This post investigates the style of music known as Dub, which was an early form of electronic dance music. In the late 1960s, artists like King Tubby and Scratch Perry began creating alternative versions of existing reggae songs by rearranging sounds within multi-track recordings. This innovation, now called remixing, marked the birth of dub.
In this post, Brian Jump explores the history of rhythm & blues and rock ‘n’ roll. He covers exciting musicians like Ike Turner, Ray Charles, and Elvis Presley, and explains their crucial contributions to the evolution of both styles. Also included are listening suggestions, video links, and study questions.
This post offers a broad view of humanity’s musical customs. It explores the evidence for prehistoric music making, and it explains how music got passed down through the ages. Musical instruments, traditions, and notation systems are also examined.
This blog post explores three swing-era musicians who were known for their brilliant soloing styles: Coleman Hawkins, Roy Eldridge, and Ella Fitzgerald.
This post explores the swing style of jazz. It summarizes swing’s defining characteristics, and it covers two influential swing musicians: Fletcher Henderson and Duke Ellington.
This post covers the definition and history of audio recording. It introduces the concepts, explains the formats, and inspects the techniques used by sound engineers to capture and produce professional audio.