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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Soundscapes and Shattered Songs in Jamaican Reggae. 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.

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 are—not to mention to emphasize the role that engineers and producers play in sculpting sounds and songs. Matthew rated it it was amazing Sep 10, Something that ties together American Soul to Reggae to Dancehall to hip-hop to electronica to ambient to jungle, ad infinitum Return to Book Page.

Mar 25, Brian rated it really liked it. The author cites specific a and b-sides of singles to describe what makes each engineer unique. Oct 21, Adam rated it it was amazing. Will Evans rated it really liked it Jul 06, Paul rated it really liked it Dec 11, Martyn Deykers rated it it was amazing Nov 04, Selected pages Title Page.

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Certainly Veal covers the far-reaching influence of the genre after its decline and transformation into Raga and Dancehall, but really missed out on what a fantastic influence it had in the early and mid seventies, as can be heard on recordings by Can, The Talking Heads, and Eno himself.

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.

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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, shatered 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.

Mark rated it really liked it May 25, I found most of the tracks on Rdio and YouTube.

Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. Oh Ajd 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. I’m not against academic writing – this is just a potential diamond in the rough that needs much more polish to be clear. To ask other readers questions about Dubplease sign up.

No trivia or quizzes yet. In fact, adding is precisely the opposite of what the dub producers sokndscapes did, because they [End Page ] stripped pre-existing songs of their riffs, lyrics and melodic lines rather than building up a mix from scratch.


Dub: Soundscapes and Shattered Songs in Jamaican Reggae

It also had much to say on the impact that Dub has had on shartered plethora of music that followed it. Paul Corupe rated it liked it Nov 05, Tim Haslett rated it it was amazing Feb 06, However, it kind of glossed over that part, in my opinion.

Dub involves remixing existing recordings–electronically improvising sound effects and altering vocal tracks–to create its unique sound. Fortunately, dub is much more than a list of names shahtered a history of a music genre.

Michael Veal takes us on a trip—pun intended—through the Jamaican music scene from the late s till the mids to explain how this extraordinary style evolved soundscapfs from the earliest roots of reggae as an amalgamation of Latin-American, Western and African influences. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: A more explicit discussion of this resignification of Schafer’s term would have made Veal’s innovative application of it far less confusing and also would have strengthened the book’s theoretical framework.

Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. 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.