KISMIF Conference

KEYLECTURE | ‘DIY Music scenes: Space, place and memory’, by Andy Bennett

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Since the beginning of the 21st century, new perspectives in the cultural study of popular music have begun to emerge inspired by what could be termed the ‘memory boom’ in popular music production, performance and consumption. This conceptual development reflects and responds to an ever increasing trend in everyday life whereby popular music is not merely celebrated in terms of its connections with the ‘here and now’, but its shaping of particular attitudes, understandings, and socio-aesthetic sensibilities over time. A potent manifestation of this is observed in the context of local popular music scenes where collectively constructed, locally specific musical memory-scapes feed into and inform shared understandings of those same spaces and places of musical production, performance and consumption in the present. As this keynote will consider, such a comingling of music scenes and cultural memory arguably assumes a distinctive resonance in DIY scenes of music and related forms of cultural activity. This is due to such scenes comprising highly localized networks of production and consumption that bring together specific communities that construct their own micro-histories grounded in emotional geographies of place in which shared aesthetics, taste and notions of belonging are embedded.

Keywords: DIY music scenes, cultural memory, space, place, belonging.


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