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From Midnight to Broad Daylight: The constructive capabilities of techno and
Unformatted Document Text:  From Midnight to Broad Daylight 5 beyond the issue of whether or not commercialism on its own leads to the death of an underground phenomenon. The current state of electronic music events, while steering away from the traditional rave structure, are taking shape in a form that has much to offer on a grander, community based level. In particular, techno and the Detroit Electronic Music Festival (DEMF) have the potential to make a significant contribution to the sense of community in Detroit, while furthering positive depictions of the city on an international scale. The paper will began with a brief history of rave culture and techno music in the U.S. and internationally, focusing primarily on Detroit. Elements of popular press coverage compared to community discourse that circulates throughout these scenes will be discussed. Next, a historical analysis of Detroit reveals why it is a unique case that provides a hopeful model for the evolution and support of musical developments or arts festivals more generally in other locales. The analysis will culminate with an assessment of the potential power of festivals, paying attention to the debate over the impact of commercialization and cooption of subcultures and mainstreaming of musical genres. By searching for the historical roots drawing together Key Bakhtinian Concepts Besides the work of subcultural theorists that deals specifically with EDM, the writings of Mikhail Bakhtin are useful for discussing the functionality of EDM and the unique relationships that are generated in EDM environments. In particular, Bakhtin’s explanation of the horizon can help us understand how it is that entire subcultures are created around musical genres. He writes that "regardless of the position and the proximity to me of this other human being whom I am contemplating, I shall always see and know something that he, from his place

Authors: Farrugia, Rebekah.
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From Midnight to Broad Daylight
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beyond the issue of whether or not commercialism on its own leads to the death of an
underground phenomenon.
The current state of electronic music events, while steering away from the traditional rave
structure, are taking shape in a form that has much to offer on a grander, community based level.
In particular, techno and the Detroit Electronic Music Festival (DEMF) have the potential to
make a significant contribution to the sense of community in Detroit, while furthering positive
depictions of the city on an international scale. The paper will began with a brief history of rave
culture and techno music in the U.S. and internationally, focusing primarily on Detroit.
Elements of popular press coverage compared to community discourse that circulates throughout
these scenes will be discussed. Next, a historical analysis of Detroit reveals why it is a unique
case that provides a hopeful model for the evolution and support of musical developments or arts
festivals more generally in other locales. The analysis will culminate with an assessment of the
potential power of festivals, paying attention to the debate over the impact of commercialization
and cooption of subcultures and mainstreaming of musical genres. By searching for the
historical roots drawing together
Key Bakhtinian Concepts
Besides the work of subcultural theorists that deals specifically with EDM, the writings
of Mikhail Bakhtin are useful for discussing the functionality of EDM and the unique
relationships that are generated in EDM environments. In particular, Bakhtin’s explanation of
the horizon can help us understand how it is that entire subcultures are created around musical
genres. He writes that "regardless of the position and the proximity to me of this other human
being whom I am contemplating, I shall always see and know something that he, from his place


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