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electronic music

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Published by: singingman on Oct 08, 2008
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On the phone, with flier in hand, you listen anxiously to the pre-recorded
directions on the Mission Control rave hotline. This valuable information can
only be accessed on the day of the event, but now that this is out of the way, it\u2019s
time to prepare. People of all ages, but mostly between the ages of 17 and 26,
madly attack appropriate stores to purchase their necessary \u201crave gear.\u201d They
buy glow-sticks, glitter, dark glasses, sealed water, vicks vapo-rub, other trinkets
and outrageous, often striped clothing. True ravers would drive for hours or fly
to attend these worldwide conventions, and all share the same drive. You finally
arrive at your destination to find a warehouse located on the outskirts of its
respective city, with a large mob of people desperately trying to get in. It\u2019s about
12:00 midnight and all are mentally and physically prepared to party for the next
9 or 10 hours straight, to finally emerge from the doors to see daylight and non-
ravers half way through their day.

The Webster dictionary defines \u201crave\u201d and \u201ctechno\u201d as\u2026
: To move or advance violently: STORM: to utter in madness or frenzy
: To talk with extreme enthusiasm
: To declaim wildly
: An extravagantly favorable criticism\u201d
: pop music featuring extensive use of synthesizers

In general practice, a \u201crave\u201d usually refers to a party, usually all night long, open
to the public, where loud \u201ctechno\u201d music is played and many people partake in a
number of different chemicals. The number of people at the event is
unimportant; it can range from 50 to 25000 people. The cost varies, but is often
25 to 30 dollars and is usually held in a remote, and secluded part of town. The
ages of those who attend are concentrated between 17 and 26 but truly range
from 14 to 40 or 50 years old. It\u2019s common to have several different rooms
playing different types of techno simultaneously. \u201cTechno\u201d or electronic music
can be distinguished by its often lack of vocals, creation by synthesizers or other
electronic means and it\u2019s unusually fast beat; ranging from 115-170 BPM (Beats
Per Minute), while commercial \u201cdance\u201d music is usually a maximum of 70 or 80
BPM. The first substantial piece of music composed electronically was the Illiac
Suite (1956) by the avant-garde composer Lejaren Hiller (1925\u201394). Each room
is equipped with a Dj, a set of two or more turntables, walls of speakers located

offset from the corners and impressive visual effects: such as lasers and light

The people that attend are dressed ultra alternatively. This consists of
comfortable yet creative attire. You would often see ravers wearing extremely
baggy pants, glow in the dark body suits, and ultimately any visually entising
clothing with similar accessories. Heads of hair are often dyed with unique
colors and faces are covered strategically with glitter and an assortment of black
make-up for a somewhat gothic look. All of these various forms of expression,
visual effects, the barrage of audio only compliment the few chemicals used.
Most members of the congregation use ecstasy in the form of tablet or capsule
and/or acid. The light display and outrageous costumes are geared to act as a
stimulus for the hallucinogen of the acid, but the music and overall environment
is geared to the \u201cmystifying\u201d effects of ecstasy. Ecstasy, the tablet or capsule, is
a man made drug derived from a plant which produces legal, herbal ecstasy in
the form of a liquid or over the counter tablets. Ecstasy is a combination of
concentrated herbal ecstasy and speed or heroin, cocaine, or crystal methane, but
never containing a combination of the last three mentioned. This particular drug
is said to have little visual effects, but more so physical effects. Your body starts
to feel fluffy as the energy produced from the speed kicks in. You almost
uncontrollably start to move to the beat of the music while the grinding of the
teeth (from the speed) is more noticeable. The severity of this grinding on your
teeth is lessened by the use of a baby pacifier. This allows you to grind on a soft
rubber-like item perfectly suited for the mouth rather than the hard enamel of the
teeth. Regardless, your jaw muscles will be sore. The more erotic effects of the
drug come from the concentrated herb. In a sense, it drastically amplifies your
sense of touch. Where a massage when sober feels like heaven, when on the
drug a massage feels more like true ecstasy, as the name would suggest. Once
Vicks vapo-rub is used, it offers a flurry of hot and cold flashes and lubrication
to the massage. Several pairs of ravers can be seen giving massages while, more
often than not, sitting at the base of either the surrounding walls or the walls of

Similar to most types of music, techno has an appropriate method of dancing,
but unlike most other forms of dancing, each individual dances alone. This
allows you to perform independently, and being the main activity, this also
allows you to demonstrate the extent of your talent. Dancers commonly use a
pair of glow-sticks like the one enclosed to enhance their abilities. One is placed
between the fingers of each hand. The most secure method would be under the
index and pinky finger and over the ring and middle finger. The fingers are then
curled downward. Normally the glow-stick glows brightly and comes in an
assortment of colors, nevertheless, this method allows the most illumination to
be seen. Now, these glow-sticks are carefully manipulated to create a deliberate,
constant flow of intricate patterns and color, making sure to utilize all the space
available about the body and maintaining rhythm with the beat of the pulsating

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