God I love dubstep. For those who don’t know, Wikipedia describes it as a genre of dance music characterized by “tightly coiled productions with overwhelming bass lines and reverberant drum patterns, clipped samples, and occasional vocals.” The style originated in South London, some would say as far back as 1998. It spread to NYC and became a phenomenon here around 2006 or so, I believe.
Anyway—here’s why it’s excessively relevant to this blog: from a personal experience standpoint, listening to dubstep can be an ephemeral, *almost* physical experience. It can get intense enough to simulate what I can only describe as a vibrato, brain massaging affect. This is especially true if you strap on a set of headphones and pump in remixes of songs you’re unfamiliar with—suddenly all that matters are the actual physics of the audio experience. It’s these abrasive, though artfully organized, audio waves that feel like magic fingers opening up the faucets that release concentration, productivity, ideation…essentially anything that requires prolonged thinking, creativity and problem-solving.