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What is Dubstep?
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To me it sounds like monster music but it’s fun to dance to.
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Nirvana’s 20th anniversary edition of the hit album, Nevermind, reissues next week. See inside to read why columist Matt Bizzel feels Nevermind is still culturally relevant today.
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Origins of Dubstep Check out these Dubstep artists
The genre that crosses cultures
Sonny Moore, formally of “First to Last”, began his Dupstep career as Skrillex in 2007.
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This group was nominated for best European Hip Hop Act at the 2010 Urban Music Awards.
◗ Caspa As the stage name for Gary McCann, Caspa produced his own Dubstep label in 2004.
◗Bassnectar Also known as Lorin Ashton, Bassnectar is an electronic and dubstep DJ based in Santa Cruz, CA.
Special to The Battalion Loud bass, distortive echo, frenzied dancing: in the electronic world of the 21st century, musicians cross genre boundaries, giving listeners new musical flavors. One product of this new musical culture is Dubstep. The true roots of Dubstep trace to 1950s Jamaica. The music scene became popular in low-income areas of Jamaica where local DJs would load up their vehicles with turntables and large speakers for street parties. The term “dub” resulted from the mixing of various music tracks to produce an entire new tack. In the 1960s and 70s, an economic downturn in Jamaica forced many to immigrate to the United Kingdom, bringing their taste for off-beat rhythms and snare emphasis along. With the new resource of British radio stations, Dubstep’s popularity became viral. “You’ll never hear a track and wonder, ‘Hey, is this Dubstep?’ It is very distinctive,” senior computer science major Blake Pavel said. “In fact, I would venture to say that if you had never heard a Dubstep track, but had heard the term, you would instinctively realize what you were listening to.” Today, Dubstep can be heard worldwide with groups such as Bassnectar, Skrillex and Excision.
“Excision is a beast,” Pavel said.“His live sets at the Shambhala music festivals are always as raw as can be.” In addition, musicians such as La Roux, Snoop Dog and Rihanna recently teamed up with Dubstep artists to remix songs for mainstream radio and dance clubs alike. Britney Spears’ track, “Hold it Against Me,” and LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” are two of the most popular conversions to date. “Dubstep is perfect because it’s a mashup of all the craziest sounds you can muster that make an off-beat that you can’t help but move to,” Pavel said. Budding artists can also create their own Dubstep tracks at home. Computer programs such as Traktor Pro and Abelton Live give artists a chance to mix favorite tracks while adding their own flair of creativity. For now, the Dubstep scene in B-CS is grim but growing. While locations such as Basil Whippets and Schotzi’s hold “Dubstep nights,” many students said they are still unfamiliar with the intense music genre. “I definitely would not have even heard of Dubstep if my roommate wasn’t a music major,” said junior education major Lauren Newton. “She had to explain to me what this thing was that people had began to talk about on MTV.”
It’s a type of music kind of branching off of techno, I think. It gets more bass and heavy sounds like that. Claire Peorrata, freshman architecture major
Dubstep is a type of music that is played in clubs. Preston Tigwell, freshman industrial engineering major
I know it is music that has a lot of deep bass notes on it and is kind of crazy. It’s like someone taking a bunch of musical notes and drowning a bunch of deep bass lines on it. Taylor Seale, freshman business major
On-campus service to honor sociology professor’s life
Tight budget fails to curtail campus construction
The Battalion Students, faculty and friends will remember the life of sociology professor Stuart Hysom in a service at 11 a.m. Sunday at All Faiths Chapel. Hysom died following a car accident in July. Gerianne Alexander, a psychology professor who was a member of the college-wide diversity committee alongside Hysom, said she remembers Hysom as a vibrant, ener-
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getic, funny and passionate human being. “He was always making everyone laugh at meetings, but he was very zealous about his work on the diversity committee,” Alexander said. “He was especially sensitive to other people’s plights. He gave a lot of extra time to the committee because he cared so deeply about it.” Alexander said this concern for equal rights was evident in his involvement with the Faculty Senate, where Hysom
helped pass the “plus one” benefits resolution. The bill supports a policy that allows all professors, Hysom regardless of their sexual orientation, to add their partner to their insurance. Alexander and communications professor Patrick Burkart, who worked with Hysom on the “plus one” bill, said Hysom’s actions helped See Hysom on page 4
The Battalion Despite the recent economic downturn, in which Texas A&M suffered a $39 million decrease in state funding, more than a halfbillion dollars in numerous construction projects have flourished across the campus. Because of the funding decrease, University administration has consolidated staff positions, decreased class offerings and left faculty vacancies unfilled. B.J.
