Book sets out to “bend time and space through sound”
A new publication, Dublab: 20 Years Of Future Roots Radio, travels back to the dawn of internet radio – “a pre-podcast/smartphone/social-media era with infinite potential”, say its editors, and then “flash forward for premonitions of other worlds, other sounds”.
Founded in 1999, the Los Angeles based Dublab station promises an algorithm-free experience. Over it's 20 year history it has provided an early platform for artists such as Flying Lotus, Animal Collective and Julia Holter. Hosts have included Van Dyke Parks, Linda Perhacs, Egyptian Lover and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry. Today it also has affiliate stations in Germany, Japan, Spain and Brazil.
“Readers who approach the book with open ears will undoubtedly enhance their own adventures in the music frontier,” promise the editors.
“Dublab: 20 Years Of Future Roots Radio springs to life with scenes from sad music parties, all-night ambient happenings and multi-sensory underground events,” they continue. “Stories of sleepwalking DJs, thrift store album alchemy and sizzling circuit boards fill these pages. Wise elders, optimistic youth and receptive listeners share their sonic worldviews.”
Edited by Alejandro Cohen, JC Gabel and Mark ‘Frosty’ McNeill, it's published by Hat And Beard Press and is available for pre-order now.