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Music Matters XXXXV – Music, Memories & Identity

Diagram with details of Electronic Dance Music SeriesWe are excited to announce the third event of the Electronic Dance Music Matters series, taking place on April 18th from 17:00-18:30 in the Heymanszaal. Our speaker is Dr Beate Peter, from the Arts, Culture, Media programme in Groningen, whose talk is entitled ‘Music, Memories and Identity: Mapping Affect and Belonging’.

Please see below for the abstract and further details:


The Lapsed Clubber Audio Map is the co-produced result of a community project that was funded by the Heritage Lottery. It captures the memories of rave spaces in Greater Manchester, UK, between 1985 and 1995. In this talk, Dr Beate Peter discusses the findings of a thematic analysis of the memories. Situating raves as embodied-auditive experiences, the analysis shows how the memories on the map are often related to particular sounds or moods that can be heard but not visualised. Yet, as the map captures memories that span a whole decade, a noticeable shift takes place from auditory aesthetics towards visual aesthetics. It means that memories change from the notion of sound to that of an image by describing places, faces, names or album sleeves.

Using this shift from auditive to visual memory, Beate argues that the continued absence of early popular electronic music from the canon is due to its auditive nature at a time when popular media is relying on image and appearance as markers of distinction, taste and cultural belonging. As a result, the identities that are captured on the map serve as a collective memory of a community that underwent changes in the way it relates to music and creates affective memories.

BIO: Beate Peter is Assistant Professor of Cultural Sociology at the University of Groningen. With an interest in popular music cultures and lived heritage, Beate seeks to develop innovative methods to capture and analyse lived intangible cultural heritage. The findings are co-presented with Dan Padure who assisted with the analysis.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Music Matters XXXXIV – The whiteness of Dutch electronic dance music

Diagram with details of Electronic Dance Music SeriesWe are excited to announce the second event of the Electronic Dance Music Matters series, taking place on March 21st from 17:00-18:30 in the Heymanszaal. Our guest speaker is Dr Timo Koren from the University of Amsterdam, whose talk is entitled “The Whiteness of Dutch Electronic Dance Music: How Space Shapes Music Genres’ Social Formations”.

Please see below for the abstract and further details:

ABSTRACT: Music genres articulate relationships to social groups. As these genres travel, disperse and change form, the social formations of the collective music worlds they develop change. This lecture investigates genre trajectories by highlighting the work of Amsterdam-based nightclub promoters in the cultural production of club nights through genre-based orientations, conventions and ideals. The first part explores how promoters attune their curatorial practices to urban processes through genre-based commercial and cultural imperatives. The spatial vocabulary through which they understand their practices produces localised understandings of global music genres tied to the specific affective atmopsheres of neighbourhoods and dancefloors and tied to specific conceptions of clubbing audiences. The second part delves deeper into the social formations around music genres through a case study of the whiteness of Dutch electronic dance music. It seeks to understand not only how the production and consumption of electronic dance music has ‘become’ white in the Dutch capital, but also how this whiteness is sustained, how whiteness produces localised Others by connecting place, genre, and race, and how whiteness limits economic and creative opportunities for promoters of colour. The lecture is based on qualitative interviews with 36 Amsterdam-based promoters, short-term ethnographies at nightclubs and industry events and archival research.

BIO: Timo Koren is Assistant Professor in Cultural Economy in the Department of Cultural Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Before joining this department in September 2023, he worked as a lecturer in the Department of Arts and Culture Studies at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. He holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Southampton (UK). Connecting cultural industries research to urban studies, his research focuses on the night-time economy, in particular cultural production, social inequalities, music genres, and regulation.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Music Matters XXXXIII – Thickening Something: Convergent Music, Affect, and Sociability on the Dancefloor

Diagram with details of Electronic Dance Music SeriesWe are excited to announce the next edition of Music Matters, entitled “Thickening Something: Convergent Music, Affect, and Sociability on the Dancefloor”, presented by Dr Luis Manuel Garcia-Mispireta from the University of Birmingham. The talk will take place on February 20th in the Heymanszaal, from 17:00-18:30.

This talk is the first in a semester-long series, entitled “EDM Matters”, with a particular focus on Electronic Dance Music. We’re delighted – and privileged – to have Dr Garcia-Mispireta as our first speaker, in support of his new book Together, Somehow available now through Duke University Press.

Please see below for the abstract and further details:

ABSTRACT: How is it that “the one rush of hearts”—that swirl of feelings and music and sweaty bodies on a crowded dancefloor—can thicken into something that feels like communion and community? In this talk, I turn to the nexus of sound, feeling, and togetherness to investigate how collective listening and dancing can give rise to a sense of inchoate sociality— that is, something like a “we” coalescing under the surface of shared musical experience. While the idea that “music brings people together” is a common trope that is especially pervasive in electronic dance music scenes (EDM), accounts vary as to how music exerts such socially binding force. In club cultures, partygoers often use the term “vibe” to describe how they understand music to work in these contexts, bringing dancers into a sort of *synchronicity of feeling*. By understanding “vibe” as a subcultural conceptualization of affect, I explore how music-driven emotional convergence intersects with scholarship on musical entrainment, emotional contagion, ritual practices, and resonance.


Luis Manuel Garcia-Mispireta is an Associate Professor in Ethnomusicology and Popular Music Studies at the University of Birmingham (UK), with previous appointments at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development (Berlin, DE) and the University of Groningen (NL). His research focuses on urban electronic dance music scenes, with a particular focus on affect, intimacy, stranger-sociability, embodiment, sexuality, creative industries and musical migration. He is currently conducting research on “grassroots” activism and queer nightlife collectives in Berlin; he has also a new monograph out, entitled Together Somehow: Music, Affect, and Intimacy on the Dancefloor (Duke University Press, 2023).

We look forward to seeing you there!