|"Dubtep is robot dinosaurs fighting with lasers," random guy at Burning Man.|
Music is a big part of Burning Man. For reasons unknown to me, the vast majority of the offerings are various sorts of electronica. The meager live music offerings are dwarfed by large theme camps offering dj music. It's important to note that the Burning Man organization does not bring, host or promote any of the artists. It's all done by theme camps interesting in hosting a huge free dance party in the dessert.
For the first time, I was camped with a electronic music expert who alerted us electronic idiots on when the world famous artists will be spinning the latest dubstep.
As we sat in the queue to leave Black Rock City after a week of excess, (exodus the bane of Burning Man) Princess Fussy Pants asked me, "What is dubstep anyway?"
"A series of beep and twerps," I replied, to a laugh. But what is dubstep really?
Given the fact that we had hours of mind sapping traffic to clear, we decided to ask our fellow automotiveinmates. Below is a list of responses from other waiting to leave the incredibility enjoyable and exhausting festival. Some went for humor, some aficionados gave us a clear thoughtful response.
- "Dubstep is robot dinosaurs fighting with lasers."
- "You know when your in the jacuzzi and you put your head under water by the jet? That is dubstep."
- "Pitch driven base line -- kind of a wobble. Beeps and twerps are more electro house."
- "It's all about the whoop. Baseline of whoop, more dynamic that house or techno. Wah, wah, wah, wah."
- "drug music."
- "Don't know -- I'm not a fan."
- This one super knowledgeable, not so articulate fan said it has something to do with a "double oscillating base" related to reggae and two step -- hence the name.
- "It's doing a hit of nitrous by the speakers."
- "70 beats per minute sounds like doom ... do dat -- doom doom do dat."