Fan discourse and the construction of noise music as a genre.

Atton, Chris (2011) Fan discourse and the construction of noise music as a genre. Journal of Popular Music Studies, 23 (3). pp. 324-342. ISSN 15242226

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Recent theoretical interest in Noise has drawn attention to the difficulties of making sense of it as a musical practice. Various claims have been made: Noise challenges the entire history of musical codes; it represents the end of music; it is a new, all-subsuming genre; it is not a genre at all. These tensions and contradictions suggest important questions about how genres are constructed (and how they are denied). This paper examines how listeners construct the “genre-culture” of Noise. An examination of fan-writing practices reveals tensions (similar to those within theory) within an amateur critical discourse that considers Noise as generic and anti-generic, as private and public, and as transcendental and mundane. However, the study provides evidence that fans rely on generic markers for the purposes of distinction and classification to guide them through purchasing choices, from which they are able to engage in the more problematic questions of the aesthetics of Noise.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 15242226
Electronic ISSN: 1533158
Uncontrolled Keywords: Popular music; genres; cultural artefacts; Japanese noise music;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Arts & Creative Industries
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 306 Culture & institutions
700 Arts & recreation > 780 Music > 781 General principles & musical forms
Library of Congress Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Item ID: 3853
Depositing User: Professor Chris Atton
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2011 12:17
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2011 12:17

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