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It’s a Dark Philosophy: The Weeknd’s Intermedial Aestheticization of Violence

  • Kai Arne HansenEmail author
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Part of the Pop Music, Culture and Identity book series (PMCI)

Abstract

This chapter addresses the audiovisual aestheticization of violence in contemporary pop music. Focusing on the Canadian artist The Weeknd, I aim to illuminate how the aestheticization of violence partakes in a broader negotiation of identity in a pop music context. Where much of the literature on the connections between music, sound, and violence focuses primarily on the role of music and sound in violent contexts, I tackle the matter of how violence is represented through audiovisual means. By resituating theories of intermediality within a critical musicological framework, I devote particular attention to the networks of meaning that are mobilized when The Weeknd’s music videos reference the formal and stylistic conventions of other media forms.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Art and Cultural StudiesInland Norway University of Applied SciencesHamarNorway

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