Rethinking live electronic music: a DJ perspective

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Vandemast-Bell, Paul 2013. Rethinking live electronic music: a DJ perspective. Contemporary Music Review. https://doi.org/10.1080/07494467.2013.775817
AuthorsVandemast-Bell, Paul
Abstract

The author critiques the conventional understanding of live electronic music through empirical research on his own DJ practice and investigates others working in the field. In reviewing the opinions of theorists and practitioners in both the live electronic music genre and DJ-ing he argues against the body/machine dialectic that has determined much of the thinking in the former. The author forms a notion of the DJ as a real-time composer working beyond traditional binary distinctions who brings the human body and machine into a mutual relationship. Through practice-led research he charts an investigation beginning in physical human gesture and culminating in digital machine repetition. He concludes that mechanical and digital repetition do not obscure human agency in the production of live works and that this concern is imaginary.

KeywordsLive; Electronic; DJ; Gesture; Digital; Repetition
Year2013
JournalContemporary Music Review
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN0749-4467
1477-2256
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/07494467.2013.775817
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/348623
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Publication datesJun 2013
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