Dancing in the Technoculture

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Rietveld, HC (2018). Dancing in the Technoculture. in: Emmerson, S (ed.) The Routledge Research Companion to Electronic Music: Reaching Out With Technology New York (USA) and London Routledge. pp. 113-134
AuthorsRietveld, HC
EditorsEmmerson, S
Abstract

This chapter will address a transnational network of relationships within electronic dance music in the context of the machine aesthetic of techno. It will be shown that a sense of a global music scene is nevertheless possible. Beyond historically shaped post-colonial and socio-economic links that underpin a range of global popular cultural forms, the techno aesthetic arguably responds to, and inoculates against, a sense of post-human alienation and a dominance of electronic communication and information technologies of the technoculture. Accompanied by a form of futurism, techno scenes embrace the radical potential of information technologies in a seemingly deterritorialised manner, producing locally specific responses to the global technoculture that can differ in aesthetics and identity politics. In this sense, the electronic dance music floor embodies a plurality of competing “technocracies”.

Keywordselectronic dance music; globalisation; techno subgenres; machine aesthetic; the technoculture
Page range113-134
Year2018
Book titleThe Routledge Research Companion to Electronic Music: Reaching Out With Technology
PublisherRoutledge
Place of publicationNew York (USA) and London
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ISBN978-1472472915
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Print21 May 2018
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Deposited23 Nov 2017
Accepted03 Nov 2017
Web address (URL)https://www.routledge.com/The-Routledge-Research-Companion-to-Electronic-Music-Reaching-out-with/Emmerson/p/book/9781472472915
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