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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Jus Like a Volcano in Yuh Head. Paul Corupe rated it liked it Nov jakaican, Tracking the Living African Heartbeat. 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. 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.

Mar 29, Kris rated it really liked it. Great musical history, a bit academic for those put off by critical theory, but really well thought out and researched, a great addition to the canon of literature on Jamaican music.

Dub: Soundscapes and Shattered Songs in Jamaican Reggae

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our jamaivan. The author cites specific a and b-sides of singles to describe what makes each engineer unique. View freely available titles: Alex Mchugh rated it it was amazing Sep 01, The deconstructive process of the music gets reified in so many of the forms that succeed it.

Dub is a sub-genre of Jamaican reggae that flourished during reggae’s “golden age” of the late s through the early s. 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 shatyered in sculpting sounds and songs.


So basically I danced all around dub for 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. I most enjoyed the features on specific engineers, who are rarely credited for their innovations.

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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.

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 There are also some interesting ideas about connections between dub and other musical styles.

Sep 20, Ray rated it it was amazing. Index of Songs and Recordings.

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. Nic rated it liked it Dec 01, No trivia or quizzes yet. However, it kind of glossed over that part, in my opinion. Jun 22, Darren Hemmings rated it it was amazing Shelves: Aug 03, Lawrence rated it really liked it Shelves: Wish it had recommended playlists.


Aug 16, Spencer rated it liked it. Unfortunately, the rather compelling histories of Dub’s origins, context and key players were offset by an overly academic analysis of its impact. Selected pages Title Page.

Matthew Liebman rated it it was amazing Jul 27, Of course the focus is on dub. For those looking for what I was, I recommend skipping the intro, reading chaptersand then the appendix. A great insider look at dub music, in terms of the personalities behind it, the times that formed it, jaamaican influence it had, and musical make up of the dub pieces themselves.

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The author also covers the historical and sociological influences on dub and its assimilation into music of many cultures. Jason Heller rated it it was amazing Dec 13, 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 in the song, in technical musicologist terminology.

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.