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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Dub: Soundscapes and Shattered Songs in Jamaican Reggae

The deconstructive process of the music gets reified in so many of the forms that succeed it. David Willerton rated it it was amazing Sep 27, However, it kind of glossed over that part, in my opinion. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

Oct 21, Adam rated it it soundsxapes amazing. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE shatteted the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

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

I most enjoyed the features on specific engineers, who are rarely credited for their innovations. This book provides more detail than I’d ever hoped for- even the details of the specific and recording techniques used in mixing dub tracks. At least, that is how it all started. If this is not the only book written about the dub artform then it is certainly xoundscapes only one worth reading.


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. 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 Wesleyan University Press Amazon.

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

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

Something that ties together American Soul to Reggae to Dancehall to hip-hop to electronica to ambient to jungle, ad infinitum View freely available titles: Some great bios and stories of the key players in dub are the highlight of this book.

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It also had much to say on the impact that Dub has had on a plethora of music that followed sojndscapes. 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 sobgs, the mis use appears to be an attempt on Veal’s part to show how imbricated songs, sounds, and their social environments often areā€”not to mention to emphasize the role that engineers and producers play in sculpting sounds and songs.


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

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Wesleyan University PressApr 30, – History – songa. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, though some of the language can get overwhelming to those inexperienced in this field, but to really appreciate it one has to have access to both the songs described or it just ends up seeming a bit hard to grasp.

Aside from that, an excellent overview of a rarely-covered field of study. Dub involves remixing existing recordings–electronically improvising sound effects and altering vocal tracks–to create its unique sound. As the author puts it: Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

Aug 03, Lawrence rated it really liked it Shelves: And I greatly appreciate the new understanding I have gained about the specific personalities involved in the genesis and proliferation of the music, the details wnd the equipment and studios being used to create it, and the context in which Dub was played in Jamaica and abroad.

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I found most of the tracks on Rdio and YouTube.