Spread the virus: affective prophecy in industrial music

Lockwood, Dean (2013) Spread the virus: affective prophecy in industrial music. In: Sound, music, affect: theorizing sonic experience. Bloomsbury. ISBN 9781441126344

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The ‘industrial’ music of British post-punk band, Cabaret Voltaire, exemplified an experimental ‘street’ attitude to sound and music which reflexively appropriated elements of both popular and avant-garde techniques and styles in imagining, and rendering audible, a new, post-industrial world and society of control. It was a kind of clairaudience constituted by a contagious encounter, the capture and mapping of affective flows of the late twentieth-century mediascape. A noise music such as industrial is neither plagiaristic nor precursive, but rather a space in medias res, immanent, sandwiched between actual identities, a space in which the ‘outside’ is prophetically folded into the world. In Cabaret Voltaire’s music a map of the future was sounded which was attuned to incipient metamorphosis, a mutation of capitalism and other vital stirrings in the world.

Keywords:Industrial music, Cabaret Voltaire, affect theory, Jacques Attali, noise, virality, societies of control
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V500 Philosophy
W Creative Arts and Design > W300 Music
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Film & Media > Lincoln School of Film & Media (Media)
ID Code:7966
Deposited On:09 Mar 2013 17:54

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