Tactical electronic bodies: noise and mutation in Canadian industrial music

Whittaker, Jason (2017) Tactical electronic bodies: noise and mutation in Canadian industrial music. In: Canadian music and American culture: get away from me. Pop Music, Culture and Identity . Palgrave, pp. 169-184. ISBN 9783319500225

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This article discusses Canadian industrial music of the 1980s and 90s with a focus on Skinny Puppy and Front Line Assembly. The European industrial scene had exaggerated the symbols of totalitarianism to create "chaos out of order"; Skinny Puppy used vivisection imagery as a way to disturbingly assert the rights of animals and the unfreedom of animal and human bodies, a vulnerability very different from the aggressivity that marks European and particularly American industrial. The article presents these bands' "electronic body music" as a means to go between the opposition between nature and culture, human and technology, without mistaking such a move for liberating transcendence.

Keywords:industrial music, Canada, Frontline Assembly, Skinny Puppy, electronic body music
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W340 Types of Music
Divisions:College of Arts > School of English & Journalism > School of English & Journalism (English)
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Deposited On:04 Oct 2017 11:21

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