Dub Soundscapes and Shattered Songs in Jamaican Reggae

ISBN-10: 0819565725

ISBN-13: 9780819565723

Edition: 2007

Authors: Michael E. Veal

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When Jamaican recording engineers Osbourne "King Tubby" Ruddock, Errol Thompson, and Lee "Scratch" Perry began crafting "dub" music in the early 1970s, they were initiating a musical revolution that continues to have worldwide influence. Dub is a sub-genre of Jamaican reggae that flourished during reggae's "golden age" of the late 1960s through the early 1980s. Dub involves remixing existing recordings--electronically improvising sound effects and altering vocal tracks--to create its unique sound. 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. In addition to chronicling dub's development and offering the first thorough analysis of the music itself, author Michael Veal examines dub's social significance in Jamaican culture. He further explores the "dub revolution" that has crossed musical and cultural boundaries for over thirty years, influencing a wide variety of musical genres around the globe.
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Book details

List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication date: 4/30/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

MICHAEL VEAL is associate professor of ethnomusicology at Yale University, where he specializes in ethnomusicology and African-American music. He is the author of Fela: The Life and Times of an African Musical Icon (2000).

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Electronic Music in Jamaica: Dub in the Continuum of Jamaican Music
"Every Spoil Is a Style": The Evolution of Dub Music in the 1970s
The "Backbone" of Studio One
"Jus' Like a Volcano in Yuh Head!"
Tracking the "Living African Heartbeat"
"Java" to "Africa"
"City Too Hot:" The End of the Roots Era and the Significance of Dub to the Digital Era of Jamaican Music
Starship Africa: The Acoustics of Diaspora and of the Postcolony
Coda: Electronica, Remix Culture, and Jamaica as a Source of Transformative Strategies in Global Popular Music
Recommended Listening
Notes
Bibliography
Index of Songs and Recordings
Index of General Subjects
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