New book: DJ Culture in the Mix: Power, Technology and Social Change in Electronic Dance Music

Editors: Bernardo Alexander Attias, Anna Gavanas and Hillegonda Rietveld
Bloomsbury Academic, 24 October 2013 (US) and 19 December 2013 (UK and Australia)

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The DJ stands at a juncture of technology, performance and culture in the increasingly uncertain climate of the popular music industry, functioning both as pioneer of musical taste and gatekeeper. Together with promoters, producers, video jockeys and other professionals in dance music scenes, DJs have pushed forward music techniques and technological developments in last few decades, from mash-ups and remixes to digital systems for emulating vinyl performance modes. Mixing established and upcoming researchers from the US, Canada, the UK, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Australia and Brazil, the collection offers critical insights into DJ activities in a range of global dance music contexts.

1: Introduction – Hillegonda C. Rietveld
2: Subjectivity in the Groove: Phonography, Digitality, and Fidelity – Bernardo Alexander Attias
3: DJ Technologies, Social Networks, and Gendered Trajectories in European DJ Cultures – Anna Gavanas and Rosa Reitsamer
4: ‘Journey to the Light’? Immersion, Spectacle, and Mediation – Hillegonda C. Rietveld
5: The DJ as Electronic De-Territorializer – Mirko M. Hall and Naida Zukic
6: ‘It’s Not the Mix, It’s the Selection’: Music Programming in Contemporary DJ Culture – Kai Fikentscher
7: Electronic Dance Music and Technological Change: Lessons from Actor-Network Theory – Jonathan Yu
8: DJ Culture and the Commercial Club Scene in Sydney – Ed Montano
9: DJs and the Aesthetic of Acceleration in Drum ‘n’ Bass – Chris Christodoulou
10: The Forging of a White Gay Aesthetic at the Saint, 1980-84 – Tim Lawrence
11: DJs as Cultural Mediators: the Mixing Work of São Paulo’s Peripheral DJs – Ivan Paolo de Paris Fontanari
12: War on the Dance Floor: Synthscenen’s Military Power Games – Johanna Paulsson
13: DJ-Driven Literature: A Linguistic Remix – Simon A. Morrison

Reviewers’ comments:
«DJ Culture in the Mix fills a long overdue void in DJ and electronic dance music literature. Interdisciplinary in focus and approach, the essays within raise thoughtful questions and offer a range of critical insights into the complexities of DJ cultures and practices around the world.” (Dr Rebekah Farrugia, Associate Professor of Media Studies, Oakland University)

«There are good books on dance clubs and dance music, but this is the first volume on the figure of the dance music DJ and it is most welcome. DJ Culture in the Mix is well-organized, up-to-date and genuinely international, and brings together many of the leading figures in dance music studies. Highly recommended.” (Prof Will Straw, Professor, Department of Art History and Communications Studies, McGill University)

«Like a good DJ set, DJ Culture in the Mix is an invigorating, well-conceived collection that leaves us both satisfied and eager for more. Many thanks to this excellent group of scholars for a multifaceted exploration of the rich, but little understood world of the electronic dance music DJ.” (Prof Mark Katz, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, US, and author of Groove Music: The Art and Culture of the Hip-Hop DJ)

«Exploring everything from the fractious taste politics of New York gay clubland during the post-disco eighties to the cult of speed in 21st Century drum ‘n’ bass, DJ Culture in the Mix is a collection of probing, insightful essays that will provide stimulation and enlightenment for dance music scholars and dance music fans alike.” (Simon Reynolds, author of Energy Flash: A Journey Through Rave Music and Dance Culture)

Dr Hillegonda Rietveld, Reader | Course Director, BA Music and Sonic Media | PhD Coordinator, Centre for Media and Culture Research | Fac of Arts and Human Sciences | London South Bank University | 103 Borough Road | London, SE1 0AA

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