Dancing to Architecture: Popular Music, Economic Crisis and Urban Change in 1980s Industrial Europe

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    Abstract

    This article examines popular music practices in industrial cities
    during the time of economic downturn and crisis (the early
    1980s). In particular it takes into account the birth of alternative
    DIY musical practices and their use of urban space at the
    imaginary and material level.
    The article will start with an introduction to music making and
    to the effects it has on space / place perception and use. I have
    examined case studies from industrial cities and compared the
    way different music scenes developed during times of crisis and
    achieved relevant cultural expressions.
    The main interest of this paper is to show how the economic
    downturn brought to a series of cultural innovations, which were
    not directly connected to technological advance and resulted out
    of re-use, recycle or innovative use of available technologies
    and practices.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalSerbian Architectural Journal
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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