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Sounds in Social Space: Topology and Their Audience as a Subculture

Burgess, Jean E. (2005) Sounds in Social Space: Topology and Their Audience as a Subculture. Sounds Australian Journal, 65.

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Abstract

This article considers music as a social practice involving audiences and performers, times and places, sounds and spaces, in order to better understand how and why particular groups of human beings in particular times and places come together to form temporary communities – subcultures – around musical style and shared values. The audience is understood as active participants, and not as end-consumers: being a member of the audience for a particular genre of music is an act of indirect communication that places the individual in an imagined community. The article uses the example of the Brisbane-based ensemble Topology to show how contemporary chamber music can be understood as a subculture, and the contemporary chamber music concert, as described in this article, can be understood as a subcultural ritual.

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ID Code: 6245
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Access to the author-version is currently restricted pending permission from the publisher. For more information, please refer to the journal’s website (see link) or contact the author. Author contact details: je.burgess@qut.edu.au
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Keywords: classical music, subculture, subculture theory, ethnography, Brisbane, Brisbane Powerhouse, Topology, arts audiences, music consumption
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Cultural Theory (200204)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Consumption and Everyday Life (200203)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > HUMAN GEOGRAPHY (160400) > Recreation Leisure and Tourism Geography (160402)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Musicology and Ethnomusicology (190409)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Australian Music Centre
Deposited On: 16 Feb 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:31

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