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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Putting questions of under theorization aside for the moment, the crowning achievement of Veal’s study is without a doubt the way he brings to light the distinctive technical-musical efforts and accomplishments of reggae’s most influential producers and engineers, from well-known and heralded producers such as King Tubby, 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.

Matthew Liebman rated it it was amazing Jul 27, Apr 11, Sheehan rated it it was amazing. The power of silence was something that really resonated in that time of my life, as I was transitioning from a youngster full of political hubris and eager to speak on it, to a more moderated mature ing adult who saw the gravity of sometimes NOT needing to say something.

Dub is a multifarious phenomenon: Kam-Au rated it it was amazing Jun 05, Wish it had recommended playlists. I found most of refgae tracks on Rdio and YouTube.

Dub: Soundscapes and Shattered Songs in Jamaican Reggae

Index of Songs and Recordings. A great read if you are interested in the more technical side of Jamaican music- which is actually pretty low-tech. Michael Veal’s Dub is an informative and welcome contribution to the reggae literature, to studies of Janaican, 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 Meintjes regyae, KatzGreen and Porcello Other editions – View all Dub: For those looking for what I was, I recommend skipping the intro, reading chaptersand then the appendix.

Solid overview of dub that touches on musicology, history, and post-colonial theory to explain the style’s prominence and lasting influence. Lists with This Book.

This was an extraordinarily well-researched book by an author with unquestioned credentials as a musical historian and scholar. 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. 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. Recommended listening appendix, notes, bibliography, index of songs and recordings, index of general subjects.


Wesleyan University Press, The only real issue I had with the book are the constant comparisons of songs with their dub remix versions, replete with blow-by-blow verbal descriptions of what’s happening in the song, in technical musicologist terminology. Mark rated it really liked it May 25, JHat rated it really liked it Apr 05, And then my world opened up, the Blood and Fire label was reissuing so many masters of dub, my homeboy Dan turned me on to King Tubby, and well really from then on, I pretty much found my heart in the rockers-era Waterhouse sounds of Jamaican Dub.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, though some of the language can get overwhelming to those inexperienced in this field, but to really appreciate it one has to have access to both the songs described or it just ends up seeming a bit hard to grasp. Books by Michael E.

Matthew rated it it was amazing Sep 10, 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.

Return to Book Page. It also had much to say on the impact that Dub has had on a plethora of music that followed it. Book titles OR Journal titles. Jason Heller rated it it was amazing Dec 13, This book had much to say on the techniques used to create some of the most distinctive soundscapes in recorded music.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. 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. 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.

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

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Reggaw 03, Joe rated it 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. Iamaican 22, Darren Hemmings rated it it was amazing Shelves: Track it down if you can; these days I gather it is ane tough-to-find.

Paul rated it really liked it Dec 11, Aug 16, Spencer rated it liked it.

Although Veal’s frequent use of soundscape ddub 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 sbattered 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.

Veal manages an expert dissection of the roots of dub, its development and critically its meaning to its practitioners and fans, without ever dropping into dry academic study or frothing hyperbole. It does get a little pedantic toward ih 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 One of the best researched books about reggae ever!

In early s Jamaica, Osbourne “King Tubby” Ruddock, Lee “Scratch” Perry, and several other engineers soundsapes recordings of popular reggae songs or rhythm tracks and applied such studio tricks as echo There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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

Want to Read saving…. Jun 21, Colin Masso rated it it was amazing. Some great bios and stories of the key players in dub are the highlight of this book. 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 ‘Authenticate’.