Sound system (DJ)


Sound system (DJ)

A sound system is a group of DJs and engineers contributing and working together as one, often playing and producing one particular kind of music.

Origin

The sound system concept originated in the 1950s in Kingston, Jamaica. DJs would load up a truck with a generator, turntables, and huge speakers to set up street parties. The sound system scene is generally regarded as an important part of Jamaican cultural history and as being responsible for the rise of modern Jamaican musical styles such as ska, rocksteady, reggae and dub. When Jamaicans emigrated to the United Kingdom, the sound system culture followed and became firmly rooted there in the 1970s. It is still strongly linked with those Jamaican-originated music genres, and some bands or producers still call themselves sound systems, such as Dub Narcotic Sound System and the On-U Sound System. When Asian Dub Foundation are advertised as "Asian Dub Foundation", the whole band performs, but when they announce themselves as "Asian Dub Foundation Sound System", members of the band mix and play music (by other artists, as well as their own) while one or two MCs rap over the songs. The term also has also become connected with sound reinforcement systems by DJs such as the Valve Sound System.

Freetekno/Free Party Sound systems

Sound system is also used to refer to a free party sound system, also known as a rig. The equipment will be a van, loudspeakers, amplifiers, decks and cables but larger rigs might also have fog machine, lighting, projectors and an electrical generator. A sound system collective is usually five or more people, with larger sound systems having more members. Equipment is owned by some and others are DJs, record producers or enthusiastic ravers that help out. They will be the people who organise free parties and will be a group of friends with similar interests. Some soundsystem can be or travellers, modern Nomad tribes or New age travellers, going from one place to another. The word sound system can be used interchangeably to describe the group of people or the equipment.Examples of a sound system are Bedlam and Spiral Tribe.

ee also

*Dub music
*Free party
*Rave
*Reggae
*Rocksteady
*Ska
*Sound clash
*Sound system (Jamaican)
*Teknival

External links

* [http://www.jahsonic.com/SoundSystem.html Jahsonic's History of Sound Systems]
* [http://www.viewlondon.co.uk/home_feat_nottinghillcarnival_history.asp History of Notting Hill Carnival]


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