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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So basically I danced all around dub for years chasing dancehall from NYC sounvscapes, reggae, ska and rocksteady from dancehall, and never really hitting unto the dub sounds until the late ‘s.

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

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 mixes basically consisted of a recognizable drum and bass line with only sparse if any instrumental harmonic and vocal additions. Probably every music lover over the age of 20 knows reggae star Bob Marley, and names like Peter Tosh and Black Uhuru might even ring a distant bell, but the grand-masters of dub are hardly known.

Track it down if you can; these days I gather it is quite tough-to-find.

If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click ‘Authenticate’. Nic rated it liked it Dec 01, Mark rated it really liked it May 25, The writing isn’t enthralling, but it’s not supposed to be. The deconstructive process of the music gets reified in so many of the forms that succeed it.

Tim Haslett rated it it was amazing Feb 06, May 03, Joe rated it liked it. 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 soudnscapes audio culture SterneBull and Back Jan 23, Graham rated it really liked it. Jun skngs, Colin Masso rated it it was amazing.

Kam-Au rated it it was amazing Jun 05, The reason that I think those two ad in particular were important to have brought up, is that their influence from Du This book had anx to say on the techniques used to create some of the most distinctive soundscapes in recorded music. Their biotope is—or rather was—the recording studio control room and the mixing boards.

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No trivia or quizzes yet. Soundscapfs a smattering of articles and chapter-length treatments of dub can be found across the disparate reggae and electronic music literature, Veal’s study is the first extended work to approach what he calls the “sonic, procedural, and conceptual aspects” of dub in substantial depth.

The author cites specific a and b-sides of singles to describe what makes each engineer unique.

Dub: Soundscapes and Shattered Songs in Jamaican Reggae

This is in depth stuff not for the merely curious, but essential reading for the dub fanatic. 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. Sep 20, Ray rated it it was amazing. Preview — Dub by Michael E. Book titles OR Journal titles. At least, that is how it all started. 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.

View freely available titles: 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. All that being said, if I was on the thesis committee for this book, my red pen would have just about run out of ink.

The author also covers the historical and sociological influences on dub and its assimilation into music of many cultures.

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That being said, between some tips from this book, Internet searches, Pandora’s Some great bios and stories of the key players in dub are the highlight of this book. Latin American Music Review. Soundscapes and Shattered Songs in Jamaican Reggae. Paul Corupe rated it liked it Soundscpaes 05, Return to Book Page.

Wesleyan University PressApr 30, – History – pages. Want to Read saving…. Some great bios and stories of the key players in dub are the highlight of this book. 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.


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.

Refresh and try again. Jason Heller rated it it was amazing Dec 13, Putting questions of under theorization aside for the moment, the crowning achievement of Veal’s study is without aand 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 Soundcapes, [End Page ] and Scientist to such relatively unsung heroes as Errol Thompson and Sylvan Morris, ad longtime engineer at Coxsone Dodd’s groundbreaking, pacesetting Studio One.


My library Help Advanced Book Search. David Willerton rated it it was amazing Sep 27, Tracking the Living African Heartbeat. The Backbone of Studio One. It also had much to say on the impact that Dub has had on a plethora of music that followed it.

This was an extraordinarily well-researched book by an author with unquestioned credentials as a musical historian and scholar. 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.

Paul rated it really liked it Dec 11, However, it kind of glossed over that part, in my opinion. Aside from that, an excellent overview of a rarely-covered field of study. Veal’s attention to both sonic and social matters—and, in particular, their intersections—makes Dub an especially important and distinctive addition to extant writings on reggae, which too often focus on biographical details and record-collector minutiae at the expense of historically and culturally grounded musical-technical exegesis.