This essay will explain rave culture. The reason that I chose to research and write on this topic is that I am involved with rave scene and enjoy going to “raves.” From researching this topic I discovered that rave culture displays many of life’s simple pleasures, such as dancing.
Over the last 10-15 years, a new trend of parties has been evolving. These gatherings are known in the media as raves, and are often simply called parties by those attending them. A rave is an all night event where usually young people gather in a social atmosphere while listening to hypnotic dance music. These parties have slowly evolved into spectacles of total sensory overload. The first is the social aspects, unhindered freedom of expression of ones self through dance, dress or any other mean without fear of ridicule from others. The second is the dancing and its often quasi-spiritual effects on those partaking.
The key to the success of raves is the positive atmosphere, or "vibe". Raves are renowned for people's acceptability and tolerance for others. They are safe havens for people who wish to be free from social pressures. Because of this, many ravers (person who attends these parties) are dressed differently then people you would normally see. Bright colors, clothing with different textures and feel, and generally clothes that is very comfortable to dance with. A sense of unity is formed between the partygoers, they attempt to form a community of sorts through there individuality. People feel free to go up to strangers and start up conversations. They also become very comfortable with everyone around them and try to share this feeling with others. This is a very important part of the whole Rave experience. When this occurs, then the "party kids" can truly feel free to be themselves in every way. This is something quite rare in today's commercialized society which often dictates what is normal, and what isn't.
Rave music is made from computer generated sounds. A DJ will usually have two turntables, each playing a different piece of music. The DJ plays one vinyl record while he or she listens to the other record, in a set of earphones. The music will play in the headphones ten seconds before it plays out to the crowd of dancers. This gives the DJ a chance to stop and start the songs, and create new sounds out of the record. Then, as one vinyl record is being played the DJ starts spinning the second. The DJ will then match the tempo of the beats, using the speed control of the turntable. The second track will then cut in 10 seconds later. The combination of the beats gives off a very complex sound that many people are not used to hearing. When first heard the music may sound overwhelming or even annoying. However, as one becomes accustomed to the sounds, the complexity of the music starts to be very hypnotic. The music being played by the DJ is also very interactive with the crowd. The DJ will stop and start the records, to create new sounds. Also, the DJ will use the treble, bass and fade of the music, through the use of a mixer, to excite the crowd. A good DJ will know exactly how to mix the music to create exciting new sounds. Raves are a display of many types of music. But they all fall under the category of techno or computer generated. This music almost always consists of repetitive beats, which in turn helps to put the crowd into a hypnotic state. Much like the drums used by natives in North America during ceremonial dances, once people begin to dance to this music for extended periods of time, your body becomes in synch with the beats. Once this occurs then the music begins to hold some small control over the crowd.
Vancouver DJ Dustin was interviewed and he said, "It is when a crowd falls into a hypnotic dreamlike state when the DJ's really come into play. Once they have a good hold on the crowd, they'll start playing different types of tracks that turn the crowds into a frenzy of hard