woensdag 5 oktober 2011

Reverb & Nostalgia; abstract


Through the 1930s and 1940s, popular recording occasionally, though increasingly, made use of mechanically fabricated echo and reverb to present a kind of sonic pictorialism. With the coming rock of ‘n’ roll in the 1950s the effects were used in such a way as to allow distorted, non-pictorial sound spatialities.

During the last decennium the musical past has become accessible to an unprecedented degree. In contemporary indie subgenres like hautology and hypnagogic pop a disruption of the notion of time takes place through the juxtaposition of past and future-oriented signifiers, wherein reverb seems to be an important effect.

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