Thursday, September 8, 2011

Dubstep [Part II] - Artists

Hello people, I'm back with new and fresh history lessons and info.

Today will learn all about Dubstep Artists !

Artists or Dubstep musicians have unique style.
 Vocal, Hard, Wobble or Laid Back styles.

 It is now into double figures of this milennium, meaning that Dubstep is almost a decade old. It’s time to look at who is pushing the genre to its limits with high production quality, original ideas and internal-organ-destroying basslines.

Here's a list with the most important artists:


1. Nero

2. Caspa

3. Rusko

4. Skrillex


5. 16 Bit

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Dubstep [Part I] - History

Hey guys, today we'll learn all about Dubstep.

Dubstep is a genre of electronic dance music that originated in south London, England.

The earliest dubstep releases date back to 1998 and were darker, more experimental, instrumental dub remixes of 2-step garage tracks attempting to incorporate the funky elements of breakbeat, or the dark elements of drum and bass into 2-step, which featured B-sides of single releases. In 2001, this and other strains of dark garage music began to be showcased and promoted at London's night club Forward.

Dubstep rhythms are usually syncopated, and often shuffled or incorporating tuplets. The tempo is nearly always in the range of 138-142 beats per minute (bpm). In its early stages, dubstep was often more percussive, with more influences from 2-step and grime drum patterns. A lot of producers were also experimenting with tribal drum samples, a notable example being Loefah's early release "Truly Dread". Over time, key producers at the time started to experiment with the half-step rhythm which created more of a spacious vibe, and head-nodding rhythm, a feature which started to be used more and more and has become a signature of the genre. Similarly, the half-step rhythm also started to dominate grime, and producers started to lose the more complex and jerky rhythms influenced from 2-step, and started to work with more hip-hop influenced beats.

Wobble bass


One characteristic of certain strands of dubstep is the wobble bass, where an extended bass note is manipulated rhythmically. This style of bass is typically produced by using a low frequency oscillator to manipulate certain parameters of a synthesizer such as volume, distortion or filter cutoff. The resulting sound is a timbre that is punctuated by rhythmic variations in volume, filter cut-off, or distortion. This style of bass is a driving factor in some variations of dubstep, particularly at the more club-friendly end of the spectrum - a subgenre which has been termed 'brostep' by some.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Drum and Bass [Part III] - Artists

  This is a list of jungle and drum and bass artists. This includes artists who have either been very important to the genre or have had a considerable amount of exposure (such as in the case of one that has been on a major label, but not limited to such). This list does not include little-known local artists. Artists are listed by the first letter in their name (not including the words "a", "an", or "the"), and individuals are listed by last name.


Saturday, July 30, 2011

Drum and Bass [Part II] - Subgenres

  Recently, smaller scenes within the drum and bass community have developed and the scene as a whole has become much more fractured into specific sub-genres. The generally accepted and most popular forms of drum and bass / jungle are:

  • Darkstep (or "Darkside" or "Dark", the return of the old school sound of Drum and bass made with new technology – Current Value, Lucio de Rimanez, Limewax and many more)
  • Drumfunk (or "Choppage", "Edits" – atmospheric drum and bass with heavy emphasis on break-styled drum loops, occasionally broken up by drumless atmospheric passages)
  • Hardstep (A harder style of d&b which uses hard basslines and heavy yet simple electronic melodies for example,: The Panacea)
  • Intelligent (or "Atmospheric" or "Ambient")
  • Jazzstep (or "Jazz and Bass")
  • Jump-Up
  • Liquid funk (or simply "Liquid")
  • Sambass (or "Brazilian Drum and Bass")
  • Techstep (or "Tech")
  • Techno-DNB (or "Techno Drum and Bass")
  • Neurofunk (or "Neuro" is the progression from Techstep)
The following would generally be described as separate genres by their proponents:
  • Breakcore
  • Darkcore (both a precursor and a descendant of drum and bass since modern darkcore productions share much with darkstep)
  • Raggacore
  • Ragga jungle (a modern sound which shares most if not all characteristics with early jungle music – difficult to differentiate – perhaps through frequent mention of H.I.M. Haile Selassie and other Rastafarian themes)
As with all attempts to classify and categorize music, the above should not be treated as definitive. Many producers release albums and tracks which touch into many of the above styles and there are significant arguments as to the classification of tracks as well as the basic defining characteristics of subgenres. The list of arguable subgenres in particular should not be treated as definitive.

