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

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Hopeton Brown better known as 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 mid ’70s with a reckless mixing style that seemed to outdo even King Tubby’s wildest extravaganzas. He began his career as an engineer at Studio One and soon after at Tubby’s in the late 70’s. Shortly afterwards, he gained a reputation with a distinctive mixing style.

He left King Tubby's studio in 1982 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 1983 he left Channel One to work at Tuff Gong studio.

He made a series of albums in the early to mid 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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none Scientist - Back Biter / Guava Ridge album art General Plough / Scientist General Plough / Scientist - Back Biter / Guava Ridge(7") Musical Ambassador none Jamaica 1979 Sell This Version
TACK 25 Scientist - How Can A Man Be Happy / Time Is Cold album art Triston Palma* / Scientist / Roots Radic Band* Triston Palma* / Scientist / Roots Radic Band* - How Can A Man Be Happy / Time Is Cold(12") Trojan Records TACK 25 Jamaica 1980 Sell This Version
TACK 22 Scientist - Pop No Style / Second Hand Girl album art Linval Thompson / Scientist Linval Thompson / Scientist - Pop No Style / Second Hand Girl(12", Single) Trojan Records TACK 22 UK 1980 Sell This Version
KV 8016-12 Scientist - A Love That's True / Kingdom Dub album art Cornell Campbell / Scientist Cornell Campbell / Scientist - A Love That's True / Kingdom Dub(12") Kingdom Records KV 8016-12 UK 1981 Sell This Version
none Scientist - Touch Up The Key album art Linval Thompson / Scientist & Errol* Linval Thompson / Scientist & Errol* - Touch Up The Key(7") Black Solidarity none Jamaica 1983 Sell This Version
DJ 1000 Scientist - Roughneck Reality album art Jamalski / Scientist / Pal Joey Jamalski / Scientist / Pal Joey - Roughneck Reality(12", W/Lbl) Not On Label DJ 1000 US 1991 Sell This Version
none Scientist - Come On Over / Sunshine Version album art Phillip Fraser / Scientist Phillip Fraser / Scientist - Come On Over / Sunshine Version(7") Roots Tradition none Jamaica 1994 Sell This Version
SELECT CUTS 6004 Scientist - Step It Up album art Scientist Step It Up(10") Select Cuts SELECT CUTS 6004 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
JG 07 Scientist - Janet Sinclair / Dangerous Match 1 album art Littl John* / Scientist Littl John* / Scientist - Janet Sinclair / Dangerous Match 1(7", RE) Jah Guidance JG 07 Jamaica 2004 Sell This Version
FH7 007 Scientist - Sister Dawn / Upfull & Bright Dub (At King Tubbys)   album art Junior Ried* / Negus Roots, Scientist Junior Ried* / Negus Roots, Scientist - Sister Dawn / Upfull & Bright Dub (At King Tubbys) (7") Fire House FH7 007 2009 Sell This Version
HE001 Scientist - Weed Fields / Burn Them album art Desi Roots / Scientist Desi Roots / Scientist - Weed Fields / Burn Them(7", RE) Hawkeye HE001 UK 2009 Sell This Version
PST1014 Scientist - Malcolm X/Marcus Mosiah Garvey/Toussaint L'Ouverture/Jacques Dessalines album art Scientist Malcolm X/Marcus Mosiah Garvey/Toussaint L'Ouverture/Jacques Dessalines(10") Pressure Sounds PST1014 UK 2014 Sell This Version
PST1013 Scientist - Jah Give Us Love / Tenastilin / Air Is Polluted / Jah Give Us Dub album art Cornell Campbell / Prince Far I / Charlie Chaplin (2) / Scientist Cornell Campbell / Prince Far I / Charlie Chaplin (2) / Scientist - Jah Give Us Love / Tenastilin / Air Is Polluted / Jah Give Us Dub(10") Pressure Sounds PST1013 UK 2014 Sell This Version
VOL 092 / VOL 900040 Scientist - Gunman / The Corpse Rises album art Michael Prophet / Scientist Michael Prophet / Scientist - Gunman / The Corpse Rises(7", MP, RP) Volcano VOL 092 / VOL 900040 Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version
Scientist - Sweet Love / Ghost Of Frankenstein album art Michael Prophet / Scientist Michael Prophet / Scientist - Sweet Love / Ghost Of Frankenstein (Single) Jah Guidance UK Unknown Sell This Version
JG 062 Scientist - Ganja Smuggling / Dance Of The Vampires album art Eek-A-Mouse / Scientist Eek-A-Mouse / Scientist - Ganja Smuggling / Dance Of The Vampires(7", MP, RE) Jah Guidance JG 062 Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version
JG 06 Scientist - Love Is Universal / Dangerous Match 1 album art Johnny Osburne* / Scientist Johnny Osburne* / Scientist - Love Is Universal / Dangerous Match 1(7", RE) Jah Guidance JG 06 UK Unknown Sell This Version
B.S.I. 45076 Scientist - The Lord Is My Light / King Tubby's Mandate album art Rod Taylor / Scientist Rod Taylor / Scientist - The Lord Is My Light / King Tubby's Mandate(7", RE) Black Solidarity B.S.I. 45076 UK Unknown Sell This Version
VOL 092 / VOL 900040 Scientist - Gunman / The Corpse Rises album art Michael Prophet / Scientist Michael Prophet / Scientist - Gunman / The Corpse Rises(7", MP, RP) Volcano VOL 092 / VOL 900040 Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version
MR 7243 Scientist - Tribute To The Reggae King / Happy Birthday To You album art Jah Thomas With Scientist Jah Thomas With Scientist - Tribute To The Reggae King / Happy Birthday To You(12") Midnight Rock MR 7243 Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version

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AudioJunkee410

AudioJunkee410

May 18, 2017
Does anyone know what the deal is with the releases on merchbar.com? They have the Junjo releases available on there as well so it could just be the reissue from Russia. Merchbar is linked to the scientists spotify page, not like that makes it official but it definitely sparked my interest.

https://www.merchbar.com/search?q=scientist
DerekMullings

DerekMullings

December 4, 2016
Does anyone have Sometime Lover, 12", on Black Ovation label? Triston Palmer Inna Roots Radics Drum and Bass.
space.gato

space.gato

November 8, 2016
One of my favorite producers/musicians of all time. He has made so many timeless tracks that still sound fresh today. His music always puts me in a better mood. 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
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.
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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