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Heavy metal music meets complexity and sustainability science

Overview of attention for article published in SpringerPlus, September 2016
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  • In the top 25% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (85th percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (87th percentile)

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15 tweeters
1 Google+ user


11 Dimensions

Readers on

66 Mendeley
Heavy metal music meets complexity and sustainability science
Published in
SpringerPlus, September 2016
DOI 10.1186/s40064-016-3288-9
Pubmed ID

David G. Angeler


This paper builds a bridge between heavy metal music, complexity theory and sustainability science to show the potential of the (auditory) arts to inform different aspects of complex systems of people and nature. The links are described along different dimensions. This first dimension focuses on the scientific aspect of heavy metal. It uses complex adaptive systems theory to show that the rapid diversification and evolution of heavy metal into multiple subgenres leads to a self-organizing and resilient socio-musicological system. The second dimension builds on the recent use of heavy metal as a critical thinking model and educational tool, emphasizing the artistic component of heavy metal and its potential to increase people's awareness of environmental sustainability challenges. The relationships between metal, complexity theory and sustainability are first discussed independently to specifically show mechanistic links and the reciprocal potential to inform one domain (science) by the other (metal) within these dimensions. The paper concludes by highlighting that these dimensions entrain each other within a broader social-cultural-environmental system that cannot be explained simply by the sum of independent, individual dimensions. Such a unified view embraces the inherent complexity with which systems of people and nature interact. These lines of exploration suggest that the arts and the sciences form a logical partnership. Such a partnership might help in endeavors to envision, understand and cope with the broad ramifications of sustainability challenges in times of rapid social, cultural, and environmental change.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Argentina 1 2%
Unknown 65 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 13 20%
Student > Ph. D. Student 12 18%
Researcher 8 12%
Lecturer 5 8%
Student > Bachelor 5 8%
Other 13 20%
Unknown 10 15%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Environmental Science 10 15%
Arts and Humanities 9 14%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 7 11%
Social Sciences 7 11%
Psychology 4 6%
Other 15 23%
Unknown 14 21%

Attention Score in Context

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