Colloquium: "Getting Beyond Genre" (David Novak)
Coming in April:
"Noise"—also known as "Noise Music," "Noise Rock," and "Japanoise"—is an underground genre which first emerged in the 1980s in circulation between Japan and North America. With its cultivated obscurity, ear-shattering sound, and over-the-top performances, Noise captured the imagination of a small but passionate transnational audience. For its scattered listeners, Noise always seems to be newly emergent, and to come from somewhere else: in North America, it was "Japanoise." But did Noise really come from Japan? How did such an abstract, historical, and marginalized form take on the semblance of a musical genre? And is it even music at all? In this talk, David Novak will discuss the transnational development of Noise to describe the discourse of musical genre as a phenomenon of circulation, through which musical meaning is generated and transformed in cycles of cultural feedback.
David Novak is associate professor of music at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His work deals with the globalization of popular media, noise, protest culture, and social practices of listening. He is the author of recent essays in Public Culture, Cultural Anthropology, and The Wire, as well as the book Japanoise: Music at the Edge of Circulation (Duke University Press, 2013).