De-trivialising music torture as torture-lite
AffiliationMelbourne Conservatorium of Music, Faculty of VCA & MCM
Document TypeMasters Research thesis
CitationsLin, N. (2012). De-trivialising music torture as torture-lite. Masters Research thesis, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Faculty of VCA & MCM, The University of Melbourne.
Access StatusOpen Access
© 2012 Natasha Lin
Music torture is an important interdisciplinary issue in need of great research, particularly in the wake of the events of 11 September 2001. It is an issue that ties into the broader context of torture, a topic of heated debate in the US-led “War on Terror”. Arising from this debate is the concept of “torture-lite”, a term that has emerged within political, social and academic discourse. Although using music as torture is not a new phenomenon, its importance as a research topic is heightened within the current political and social climate sensitive to the ethics of torture. Such sensitivities have resulted in certain interrogation methods, one of which is music torture, being loosely categorised as torture-lite. However, this categorisation is fraught with misconceived ideas on the relationship between sound and body, and mitigates the destructive potential of music torture. Thus, I am arguing that music torture is not torture-lite, as the term “torture-lite” trivialises the severity of music torture and favours the continuation of its use.
Keywordsmusic; torture; pop; rock; punish; military; prison; imprisonment
- Click on "Export Reference in RIS Format" and choose "open with... Endnote".
- Click on "Export Reference in RIS Format". Login to Refworks, go to References => Import References