Gabber: Raising Hell in Technoculture

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Rietveld, H and Monroe, A (2020). Gabber: Raising Hell in Technoculture. Metal Music Studies. https://doi.org/10.1386/mms_
AuthorsRietveld, H and Monroe, A
Abstract

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.

KeywordsElectronic Dance Music Culture; Genre Studies; Technoculture
Year2020
JournalMetal Music Studies
PublisherIntellect
ISSN2052-3998
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1386/mms_
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Accepted06 Aug 2020
Deposited03 Sep 2020
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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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