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Type: Book chapter
Title: Creating the right 'vibe': Exploring the utilisation of space at Hip Hop concerts in Adelaide and Melbourne
Author: Rodger, D.
Citation: Emotions, Senses, Spaces: Ethnographic Engagements and Intersections, 2016 / Dundon, A., Hemer, S. (ed./s), Ch.3, pp.31-48
Publisher: University of Adelaide Press
Publisher Place: Adelaide, South Australia
Issue Date: 2016
ISBN: 1925261263
Editor: Dundon, A.
Hemer, S.
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Dianne Rodger
Abstract: This chapter examines how space is utilised at Hip Hop concerts to promote certain sensual experiences. It is based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted in the Adelaide and Melbourne Hip Hop scenes. I explore how light, sound, venue layout and spacing are harnessed to foster specific reactions from the crowd and to create what Hip Hop fans colloquially referred to as the 'vibe'. I conclude that the practical realities of particular venue spaces (size, configuration, stage equipment and so on) can significantly influence the experiences of individuals attending Hip Hop concerts and the presence or absence of the 'vibe'.
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DOI: 10.20851/emotions-03
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