Dr. Jan-Peter Herbst

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Authenticity in Modern Rock and Metal Productions

This workshop explores and discusses notions of authenticity in modern rock and metal productions. After introducing theories on authenticity exemplified by three case studies within the genres of rock, alternative rock and indie rock (U2, Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys), the workshop will focus on production practices in rock and metal since the 1980s. This includes issues such as the ‘loudness war’, heaviness, rhythmic and harmonic complexity, artificiality and staging, as well as extended range of instruments and the sonic spectrum. Four case studies of modern rock and metal (Meshuggah, The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Contortionist, Periphery) serve to demonstrate modern hyper-real production practices which give rise to questions around authenticity. Finally, two songs (Architects – Gone With The Wind, 2016; Between The Buried And Me – Millions, 2018) will be analysed in smaller groups to experience production practices of modern rock and to enhance interest in this form of music.


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