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Dub : soundscapes and shattered songs in Jamaican reggae /
Veal, Michael E.
Dub : soundscapes and shattered songs in Jamaican reggae / Michael E. Veal . - Middletown, Conn. : Wesleyan University Press, 2007 . - 338 s. : ill. . - B25.702
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.
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, 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.
978-0-8195-6571-6 (inb.) 978-0-8195-6572-3 (hft.)