Adorno’s theory of Standardization in relation to Rhythmical elements in Deathcore Music (Link to full document).
Adorno’s theory of ‘standardization’ and ‘psuedo-‐individualisation’, although controversial, can be applied to many popular music genres. Deathcore music is a 21st century invention that was spawned from a combination of Metalcore and Death Metal music of the late 20th Century. This study will demonstrate musical similarities between Deathcore, Metalcore, and Death Metal, highlighting Adorno’s theory of standardization. My own musical analysis will demonstrate key elements of the music that Adorno would describe as ‘standardized’. This is ultimately to prove that Deathcore music is defined by its often-‐recycled nature using predetermined musical devices, whilst simultaneously borrowing ideas from it’s preceding subgenres.