Dub: Engineer as Artist

don letts

Some interviews are better than others. The members of Thievery Corporation were hard-pressed to describe exactly how and why their trippy electronic dance music is so heavily influenced by dub reggae (it clearly is). But punchy stories from Don Letts (pictured above), a DJ who is credited with introducing reggae beats to London’s punk scene, and David Katz, Lee Perry’s biographer, ground the film and drive home Jamaican dub’s DIY origins.

In one story, Katz describes how Perry would put microphones inside metal garbage cans to get a more metallic echo effect. In another recording session, when Perry wanted the sound of cows in a song, he had someone hum and blow loudly into a paper towel roll.

The full blog post is at INTELLIGENT LIFE

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