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From Midnight to Broad Daylight: The constructive capabilities of techno and
Unformatted Document Text:  From Midnight to Broad Daylight 16 Offering an alternative to the mid night events, Detroit’s premier Electronic Music Festival received positive reviews in the local mainstream press and is helping to shift the focus of electronic dance music scenes away from drugs and back to the music. In the following section I will describe Detroit’s unique history, which led to the development of its prominent role in the EDM industry, and in turn, to the overwhelming success of the first ever DEMF. I will conclude with a discussion of festivals and offer some insights into the ways in which the current trend – moving away from raves and into festivals – can be of benefit to not only fans of EDM, but society at large. Mapping Detroit: From forgotten faith to free festival to Ford focus As with all other social movements or subcultures the evolution of techno music in Detroit is connected to the city’s history and environment. Accounting for the rise and fall of Detroit provides a context in which the development of techno can be understood. As the birthplace of techno, Detroit is one of the few places in the U.S. where the music preceded the rave scene. Thus, while it was eventually incorporated into the rave scene on one level, it continued to develop strongly alongside it as well. In Detroit specifically, EDM has gained enough status and power to contribute to the revitalization of local community. The history of Detroit is one intensely tied to racial politics. Beginning in the 1920s, there was nothing optional about the segregation of individuals and communities in the city based on race. Ethnic enclaves emerged, known as Poletown, Germantown, Jewtown, Greektown and Black Bottom to name a few, but Jacoby also notes that from 1920s on "there was nothing optional about the segregation of black from white" (1999, p. 233). As the decades wore on, the African-American influx into Detroit continued. In 1952, they made up 4 percent

Authors: Farrugia, Rebekah.
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From Midnight to Broad Daylight
16
Offering an alternative to the mid night events, Detroit’s premier Electronic Music
Festival received positive reviews in the local mainstream press and is helping to shift the focus
of electronic dance music scenes away from drugs and back to the music. In the following
section I will describe Detroit’s unique history, which led to the development of its prominent
role in the EDM industry, and in turn, to the overwhelming success of the first ever DEMF. I
will conclude with a discussion of festivals and offer some insights into the ways in which the
current trend – moving away from raves and into festivals – can be of benefit to not only fans of
EDM, but society at large.
Mapping Detroit: From forgotten faith to free festival to Ford focus
As with all other social movements or subcultures the evolution of techno music in
Detroit is connected to the city’s history and environment. Accounting for the rise and fall of
Detroit provides a context in which the development of techno can be understood. As the
birthplace of techno, Detroit is one of the few places in the U.S. where the music preceded the
rave scene. Thus, while it was eventually incorporated into the rave scene on one level, it
continued to develop strongly alongside it as well. In Detroit specifically, EDM has gained
enough status and power to contribute to the revitalization of local community.
The history of Detroit is one intensely tied to racial politics. Beginning in the 1920s,
there was nothing optional about the segregation of individuals and communities in the city
based on race. Ethnic enclaves emerged, known as Poletown, Germantown, Jewtown,
Greektown and Black Bottom to name a few, but Jacoby also notes that from 1920s on "there
was nothing optional about the segregation of black from white" (1999, p. 233). As the decades
wore on, the African-American influx into Detroit continued. In 1952, they made up 4 percent


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