Lots of Planets have a North

Tara Brabazon, Stephen Mallinder

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Our paper asks an unspoken but fascinating question: why do particular cities become associated with their music at a specific time? Seattle, Manchester, Chicago and Liverpool are urban spaces that summon a type of rhythm, a mode of movement and a way of thinking about sound. This article probes the connection between urbanity and music, with attention placed on Perth in Western Australia. Often known as the most isolated capital city in the world, it is currently undergoing a musical boom, but with little
cultural or creative industries policy support. This paper therefore initiates a study of how to connect second-tier – or non global – cities like Perth, so that lessons can be learnt from these other places of urban rhythm. We commence with an exploration of soundscapes, then move into the specificities of the second-tier city, and conclude with an affirmation of the value of sonic mobility – or intercessions - between these urban environments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-73
Number of pages23
JournalNebula: A Journal of Multidisciplinary Scholarship
Issue number1/2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Perth Western Australia
  • music
  • second-tier city
  • cultural diversity


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