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Shabba Ranks

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...Shabba Ranks is a Jamaican pop dancehall musician, known for his toasting (or rapping) reggae music. Ranks is the first dancehall reggae artist to have won a Grammy for Best Reggae Album. Ranks was born Rexton Rawlston Fernando Gordon...

Last Word: Dubwise

Julian Henriques

Julian Henriques is Director of the Topology Research Unit, Convenor of the MA Scriptwriting program, and former Joint Head of the Department of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths University, London. He is author of Changing the Subject (1998), and Sonic Bodies (Bloomsbury, 2011), and his sound sculpture titled Knots & Donuts (2011) is on display at the Tate Modern. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sonic Bodies : Reggae Sound Systems, Performance Techniques, and Ways of Knowing

Continuum, 2011

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...Drawing Sonic Bodies to a close, we can listen for the echo of its findings. The distance travelled by thinking through the wavebands of sounding has been considerable: from a contemporary vernacular culture – the “vibes” of all-night...

The Dancehall Scene

Julian Henriques

Julian Henriques is Director of the Topology Research Unit, Convenor of the MA Scriptwriting program, and former Joint Head of the Department of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths University, London. He is author of Changing the Subject (1998), and Sonic Bodies (Bloomsbury, 2011), and his sound sculpture titled Knots & Donuts (2011) is on display at the Tate Modern. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sonic Bodies : Reggae Sound Systems, Performance Techniques, and Ways of Knowing

Continuum, 2011

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...A sound system is a unique apparatus – a musical medium, technological instrument and a social and cultural institution. This chapter begins by describing how it is possible for sound systems to play all these different roles in Jamaica...

Juggling

Julian Henriques

Julian Henriques is Director of the Topology Research Unit, Convenor of the MA Scriptwriting program, and former Joint Head of the Department of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths University, London. He is author of Changing the Subject (1998), and Sonic Bodies (Bloomsbury, 2011), and his sound sculpture titled Knots & Donuts (2011) is on display at the Tate Modern. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sonic Bodies : Reggae Sound Systems, Performance Techniques, and Ways of Knowing

Continuum, 2011

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...“Come in my selector” is the oft-heard call from the MC for the next riddim track to accompany their lyrical performance. The “selector” is so-named as the crewmember whose job it is to keep the rhythms rolling. This sonic body has...

Conclusion: the Sonic Logos

Julian Henriques

Julian Henriques is Director of the Topology Research Unit, Convenor of the MA Scriptwriting program, and former Joint Head of the Department of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths University, London. He is author of Changing the Subject (1998), and Sonic Bodies (Bloomsbury, 2011), and his sound sculpture titled Knots & Donuts (2011) is on display at the Tate Modern. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sonic Bodies : Reggae Sound Systems, Performance Techniques, and Ways of Knowing

Continuum, 2011

Scholarly Books

...The sound system crewmembers evidently make use of a sophisticated and subtle set of skilled techniques, as has been described in the preceding chapters. Often this has little to do with what can be written, represented or even communicated...

Fine-tuning

Julian Henriques

Julian Henriques is Director of the Topology Research Unit, Convenor of the MA Scriptwriting program, and former Joint Head of the Department of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths University, London. He is author of Changing the Subject (1998), and Sonic Bodies (Bloomsbury, 2011), and his sound sculpture titled Knots & Donuts (2011) is on display at the Tate Modern. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sonic Bodies : Reggae Sound Systems, Performance Techniques, and Ways of Knowing

Continuum, 2011

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...Jamaican sound system engineers are sonic bodies; figures of sound; true audiophiles; and connoisseurs of vibrations, just as wine tasters, perfumers or fine artists are connoisseurs of their respective palettes. Jamaican audio engineers...

Rhetoric and the Logic of Practice

Julian Henriques

Julian Henriques is Director of the Topology Research Unit, Convenor of the MA Scriptwriting program, and former Joint Head of the Department of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths University, London. He is author of Changing the Subject (1998), and Sonic Bodies (Bloomsbury, 2011), and his sound sculpture titled Knots & Donuts (2011) is on display at the Tate Modern. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sonic Bodies : Reggae Sound Systems, Performance Techniques, and Ways of Knowing

Continuum, 2011

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...The MCs’ skilled voicing techniques contribute a distinctive discursive feature to the dancehall session. He or she is the auditory master of the sounding to the sonic bodies of the crowd. Also as a figure of speech, the MC’s performance...

Sound Systems

Julian Henriques

Julian Henriques is Director of the Topology Research Unit, Convenor of the MA Scriptwriting program, and former Joint Head of the Department of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths University, London. He is author of Changing the Subject (1998), and Sonic Bodies (Bloomsbury, 2011), and his sound sculpture titled Knots & Donuts (2011) is on display at the Tate Modern. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sonic Bodies : Reggae Sound Systems, Performance Techniques, and Ways of Knowing

Continuum, 2011

Scholarly Books

...This chapter describes how the three wavebands of sounding are propagated. To do this, it takes an entirely practical approach of describing how a sound system works, leaving theoretical issues to be raised subsequently. It starts...

The 1970s-80s:A Period of Dramatic Change

Ray Hitchins

Ray Hitchins has worked in the Jamaican music industry since 1981. In addition to his credits as a touring and studio musician, he ran a successful Kingston-based production company and in 2011 completed a PhD in ethnomusicology at Leeds University. He currently lectures at The University of the West Indies, Jamaica. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Vibe Merchants: The Sound Creators of Jamaican Popular Music

Taylor & Francis Group, 2014

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...During the 1960s, Kingston saw a significant expansion of the local music industry and a number of new recording studios appeared, including Coxsone Dodd’s Studio One and Duke Reid’s Treasure Isle. Both would emerge as new epicentres...

Pleasure Gardens, Ballrooms and Dance Halls

Robert Kronenburg

Robert Kronenburg is the Roscoe Professor of Architecture at the University of Liverpool, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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This Must Be The Place : An Architectural History of Popular Music Performance Venues

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...The first thing I am told about the place is that the Guinness is really great, and it’s true, it’s the best I have ever had, perhaps because it tastes like the stout you get in Ireland. But this is not the only impressive thing about...