By Graham St John

A cultural background of worldwide digital dance song countercultures, Technomad explores the pleasing and activist trajectories of post-rave. The ebook files an rising community of techno-tribes, exploring their excitement ideas and cultural politics. getting to sound process tradition, electro-humanitarianism, mystery sonic societies, teknivals and different gatherings, intentional events, revitalisation events and counter-colonial interventions, Technomad investigates how the dance social gathering has been harnessed for transgressive and revolutionary ends, for manifold freedoms. looking freedom from ethical prohibitions and criteria, excitement in uprising, shelter from sexual and gender prejudice, exile from oppression, rupturing aesthetic obstacles, re-enchanting the realm, reclaiming house, battling for "the correct to party", and responding to a number of serious matters, digital dance track cultures are multivalent websites of resistance. Drawing on vast ethnographic, netogaphic and documentary learn, Technomad information the post-rave trajectory via numerous neighborhood websites and international scenes, with each one bankruptcy getting to designated advancements within the techno counterculture: e.g. Spiral Tribe, teknivals, psytrance, Burning guy, Reclaim the Streets, Earthdream. The booklet deals an unique nuanced thought of resistance to help figuring out of those advancements. This cultural heritage of hitherto uncharted territory may be of curiosity to scholars of cultural, functionality, song, media, and new social move experiences, besides fanatics of dance tradition and well known politics.

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And as “arts and crafts of various sorts, music and forms of theatre, folk dancing, fireworks and various manifestations of commitment to ecological awareness and…the occult” were apparent (Clarke 1982: 83), these were always more than just music festivals. ” Such events held a legacy of accommodating diverse creative and alternative cultural discourse and practice, and it was these sites of refuge and experimentation that were encountered in the late 1980s by cohorts turned on by the new music.

Following the logic of the shock tactic, and under accelerated beats per minute, European hardcore scenes adopt “terrorcore” as an attractive sensibility. Everyone wants a slice of this action, including club operators promoting venues operating under the latest licensing laws: legal outlaws. Seeking sanctuary and relief from oppression and prejudice, marginal and excluded populations in exile have embraced EDMCs. ” A “challenge to heterosexual masculinity’s traditional centrality” (Pini 1997: 155), these off-world clubs would also possess appeal for females who, embarking from the world of the predatorial male gaze for the oceans of nightworld, were enabled to re/claim their identity.

1 The Rave-olution? 17 becomings, are apparent. The nomad for instance might “deterritorialize oneself by renouncing, by going elsewhere,” and/or “deterritorialize the enemy by shattering his territory from within” (Deleuze and Guattari 1986: 4). Within youth cultural formations, for example, we find cohorts who have adopted, shared, and re-purposed media to communicate their difference among themselves (to reaffirm marginal identity) and to others (to alter social and political circumstance).

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