OK folks, my old buddy Martin ‘Lights, Action’ would like some information and ideas about Reggae. He’s might be making a piece of work with a Reggae theme and is wondering in particular about
1. Can he avoid a visual representation which uses the clichés of the three Rastafarian colours of Red, Gold, Green?
2. Are there any structural characteristics in the music which lend themselves to visual representation?
With respect to the first one I thought about Two-Tone (b&w) images but also visual collage being akin to Dub.
For the latter, here’s a starter with an example (below) – it’s the Upsetters. It’s characteristically in 4/4 time with the keyboard very repetitively emphasising beats 2 and 4 (the rock & roll backbeat). But within that solid structure the drummer plays all kinds of fancy extras, sliding around almost ‘between’ the beats as the blues men slide around between the notes
OK that’s your starter for ten. Any great ideas will be MUCH appreciated. And here for I & I, some delicious Dub