Hey, can we lose the “Load more comments” button and just show all the comments?

    • Peter Kirn

      Yes. 😉 Been annoyed by that myself, finally noticed that there’s a pagination option. Heh. Fixed. I left it at 40, maybe loading more than 40 comments at a time would get silly.

      Now, everyone flame on about Dubstep…

  • rondema

    Why are many embedded videos no longer showing up on my iPad?

    It is making me sad.

  • Steven Litt

    “(not to be confused with the previous genre known as dubstep)”

    Nicely put.