Voicing the cyborg: the political potential of noise music

Thompson, Marie (2011) Voicing the cyborg: the political potential of noise music. In: International Association for the Study of Popular Music Postgraduate Conference, June 2011, University of Liverpool.

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In this paper, I suggest that noise music, as a practice that frequently involves broken, hacked, or misused machines, has the potential to provide a voice for Donna Haraway’s figure of the cyborg. Using two examples - the guitar performance style No Wave artist Lydia Lunch and the synth noise duo Neon Hunk, I will argue that, in spite of its typical ‘macho’ rhetoric of violence, domination and aggression, noise music, like Haraway’s cyborg has an ethico-political potential to disrupt binaristic modes of thinking.

Keywords:noise, cyborg, Haraway, neon hunk, lydia lunch, bmjholiday
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W300 Music
W Creative Arts and Design > W390 Music not elsewhere classified
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Film & Media > Lincoln School of Film & Media (Media)
ID Code:16858
Deposited On:03 Mar 2015 08:06

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