  The modern distinctive ragga jungle style (arguably subgenre or even separate genre) is a direct throwback to the 1994–1995 style of drum and bass production. However, many modern drum and bass mainstream productions contain ragga, dancehall and reggae elements, they are just not as dominant as previously.

Clownstep is not as it commonly misconceived to be, a derogatory term for "playful" Drum and Bass. "Clownstep" is a term which was popularised by Dylan, to jokingly describe how "Swing-beat" tunes like Bodyrock by Andy C made him think of clowns. DJ Clipz often produces songs adhering to the clownstep sound.

  Drumstep is also a commonly misused term for a style of drum loops used in Drum and Bass tracks. Rather than placing a kick drum on the 1st and 3½ bar, and a snare on the 2nd and 4th bars, the drum break has a kick placed on the 1st bar, and a snare on the 3rd bar, thus making the break sound half-timed. The term is now being used to refer to a mix of Drum and Bass and Dubstep, because of the drum loops slower BPM. This genre also tends to feature Dubstep elements known as the 'wobble bass' effect.

Drum and Bass [Part I] - History

  So people, I'm back, today we'll learn all about Drum and Bass [DNB, Drum 'n Bass, or D&B].

  Drum and bass is one of the electronic dance music genres which got birth in the mid 1990s. The genre is characterized by fast breakbeats (typically between 160–190 bpm), with heavy bass and sub-bass lines.

  Drum and bass began in United Kingdom in early 1990s. Over the first decade of its existence, the incorporation of elements from various musical genres led to many permutations in its overall style.

  In the late 1980s and early 1990s, a growing nightclub and overnight outdoor event culture gave birth to a new electronic music style called Rave music, which, much like hip-hop, combined sampled syncopated beats or breakbeats, other samples from a wide range of different musical genres and, occasionally, samples of music, dialogue and effects from films and television programmes.

  This subgenre was known as "hardcore" rave but from as early as 1992, some musical tracks made up of these high-tempo break beats, with heavy basslines and samples of older Jamaican music, were referred to as "jungle techno" and later just "jungle", which became recognised as a separate musical genre popular at raves and on pirate radio in Britain. It is important to note when discussing the history of Drum n Bass that prior to Jungle, rave music was getting faster and more experimental. Professional DJ & Producer C.K. states, "There was a progression as far as the speed of music is concerned. Anyone buying vinyl every week from 1989 to 1992 noticed this."


Thursday, July 28, 2011

Hip Hop Elements

                                                             1. DJing 


  2. MCing


 3. Graffiti

                                            DeviantART Graffiti Gallery                                               

                                                 4. Breaking or BBoying


5. Beatbox


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

 The birth of Hip Hop - Historical move

  Hip hop music is an American musical genre that developed as part of hip hop culture, which is defined by four key stylistic elements: MCing/rapping, DJing/scratching, breaking/dancing and graffiti writing.Other elements include sampling (or synthesis), and beatboxing. The term rap music is often used synonymously with the term hip hop music, but rap vocals are not required for music to be considered "hip hop."

  The Bronx in this deteriorating condition fell prey to the third major event which led to the direct development of the graffiti aspect of the hip hop culture. This event occurred in 1968 and coincided with Robert Moses' second major project in the Bronx, the Co-Op City. It should be noted that these last two events were not related. This third event involved a group of seven teenager boys who began terrorizing the vicinity around the Bronxdale Project on Bruckner Boulevard in the southeast Bronx. This may not seem important but this group of teenagers laid the groundwork for a surge of street gang activity that would overwhelm the Bronx for the next six years. This group at first called itself the Savage Seven, but as more members joined, the group changed its name to the Black Spades. Overnight street gangs appeared on every corner of the Bronx. It should be noted that Afrika Bambaataa was a member and leader of the Black Spades at one time.

  Afrika Bambaataa and the hip hop movement in the South Bronx created a cultural alternative to gangs, The Universal Zulu Movement, or the Zulu Nation. While in Chicago and Los Angeles, gangs would be institutionalizating in the ghettoes and barrios, in New York, gangs would come and go but hip hop lives on.
While hip hop often gets confused with street culture, it is a powerful alternative to the nihilism of the streets.

  Hip Hop Elements

                                                                                 1. DJing

2. MCing

3. Graffiti 

4. Breaking or BBoying

5. Beatbox