QUOTE (IRMA @ 02. Dec 2011, 17:05)
well, dark forum is here more for like EBM and industrial thing than for dark subgenres...
then, dark as subgenre, hm... very hard to classify it then isn't it? Do you describe it in order to how does it make you feel?
definitely deeeeep mate, deep bass everywhere, yai! Deep techno, deep dubstep, deep dnb, deep everything!
I completely agree with that. There is certain stuff that wouldn’t really fit anywhere else if there was no dark section. When it’s used as a subgenre, you end up with a very mixed bag of styles, and you are right in saying that it is hard to define. Dissonance and noise, maybe droning atmospheres, but other than that, there is no constant elements. “Witch House” (a terrible name for the genre) is considered to be dark, and that comes from the offbeat rhythms, dissonant chords and atmospheres, skewed and pitch shifted vocals. I guess one thing that sometimes will separate Dark from other styles is the sub-culture that often comes with it, like the black clothing or make-up (gothic), or in the case of the Witch House trend all the symbols and triangles and crosses and whatnot. But like you suggested, the way it makes you feel is probably ultimately what makes it dark to an individual.
I can vibe with you on the “deep” appreciation. Deep dubstep usually wins me over when comparing it to the newer mid-range wobble style (usually, not always) And minimal music typically benefits from deep bass and a deep sounding atmosphere. I am with you there.
I also love abstract experimental and psychedelic stuff (music that fucks your mind and creates crazy imagery, or inspires new interpretations of sound.) It is a big struggle for me to choose a single style as a favorite because I end up paying more attention to the way music affects me rather than what its particular components are. But examining music in a somewhat objective nature does have its uses, even if it’s mostly just to organize and reference your music more easily. But it sure does pay off to break those walls down and experience music in its seemingly infinite nature sometimes.