Scientist

Scientist

Real Name:
Hopeton Overton Brown
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Born: April 18th, 1960 in Kingston, Jamaica.

Biography
Hopeton Brown better known as The Scientist and sometimes known as Overton Brown, from Kingston, Jamaica was a protégé of King Tubby (Osbourne Ruddock), one of the originators of dub music. The Scientist burst onto the reggae scene in the early ’70s with a reckless mixing style that seemed to outdo even King Tubby’s wildest extravaganzas. He began his career as an engineer at Tubby’s in the mid 70’s. Shortly afterwards, he gained a reputation with a distinctive mixing style.

He left King Tubby's studio at the end of the 70’s and became the principal engineer for Channel One Studio, giving him the chance to work on a 16-track mixing desk rather than the four tracks at Tubby's. He came to prominence in the early 1980s and produced many albums, his mixes featuring on many releases in the first part of the decade. In particular, he was the favourite engineer of Henry "Junjo" Lawes, for whom he mixed several albums featuring the Roots Radics, many based on tracks by Barrington Levy. He also did a lot of work for Linval Thompson and Jah Thomas. In 1982 he left Channel One to work at Tuff Gong studio.

He made a series of albums in the early 1980s, released on Greensleeves Records with titles themed around Scientist's fictional achievements in fighting Space Invaders, Pac-Men, and Vampires, and winning the World Cup. The music on these albums was played by Roots Radics, his most frequent collaborators.

Five of his songs from the album The Scientist Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires were used as the playlist songs on the K-Jah radio station in the 2001 video game Grand Theft Auto 3.

“In the ’70s, I started building sound system audio amplifiers. I would then test the amplifier with test instruments to determine how the amplifier was performing. Everything would look normal, but when I played reggae music through the amplifier, it would over heat and the plates of the KT88 would run red, especially when I played a mix from the great King Tubby’s that had subsonic drum and bass frequencies as well as razor sharp high frequencies I would have to re -bias the KT88 and make other changes in order to accommodate reggae’s wide frequency response and high slew rate needs. I noticed when I played other types of music the amplifier would respond normal. I found that to be strange so I used King Tubby’s mixes as a platform to ensure that the amplifiers would not break down under extreme conditions.

I was fascinated by his exclusive style of mixing and unique sound effects. It was the “Roots of Dub” dub album produced by Bunny Lee that became my favourite test album and also inspired me to want to meet him. One day, I was repairing a television for a friend who had worked for King Tubby’s, we needed a transformer and King Tubby’s was the only place who had those particular types of transformers I was so excited to meet this brilliant man and considered myself very lucky to have had this opportunity. After that, it became a regular place for me to buy special made power and output transformers for the amplifiers that I was building. King Tubby’s became impressed with my electronic skills and abilities at such a young age. I told him I wanted to build a mixing console, at first, it sounded like a joke to him we joked about making mixing consoles with moving faders and automation. Years later it became a reality in Neve’s moving faders and SSL’s automation with total recall.”

