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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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The author situates the zhattered of the main artists and their music against the cultural and political backdrop of Jamaican history and analyzes the dialectics of music and technology. The producers made the most out of very little and in many The reason that I think those two artists in particular were important to have brought an, is that their influence from Dub was derived during its most fertile period.

Despite its limited title, it is a well written history of reggae without rehashing material form other books on reggae.

Of course the focus is on dub. So this book is amazing in part because it not only provides a great history of dub, with good primary source interviews, it also contextualizes dub as helping create a meta-history of post-modern blackness that creates a referent point for reflection beyond just the auditory. This book shatterrd more detail than I’d ever hoped for- even the details of the specific and recording techniques used in mixing dub tracks. Tim Haslett rated it it was amazing Feb 06, Oh I see everything in relation to dub now, the compositional insertions, mood-shifts of the dub versions, and most importantly, what is said in the absences and pauses.

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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.

Contact Contact Us Help. Selected pages Title Page. I most enjoyed the features on specific engineers, who are rarely credited for their innovations. All that being soundscapew, if I was on the thesis committee for this book, my red pen would have just about run out of ink. Ssoundscapes on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. Paperbackpages.

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

Sep 20, Ray rated it it was amazing. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Mar 25, Brian rated it really liked it. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The author also covers the historical and sociological influences on dub and its assimilation into music of many cultures. 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.

Wish it had recommended playlists. David Willerton rated it it was amazing Sep 27, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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

Dub: Soundscapes and Shattered Songs in Jamaican Reggae

May 03, Joe rated it liked it. The author takes pains to mention that there has never before been a book dedicated solely to the genre of Dub, and I am very grateful that the subject has been taken up and that this book exists. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.


Michael Veal takes us on a trip—pun intended—through the Jamaican music scene from the late s till the mids to explain how this extraordinary style evolved serendipitously from the earliest roots of reggae as an amalgamation of Latin-American, Western and African influences.

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 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 As the author puts it: Press, Middletown, Connecticut, U.

My lifestyle now reflects this, sometimes I stand back and let the rhythm of the scene ride on without comment, sometimes I shout down nonsense, sometimes I repeat myself 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.

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JHat rated it really liked it Apr 05, Of course, shatetred it’s like the old Tootsie Roll ads, where everything the kid sees turns into a tootsie roll. If like me you’re a big fan of dub, this is absolutely essential reading.

A brilliant blend of ethnomusicology, historiography, and fandom for an underappreciated genre of music.

Index of Songs and Recordings.