Rave sucks : hoovers and housework

Cookney, DJ ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0060-4969 2013, Rave sucks : hoovers and housework , in: Noisy Places, Noisy Music: Theories, Practices and Spaces of Noisemaking Panel, 11-14 April 2013, University of Salford, MediaCity.

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The warehouse (a blanket term used to describe a number of disused industrial buildings that would also include mills and factories) has long been associated with the UK’s rave subculture. These have become more than just physical places that situate the activities of participants and have subsequently provided a transferable aesthetic. The genre of ‘house music’, for example, takes its name from ‘The Warehouse’, but it’s a specific type of record – such as LFO’s ‘LFO (Leeds Warehouse Mix)’ and 2 Bad Mice’s ‘Ware Mouse’ – that have attempted to replicate, or at least complement, the acoustics of these often derelict environments. This lineage may continue techno’s love affair with the industrialized city, but the warehouse as performance space has dictated the need for sounds that are bold enough to match the noise of machinery that would have once sound-tracked these spaces. The ‘Mentasm’ or ‘Hoover’ sound that was first associated with Belgian label R&S helped to fill this void and followed a template of almost Wagnerian rave bombast with what was viewed as the Roland Alpha Juno’s most vacuum cleaner-like sound. Tracing this back to its inception via tracks by Second Phase and Human Resource to more recently where it has embedded within Lady Gaga’s ‘Bad Romance’, this presentation will look at that relationship between the warehouse’s reinvention and the ‘Hoover’ noise.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media
Journal or Publication Title: Noisy Places, Noisy Music: Theories, Practices and Spaces of Noisemaking panel
Publisher: International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) Annual Conference
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Depositing User: DJ Cookney
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2019 15:32
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2021 13:50
URI: https://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/50674

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