The “Rave Culture” of Today

Until the sun rises to burn our eyes by revealing the dis-utopian reality of a world you’ve created for us, we dance fiercely with our brothers and sisters in celebration of our life, of our culture, and of the values we believe in:
Peace,
Love,
Freedom,
Tolerance,
Unity,
Harmony,
Expression,
Responsibility
and
Respect.

Our enemy of choice is ignorance.
Our weapon of choice is information.
Our crime of choice is breaking and challenging whatever laws you feel you need to put in place to stop us from celebrating our existence.

To some, it is known as “the heavy metal of dance music”, this music that has derived a majority of its sound symbology from rap, hip hop, funk, and even disco. Techno music-an ever increasing popular genre listened to by people all around the world since the mid 80’s (depending on who you ask).  However old you might believe this type of music has been around, you cannot deny that it has been constantly evolving throughout the years since its birth.  The music’s diversity brings into question how it has shaped the past and is currently shaping the future. Techno appears fresh and compelling because of it’s frequent use of the newest and most advanced recording and sound-processing technologies. What I am trying to convey is that techno music has enhanced our way of constructing the present and the future in our own minds through interpretations of society and connections to our emotions that are tied to the root ideas of the music. It is not only the music and its lyrics that influence and open our minds to thinking about the future, but also the pop culture that has been created and integrated into the young generation. This “Rave Culture” is not surprising considering Techno’s popularity, creative dynamism, and relevance to and the reflection of cultural formation and mediation in the information-age. Techno is a genre that goes beyond sound, it attempts to influence people to ponder utopian meanings, such as living together in harmony no matter what race, ethnicity, or religion you practice. In this way, I believe the music has an impact on how our generation views the future and what we can do to improve it.

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~ by jlphilipps on February 9, 2010.

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