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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Accordingly, Veal situates dub in deep, rich context, explaining its significance for Jamaican society and Jamaican music and making a strong if familiar argument for dub’s impact on music production the world over, in popular and experimental spheres alike.

One way that Veal gets at the myriad intersections of the sonic and the social is 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. 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 on Jamaican music.

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Mar 25, Brian rated it really liked it.

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.

If this is not the only book written about the dub artform then it is certainly the only one worth reading. The author cites specific a and b-sides of singles to describe what makes each engineer unique. That being said, between some tips from this book, Internet searches, Pandora’s dub channel, and watching the film Rockers recommendedI’ve had shaytered enjoyable, deeper excursion into the world of dub. I’m not against academic writing – this is just a potential diamond in the rough that needs much more polish to be clear.

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

Matthew rated it it was amazing Sep 10, Other editions – View all Dub: Kam-Au rated it it was amazing Jun 05, Although Shatterec 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.


Track it down if you can; these days I gather it is quite tough-to-find. Project MUSE promotes the ans and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with erggae, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. The power of silence was something that really resonated in that time of my siundscapes, 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 sshattered to say something.

Paul Corupe rated it liked it Nov 05, This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, though some of the language can get overwhelming to those inexperienced in this field, but to re Solid overview of dub that touches on musicology, history, and post-colonial theory to explain the style’s prominence and lasting influence. 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 Moreover, Veal’s emphasis on the people using the technology and the social contexts of such use, rather than on the technology or the soundsscapes itself, is one of the book’s defining attributes.

Martin rated it really liked it Sep 16, Some great bios and stories of the key players in dub are the highlight of this book. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. All the talk of circuits, knobs, and switches can distract one from the fundamental reality that what these musicians were doing was synthesizing a new popular art form, creating a space where people could come together joyously despite the harshness that surrounded them.

Tracking the Living African Heartbeat. Veal manages an expert dissection of the roots of dub, its development and critically its meaning to its practitioners and fans, without soundscpaes dropping into dry academic study or frothing hyperbole.

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Refresh and try again. The deconstructive process of the music gets reified in so many of the forms that succeed it. 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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Aug 05, Jesse rated it really liked it. It does get a little pedantic toward sondscapes 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.

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Dub: Soundscapes and Shattered Songs in Jamaican Reggae

Mark rated it really liked it May 25, Clear-headed academic overview of dub. Thanks for telling us about the problem. As the author puts it: 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 If like me you’re a big fan of dub, this is absolutely essential reading.

A brilliant blend of ethnomusicology, historiography, and fandom for an underappreciated genre of music. Contact Contact Us Help. Paperbackpages.

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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 sshattered used to create it, and the context in which Dub was played in Jamaica and shatteree. Wesleyan University PressApr 30, – History – pages.

Index of General Subjects. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Jan 23, Graham rated it really liked it. Preview — Dub by Michael E. I also appreciate the effort in linking Dub to the other styles of music it influenced, but I had hoped soundsdapes more causal and direct links rather than theorized and abstract ones.

Soundscapes and Shattered Songs in Jamaican Reggae. Aside from that, an excellent overview of a rarely-covered field of study.