From their beginning, toasting and dub music developed together and influenced each other. The development of sound system culture influenced the development of studio techniques in Jamaica,  and the earliest DJs , including Duke Reid and Prince Buster among others, were toasting over instrumental versions of reggae and developing instrumental reggae music.
The invention was a success, and Ruddy needed to play the instrumental continuously for half an hour to an hour that day. Because of King Tubby's innovative approach, the resulting instrumental track was more than just a track without a voice — King Tubby interchanged the vocals and the instrumental, playing the vocals first, then playing the riddim, then mixing them together.
From this point on, they started to call such tracks "versions. At Studio One the initial motivation to experiment with instrumental tracks and studio mixing was correcting the riddim until it had a "feel," so a singer, for instance, could comfortably sing over it. Another reason to experiment with mixing was rivalry among sound systems. Sound systems' sound men wanted the tracks they played at dances to be slightly different each time, so they would order numerous copies of the same record from a studio, each with a different mix.
By , through the efforts of several independent and competitive innovators, engineers, and producers, instrumental reggae "versions" from various studios had evolved into "dub" as a subgenre of reggae. Errol Thompson engineered the first strictly instrumental reggae album, entitled The Undertaker by Derrick Harriott and the Crystallites.
This album was released in This innovative album credits "Sound Effects" to Derrick Harriott. It is considered a landmark recording of this genre. In , Keith Hudson released his classic Pick a Dub , widely considered to have been the first deliberately thematic dub album, with tracks specifically mixed in the dub style for the purpose of appearing together on an LP, and King Tubby released his two debut albums At the Grass Roots of Dub and Surrounded by the Dreads at the National Arena.
Dub has continued to evolve, its popularity waxing and waning with changes in musical fashion. Almost all reggae singles still carry an instrumental version on the B-side and these are still used by the sound systems as a blank canvas for live singers and DJs.
In , the Japanese band Mute Beat would create dub music using live instruments such as trumpets rather than studio equipment, and became a precursor to the acid jazz , ambient and trip hop music genres. It was also the time when dub made its influence known in the work of harder edged, experimental producers such as Mikey Dread with UB40 and The Clash, Adrian Sherwood and the roster of artists on his On-U Sound label.
Many bands characterized as post-punk were heavily influenced by dub. In the aforementioned mixes the beat of the record was accentuated, "unnecessary" vocal parts dropped, and other DJ-friendly features making it easy to work with, like picking out key sections to play over other records, heightening the dancefloor effect.
In , rock band Soundgarden released a dub version of the Ohio Players ' song "Fopp" alongside a more traditional rock cover of the song. DJs appeared towards the end of the s who specialised in playing music by these musicians, such as the UK's Unity Dub.
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