The University of Iowa

‘Taping the World’ project continues with ethnomusicologist visit April 2

March 30th, 2010

Yale ethnomusicologist Michael Veal will give a talk on dub reggae, “The Acoustics of Diaspora,” at 4 p.m. Friday, April 2, in Room 1117 (International Commons) in the University Capitol Center.

Veal’s work has addressed various topics about the music of Africa and the African Diaspora. His current research on Jamaican dub music examines the ways in which taped media and the studio-based innovations of Jamaican recording engineers in the 1970s shaped local culture and affected popular music worldwide.

A related event takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 1, at the Englert Theater, featuring a panel discussion including founding members of the hip-hop group Public Enemy.

“Taping the World” is a project that focuses on the cultural resonances of the tape recorder. John Durham Peters, professor and chair of the UI Department of Communication Studies, and Kembrew McLeod, UI associate professor of communication studies, both in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), are investigating the impact of the tape recorder and the ways in which the tape recorder has altered communication and discourse since its popularization in the mid-20th century.

This project is sponsored by UI International Programs.

For more information, contact McLeod at 319-335-0582 or