Dub Step Sucks...1. It's a byproduct of a post-hip-hop adolescent market that's hungry for any label that it can cling on to.Dub step is not unique or vast enough to be its own genre. It essentially has the breadth and depth of anindividual artist's styling, not a genre. There should be a Trip-Hop artist called "Dub Step", not a genrecalled "Dub Step". The value of the sound is only divisible by the number of people who make it. If morepeople adopt the same narrow ascetics, it doesn't make it a genre, it makes it a kitchy fad.2. The template is predictable, stiff, and boring. It's not good dancing music because it's stiff, it's slow,and it's arduous. At the same time it's not good listening music because it constantly loops, it'spredictable, it has no volume or dynamic range (perhaps the most expressive element in music), 90% of the song is an over-used kick and an ear piercing snare that's had all of the personality compressed outof it, and a boring bass line that may have evoked an "ehh... that's neat" if it was the first time you everheard it, not the cornerstone of a genre.3. It occupies both negative spheres of being sophomoric and over-produced. As if it was possible tohave the worst of D.I.Y. music and Pop-music rolled into one genre.In other words, the music sounds like a 14 year olds "my first beat" on a drum machine they got forChristmas. This in itself perhaps could have been viewed as an interesting ascetic was it not for the factthat the music is a half-assed attempt at over-the-top pop-production styles.I.e. imagine a child playing a guitar for the first time and then his uncle adding the cheesy productiontechniques of late 80's rock ballads or grocery store music.4. I am going to be talking about dynamic range so its important that I define it right now:Music has arguably 3 essential building blocks that give it such a powerful expressive affect (Tempo,Dynamics, Timbre). Dynamics refers to the complex volume shifts.Genres such as classical and ambient make full use of dynamics. On a micro level, we pick up on thecomplex volume shifts of a violinist sliding a bow. If the violin was kept at a constant volume it wouldsound uniform but it would essentially lose all of its personality. On a macro level, dynamic interplay of the whole orchestra is what gives the piece of music personality. Dynamics in large part, is why you canpick out your friends voice in a crowd. Dynamics are so important to the individuality of music.So weve established that the wider the dynamic range, the more personality the sound has.Enter pop-music stage left. If classical music dynamics are the home-made jam that your grandma usedto make then pop-music dynamics are Welches Jelly.Like Mcdonalds, pop-music aims to make a consistent and predictable product that will sound similarwithin artist releases and similar to other releases in general. Think of the industrial revolution. A Jay-Zrelease has to sound similar to the last one and it has to sound like other popular releases.