Following an unforgettable first edition of A Bass Odyssey in June, we reunite for the next session in January, bringing some much needed warmth to the deep Berlin winter. Once again we will be joined by some truly heavyweight artists from around the world, plus full-frequency sound reinforcement for that full body experience!

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On one fateful night in the late 1960’s, a sound system operator by the name of Rudolph “Ruddy” Redwood went to Duke Reid’s “Treasure Isle” Studio in Kingston to cut a one-off dubplate for an upcoming sound system session. When he played the record – on which the vocal track had accidentally been left out – the crowd went crazy, chanting the lyrics and calling for rewind after rewind. Bunny Lee, an influential producer who had attended the dance that night, later told the legendary King Tubby of the records effect on the crowd. This eventually led Tubby to pioneer a new technique of “dubbing” the vocals in and out of the instrumental track, which would soon come to be known as the “version“.

This revolutionary technique would not only lead to the creation of dub music, but also paved the way for a future generation of sound system operators and engineers to gain access to modern mixing techniques using analog studio hardware. Following an influx of Jamaican immigrants to the British Isles in the 60’s & 70’s, sound system culture began to gain international exposure, with homegrown sound systems such as the legendary Channel One & Jah Shaka championing the sounds of the Caribbean in the UK and abroad.

50 years later the sounds and culture are livelier than ever, with countless artists across the globe tirelessly pushing the sounds of dub, steppas, roots, jungle and dubstep on self-styled sound systems and rigs. On January 13th, 2018 we gather to celebrate their legacy and pay homage to the true spirit of bass music, with an all-star line up of local and international purveyors of sound system culture!


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