The Experience of Music-making in the Faroes and Making Metal Faroese

  • Author / Creator
    Green, Joshua J
  • 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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  • Graduation date
    Fall 2012
  • Type of Item
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
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    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
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  • Institution
    University of Alberta
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  • Department
  • Specialization
    • Social/Cultural Anthropology
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Dr. Regula Qureshi (Ethnomusicology)
    • Dr. Carl Urion (Anthropology emeritus)