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Listening through the NoiseThe Aesthetics of Experimental Electronic Music$
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Joanna Demers

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195387650

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195387650.001.0001

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Maximal Objects in Drone Music, Dub Techno, and Noise

Maximal Objects in Drone Music, Dub Techno, and Noise

(p.91) 4 Maximal Objects in Drone Music, Dub Techno, and Noise
Listening through the Noise

Joanna Demers

Oxford University Press

Chapter 3 looked at microsound, a form of electronica often characterized as minimalist. Chapter 4 looks at music that can be described as “maximal” because it tests the physical limitations of listeners through excessive durations and volumes. These various manifestations of excess all purport to transcend meaning, to push sound beyond semiosis to a state in which it communicates directly to listeners’ bodies. The chapter focuses on maximal genres such as drone music, dub techno, and noise music, enlisting theories on excess and the sublime by Georges Bataille and Immanuel Kant. It also situates noise as a reaction to but also a confirmation of traditional notions of beauty in music.

Keywords:   beauty, drone music, dub techno, Georges Bataille, Immanuel Kant, maximal, noise music

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