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Dubbing (Overdubbing)

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

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...The term ‘dubbing’ is sometimes used as an abbreviation for ‘overdubbing,’ a studio practise in which the various vocal and instrumental sounds are recorded in temporal succession on multitrack tape. Unlike live performance, musicians...

Vocoder

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

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...The vocoder is an electronic device that combines the sonic characteristics of a speaking or singing voice with another sound source (most often a synthesized sound), creating an unusual-sounding hybrid between the two. While it has never...

Stevie Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life

Zeth Lundy

Zeth Lundy is Music Columns Editor at the online magazine Popmatters. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2007

33 1/3 Books

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...Like all double albums, Songs in the Key of Life is imperfect but audacious. If its titular concern - life - doesn’t exactly allow for rigid focus, it’s still a fiercely inspired collection of songs and one of the definitive soul records...

Adult Contemporary

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...The term Adult Contemporary (AC) emerged as a radio format and musical genre designation during the 1970s. Since the late 1970s it has been among the top radio formats in North America. Musically, AC has been characterized as ‘softer...

Montserrat

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume III : Locations: Caribbean and Latin America

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 8,995 (2003) The small volcanic island of Montserrat (just 39.5 sq miles [102 sq km]) is located among the Leeward Islands of the Lesser Antilles, between Antigua and Guadeloupe. The island was known to its original...

Funk

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...Funk music is commonly thought of as a style of energetic dance music, driven by hard, syncopated basslines and drum beats, and accented by any number of instruments involved in rhythmic counterplay, all working toward a ‘groove.’ While...

Motown

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...The so-called ‘Motown sound’ is typically associated with songs released during the 1960s on various labels (Motown, Tamla, Soul, Gordy) connected to the Motown Record Corporation. The company was established by Berry Gordy in Detroit...

Soul

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...The word soul has its origins in the religious experience. The soul is that ineffable part of a human being that many understand as their core or essence. It is the soul that many people believe survives the corporeal part of one’s body –...