Col·loquis d’Etnomusicologia: Noise as a transcultural network

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A càrrec de David Novak

Organitza: Grup d’Etnomusicologia de l’ICA

Lloc: Sala Fontserè de l’Institut d’Estudis Catalans, carrer del Carme 47, Barcelona. Entrada lliure

This paper considers experimental music networks — from the transnational circulations of Noise music to a recent local boom in “circuit-bending” and analog synthesis — focal points for the emergence of neoliberal subjects in the recent geopolitical “pivot to Asia.” The emergence of local entrepreneurial “maker spaces” of “DIY” engineering in East and Southeast Asia run counter to views of Asian popular culture as purely imitative of Western forms (e.g. K-pop, J-pop). These networks “recenter” historical processes of globalization (Iwabuchi 2002) by generating new practices of creative work that repurpose electronic music technologies toward a new transcultural creative circuit. In recent years, the connective networks of circuit-bending, hacking, and Noise electronics have begun to bump up against “Eurorack&r dquo; synthesizer formats, and a consumer discourse based in models of individuated creativity. Connecting my past work on the feedback loops of Japanoise with recent ethnographic fieldwork among circuit-benders and synth-builders in Indonesia, I reveal the discourses of Noise’s experimentalism as both an intervention into narrow Euro-American timescales of music-technological innovation, and a mode of transcultural exchange.

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