Monday, 18 March 2013

Beyonce in pitch-shifting gender play pop glory:

Obviously DJ Screw's old "drag"-mixes of Lil-Kim is the original trad-gender sonic inversion.... (see not tonight) but the techno-phonic queering of pitch in this new track from Beyonce is a step further. A down-tuned vocal, Beyonce's rap, is transformed into a drag-rap. Another identity, and a queering of identity boundaries, is afforded by the mixing desk; Beyonce trans-phones from glam-soul serenading sequinned siren to trap-rap alter-ego.

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