Intelligent Dub Music
April 6, 2010 § 16 Comments
The older university Students of a bit earlier in the naughties, you know, the ones who actually ‘discovered’ dubstep. They are presumably at least a little bemused if not disgruntled that Dubstep did what it did. It almost became a fashion – that isn’t to say that people of my age aren’t genuinely enticed by the “wobwobwobwob” – It is undeniably enticing.
However, it doesn’t require much thought. A genre like dub where almost all the appeal rests in the beat requires almost no intelligence to produce -just initiative… and a beat. Anyone, including you, could find a beat and a few loops of synth and you’d be just as appealling as all the other Dub artists.
So anyway, all this opinionated nonsense brings me to some interesting artists and the lesser known meaning of IDM (intelligent DUB music):
Scuba – my cool older cousin told me about this man. This has got to be the best looking cloud I’ve ever seen on Soundcloud as it combines Scuba’s sounds that make up his EP aesaunic. So many cool glitches like dntel, but mixed in with glimpses of a big beat. Too amazing.
aesaunic EP preview
you can also download whole mixes from Scuba’s soundcloud.
Joy Orbison –
Clear-up for ‘Intelligent Dub Music’
A controversial post on dubstep that caused ripples on the world wide web – some positive, some negative.
“Anyone, including you, could find a beat and a few loops of synth and you’d be just as appealling as all the other Dub artists.”
In this particular example, a quotation that aggravated a few DJs amongst others, I would like to correct myself slightly. OK, the actual business of creating dubstep is technically quite hard – my brother’s friends spent absolutely ages perfecting and getting every detail right on his ‘XX remix’ (see ‘Everything is Always‘). I am not trying to discredit the effort it takes to make a dubstep track, I was rather trying to highlight that a lot of the standard mediocre dubstep (the almost-commercial surface of this huge and wonderful genre) sounds very similar – thus leading me on to the fact, that creatively – there’s little room. It doesn’t require much creativity to create mediocre Dubstep, just a brilliant mind on computer software.
Therefore, I was suggesting Joy Orbison and Scuba as just TWO examples of dubstep with a little bit more to offer. I was hoping that they might lead on to the many other originalities and gems that Dubstep has to offer.
On a lesser note, I wanted just to point out that I was aware of IDM’s meaning, but was merely suggesting an alternative meaning (I Dub M) simply as a little pun!
but enough of this opinionated nonsense,