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From Midnight to Broad Daylight: The constructive capabilities of techno and
Unformatted Document Text:  From Midnight to Broad Daylight 3 thereafter. However, unlike the death of disco, which was clearly marked by the end of the mass production and distribution of music classified as such, this recent sentiment is circulated in the underground rave scene at a time when the popularity and production of electronic dance music is unquestionably on the rise. For instance, the recent Winter Music Conference, which is held annually in Miami, was covered in an Iowa newspaper, under the heading "Electronic music: is it the sound of the future?" followed by a write up discussing the recent pop star status of electronic music producers such as Moby from England. The growing popularity of EDM is further emphasized in a discussion concerning the ways in which established artists such as Madonna are also incorporating electronic beats into their recent productions (Munson, E1). Presently, EDM is clearly acquiring an unprecedented amount of notoriety. Does this mean the downfall of EDM is impatiently waiting near by? The purpose of this paper is to highlight the success of EDM and draw attention to the fact that in many cases EDM – while it has been overshadowed by discussion of rave culture – is created independent from the rave scene. For instance, EDM is outliving this subculture to which it was so inextricably linked in the 1990s. The decline of rave culture – post its bastardization in popular press – is not necessarily foreshadowing the death of EDM. On the contrary, it presents an opportunity for EDM to become the focal point of a much more worthy discussion, one not solely concerned with illegalities such as drug (ab)use. By studying the context in which subcultures and EDM subgenres develop I hope to account for the impact that historical conditions have on the development of subcultures and music. This analysis pays specific attention to the duration of the rave scene in the U.S. and discusses in detail the birth of techno music in Detroit. An understanding of the intricacies by which musical genres and subcultures develop can help identify some of the missing links that individuals, especially youth

Authors: Farrugia, Rebekah.
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From Midnight to Broad Daylight
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thereafter. However, unlike the death of disco, which was clearly marked by the end of the mass
production and distribution of music classified as such, this recent sentiment is circulated in the
underground rave scene at a time when the popularity and production of electronic dance music
is unquestionably on the rise. For instance, the recent Winter Music Conference, which is held
annually in Miami, was covered in an Iowa newspaper, under the heading "Electronic music: is
it the sound of the future?" followed by a write up discussing the recent pop star status of
electronic music producers such as Moby from England. The growing popularity of EDM is
further emphasized in a discussion concerning the ways in which established artists such as
Madonna are also incorporating electronic beats into their recent productions (Munson, E1).
Presently, EDM is clearly acquiring an unprecedented amount of notoriety. Does this mean the
downfall of EDM is impatiently waiting near by?
The purpose of this paper is to highlight the success of EDM and draw attention to the
fact that in many cases EDM – while it has been overshadowed by discussion of rave culture – is
created independent from the rave scene. For instance, EDM is outliving this subculture to
which it was so inextricably linked in the 1990s. The decline of rave culture – post its
bastardization in popular press – is not necessarily foreshadowing the death of EDM. On the
contrary, it presents an opportunity for EDM to become the focal point of a much more worthy
discussion, one not solely concerned with illegalities such as drug (ab)use. By studying the
context in which subcultures and EDM subgenres develop I hope to account for the impact that
historical conditions have on the development of subcultures and music. This analysis pays
specific attention to the duration of the rave scene in the U.S. and discusses in detail the birth of
techno music in Detroit. An understanding of the intricacies by which musical genres and
subcultures develop can help identify some of the missing links that individuals, especially youth


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