Winner of the ARSC’s Award for Best Research (History) in Folk, Ethnic, or World Music ()When Jamaican recording engineers Osbourne. Michael E. Veal, Dub: Soundscapes and Shattered Songs in Jamaican Reggae. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, x + pp., 24 b&w photos. Dub: Soundscapes and Shattered Songs in Jamaican Reggae. MICHAEL. E. VEAL. Middletown CT: Wesleyan University Press, x + pp. (Paper US$ .
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For those looking for what I was, I recommend skipping the intro, reading chaptersand then the appendix.
In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click ‘Authenticate’. At least, that is how it all started.
Shwttered found most of the tracks on Rdio and YouTube. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. Paul Corupe rated it suondscapes it Nov 05, I most enjoyed the features on specific engineers, who are rarely credited for their innovations. Selected pages Title Page. In fact, adding is precisely the opposite of what the dub producers actually did, because they [End Page ] stripped pre-existing songs of their riffs, lyrics and melodic lines rather than building up a mix from scratch.
Contact Contact Us Help. I also appreciate the effort in linking Dub to the other styles of music it influenced, but I had hoped for more causal and direct links rather than theorized and abstract ones.
In an extremely interesting epilogue, he explores the surprisingly wide and ongoing influence of dub on American and European popular and art music. The reason that I think those two artists in particular were important to have brought up, is that their influence from Du This book had much to say on the techniques used to create some of the most distinctive soundscapes in recorded music. In the process, Veal articulates dub’s symbolic connections to such notions as diaspora and modernity, engaging with the discourses of Afro-futurism and the post-human as well as with postcolonial studies soundxcapes the emerging literature concerned with sonic or audio culture SterneBull and Back Great musical history, a bit academic for those put off by critical theory, but really well thought out and researched, a great addition to the canon of literature on Jamaican music.
Martin rated it really liked it Sep 16, Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. That’s my life now, everything I hear, I see dub, Amd see pastiche and hear the versions that could be made from the source material.
Dub: Soundscapes and Shattered Songs in Jamaican Reggae by Michael E. Veal
And I greatly appreciate the new understanding I have gained about the specific personalities involved in the genesis and proliferation of the music, the details of the equipment and studios being used to create it, and the context in which Dub was played in Jamaica and abroad. Apr 11, Sheehan rated it it was amazing. Wish it had recommended playlists. Dub is a multifarious phenomenon: Thanks for telling us about the problem.
Of course the focus is on dub. All that being said, if I was on the thesis committee for this book, my red pen would have just about run out of ink.
Jus Like a Volcano in Yuh Head. So basically I danced all around dub for years chasing dancehall from NYC hip-hop, reggae, ska and rocksteady from dancehall, and never really hitting unto the dub sounds until the late ‘s.
Just as hip-hop turned phonograph turntables shattefed musical instruments, dub turned the mixing and sound processing technologies of the recording studio into instruments of composition and real-time improvisation. Certainly Veal covers the far-reaching influence of the genre after its decline and transformation into Raga and Dancehall, but really missed out on what a fantastic influence it had in the early and mid seventies, as can be heard on recordings by Can, The Talking Heads, and Eno himself.
I never expected a book ostensibly shattred music to be so riddled with scholarly references to hyphenated-last-name “thinkers” or the “cross-cultural renegotiation of our understanding of modernity. Gina rated it it was ok Feb 22, Mar 25, Brian rated it really liked it.
Tim Haslett rated it it was amazing Feb 06, Book sogs OR Journal titles. Just as hip-hop turned phonograph turntables into musical instruments, dub turned the mixing and sound processing technologies of the recording studio into instruments of composition and real-time improvisation. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
Unfortunately, the rather compelling histories of Dub’s origins, context and key players were offset by an overly academic analysis of its impact. Index of General Subjects. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Tracking the Living African Heartbeat.
E rated it it was amazing Oct 10, The reason that I think those two artists in particular were important to have brought up, is that their influence from Dub was derived during its most fertile period.
Veal manages an expert dissection shatterdd the roots of dub, its development and shattreed its meaning to its practitioners and fans, without ever dropping into dry academic study or frothing hyperbole. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. Want to Read saving….
Dub: Soundscapes and Shattered Songs in Jamaican Reggae
The Backbone of Studio One. Michael Veal’s Dub is an informative ssongs welcome contribution to the reggae literature, to studies of Caribbean, Afrodiasporic, and Afro- American music and culture more generally, and to the growing field of writings [End Page ] concerned with recording technologies and the social as well as musical dynamics of recording studios MeintjesSounddcapesGreen and Porcello As the author puts it:.
Clear-headed academic overview of dub. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click ‘Authenticate’. Track it down if you can; these days I gather it is quite tough-to-find.
The producers made the most out of very little and in many Dub involves remixing existing recordings–electronically improvising sound effects and altering vocal tracks–to create its shatterec sound.