'Complexity-aware research in heterogeneous music scenes: an outline'
Music festivals can serve as nodes, intersections and condensations that connect and / or make obvious the connections between different artists, audiences, even scenes. Woolf Music, like the Terrastock festivals, can be located in local, trans-local and virtual (Bennett / Peterson) psychedelic DIY underground scenes. These scenes manifest in specific ways in such festivals but remain dynamic, multiple and irreducible to such moments. How may the researcher even write about such scenes? Following the example of US ‘free folk’ scenes (notably their constitutive social relations and the question of how gender is constituted in and (co-)constitutes these relations), this lecture will outline theoretical and methodical options for a self-reflective cartography of musically diverse scenes that avoids a normalizing reduction to aesthetic similarities.