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E-Book recommendations on techno/dub techniques
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zeit
Picked up a Kindle recently and looking to add some e-books. Lately I've been getting into records by Basic Channel / Rhythm & Sound, Deepchord/Echospace, etc...would be nice to find a book geared towards techno/dub techniques that I can read in my spare time for fun. Any suggestions?

Also, any e-books on the history of the Basic Channel label or something very similar? Doesn't have to be totally devoted to the label...just a good read on the history of early days of techno if nothing else...
Tago Mago
Here are two articles with dub tips, the 2d one is more detailed:

http://www.musicradar.com/tuition/tech/25-dub-tips-34138
http://www.interruptor.ch/dub.shtml

And these 2 books:

https://www.samplemagic.com/details/440/the-secrets-of-house-music-pro duction

https://makingmusic.ableton.com/
zeit
Nice, those are some good resources, will read them all...thank you, my man thumbs up

That last book (makingmusic.ableton.com) was already on my list so probably going to pick that up now. Thanks again...


FWIW, after seriously "getting into" techno recordings around 7-8 years ago (and for the most part just buying semi-current releases at the time) it was super nice to go back and start buying certain records from the early-mid 90's...especially that Chain Reaction stuff...Basic Channel, Fluxion, Maurizio, Porter Ricks are my current favs atm. w00t

Tago Mago wrote:
Here are two articles with dub tips, the 2d one is more detailed:

http://www.musicradar.com/tuition/tech/25-dub-tips-34138
http://www.interruptor.ch/dub.shtml

And these 2 books:

https://www.samplemagic.com/details/440/the-secrets-of-house-music-pro duction

https://makingmusic.ableton.com/
subbasshead
PDF article on King Tubby style

http://www.research.ed.ac.uk/portal/files/15441495/Tubbys_Dub_Style.pd f
nrg242
i found this live session with the Scientist pretty useful for seeing how dub is done in realtime with the fx sends/chains:

slumberjack
maurizo basslines are often 3 note chords.

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filtered noise (also comming with low bitrates when sampling, see below) in the signal part is very helpful mixed with your dubby stabs - reverb before and after the filter.

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run your trackes more than once thru the same chain, with subtle changed in feedback, depth and eq. you really have to dub the sh*t out of it.

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use compression in an expressive way in reverb-echo-delay chains.
it will make you reverbs and echos sound huge.

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there's a relativy cheap analoque tape delay from dynachord - echochord.

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from echospace discogs:

Produced using nothing but vintage analog equipment, Roland Space Echo, Echoplex, Korg tape delay, vintage signal processors, noise generators, Sequential Circuits 8 bit samplers & numerous analog synthesizers. All sounds, static, tones and field recordings, including paranormal activity captured and recorded in Chicago & Detroit

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so you see, it's a lot of hardware where the funk is comming from.
controlled hiss, noise and hum can be a good starting point for dubby vibes.

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e-piano, rhodes, organs, flutes, harmonicas (!), harps...

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guess this one is more like wiggling with signals, patchbays and sources than reading in a book...
slam
subbasshead wrote:
PDF article on King Tubby style

http://www.research.ed.ac.uk/portal/files/15441495/Tubbys_Dub_Style.pd f


Thanks for sharing this. Good stuff
slumberjack
fyi for the chord on this i run first tru a chain lexicon lxp-1, ehx cathedral and fmr rnc then a second run with cathedral and tru yamaha's su200 filter (you can hear the sweeps).

[s]https://soundcloud.com/unalikemusic/3-agent-folder-ander-brownout[/ s]

the initial track was a weak signal from a vst.
if you want to compare it to the original drop me a line.
Mostin77
Interesting stuff here, thanks for the links.
Treefingers
nrg242 wrote:
i found this live session with the Scientist pretty useful for seeing how dub is done in realtime with the fx sends/chains:



Very nice, thanks for posting!
Ra
zeit wrote:
Also, any e-books on the history of the Basic Channel label or something very similar?
Maybe you already came across that, but there's an article from 1996 about Basic Channel:
https://www.thewire.co.uk/issues/150
http://archive.is/xS2Dk
dubonaire
On one of the other dub forums here someone recommended this book: Veal, Michael. Dub: Soundscapes and Shattered Songs in Jamaican Reggae (Music Culture) (p. iii). Wesleyan. Kindle Edition. It's an excellent book for learning about where this all came from, and is great for learning the background of dub techniques, which I think helps.

There are some good tutorials on the web on dub chords, but seriously, I have a large amount of dub records and even though I like them all, it's a narrow formula. (I could play a +12 hour dub set.) I don't think there is any way I can add to the canon, so I'm not going to bother. Well I do bother but only for my own edification.

Anyway, for dub techno I think there are two clear schools, the Basic Channel school and the Deepchord school. They are very different. Basic Channel is more minimal emphasising the basic element. Deepchord/Echospace and particularly Rod Modell emphasise the ambient element. I actually prefer the latter music, it's much more engaging.

Also - tip for dub - Dubloner - also know as [a]pendics.shuffle or Kenneth James Gibson, makes the best chilled dub. he's put out some great records with Polycubist.
mt3
mt3
Rashad Becker interview:
http://www.monolake.de/interviews/mastering.html
kwaidan
Paul Sullivan’s Remixology: Tracing the Dub Diaspora analyzes the influence of dub on other genres including dub techno. It has some info on Basic Channel, Rhythm and Sound, Pole, etc. It’s not as good as Veal’s book, but there isn’t much in print.
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