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Listening through the Noise: The Aesthetics of Experimental Electronic Music

Joanna Demers


Electronic music since 1980 has splintered into numerous genres and subgenres, communities and subcultures. Given the differences separating academic, popular, and avant-garde electronic musicians, how can aesthetic theory account for this variety? And is there even a place for aesthetics in twenty-first-century culture? This book explores genres ranging from techno to electroacoustic music, from glitch to noise, and from dub to drones and maintains that culturally and historically informed aesthetic theory is not only possible but indispensable for understanding electronic music. The abilitie ... More

Keywords: aesthetics, avant-garde, electronic music, genre, listening, noise, sound

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195387650
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195387650.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joanna Demers, author
Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California