- STAFF PICKS
- GIFTS + GIFT CARDS
- SELL BOOKS
- FIND A STORE
New Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Available for In-store Pickup
in 7 to 12 days
Other titles in the Music/Culture series:
Dub: Soundscapes and Shattered Songs in Jamaican Reggae (Music Culture)by Michael Veal
Synopses & Reviews
Dub is the avant-garde verso of reggae, created by manipulating and reshaping recordings using studio strategies and techniques. While dub was one of the first forms of popular music to turn the idea of song inside out, it is far from being fully explored. Tracing the evolution of dub, Remixology travels from Kingston, Jamaica, across the globe, following dubandrsquo;s influence on the development of the MC, the birth of sound system culture, and the postwar Jamaican diaspora.
Starting in 1970s Kingston, Paul Sullivan examines the origins of dub as a genre, approach, and attitude. He stops off in London, Berlin, Toronto, Bristol, and New York, exploring those places where dub had the most impact and investigates its effect on postpunk, dub-techno, jungle, and the dubstep. Along the way, Sullivan speaks with a host of international musicians, DJs, and luminaries of the dub world, from DJ Spooky, Adrian Sherwood, Channel, and Roy to Shut Up and Dance and Roots Manuva. Wide-ranging and lucid, Remixology sheds new light on the dub-born notions of remix and reinterpretation that set the stage for the music of the twenty-first century.
Book News Annotation:
In this historical, analytical, and interpretive study, Veal (ethnomusicology, Yale U.) examines the studio-based genre of Jamaican dub, which originated in the early 1970s. Treating both sociocultural and analytic aspects, he discusses the context of roots reggae at the time (focusing on Jamaican reggae); economic, stylistic, and technological catalysts for its emergence; formal strategies for the dub mix; and qualities of the music, including the specific styles of the era's studios and engineers. He also examines its influence on today's popular music, and how it is a metaphor for the society and time from which it emerged and global culture today, specifically black culture. An index of songs and recordings and list of recommended ones, by engineer, are included. Veal made several trips to Jamaica from 2000 to 2003, visiting studios and talking with musicians to research the book. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
When Jamaican recording engineers Osbourne "King Tubby" Ruddock, Errol Thompson, and Lee "Scratch" Perry began crafting "dub" music in the early 1970s, they were initiating a musical revolution that continues to have worldwide influence. Dub is a sub-genre of Jamaican reggae that flourished during reggae's "golden age" of the late 1960s through the early 1980s. Dub involves remixing existing recordings--electronically improvising sound effects and altering vocal tracks--to create its unique sound. 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 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. He further explores the "dub revolution" that has crossed musical and cultural boundaries for over thirty years, influencing a wide variety of musical genres around the globe.
About the Author
and#160;Paul Sullivan is a writer and photographer whose work has been published in the Guardian, the Telegraph, and National Geographic. He is the author of many books, including Waking Up in Iceland and Sullivanandrsquo;s Music Trivia. He lives in Berlin.
What Our Readers Are Saying
Arts and Entertainment » Music » Genres and Styles » Reggae and Ska