Gabber: Raising Hell in Technoculture
Rietveld, H and Monroe, A (2020). Gabber: Raising Hell in Technoculture. Metal Music Studies. https://doi.org/10.1386/mms_
|Authors||Rietveld, H and Monroe, A|
Gabber is a hardcore electronic dance music genre, typified by extreme speed and overdrive, which developed in the Netherlands, with Rotterdam as its epicentre, during the early 1990s, when house music-inspired dance events dominated. The use of distorted noise and references to popular body horror, such as Hellraiser, dominated its scene and it was commented on as “the metal of house music”, a statement that this article aims to investigate.
Applying a genealogical discographic approach, the research found that the electronic noise music aesthetic of industrial music was crucial for the formation of the sound of gabber. The hardcore electronic dance music that developed from this, is at once ironically nihilistic, a contrary critique, and a populist safety valve. The digital machine noise of hardcore seems to offer an immersive means to process the experience of (emasculating) fluidity within post-human accelerated technoculture, which is propelled by rapid digital capital and information technologies.
|Keywords||Electronic Dance Music Culture; Genre Studies; Technoculture|
|Journal||Metal Music Studies|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1386/mms_|
|Publication process dates|
|Accepted||06 Aug 2020|
|Deposited||03 Sep 2020|
|Accepted author manuscript|
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© Rietveld, H and Monroe, A. 202 The definitive, peer reviewed and edited version of this article will be published in Metal Music Studies 2020 DOI: 10.1386/mms_.
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