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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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Book titles OR Journal titles. It does get a little pedantic toward the end, but not before giving the reader the tools to listen to and understand dub with a greater appreciation for the environment that inspired it, the artists that pioneered it, and the techniques that made it come alive-live-live-live-live-live-live-live-live-live-live-live-live-live-live-live-live-live-live.

That’s my xoundscapes now, everything I hear, I see dub, I see pastiche and hear the versions that could be made from the source material.

No trivia or quizzes yet. In an extremely interesting epilogue, he explores the surprisingly wide and ongoing influence of dub on American and European popular and art music. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Dub: Soundscapes and Shattered Songs in Jamaican Reggae

Wesleyan University Press Amazon. Alex Mchugh rated it it was amazing Sep 01, Tim Haslett rated it it was amazing Feb 06, Jus Like a Volcano in Yuh Head. This music didn’t really sound like Dub, but took to heart the creative process of playing the studio like an instrument, which to me is more interesting than music that is directly derivative.

This was an extraordinarily well-researched book by an author with unquestioned credentials as a musical historian and scholar.

Unfortunately, the rather compelling histories of Dub’s origins, context and key players were offset by an overly academic analysis of its impact. So this book is amazing in part because it not only provides a great history of dub, with good primary source interviews, it also contextualizes dub as helping create a meta-history of post-modern blackness that creates a referent point for reflection beyond shaftered the auditory.


I most enjoyed the features on s One of the best researched books about reggae ever! Recommended listening appendix, notes, bibliography, index of songs and recordings, index of general subjects.

Mar 29, Kris rated it aoundscapes liked it. Press, Middletown, Connecticut, U.

Dub: Soundscapes and Shattered Songs in Jamaican Reggae by Michael E. Veal

One way that Veal gets at the myriad intersections of the sonic and the social is through the term “soundscape,” originally shatteredd by Canadian composer, theorist, and environmentalist Murray Schafer to describe the sonic profiles or acoustical environments of the physical spaces we inhabit see, e.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, though some of the language can sings overwhelming to those inexperienced in this field, but to re Solid overview of dub that touches on musicology, history, and post-colonial theory to explain the style’s prominence and lasting influence.

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Kam-Au rated it it was amazing Jun 05, As the author puts it: So, what is dub? Some great bios and stories of the key players in dub are the highlight of this book.

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Their biotope is—or rather was—the recording studio control room and the mixing boards. Of course the focus is on dub. If this is not the only book written about the dub artform then it is certainly the only one worth reading. The author also covers the historical and sociological influences on dub and its assimilation into music dhb many cultures.


Putting questions of under theorization aside for the moment, the crowning achievement of Veal’s study is without a doubt the sonsg he brings to light the soundsapes technical-musical efforts and accomplishments of reggae’s most influential producers and engineers, from well-known and heralded producers such as King Dubb, Lee “Scratch” Perry, King Jammy, [End Page ] and Scientist to such relatively unsung heroes as Errol Thompson and Sylvan Morris, the longtime engineer at Coxsone Dodd’s groundbreaking, pacesetting Studio One.

He is the author of Fela: Refresh and try again. Contact Contact Us Help. The writing isn’t enthralling, but it’s not supposed to be.

Matthew rated it it was amazing Sep 10, Although a smattering of articles and chapter-length treatments of dub can be found across the disparate reggae and electronic music literature, Veal’s study is the first extended work to approach what he calls the “sonic, procedural, and conceptual aspects” of dub in substantial depth.

In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Veal manages an expert dissection of the roots of dub, its development and critically its meaning to its practitioners and fans, soudscapes ever dropping into dry academic study or frothing hyperbole. Wish it had recommended playlists. As the author puts it:.

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. Aug 05, Jesse rated it really liked it. Books by Michael E. Shatterdd lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: