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Djent and the Aesthetics of Post-Digital Metal

Marrington, Mark ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5404-2546 (2023) Djent and the Aesthetics of Post-Digital Metal. In: Herbst, Jan-Peter, (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to Metal Music. Cambridge Companions to Music . Cambridge University Press, pp. 265-280

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This chapter explores the evolution of the djent subgenre from the perspective of the musical, technological and environmental factors that have shaped its identity. The chapter considers the early circumstances of djent’s emergence during the early mid−2000s, with particular reference to the online culture which contributed to its wider transmission and proliferation. Key musical influences are also discussed, including djent’s roots in progressive metal and the work of bands such as Meshuggah and SikTh, as well as the subgenre’s interaction with electronic music aesthetics and popular music. A principal focus of the chapter is on the role of emerging digital technologies, particularly Digital Audio Workstations (DAW) and digital amplifier and drum kit modelling software, in the formation of djent’s musical and sonic characteristics. Finally, the chapter considers djent’s position as a subgenre within modern metal music and evaluates, with reference to the critical reception literature, the debates that persist concerning its legitimacy within metal.

Item Type: Book Section
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108991162.019
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
School/Department: School of the Arts
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/8666

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