Articles about Theory

Sociocultural work and Community Music in Germany
International Journal of Community Music (2016) Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 7-22

This article is based on a version published over ten years ago in the "Handbuch Musik in der Sozialen Arbeit"/"Handbook of Music in Social Work" (Theo Hartogh and Hans-Hermann Wickel, 2004). The international discourse about Community Arts/Music was then still ...

Response to 'Rethinking music's status as adaptation versus technology: a niche construction perspective'
British Journal of Ethnomusicology (2016) Vol. 25, No. 2, pp. 234-236

Despite many good arguments in Killin's article, his refusal to acknowledge and confront the actual authors of the theories he challenges, his overly selective approach to identifying appropriate ethnomusicological data, his criticism of the disciplinary trajectory of ethnomusicology and his ...

Forms of capital in the Dhaka metal scene
Metal Music Studies (2016) Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 5-20

This article examines the metal scene in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and attempts to explain how the resources crucial to its birth and continued existence can be understood through Bourdieu's different forms of capital. This local metal scene, which is part of ...

Victim of your dreams: A review of negativity and melancology in black metal theory and the arts of Xasthur
Metal Music Studies (2016) Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 189-198

The inherent criticisms presented by black metal and black metal theory demonstrate that the fallacies of ontology rest upon the illusion of coherent organization. This blackness consumes the human perspective and reveals a nothingness that penetrates all interpretations and purpose. ...

Hospitality in multicultural choral singing
International Journal of Community Music (2016) Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 171-190

According to Higgins, hospitality is the central characteristic of community music. This article discusses how hospitality is expressed in so-called 'multicultural choirs'--which exist in several Norwegian cities--and the impact, if any, such hospitable musical and social environments have on members ...

Rethinking music's status as adaptation versus technology: a niche construction perspective
British Journal of Ethnomusicology (2016) Vol. 25, No. 2, pp. 210-233

In this article I critique F. R. S. Lawson's evolutionary theorising about music that appeared in a recent issue of "Ethnomusicology Forum". Moreover, I argue that asking whether music is an adaptation or technology, as Lawson does, artificially splits the ...

Authenticity and Artifice in Rock and Roll: "And I Guess That I Just Don't Care"
Rock Music Studies (2016) Vol. 3, No. 2, pp. 131-147

Musicians, journalists and academics often hold up the Velvet Underground as the paragon of authenticity in rock music, and the band indeed portrayed itself this way from the outset. While much ink has been spilled explaining the original and authentic ...