By Jennifer Milioto Matsue
Grounded within the fields of Ethnomusicology, Anthropology, renowned song reports, and jap reviews, this booklet explores the underground Tokyo hardcore scene, finally asking what play as resistance via functionality of the scene tells us approximately eastern society quite often. Matsue highlights the advanced positioning of younger grownup eastern in modern Japan as they negotiate either expanding social calls for and lengthening difficulties in society at huge. extra drawing on theories of play, identification construction, and the development of gender, all knowledgeable by means of the more and more influential box of functionality Studies, this booklet bargains a hugely interdisciplinary examine the significance of musical scenes for expressing resistance on the flip of the twenty first century. in the underground Tokyo hardcore scene this resistance is expressed via play with person and collective identification, in intimate and most likely illicit areas, with an arguably not easy sound and function style.
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It was during such conversations that I learned about these people as individuals and performers in this scene. Ultimately though, it was through participating in the scene as a coperformer myself, in disparate roles, that I came to understand the most about this musical moment. At the same time, I fi nd incorporating personal reflections based on these experiences most difficult. Ethnomusicology and Representing the Self As stated in the preceding discussion, ethnographers of varied disciplines now recognize their position in the ethnographic process.
It is expensive, crowded, and often overwhelming for the novice visitor, although Tokyo offers an amazing array of arts, foods, fashion, and entertainment at any hour of the day for the more adventurous. Within Japan, Tokyo often serves as the central point from which politics, news, and entertainment emanates, inspiring fierce pride in regional differences beyond the city’s borders.
The chapter opens with a translation of a published Japanese review of a special live hardcore 24 Making Music in Japan’s Underground event at a club called Yellow in Nishiazabu, Tokyo. This translation is followed by a narrative description of additional happenings backstage at the same concert, which featured performances by a group of bands promoting the release of a new independent label compilation album. These opening excursions serve as a portal into the performance of the scene, bringing to life key elements that characterize this musical world.