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Electronica, Dance and Club Music

1st Edition

Edited by Mark J. Butler


568 pages

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Discos, clubs and raves have been focal points for the development of new and distinctive musical and cultural practices over the past four decades. This volume presents the rich array of scholarship that has sprung up in response. Cutting-edge perspectives from a broad range of academic disciplines reveal the complex questions provoked by this musical tradition. Issues considered include aesthetics; agency; 'the body' in dance, movement, and space; composition; identity (including gender, sexuality, race, and other constructs); musical design; place; pleasure; policing and moral panics; production techniques such as sampling; spirituality and religion; sub-cultural affiliations and distinctions; and technology. The essays are contributed by an international group of scholars and cover a geographically and culturally diverse array of musical scenes.


’…a substantial book…a handy point of reference for those that teach in the area of electronic dance music and culture, and it can also work well as a primer for an early literature review in research dissertation work.’ Danecult

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Part I Production, Performance and Aesthetics: When sound meets movement: performance in electronic dance music, Pedro Peixoto Ferreira; From refrain to rave: the decline of figure and the rise of ground, Philip Tagg; Conceptualizing rhythm and meter in electronic dance music, Mark J. Butler; Producing kwaito: nkosi sikelel' iAfrika after apartheid, Gavin Steingo; The disc jockey as composer, or how I became a composing DJ, Kai Fikentscher; On the process and aesthetics of sampling in electronic music production, Tara Rodgers; The aesthetics of failure: 'post-digital' tendencies in contemporary computer music, Kim Cascone; 'A pixel is a pixel. A club is a club': toward a hermeneutics of Berlin style DJ and VJ culture, Sebastian Klotz. Part II The Body, the Spirit and (the Regulation of ) Pleasure: In defence of disco, Richard Dyer; In the empire of the beat: discipline and disco, Walter Hughes; 'I want to see all my friends at once': Arthur Russell and the queering of gay disco, Tim Lawrence; I feel love: disco and its discontents, Tavia Nyong'o; Sampling sexuality: gender, technology and the body in dance music, Barbara Bradby; Sampling (hetero)sexuality: diva-ness and discipline in electronic dance music, Susana Loza; Dancing with desire: cultural embodiment in Tijuana's nor-tec music and dance, Alejandro L. Madrid; The spiritual economy of nightclubs and raves: osho sannyasins as party promoters in Ibiza and Pune/Goa, Anthony D'Andrea; Electronic dance music culture and religion: an overview, Graham St John; Soundtrack to an uncivil society: rave culture, the Criminal Justice Act and the politics of modernity, Jeremy Gilbert. Part III Identities, Belongings and Distinctions: Genres, subgenres, sub-subgenres and more: musical and social differentiation within electronic/dance music communities, Kembrew McLeod; Exploring the meaning of the mainstream (or why Sharon and Tracy dance around their handbags), Sarah Thornton; Women and the early B

About the Editor

Mark J. Butler, Professor, Northwestern University, USA

About the Series

The Library of Essays on Popular Music

The Library of Essays on Popular Music
Popular music has become not only one of the most lucrative spheres of human activity, but also one of the most influential on the identities of individuals and communities. Popular music matters, and it matters to many people, people we can only partially understand if we do not understand their music. In the light of this phenomenon the academic study of popular music has become universally established as an active discipline at university level and this timely series brings together the fruits of recent teaching and research in this field. It makes overt recognition of the fact that the study of popular music is necessarily inter-disciplinary and addresses issues as diverse as: the popular music industry and its institutions; aspects of the history of genres; issues in the theories and methodologies of study and practice; questions of the ontologies and hermeneutics of particular musics; the varying influence of different waves of technological development; the ways markets and audiences are constructed, reproduced and reached; and aspects of the repertory without which there would be no popular music to study. The eight volumes in this series span the range of the world's popular music genres from rap, hip hop, soul and jazz, to roots, electronica, dance and club music. Each volume editor has contributed an introductory essay which constitutes a broad overview of the specific group of genres, and made a selection of the most important and influential published articles, papers and other relevant material. Taken together, these volumes offer an invaluable resource for the study of popular music today in all its forms.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Electronic