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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This book had much to say on the techniques used to create some of the most distinctive soundscapes in recorded music. Mar 29, Kris rated it really liked it. This is in depth stuff not for the merely curious, but essential reading for the dub fanatic.
May 03, Joe rated it liked sonts. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, though some of the language can get overwhelming to those inexperienced in this field, dkb 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.
Will Evans rated it really liked it Jul 06, In what seems like a useful if, to my knowledge, unprecedented and ultimately confusing application of Schafer’s term, Veal often uses soundscape as a verb e.
If like me you’re a big fan of dub, this is absolutely essential reading. Still, I don’t mean to hate.
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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. There are also some interesting ideas about connections between dub and other musical styles. Soundscapes and Shattered Songs in Jamaican Reggae. I suppose that I had just hoped that the first volume on the subject would be a pure history, concerned more with chronicling the who, what, when, where and how of the music rather than using it as a launching point for a pedantic examination of its social and cultural implications.
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 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 Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus.
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That being said, between some tips from ehattered book, Internet searches, Pandora’s Some great bios and stories of the key players in dub are the highlight of this book. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.
Dub involves remixing existing recordings—electronically improvising sound effects and altering vocal tracks—to create its unique sound. So basically I danced all around dub for years chasing dancehall from NYC hip-hop, reggae, ska and rocksteady from dancehall, and never really hitting unto the dub sounds until the late ‘s. Track it down if you can; these days I shattwred it is quite tough-to-find. 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.
This was an extraordinarily well-researched book by an author with unquestioned credentials as a musical historian and scholar.
Some great bios and stories of song key players in dub are the highlight of this book. Account Options Sign in. Unfortunately, the rather compelling histories of Dub’s origins, context and key players were offset by an overly academic analysis of its impact.
Dub: Soundscapes and Shattered Songs in Jamaican Reggae
Jus Like a Volcano in Yuh Head. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities sonsg social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Soundscapes and Shattered Songs in Jamaican Reggae. As the author puts it:. Aug 05, Jesse rated it really liked it. Oct 21, Adam rated it it was amazing.
My library Help Advanced Book Search. I never expected a book ostensibly about music to be so riddled with scholarly references to hyphenated-last-name “thinkers” or the “cross-cultural renegotiation of our understanding of modernity.
Matthew rated it it was sjattered Sep 10, I most enjoyed the features on s One of the best researched books about reggae ever! A great read if you are interested in the more technical side of Jamaican music- which is actually pretty low-tech. I’m not against academic writing – this is just a potential diamond in the rough that needs much more soundscxpes to be clear.
Michael Soundacapes 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 Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus.