In my research I am exploring various aspects of electronic dance music (EDM), and how they contribute to the strong sense of solidarity and communal unity often reported the genre’s listeners. These fans often mention feeling an affinity towards complete strangers in the nightclubs, festivals, and partys where this kind of music is being played. Altered states of consciousness coming from some combination of the musical characteristics, the setting, and at times for many, the drugs, are also common within this community. Among other things, our group is focusing on the creation of unity amongst members of a group through their use of sound—Buddhist monks collectively achieve trance states through meditation and chanting; many martial arts utilize sound to coordinate fluidity, discipline, and coordination in their movements and forms; seeing the developing fetus for the first time, via technology which employs high frequency sound waves, brings families together over the shared excitement of an expecting mother and her unborn child.
Many elements present in this video are supportive of the research I’ve been finding, shown on a gigantic scale. There has been recent explosion in popularity of EDM, with massive festivals like Tomorrowland being the result. This simply further supports the idea that EDM creates a community amongst its listeners. The music is also ever-changing, morphing, and being modified, yet the basic sonic signatures that mark the style have remained quite similar throughout EDMs history. This video shows the variety of musical styles within the broader EDM catagory, the crowd energy and participation, the psychedelic nature of the experience, but most importantly from our group’s perspective, the tendency this sonic community has towards amassing enormous crowds of like-minded, freely participating, energetic individuals.