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Dub: Soundscapes and Shattered Songs in Jamaican Reggae. MICHAEL. E. VEAL. Middletown CT: Wesleyan University Press, x + pp. (Paper US$ . Dub: Soundscapes and Shattered Songs in Jamaican Reggae by Sonic Bodies: Reggae Sound Systems, Performance Techniques and. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press () pp., Paperback, $ The task of documenting and conveying the significance of a.

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They created a music as roughly textured as jwmaican physical reality of the place, but with the power to transport their listeners 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.

I most enjoyed the features on specific engineers, who are rarely credited for their innovations. Aug 03, Lawrence rated it really liked it Shelves: Refresh and try again. If like me you’re a big fan of dub, this is absolutely essential reading.

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He is the author of Fela: Wesleyan University PressApr 30, – History – pages. The author cites specific a and b-sides of singles to describe what makes each engineer unique.

Wesleyan University Press Amazon. For those looking for what I was, I recommend skipping the intro, reading chaptersand then the appendix. Soundscapes and Shattered Songs in Jamaican Reggae.

A brilliant blend of ethnomusicology, historiography, and fandom for an underappreciated genre of music.

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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 attempt on Veal’s part to show how imbricated songs, sounds, and their social environments often areā€”not to mention to emphasize the role that engineers and producers play in sculpting sounds and songs.


Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. As the author puts it: Michael Veal’s Dub is an informative and 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 MeintjesKatzGreen and Porcello 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.

May 03, Joe rated it liked it. Kam-Au rated it it was amazing Jun 05, This book provides more detail than I’d ever hoped for- even the details of the specific and recording techniques used in mixing dub tracks.

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Unfortunately, the rather compelling histories of Dub’s origins, context and key players were offset by an overly academic analysis of its impact. 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.

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

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


I found most of the tracks on Rdio and YouTube. The deconstructive process of the music gets reified in so many of the forms that succeed it.

Lists with This Book. 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 This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

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.

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Dub: Soundscapes and Shattered Songs in Jamaican Reggae

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. This is in depth stuff not for the merely curious, but essential reading for the dub fanatic. 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 and the emerging literature concerned with sonic or audio culture SterneBull and Back 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.