Music of Ethnic Violence and Genocide: A teenager’s video project about Armenia
Dr Rina Schiller, Queen's University Belfast
David Tchegloff is a German teenager who in 2019, at 14 years of age, made a short video about Armenian music and its relations to ethnic violence and genocide as a special project for his school. The video presentation focuses on the Armenian-American heavy metal band, System of a Down, who have combined elements from traditional Armenian folk music with their self-composed heavy metal style songs. They are known world-wide for campaigning through their music for recognition of the Armenian genocide. Both their innovative combinations of musical styles and their thematic anti-war messages caught David’s attention for putting his video together.
Dr Schiller's presentation* looks at how David employs his own skills on musical instruments to demonstrate in his video how the compositions are put together and what musical means System of a Down employ to express their political message to their audiences.
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The Conference was organised as part of the AHRC/ESRC funded Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research project Sounding Conflict: From Resistance to Reconciliation 2017-2021.