Competition Hertz : the culture and practice of car audio competitions

Carfoot, Gavin (2008) Competition Hertz : the culture and practice of car audio competitions. Continuum : Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 22(5), pp. 667-674.

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The present paper explores extreme car audio systems and the culture and practices that surround car audio competitions. I begin by examining whether, and how, car audio can be thought of as a 'music scene' and in what ways the culture and practice of car audio may fit within post-subcultural discourses. Following this, I offer a description of car audio competitions, revealing some of the practices that define this aspect of car audio scenes. In particular, I concentrate on sound pressure level (SPL) competitions and some of the interesting aspects of the SPL scene. Finally, I briefly examine how the powerful effects (and affects) of bass frequencies are an important part of the attraction of loud car audio systems and how car audio systems contribute to the territorializing of urban spaces.

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ID Code: 69415
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: music, Sociology, Consumption and Everyday Life, Automobiles, Popular culture, HUMANITIES, MULTIDISCIPLINARY, Cultural values, Cultural studies, FILM, RADIO, TELEVISION, COMMUNICATION, Cultural norms, Competition, Radio
DOI: 10.1080/10304310802311592
ISSN: 1030-4312
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 27 Mar 2014 23:06
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 23:18

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