Electronica, Dance, and Club Music, edited by Bienen School associate professor Mark J. Butler, has been published by Ashgate Publishing. Part of the “Library of Essays on Popular Music” reference series, the volume is a compendium of the most cutting-edge analysis and scholarship on disco, club, and rave music over the past four decades. It is also the first published reference work on electronic dance music.

The essays that make up the volume were contributed by an international group of scholars and include issues relevant to dance music’s cultural and musical practices, including “the body” in dance, movement and space; aesthetics; composition; identity; musical design; policing and moral panics; production techniques; subcultural affiliations and distinctions; and technology.

Professor Butler is Associate Professor and Coordinator in the Music Theory and Cognition program at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University. In addition to editing Electronica, Dance, and Club Music, he contributed an introductory essay to the volume as well as a chapter entitled “Conceptualizing Rhythm and Meter in Electronic Dance Music.” Butler has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Academy in Berlin, and The University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of Unlocking the Groove: Rhythm, Meter, and Musical Design in Electronic Dance Music (Indiana University Press, 2006) as well as articles in journals such as Music Theory Onlinetwentieth-century musicTheoria, and Popular Music. His next book project, Playing with Something that Runs: Technology, Improvisation, and Composition in Electronic-Music Performance, will be published by Oxford University Press.


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