Decibel Festival Conference 2009: “Dub Echoes” Film Screening and Q&A w/Mad Professor

dB09FlierArtistsBesides mad parties and wild nights of dance mania, the 2009 Decibel Festival also delivers a learning experience in the form of panels and conferences, held at the Seattle Art Museum. From equipment workshops with Droid Behavior’s Drumcell to a panel on new media curation, days at Decibel are filled with heaps of free education. So learn yourself!

Find info on all the dB conferences here; the one I am most excited about kicks off the festival on Thursday, September 24 at 6PM and features the screening of the indie film “Dub Echoes, which traces the evolution of the dub sound from Jamaica to the UK and beyond. The film will be followed by a question-and-answer session with none other than Mad Professor!

From the Decibel Festival website:

“Dub Echoes” is a documentary that traces the origins of the Jamaican dub music and it’s influence on the development of hip hop and electronic music. The film shows how the Jamaican invention called dub ended up influencing much of the music we hear today, from electronic music to hip-hop, transforming the studio in a musical instrument and giving way to all sorts of sonic experiments. “Dub Echoes” was produced by a Brazilian crew, in Kingston (Jamaica), London (UK), NY, Washington, LA (US), Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo (Brazil). Key names, from both reggae and the electronic music world, talk about the birth of this genre, how it helped to change the way we perceive music and how it’s presence can still be felt today. Just follow the bass lines!

After the film, there will be a question and answer session moderated by Patty Schmidt, featuring UK dub innovator Mad Professor:

Mad Professor (Ariwa Sounds / Massive Attack collaborator): Mad Professor has championed traditional dub from his London studio for decades. Not only has he worked with reggae legends as well as famous artists outside the dub domain, but he has also been instrumental in transitioning the genre into the digital age and staking the UK’s premier claim on exposing dub to the world. Known for original productions as well as remix work, the prolific Mad Professor has had his hands in over 200 albums and an immense “old school” impact on modern breakbeat culture.

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