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This chapter argues that the tactility of the dancefloor is also evoked in electronic dance music, both thematically and texturally. This cluster of musical styles engages touch through beats, flesh, and grain; that is, it (1) emphasizes percussion (especially at low frequencies and high volume), (2) features sound samples that refer to fleshy bodies, and (3) highlights sounds that are texturally rich. This analysis is supported by close readings of house and techno tracks as well as through a close reading of Pierre Schaeffer’s notion of “sonic grain.” The chapter places sound, vibration, and texture in the interstices of the senses and at the thresholds of perception.

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