Electronic Music


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’s time to prepare. People of all ages, but mostly between the ages of 17
and 26, madly attack appropriate stores to purchase their necessary “rave
gear.” 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’s 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 “rave” and “techno” as…


: To move or advance violently: STORM: to utter in madness or frenzy

: To talk with extreme enthusiasm

: To declaim wildly

: An extravagantly favorable criticism”


: pop music featuring extensive use of synthesizers

In general practice, a “rave” usually refers to a party, usually all
night long, open to the public, where loud “techno” 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’s common to have several different
rooms playing different types of techno simultaneously. “Techno” or
electronic music can be distinguished by its often lack of vocals, creation by
synthesizers or other electronic means and it’s unusually fast beat; ranging
from 115-170 BPM (Beats Per Minute), while commercial “dance” 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 (1925–94). 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 shows.

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 “mystifying” 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