Crain, chief business officer for the A&M System, said that despite these shortcomings the University is able to continue construction because of the separate funding sources for construction and other operating expenses. Currently, there are 18 construction projects in production with an overall budget of $562,566,491 according to a Capital Projects spreadsheet provided by A&M administration. Projects on the list include a $10 million energy consumption
reduction project, $95 million for emerging technologies and the $116 million renovation of the Memorial Student Center. Funding for the projects comes in the form of six designated funding sources: a Permanent University Fund, auxiliary enterprises, designated tuition, state and local funds, tuition revenue bonds and private donations. Crain said the Permanent University Fund was strong See Construction on page 4
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Proposition Number 8 authorizing the legislature to allow cities or counties to enter into (SJR 16) interlocal contracts with other citConstitutional Amendments ies or counties without the impo- SJR 16 would amend the constiSpecial Election November 8, 2011 sition of a tax or the provision of tution by requiring the legislature to provide for taxation of open a sinking fund.â€? Proposition Number 1 students, subject to certain conspace land devoted to water stewstitutional restrictions, including (SJR 14) ardship purposes on the basis of Proposition Number 6 a restriction as to the maximum its productive capacity. SJR 14 would amend the consti- principal amount of bonds out(HJR 109) tution to authorize the legislature standing at any one time. HJR 109 would amend the con- The proposed amendment would to provide the surviving spouse of appear on the ballot as follows: a 100 percent or totally disabled The proposed amendment would stitution to increase the amount â€œThe constitutional amendment veteran with an exemption from appear on the ballot as follows: of principal that is available for providing for the appraisal for ad withdrawal from the permanent ad valorem taxation of all or part â€œThe constitutional amendment valorem tax purposes of openof the market value of the surviv- providing for the issuance of gen- school fund each year and would space land devoted to water-stewalso clarify certain references ing spouseâ€™s residence homestead eral obligation bonds of the State ardship purposes on the basis of as long as the surviving spouse of Texas to finance educational to that fund in the constitution. its productive capacity.â€? Increased access to the princihas not remarried, the property loans to students.â€? pal of the state public education was the residence homestead of Proposition Number 9 trust fund would be based upon the surviving spouse when the Proposition Number 4 HJR 109 granting the author(SJR 9) qualifying veteran died, and the (HJR 63) ity to consider alternative market property remains the residence SJR 9 would amend the constituhomestead of the surviving HJR 63 would amend the consti- calculations when determining tion to authorize the governor, on the amount of principal that is spouse. tution to authorize the legislature available for distribution to the the written recommendation and to permit a county to issue bonds advice of the Board of Pardons The proposed amendment would or notes to finance the develop- available school fund. HJR 109 and Paroles, to grant a pardon, appear on the ballot as follows: ment or redevelopment of an would also provide authority to reprieve, or commutation of pundistribute to the available school â€œThe constitutional amendment unproductive, underdeveloped, ishment to a person who successauthorizing the legislature to or blighted area within the coun- fund annual revenue from school fully completes a term of deferred fund land or other properties up provide for an exemption from ty, and to pledge increases in ad adjudication community superviad valorem taxation of all or part valorem tax revenues imposed on to $300 million per year. sion. of the market value of the resi- property in the area by the county dence homestead of the surviving for repayment of such bonds or The proposed amendment would The proposed amendment would spouse of a 100 percent or totally notes. The amendment does not appear on the ballot as follows: â€œThe constitutional amendment appear on the ballot as follows: disabled veteran.â€? provide independent authority for clarifying references to the per- â€œThe constitutional amendment increasing ad valorem tax rates. manent school fund, allowing the authorizing the governor to grant Proposition Number 2 General Land Office to distribute a pardon to a person who successThe proposed amendment would (SJR 4) revenue from permanent school fully completes a term of deferred appear on the ballot as follows: adjudication community superviSJR 4 would amend the constitu- â€œThe constitutional amendment fund land or other properties to sion.â€? tion to authorize the Texas Water authorizing the legislature to the available school fund to provide additional funding for pubDevelopment Board to issue ad- permit a county to issue bonds Proposition Number 10 ditional general obligation bonds or notes to finance the develop- lic education, and providing for an increase in the market value (SJR 37) on a continuing basis for one or ment or redevelopment of an unmore accounts of the Texas Water productive, underdeveloped, or of the permanent school fund for SJR 37 would amend the constiDevelopment Fund II, with the blighted area and to pledge for the purpose of allowing increased tution by extending the length of restriction that the total amount repayment of the bonds or notes distributions from the available the unexpired term that causes school fund.â€? of bonds outstanding at any time increases in ad valorem taxes imthe automatic resignation of cerdoes not exceed $6 billion. posed by the county on property tain local elected officeholders Proposition Number 7 in the area. 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The Nirvana Nevermind 20th anniversary reissue releases Tuesday as a two-CD deluxe edition featuring the remastered album and B-sides, the Smart Studio sessions and boombox rehearsals.
