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traditional music
faroe islands
heavy metal
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University of Alberta
Author or creator
Green, Joshua J
Supervisor and department
Dr. Andie Diane Palmer (Anthropology)
Examining committee member and department
Dr. Carl Urion (Anthropology emeritus)
Dr. Regula Qureshi (Ethnomusicology)
Department of Anthropology
Social/Cultural Anthropology
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Master of Arts
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Drawing on three months of ethnographic research and interviewing largely around the Faroese capital of Tórshavn, this thesis represents an investigation into the experience of music, music-making, and being a musician in the Faroe Islands. Principally, the thesis seeks to answer the central question of how Faroese musicians and industry professionals are projecting a sense of place as well as creating, expressing, and marketing an emergent Faroese identity in the global market. Building on a discussion of the historic and contemporary significance of traditional music in the islands, the construction of Faroese musical identity is examined in the context of Faroese metal music and the constitution of meaning therein. The latter portions of the thesis rely heavily on quoted speech in order to evoke this constitution of meaning, as well as of the scene as a social group, as described by key figures within the realm of Faroese metal.
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