• ‘Delightfully depressing’: Death/doom metal music world and the emotional responses of the fan

    Author(s):
    M Selim Yavuz (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Subject(s):
    Ethnomusicology, Metal Music Studies, Sociology of emotions, Sociology of music
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    doom metal, extreme metal, music worlds, symbolic interaction, emotional response
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6MH5S
    Abstract:
    Death/doom metal music, from both sides of the name, usually occupies itself with the darker spectrum of human emotion. Depression, melancholy, and death are common themes in the music and in the reception of this music from an outsider point of view. In line with symbolic interactionism, these emotional responses differ significantly when they originate from a well-socialized member of this music world. This suggests that one may think of emotional responses as conventions of a music world. Common responses provide an emotional repertoire for members, and furthermore they become an adhesive for the community. In this article, I discuss my research of the fans of death/doom metal, and explore the ways in which the fan responds to the music while contemplating on how death/doom function in the lives of these fans.
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    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    5 months ago
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    All Rights Reserved

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