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ISBN-10: 1441144293
ISBN-13: 9781441144294
Publisher: Continuum
Publish Date: 09/08/2011
Dimensions: 8.90" L, 5.90" W, 1.00" H

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

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The reggae sound system has exerted a major influence on music and popular culture. Out on the streets of inner city Kingston, Jamaica, every night, sound systems stage dancehall sessions for the crowd to share the immediate, intensive and immersive visceral pleasures of sonic dominance. Sonic Bodies concentrates on the skilled performance of the crewmembers responsible for this signature sound of Jamaican music: the audio engineers designing, building and fine-tuning the hugely powerful sets of equipment; the selectors choosing the music tracks to play; and MCs(DJs) on the mic hyping up the crowd.

Julian Henriques proposes that these dancehall vibes are taken literally as the periodic motion of vibrations. He offers an analysis of how a sound system operates – at auditory, corporeal and sociocultural frequencies. Sonic Bodies formulates a fascinating critique of visual dominance and the dualities inherent in ideas of image, text or discourse. This innovative book questions the assumptions that reason resides only in a disembodied mind, that communication is an exchange of information, and that meaning is only ever representation.

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[Sonic Bodies] offers a fresh and illuminating exploration of Jamaican auditory culture through the reggae sound system, making a significant contribution to an aspect of Caribbean and Jamaican culture that is in dire need of interrogation ... Henriques demonstrates an extensive understanding of the literature of auditory theory, cultural studies and philosophy which is very enriching for a variety of disciplines ... An outstanding cross-/multi-disciplinary work.
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ISBN-10: 1441144293
ISBN-13: 9781441144294
Publisher: Continuum
Publish Date: 09/08/2011
Dimensions: 8.90" L, 5.90" W, 1.00" H
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