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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Paul rated it really liked it Dec 11, 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 cites specific a and b-sides of singles to describe what makes each engineer unique. 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. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Wish it had recommended playlists.

There are also some interesting ideas about connections between dub and other musical styles. Dub is a multifarious phenomenon: 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.

Certainly Veal covers the far-reaching influence of sobgs genre after its decline and transformation into Raga and Dancehall, but really missed out on what a fantastic influence it had in the early and mid seventies, as can be heard on recordings by Can, The Talking Heads, and Eno himself. Index of Songs and Recordings. Veal manages an expert dissection of the roots of dub, its development and critically its meaning to its practitioners and fans, without ever dropping into dry academic study or frothing hyperbole.

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. However, it kind of glossed over that part, in my opinion. Shatteerd and Shattered Songs in Jamaican Reggae. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.


Wesleyan University Press, Mar 25, Brian rated it really liked it. Paperbackpages.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. It also had much to say on the impact that Dub has had on a plethora of music that followed it. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. So, what is dub? Moreover, Veal’s emphasis on the people using the technology and the social contexts of such use, rather than on the technology or the music itself, is one of the book’s defining attributes.

Dub involves remixing existing recordings–electronically improvising sound effects and altering vocal tracks–to create its unique sound.

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

Tim Haslett rated it it was amazing Feb 06, Alex Mchugh rated it it was amazing Sep 01, Wesleyan Xhattered PressApr 30, – History – pages. Kam-Au rated it it was amazing Jun 05, Mark rated it really liked it Songw 25, Book titles OR Journal titles. Fortunately, dub is much more than a list of names and a history of a music genre. This is in depth stuff not for the merely curious, but essential reading for the dub fanatic.

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. The only real issue I had with the book are the constant comparisons of songs with their dub remix versions, replete with blow-by-blow verbal descriptions of what’s happening shatterde the song, in technical musicologist terminology.

For those looking for what I was, I recommend skipping the intro, reading chaptersand then the appendix.

Dub: Soundscapes and Shattered Songs in Jamaican Reggae

Something that ties together American Soul to Reggae to Dancehall to hip-hop to electronica to ambient to jungle, ad infinitum Jan 23, Graham rated it really liked it. Aside from that, an excellent overview of a rarely-covered field of study.


And then my world opened up, the Blood and Fire label was reissuing so many masters of dub, my homeboy Dan turned sahttered on to King Tubby, and well really from then on, I pretty much found my heart in the rockers-era Waterhouse sounds suattered Jamaican Dub.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Some great bios and stories of the key players in dub are the skundscapes of this book. I’m not against academic writing – this is just a potential diamond in the rough that needs much more polish to be clear. Solid overview of dub that touches on musicology, history, and post-colonial theory to explain the style’s prominence and lasting influence.

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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. Tracking the Living African Heartbeat. Veal’s attention to both soundsca;es 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 soundscpaes grounded musical-technical exegesis.

Michael Veal’s Dub is an informative and welcome contribution to the reggae literature, to studies of Caribbean, Afrodiasporic, and Afro- American music and culture more adn, 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 Press, Middletown, Connecticut, U.

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.

Aug 16, Spencer rated it liked it. Soundscapes and Shattered Songs in Jamaican Reggae. He is the author of Fela: Martin rated it really liked it Sep 16,