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David Laderman and Laurel Westrup

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199949311

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199949311.001.0001

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The Sydney Club Scene and the Sampling of Global Electronic Dance Music Culture

The Sydney Club Scene and the Sampling of Global Electronic Dance Music Culture

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Sampling Media

E D Montano

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Fusing sample-based literature and scene-centered discussion, this chapter explores sampling in the context of the industry logics that underpin scene formation. Based on a decade of ethnographic research in the Sydney club scene, it situates the growth of electronic dance music (EDM) culture in a framework of global dance music. The central argument is that the city’s dance music industry has become increasingly international in outlook through sampling the content of overseas scenes and through the technologies that have eroded previously existing scene boundaries. In the same way that many dance music tracks sample and mash the sounds of other sources, the chapter demonstrates how contemporary EDM scenes sample and select from the content of a global circuit of EDM culture. It discusses the relationship of Sydney to other international scenes, making points about conventional notions of center and periphery and illustrating the global flow of cultural objects.

Keywords:   Electronic dance music culture, Sydney, DJs, club culture, Australia, transnationalism

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