August 12, 2006

If you've got nothing to do tonight...

by Chris Randall

...and you're in London, I strongly suggest you go check out Teledubgnosis + N.I.C., who are playing at Luminaire, on Kilburn High Road. Some truly rightous dub from those guys. They're also at the Windmill in Brixton on Thursday. Teledubgnosis use Dubstation on, like, every track of every song. It's dubtastic.



Aug.12.2006 @ 4:13 PM
Damn children...

Aug.13.2006 @ 1:26 AM
thanks for that; i wasn't familiar with Teledubgnosis. the pieces on thier site are, like you say dubtastic!

Aug.14.2006 @ 11:01 AM
The clips on the Teledubgnosis site are pretty good...but reveal how actually quite hard it is to make artistically-relevant contemporary dub. Contenders...but still pretenders. Parsons is a monster drum man-machine, but his limited range of not-particularly dubby feels starts to work against the music after a couple tracks. Of course, they are not strictly a dub project, per se, despite the moniker, so no need to call out every binghi-drum wielding member of the Rasta Historical Society Dub Police...

Aug.14.2006 @ 11:13 AM
Chris Randall
I quasi-agree with you, except for this: not being particularly well-versed in modern dub (which seems to singularly lack the irony that made the originals so great) Teledubgnosis is one of the few acts I actually enjoy listening to. So, whether it's true dub or not, the music is good, and that's about all anyone can ask in this day and age.

As an aside, I see on your site that you've done a couple projects with Sakamoto-san? He's my all-time most favoritest piano player, bar none. The Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence and Sheltering Sky soundtracks are two of my most-listened to albums.



Aug.14.2006 @ 9:10 PM
hrm... "Rasta Historical Society Dub Police"... I might just have to release some tracks under that name!

Cant listen to those linked tracks here at work but will do so from home later, but just wanted to say that generally, I find most "modern dub" to be horrifically boring and little more than techno with the BPM knob turned down 50% run through the Space Echo clone of the month.

I'd rather keep turning out newroots style dub tracks with a bit of Shaka digisteppers thrown in than end up sounding like a refugee from the Acid House days.

Not to say that these folks are like that, I'll wait till I've actually heard some...


Aug.15.2006 @ 9:42 AM
OK, so thats modern dub.

No reggae connection that I could hear, but I see why they call it dub. Nice stuff anyways.


Aug.16.2006 @ 12:53 PM
So... moyashi... I'm interested to know... if you think Teledubgnosis & N.I.C. are pretenders, give us a couple of examples of what you think is the real thing... in artistically-relevent contemporary dub.

Aug.20.2006 @ 6:06 PM
Hey, I have never claimed to be a dub purist. Nor have I claimed that Teledub was a roots dub project.

I was schooled in the ways of sound sculpting by Jack Dangers, Adrian Sherwood, and the Bomb Squad long before I had even heard of King Tubby.

If it were up to me, we Teledubgnosis would not be categorized in the "dub" or "dance and electronic" genres.
We are dub in the sense that we are partial towards lower tempos, heavy bass, and use the studio as an instrument. Not because of our rootsy sound.

Teledub is not for everyone, especially the purists. I'll be the first to admit this. I always look forward to the evolution of genres. Like when Tricky and Shadow came in on the tail end of the "golden era of hip hop" and things looked promising for a second there. But in my opinion it never fully evolved. Or maybe I just stopped listening. It's all subjective anyway.

At any rate, thanks for the props Chris. The shows went well. And yes, it's true. Dubstation was used HEAVILY on every single live track. I may have converted a few people while in Europe.

I am heavily jet lagged probably not making sense. I had just googled "teledub" to see what came up. And found myself here. How's that filter coming along Chris? Heheheheh.......




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