Cult Sounds

Origins, practical applications and effects of dominant individual sounds in popular music between 1960 and 2013

It remains largely unexplained to this day just what individual sounds moulded pop and rock music, how they emerged and how they developed.
This project will sift, collect, categorise and investigate the character and form of such individual sounds according to their tone colour, application, development and dissemination in multi-local contexts. We have two hypotheses here: 1. There exist dominant sounds that stand in direct connection with technological change through processes of electrification, digitisation and virtualisation; 2. Such sounds arise significantly more often through the «improper», extreme or chance use of instruments and technologies.
Subsequently, future scenarios will be revealed in relation to new sounds, instruments and playing techniques in popular music. The project website www.cult-sounds.com will document the ongoing research results.

 

Poster

 

Photo: the synthesizer DX7 from 1983 generates a dominant individual sound (Photo: IB)

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ORGANISATION

Project head
Immanuel Brockhaus, doctoral student

 

Team

Roman Brotbeck, HKB, supervisor
Thomas Burkhalter

Britta Sweers, University of Bern, supervisor

 

Financed by
Swiss National Science Foundation 

 

Partners

TU Braunschweig
Universität Paderborn
Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
GFM Lüneburg
www.norient.com

 

Duration
02/2015–02/2018