Reflections on Berlin Scenes
Edited By Geoff Stahl
Breaching the Divide: Techno City Berlin: Beate Peter
Breaching the Divide: Techno City Berlin
Music has often been linked to place, not only with regard to a geographical location but also to a certain group of people or a lifestyle. In the case of Electronic Dance Music (EDM), some genres are known to have originated from particular areas such as Dutch Gabber, trance from Goa or techno from Detroit. Occasionally, as is the case with techno, the origin of a particular genre is debated (the Germans like to claim this genre too). And yet a geographical connotation seems to help people identify a certain sound, especially in times when the classification of subgenres within EDM presents us with an overwhelming variety of supposedly distinctive sounds. It becomes harder to define the music by its traditional features such as instrumentation, notation or compositional methods and one has to wonder whether the definition of genre should include aspects that only indirectly contribute to the production of sound: aspects such as social conditions, cultural backgrounds or economic changes.
Berlin is considered one of the most vibrant musical cities in western society. It is a unique city not least because of its role in German and European history. It is this history that has helped to create a sound that is unmistakable: Berlin techno. At a time when other countries and cities lament the death of EDM and clubculture, Berlin is a progressive example of musical development. It is a city that seems to...
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