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Dread at The Controls....!!!!,
This review is from: Dub: Soundscapes and Shattered Songs in Jamaican Reggae (Music Culture) (Paperback)
At last... a book about dub...I was keen to get into this one..
It's pretty much an academic "paper" really with a dazzling number of references scattered throughout.. so I found that a bit distracting..as you lose the plot if you go to the notes section each time.
What is frustrating is that the author writes about particular "effects" and techniques used on tracks...but it's not very easy to grasp some of this without having the music to listen to.
You are pre-warned that due to copyright issues...it was impossible to have an accompanying CD which would have made the whole thing a lot easier to get your head around.
I'm sure someone could make a great documentary ...which would put it all much more "In The Light" (Cheers Mr Andy!!)
Sorry...to the book then...it has various quotes from the leading names and there is the usual debate about who did it first...but the motives behind it are interesting and also the fact that much of the dub material was produced on the fly... by experimentation and the use of sound recording, manipulation and distortion etc.
What is also good about the book is that it demonstrates the amazing influence and effect it had/has on other music styles..hip hop, trip hop, electronica. Also some analysis and discussion about the cultural/sociological aspects/theories of how and why it developed.
So... a pretty good read...but not a straight forward one..