Drop (music)

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The drop/beat-up (also known as a climax, depending on the music genre) is the point in a music track where a switch of rhythm or bass line occurs and usually follows a recognizable build section and break.[1] A drop (in electronic music) is characterized predominantly by a sudden build of textures as opposed to a slow build of them, and usually links a building section with the climax and following main theme and rhythm of a track.

  • In trance, eurodance, hardstyle, hardcore and dance genres of the more melodic style, it is known as a climax. This is where the melody and accompanying melodies come in with the drums and usually a syncopated bassline.
  • In dubstep, the drop involves a heavy full bass line and commonly a "wobble" or "vowel" bass accompanied by a strong shuffling beat.
  • In hip-hop and other forms of electronic music, the reintroduction of the full bass line and drums is known as the drop.
  • In metalcore subgenres, bass drops are often utilized under the first chord of a breakdown, to emphasize the breakdown and give it a pronounced presence. A bass drop in this genre using a sample pad triggered by the drummer or a backing track going to a venue's PA.[2]
  • Electronic music DJs sometimes perform what is called a "double drop": beatmatching two tracks in such a way that the drop, and hence the respective climaxes of both tracks, occur at the same time.[3]



  1. ^ Walmsley, Derek (2010). "Dubstep". La guida alla musica moderna di Wire (in Italian). p. 103. ISBN 9788876381805. 
  2. ^ Peterson, Elaine (2010). "Musical Representations of Physical Pain". Maldynia: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on the Illness of Chronic Pain. Hoboken: CRC Press. p. 141. ISBN 978-1-4398-3631-6. 
  3. ^ Steventon, John (2010). DJing For Dummies (2nd ed.). Chichester, West Sussex, England: John Wiley & Sons. p. 251. ISBN 978-0-470-66405-6.