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Dub 101

Originating in Jamaica in the early 70s, evolving from ska and reggae, dub music has emerged as a global sound and historical cornerstone for present day hip hop and electronic music. Both can trace their rhythm-driven roots to dub, which in its most simple and literal sense means the remixing of already existing songs. Osborne Ruddock, aka King Tubby, is credited as dub’ founding father, and he was one of the first to turn the mixing board into an instrument and transform the deejay into an instrumentalist. An electronics engineer, Tubby worked as a master cutter for Treasure Isle Records. While pressing dub plates, he experimented with leaving the vocals out of popular Jamaican songs. Further altering the track, Tubby. would strip down the rhythms …

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