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Friedl, Reinhold

Some Sadomasochistic Aspects of Musical Pleasure


Monday 20 March 2006, by Rob Weale

In this brief article, the author suggests that a dynamic of sadomasochistic pleasure is at work in contemporary music. The rise both of compositions that equal a set of technical instructions and of perhaps impossible requirements upon performers can be seen to make the act of taking pleasure in their execution a form of masochism. The audiences of increasingly intellectualized musical styles could be said to enjoy a similar relationship to performance. And in the more physical “noise music”, the intended effect is often not auditory pleasure but suffering.

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