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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This book had much to say on the techniques used to create some of the most distinctive soundscapes in recorded music. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. In early s Jamaica, Osbourne “King Tubby” Ruddock, Lee “Scratch” Perry, and several other engineers took recordings of popular reggae songs or rhythm tracks and applied such studio tricks as echo The writing isn’t enthralling, but it’s not supposed to be.
Moreover, Veal’s emphasis on the people using the technology and the social contexts of such use, rather than on the technology or the music itself, is one of the book’s defining attributes. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Some great bios and stories of the key players in dub are the highlight of this book. Paul Corupe rated it liked it Nov 05, A brilliant blend of ethnomusicology, historiography, and fandom for an underappreciated genre of music.
There are also some interesting ideas about connections between dub and other musical styles. My lifestyle now reflects this, sometimes I stand back and let the rhythm of the scene ride on without comment, sometimes I shout down nonsense, sometimes I repeat myself 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 soundsacpes.
Dub: Soundscapes and Shattered Songs in Jamaican Reggae by Michael E. Veal
Veal’s attention to both sonic and social matters—and, in particular, their intersections—makes Dub an especially important and distinctive addition to extant writings on reggae, which too often focus on biographical details and record-collector minutiae at the expense of historically and culturally grounded musical-technical exegesis.
All the talk of circuits, knobs, and switches can distract one from the fundamental reality ajd what these musicians were doing was synthesizing a new popular art form, creating a space where people could come soindscapes joyously despite the harshness that surrounded them. Latin American Music Review. Mar 29, Kris rated it really liked it. 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.
It’s clear from the author’s introduction that this is a personal music to him — one that grabbed his attention immediately and held it with sufficient vigor to create this extremely thorough review.
The deconstructive process of the music gets reified in so many of the forms that succeed it. Sokndscapes 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 Wish it had recommended playlists.
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My library Help Soundsscapes Book Search. I suppose that I had just hoped that the first volume on the subject would be a pure history, concerned more with chronicling the who, what, when, where and how of the music rather than using it as a launching point for a pedantic examination of its social and cultural implications. Oh I see everything in relation to dub now, the compositional insertions, mood-shifts of the dub versions, and most importantly, what is said in the absences and pauses.
That’s my life now, everything I hear, I see dub, I see pastiche and hear the versions that could be made from the source material. Although Veal’s frequent use of soundscape appears to muddle the term, at least in the sense that Schafer first proposed it and subsequent scholars and theorists have employed it, the mis use appears to be an soundscapew on Veal’s part to show how imbricated songs, sounds, and their social environments often are—not to mention to emphasize the role that engineers and producers play in sculpting sounds and songs.
One of the best researched books about reggae ever!
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.
In the process, Veal articulates dub’s symbolic connections to such sounvscapes as diaspora and modernity, engaging with the discourses of Afro-futurism and the post-human as well as with postcolonial studies and the emerging literature concerned with sonic or audio culture SterneBull and Back In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Fortunately, dub is much more than a list of names and a history of a music genre.
I never expected a book ostensibly about music to be so riddled with scholarly references to hyphenated-last-name “thinkers” or shatteered “cross-cultural renegotiation of our understanding of modernity.
Jun 21, Colin Masso rated it it was amazing. David Willerton rated it it was amazing Sep 27, Instead of being a tabloid-style tell-all like most other books about music, this book shatterrd the story of dub with a strong emphasis on musicology.
Dub: Soundscapes and Shattered Songs in Jamaican Reggae
It also had much to say on the impact that Dub has had on a plethora of music that followed it. 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. Account Options Sign in.