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Sound, Technology, and Interpretation in Subcultures of Heavy Music Production

Reyes, Ian (2008) Sound, Technology, and Interpretation in Subcultures of Heavy Music Production. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This dissertation documents and theorizes cases of 'heavy' music production in terms of their unique technological dispositions. The project puts media and cultural studies into conversation with constructivist approaches to technology by looking at the material practices behind such styles as Punk, Hardcore, Metal, and Industrial. These genres have traditionally been studied as reception subcultures but have yet to be systematically treated as subcultures of production. I believe that this is a key area of study in the digital era as the lines between producers and consumers, artists and audiences, become hazier. In effect, above and beyond exploring these genres and subcultures, the aim is to conceive a mode of thinking appropriate to understanding aesthetic judgment vis-à-vis the evolving life of sound in a technologized, mass-mediated culture.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Reyes, Ianiar3@pitt.eduIAR3
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairKrips,
Committee MemberWeintraub, Andrewanweins@pitt.eduANWEINS
Committee MemberPoulakos, Johnpoulakos@pitt.eduPOULAKOS
Committee MemberSterne,
Date: 16 June 2008
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 9 November 2007
Approval Date: 16 June 2008
Submission Date: 15 April 2008
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Communication: Rhetoric and Communication
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: cultural studies; hardcore; heavy metal; industrial; media studies; popular music; punk; recording; sound studies; technology
Other ID:, etd-04152008-103835
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:37
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:40


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