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he year is 1991. The world sinks into a pit of social and political strife. The Gulf War rages, rioters storm LA after Rodney King is beaten, Jeffrey Dahmer is arrested and the Soviet Union dissolves.
Ryan Gosling plays the unnamed, silent stuntman in Drive.
Matt Bizzell The stage is set; America sees the world through a grey and cloudy lens. A small band erupts onto the main stage with their single, â€œSmells Like Teen Spirit.â€? The age of Nirvana begins. Nirvanaâ€™s second studio album, Nevermind, defined a new decade for many in America. The music appalled some, but to the long-haired, plaid-wearing, angst-filled youth, it gave a sense of belonging. The dark and gritty songs rose from the foggy landscape of Seattle and took the nation by storm. Nevermind didnâ€™t only change the music scene, it changed everything. The rough edge of Kurt Cobainâ€™s voice sang the songs the world personified. Lyrics blasted the population with their own selfishness, greed and apathy towards one another. Nevermind encapsulated Generation X and all that it represented. Songs like â€œPollyâ€? echoed the heinous crimes the world spewed and the twisted psychosis of the people that made these things a reality. Nevermind awakened many people; the very album title is a play on apathy and arguably the attitude of a generation. Culture itself is indebted to the political and social surge that band brought; it opened the eyes of young people everywhere. Nirvana wasnâ€™t the first political band, but it made taking a stand through music popular again. A deluge of politically-conscious bands followed Nirvanaâ€™s example, continuing to shock and inform. The band
can be credited for taking sophomore English responsibility for a generation, major the diplomats for an upstart culture of the 90s. With the 20th anniversary of Nevermind this year, itâ€™s as good of a time as any look back and see the progression of a particularly aware music scene. A few years later, the world was introduced to bands like Rage Against the Machine and System of a Down without even recognizing the roots Nirvana planted. We live in an age much like the one Nirvana grew into. Weâ€™re fighting a war in a place most people canâ€™t point out on a map, and the cast of political and social characters is as long and as ludicrous as before. But now, we can recognize these aspects and question them without being social pariahs. Nirvana had a lot to do with this; they spoke out and were labeled as outcasts for it, but the people that heard them were changed. Nirvana showed the public a dark side, a rarely glimpsed but ever-present gloom that surrounds daily life. The fact that they embraced politics enticed a lot of young individuals. Today, those young individuals are components of bands and activist groups. Are we better off due to Nirvana and Nevermind? Maybe. Are we as people of this generation more aware because of the album? You decide.
hat makes a hero? According to comic books, a hero is someone who can fly and fight evil wherever it exists. If we listen to the news, heroes are soldiers, policemen and firefighters; men who risk their lives for the common good. However, we never hear of the heroes that slip through the cracks â€” the ones that arenâ€™t battling nefarious criminals or working to better society. Itâ€™s in this gray area that Drive and its nameless hero, the Driver, exist. We donâ€™t know who he is or where he came from; he doesnâ€™t care to tell us. We only see what he does over the course of 100 minutes. Ryan Goslingâ€™s subtle performance as the Driver gives the film, and director Nicholas Winding Refn, the power to be fearless. The story seems simple enough; the Driver falls for his neighbor, Irene (Carey Mulligan), and must protect her from the gangsters with whom her husband once worked. Itâ€™s a violent tale, as most films
including gangsters seem to be, but it doesnâ€™t revel in viciousness. Nor does it make any apologies â€” characters are beaten, stabbed, and shot with regularity. It doesnâ€™t matter who they are or how important they are to the story. There are no lingering, dramatic deaths or second chances. Director Refn dives straight into and out of the action, treating important moments in the film as minor detours along the way. The film itself is a metaphor for lifeâ€™s drive, speeding from beginning to end. Owen Herterich is a senior visualiztion major. Read the entire Drive review online at the thebatt.com.
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