Modern music culture: on shock, pop and synthesis

New Formations - ISSN 0950-2378
Volume 1987 Number 2

Modern music culture: on shock, pop and synthesis
Georgina Born pages -


Popular, commercial music produced by mainstream labels and experimental, avant-garde compositions are not generally discussed together, but it can be productive to look at the connections and interrelationships between them. Avant-garde music is discussed in terms of the Serialist movement and the use of ideas derived from maths, information theory, linguistics and other disciplines, as well as in its debts to ethnic and folk music forms. The sociology of postmodern music is considered, via the work of Adorno, Chambers and Laing and the subsequent writings of Durant and Attali. Finally, technological innovations in music-making are considered in terms of the potential they offer for collaborative practice.

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