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Geoff Harkness

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816692286

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816692286.001.0001

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Bangin’ on Wax

Bangin’ on Wax

Recording Studios as Symbolic Spaces

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(p.105) 3 Bangin’ on Wax
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Chicago Hustle and Flow
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Geoff Harkness

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816692286.003.0004

This chapter focuses on recording studios, as a symbolic space that is fundamental to understanding music cultures. Functionally, studios allow rappers to record songs that involves mastering various techniques such as breath control, pitch, delivery, and assorted mechanical skills while minimizing bodily movements to avoid being audible to the microphone. Studios operate as gathering places where artists collaborate, network, educate, and learn, as well as enable enterprising musicians, producers, engineers, and beat makers to earn additional income. The chapter concludes with a discussion of studios that have symbolic properties and serve as sites of legitimization and personal transformation for aspiring rappers.

Keywords:   recording studios, music cultures, rappers, artists, musicians, producers, beat makers, breath control, pitch

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