The rave scene and ecstasy in the book generation ecstasy

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An interesting insight into all aspects of rave culture of the 90's and accompanying events. Ironically, it was the genre's pioneer, OJ Pierre who - after recording a few more acid anthems - was one of the first to abandon the sound. For the newcomer to electronic dance music, the profusion of scenes and subgenres can seem at best bewildering, at worst willful obfuscation. This difference came through in the music: the rhythm programming in Detroit techno was more syncopated, had more of a groove. I think again of that declaration: "We must make of joy a crime against the state. While Reynolds focuses mainly on the British scene, there is ample coverage of US developments. A few years later, house producers - already enamored of Roland drum machines and synths - started messing around with the , discovering applications that the manufacturers had never imagined. And that's how we developed our skills, 'cos we had no room for error.

As Atkins puts it, "With technology, there's a lot of good things, but by the same token, it enables the powers that be to have more controL" "Techno City" was inspired by Fritz Lang's vision in Metropolis of a future megalopolis divided into privileged sectors high up in the sky and subterranean prole zones.

Bar the odd session that May would do for Electrifyin' Mojo, you couldn't hear this kind of DJ cut 'n' mix on the radio in Detroit.

The rave scene and ecstasy in the book generation ecstasy

But within a year, rave culture had stratified into increasingly narrower scenes. Davis and Atkins discovered they had interests in common - science fiction, futurologists like Alvin Toffler, and electronic music. For the critic this requires a shift of emphasis, so that you no longer ask what the music "means" but how it works.

It's like a blind person can smell and touch and sense things that a person with eyes would never notice.

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Hardcore scenes are strongest when they remain remote from all of that and thrive instead as anonymous collectives, subcultural machines in which ideas circulate back and forth between DJs and producers, the genre evolving incrementally, week by week. To the participant, it feels like a religion; to the mainstream observer, it looks more like a sinister cult.

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There are hardcore sounds designed for one-shot raves and for clubs that cater to rave-style teenage bacchanalia as opposed to more "mature" nightclub behavior: jungle, gabba, trance, happy hardcore.

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