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Scientist Discography

Albums

Scientist Introducing Scientist - The Best Dub Album In The World... (Album) JB Music UK 1980 Sell This Version
Scientist vs. Prince Jammy Scientist vs. Prince Jammy - Big Showdown (Album) Greensleeves Records Jamaica 1980 Sell This Version
Scientist Heavyweight Dub Champion (Album) Greensleeves Records Jamaica 1980 Sell This Version
TRD LP 10180 Scientist & Papa Tad's* Scientist & Papa Tad's* - Allied Dub Selection(LP, Album) Tad's Record TRD LP 10180 US 1980 Sell This Version
Scientist Dub War (Coxsone Vs Quaker City) (Album) Imperial Records (10) Canada 1981 Sell This Version
Scientist Scientist Meets The Space Invaders (Album) Greensleeves Records Canada 1981 Sell This Version
Scientist Scientific Dub (Album) Clocktower Records US 1981 Sell This Version
Scientist In The Kingdom Of Dub (Album) Kingdom Records, Kingdom Records UK 1981 Sell This Version
Scientist Scientist Rids The World Of The Evil Curse Of The Vampires (Album) Greensleeves Records Jamaica 1981 Sell This Version
Scientist World At War (Album) Black Ovation Records US 1981 Sell This Version
Scientist In Dub (Album) Jah Guidance US 1981 Sell This Version
Yabby You & Michael Prophet Meets Scientist Yabby You & Michael Prophet Meets Scientist - At The Dub Station (King Tubbys) (Album) Vivian Jackson (Yabby You) Jamaica 1981 Sell This Version
Scientist Dub Landing (Album) Starlight Records UK 1981 Sell This Version
Maxie*, Scientist & Barnabas Maxie*, Scientist & Barnabas - Three The Hard Way (Album) Silver Camel UK 1981 Sell This Version
KGLP 002 King Tubby, Prince Jammy And Scientist King Tubby, Prince Jammy And Scientist - First, Second And Third Generation Of Dub(LP, Album) KG Imperial KGLP 002 UK 1981 Sell This Version
Scientist Meets The Roots Radics Scientist Meets The Roots Radics - Scientist Meets The Roots Radics (Album) Selena UK 1982 Sell This Version
Scientist Scientist Encounters Pac-Man (Album) Greensleeves Records UK 1982 Sell This Version
Scientist High Priest Of Dub (Album) Kingdom Records UK 1982 Sell This Version
Scientist And Prince Jammie* Scientist And Prince Jammie* - Dub Landing Vol: 2 (Album) Starlight Records UK 1982 Sell This Version
Scientist The Seducer Dub Wise Hit Bound US 1982 Sell This Version
Scientist & Prince Jammy Scientist & Prince Jammy - Scientist And Jammy Strike Back! (Album) Trojan Records UK 1982 Sell This Version
Scientist Scientist Wins The World Cup (Album) Greensleeves Records US 1982 Sell This Version
HLP 008 Crucial Bunny vs Scientist Crucial Bunny vs Scientist - Dub Duel(LP) Hawkeye HLP 008 UK 1982 Sell This Version
KVL 9014 Scientist The People's Choice(LP, Album) Kingdom Records KVL 9014 UK 1983 Sell This Version
KVL 9015 Scientist v The Professor* Scientist v The Professor* - Dub Duel At King Tubby's(LP, Album) Kingdom Records KVL 9015 UK 1983 Sell This Version

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Jah_Roots

Jah_Roots

May 25, 2016
The only man to surpass the genius mixing of King Tubby. Prince Jammy can't compare!
ischivezon

ischivezon

April 5, 2016
absolute genius. arguably one of the best artists to ever come out of jamaica.
TheEverlastingFather

TheEverlastingFather

March 19, 2016
We desperately need a Greensleeves box set of Scientist albums, let's have "Big Showdown" "Dub Champion" "Space Invaders" "Vampires" "Pac Man" and "World Cup" fill up the discs with the 12 inches. What a brilliant box set that would make!
gettum8

gettum8

February 23, 2016
edited 7 months ago
The best! So many timeless tracks that still sound fresh today. His music always puts me in a better mood, it never gets old. I haven't heard of his albums, there's a shitload, but Heavyweight Dub Champion, Scientific Dub, The Space Invaders, The Seducer Dub Wise and High Priest Of Dub are all great. Would love some of the originals on vinyl!
WALTHAMSTOW007

WALTHAMSTOW007

August 6, 2014
I can't believe no one's reviewed this fella before me??? Born 18th April 1960, Scientist is true a legend, he took Dub Reggae to a completely different level. Trained and mentored by the late, great, lamented King Tubby, he blew the scene into smithereens with his knowledge, skill and complete understanding of the mixing desk. You all know as well as I do that he quite comfortably sits along side the higher echelons of Jamaican genius, Lee Perry, King Tubby, Augustus Pablo, Prince Jammy, The Roots Radics, The Revolutionaries,The Upsetters, Bunny Lee, Joe Gibbs, to name but a few. The amount of sheer genius, raw talent that has come out of this tiny, little, Caribbean Island called Jamaica is unfathomable...... I am always in awe, Long may it reign.

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