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Categorizing SoundGenre and Twentieth-Century Popular Music$
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David Brackett

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520248717

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520248717.001.0001

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Notes Toward a Conclusion

Notes Toward a Conclusion

(p.324) 9 Notes Toward a Conclusion
Categorizing Sound

David Brackett

University of California Press

What are the implications for the analyses of popular music genres in the previous chapters for what has taken place since the 1980s? With drastic transformations in modes of music circulation and distribution, including the internet and digital file sharing, some would argue that the whole concept of genre needs to be re-thought. Against such millenarian claims, this chapter argues that the processes of emergence, stabilization, and transformation that have been examined in this book will still be central to any study of genre, even if the conditions (including such factors as the types of sources, rates of circulation, etc.) of such studies might be very different. Discussion of the theory of assemblage illustrates how previous concerns of the book might apply to current discussions about genre.

Keywords:   Internet, digital, file sharing, assemblage theory

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