|Cultural origins||2010, Australia, United Kingdom, United States|
Future bass is an umbrella term for bass music characterised by less intense drops, pulsating synth chords, exotic percussion and sometimes brass sounds. The genre was pioneered by producers such as Flume, Lido and Cashmere Cat, and it was popularised in the mid-2010s by artists such as Louis the Child, Marshmello and Mura Masa. 2016 was seen as the breakout year for the genre.
Future bass's roots can be traced back to British producer Burial's self-titled debut album, released in 2006. The genre was pioneered by Scottish producers Rustie and Hudson Mohawke and American producer RL Grime, who began producing future bass tracks in 2010. One of the first popularity-fueling releases in the genre was Rustie's album Glass Swords, released in 2011. Later, in 2013, the Flume remix for Disclosure's song You & Me brought the genre into the mainstream, and through the mid-2010s future bass became popular in the United Kingdom, United States, Japan, China, Korea and Australia.
The sound waves are often modulated using automation or low-frequency oscillation controlling the cutoff of an audio filter (typically a low- or high-pass filter), or the wave's amplitude, to adjust the waveform (to create a ‘wobbly’ effect on its parameters). In addition, it is common to utilize a somewhat "twinkly"-sounding gradual rise in pitch during "risers" (gradual pre-drop buildups of white noise), and arpeggio chords, vocal chops, or vocoders.
Kawaii future bass
Kawaii future bass (also known simply as kawaii bass) is a subgenre of future bass, known for its happy and cute timbre and strong Japanese pop culture influences. Often, chiptune sounds, soft square waves, samples from anime or video games, percussion instruments, and door and bed squeaks are incorporated into such songs. Snail's House and other producers have produced tracks of this subgenre, with the former being credited as the genre pioneer after releasing an album in 2015.
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