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In dub conference : empathy, groove and technology in Jamaican popular music (2017)
Book Chapter
Oliver, R. (2017). In dub conference : empathy, groove and technology in Jamaican popular music. In Music and empathyTaylor & Francis (Routledge)

This chapter will discuss empathic aspects of the way that groove occurs in Jamaican popular music (hereafter ‘JPM’), focusing initially on the stylistically specific relationship between the drums and the bass (as well as other instruments in the en... Read More

Bring that Beat Back: Sampling as Virtual Collaboration (2016)
Book Chapter
Oliver, R. (2016). Bring that Beat Back: Sampling as Virtual Collaboration. In S. Whiteley, & S. Rambarran (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Music and Virtuality, 65-80. Oxford University Press (OUP). https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199321285.013.11

This chapter focuses on music technology and production techniques that predate the Internet but have contemporary relevance. The role of digital sampling in the development of hip hop, and other subsequent genres based around use of “breakbeats,” is... Read More

Breakbeat syncretism: The drum sample in African American popular music (2015)
Book Chapter
Oliver, R. (2015). Breakbeat syncretism: The drum sample in African American popular music. In J. Metcalf, & C. Spaulding (Eds.), African American Culture and Society After Rodney King: Provocations and Protests, Progression and 'Post-Racialism', 177-192. Ashgate