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Over the last week, I have been obsessed with the synergistic synthesis of classical music and electronic dance music—dubstep in particular—in the form of violinist Lindsey Stirling. Her music paints pictures, which is no surprise, considering Stirling writes, choreographs, directs and dances in the YouTube videos for all of her songs. Having discovered her songs before her videos, what immediately intrigued me was the classic confrontation of the past meeting the future.
When Dubstep and Classical Collide
With the futuristic sounds of the electronic dance music of dubstep, syncopated rhythms back the low frequency oscillation of the wobble bass (wub,) which create building tension that leads to the highly anticipated freedom of the signature bass drop. “[T]he drop possesses a unique power. It's a marker for the precise moment in a huge tune when you can lose your head and be transported to a place where bundled energy and pure release meet,” Ian Friedman writes in djz
Dubstep is designed for dance, with roots in the party scene. Classical music, on the other hand, traditionally sought a sophisticated, high society audience. Manual dexterity, as well as complex harmony and structure, reign supreme. Played on traditional instruments, classical music begs to be both heard and felt—traditionally sitting down in formal settings. And yet…classical music, particularly in the role of the violin, pulls at the heartstrings. “There is something about classical music that evokes emotion. Whether it is the crescendo of the strings or a stab from the horns…” Live365 Internet Radio describes.
Where some might see a clash of style, structural focus and audience, Stirling recognizes the twin threads of passion and release that connect the two genres of music. In her deft hands, potential conflict is overcome by a funky fusion that is fresh and unforgettable. While British violinist Vanessa-Mae came to the stage sooner than Stirling with a self-described “violin-techno-acoustic fusion,” their styles are quite distinct, with the former leaning more toward her classical influences and having more dance-pop influence. The personal bio describing Stirling says: “imagine Vanessa Mae leaping through the pages of a Manga comic with Skrillex in hot pursuit.”
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