IASPM International Conferences - Proceedings, Situating Popular Musics

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Experiencing electronic dance floors
Botond Vitos

Last modified: 2013-01-22


In this paper I illustrate a possible course of analysis of drug-fuelled, genre-related particularities within electronic dance music (EDM), focusing on the embodied experiences of techno dance floors. My intention is to outline some of the starting points of my PhD research exploring Melbourne techno and psytrance scenes, and addressing an experiential dimension interlocked with socio-aesthetic sensibilities intimately related to the inherent structures of the genres. The term “techno” will refer restrictively to its “harder” sub-genres loosely defined along an acid-Detroit-hard-industrial techno axis, which, according to my preliminary observations, attracts a relatively homogenous crowd in Melbourne.

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