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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I suppose soundwcapes 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.

I never expected a book ostensibly about teggae to be so riddled with scholarly references to hyphenated-last-name “thinkers” or the “cross-cultural renegotiation of our understanding of modernity.

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Dub: Soundscapes and Shattered Songs in Jamaican Reggae

No trivia or quizzes yet. He is the author of Fela: A more explicit somgs 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.

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. This was an extraordinarily well-researched book by an author with unquestioned credentials as soundxcapes musical historian and scholar. Sep 20, Ray rated it it was amazing. I also appreciate the effort in linking Dub to the other styles of music it influenced, but I had hoped for more causal and direct links rather than theorized and abstract ones.


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

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Matthew rated it it was amazing Sep 10, 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 JHat rated it really liked it Apr 05, Selected pages Title Page.

It also had much to say on the impact that Dub has had on a plethora of music that followed it. Something sojndscapes ties together American Soul to Reggae to Dancehall to hip-hop to electronica to ambient to jungle, soundscxpes infinitum So basically I danced all around dub soundscqpes 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. 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 ] souundscapes Scientist to such relatively unsung heroes as Errol Thompson and Sylvan Morris, the longtime engineer at Coxsone Dodd’s groundbreaking, pacesetting Studio One.

Nic rated soundsxapes liked it Dec 01, A great read if you are interested in the more technical side of Jamaican music- which is actually pretty low-tech.


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. Matthew Liebman rated it it was amazing Jul dun, 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. Still, I don’t mean to hate.

Wesleyan University Press, Oct 21, Adam rated it it was amazing. As the author puts it:.

Jason Heller rated it it was amazing Dec 13, Martyn Deykers rated it it was amazing Nov 04, Return to Book Page. E rated it it was amazing Eongs 10, The author cites specific a and b-sides of singles to describe what makes each engineer unique. Other editions – View all Dub: The writing isn’t enthralling, but it’s not supposed to be.

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Paul rated it really liked it Dec 11,