Pleasure Beats: Rhythm and the Aesthetics of Current Electronic Music

  title={Pleasure Beats: Rhythm and the Aesthetics of Current Electronic Music},
  author={Ben Neill},
  journal={Leonardo Music Journal},
  • Ben Neill
  • Published 1 December 2002
  • Art
  • Leonardo Music Journal
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