Music, Media and Urban Mythscapes: A Study of the 'Canterbury Sound'

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Title Music, Media and Urban Mythscapes: A Study of the 'Canterbury Sound'
Author Bennett, Andy
Journal Name Media, Culture and Society
Year Published 2002
Place of publication London
Publisher Sage
Abstract The purpose of this article is twofold. First, to illustrate how recently developed technologies are giving rise to new ways of conceptualizing the relationship between music and place. Applying the concept of mythscapes, developed from Appadurai's work, to the 'Canterbury Sound', a term recently revived and adapted by a website-centred fanbase to describe a loosely defined back-catalogue of albums, songs and home-recorded musical experiments, the article argues that the city of Canterbury is being inscribed with a series of urban myths relating to its perceived role in the creation of a musical style deemed by fans to be locally specific. Second, through its analysis of the Canterbury Sound's 'construction' on the Internet, the article considers the extent to which the Canterbury Sound can be considered a 'virtual' scene, Internet communication replacing more conventional forms of celebrating collective musical taste as these emerge through the sociality of club, concert hall and festival-based scenes.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Volume 24
Issue Number 1
Page from 87
Page to 100
ISSN 0163-4437
Date Accessioned 2007-06-18
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Centre for Cultural Research
Faculty Faculty of Arts
Subject Sociology
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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