Extreme Metal in Taiwan: An Investigation
|關鍵字:||黑金屬;文化形構;死亡金屬;重金屬;搖滾樂;表演理論;Black Metal;Cultural Formation;Death Metal;Heavy Metal;Rock Music;Performance Theories|
This paper aims to examine in the first place the developmental history of Taiwanese Extreme Metal. By adopting participant observation as his research method, this author explores the trajectory, stories, musical ideas and personal values of Extreme Metal players in Taiwan. The author begins by concluding the temporal origin of Extreme Metal as well as other related issues such as ideology of Rock, resistance and heterogeneity, influence of cultural industry and strategies of everyday life in the first chapter. The second chapter elaborates issues of drag and players’ performative strategies, with the discussion of performance in general ranging from staged performance to players’ daily life as an alternative kind of social performance, thus leading to a more comprehensive understanding of the magnitude of performance as mentioned by Victor Turner and Richard Schechner. The author goes on to expound the image of deviance imposed on players in the chapter three. By employing the theorists from Howard Becker, Emile Durkheim and Mary Douglas, the author concludes the pressure from educational system and academic inheritance of the study of Rock made the deviance formation possible. The fourth chapter discusses the players’ appropriation and representation of music. The author shows that the strategies of marketing and socio-economic background influence the players’ fame and future career. In fact, a well-designed plan is crucial for their future development. The author explores the role of technology in chapter five, arguing that not only technology is essential in making the Extreme Metal sound, it also stands at the very center of the Extreme Metal authenticity. In this regard, this author assumes that musical authenticity should be multiple rather than single because different types of music require different presentations in order to attain their aesthetic objectives.
|Appears in Collections:||Thesis|