Every spoil is a style: voicing, absence and echo in reggae dub music

Henriques, Julian F.. 2015. 'Every spoil is a style: voicing, absence and echo in reggae dub music'. In: False Alarm: Aurality, Errancy and Voice. Kings College London, United Kingdom. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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This talk, illustrated with several music tracks, explores aurality, errancy and voice through some of the voicing techniques, aesthetics and phonographic technologies of the reggae dancehall sound system. These are geared towards "building the vibes" or increasing the affective intensities for the crowd or audience. This is often achieved by means of error, interference and distortion that might be considered undesirable outside the sensibilities of the scene. But in the dancehall this provides a rich repertoire of phonographic techniques, namely auralities that involve adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing. These make a major contribution to the aesthetic of the Jamaican street culture of dancehall.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)


voicing techniques, aesthetics, phonographic technologies

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Media, Communications and Cultural Studies
Media, Communications and Cultural Studies > Topology Research Unit



Event Location:

Kings College London, United Kingdom

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Date Deposited:

17 Aug 2016 16:34

Last Modified:

21 Aug 2019 10:16



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