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    • If you know who Kaskade, deadmau5 and Tiesto are then you’re a fellow traveler in the world of electronic dance music (EDM). Kaskade released his latest new project by DJing in an empty roadside parking lot:

      It took me awhile to understand the terminology. DJs used to be people who just played records that had gotten airplay on the radio. Today, EDM artists who create music on their computer (or eurorack machine?) are called DJs and they play their recorded tracks to standing room only crowds. With lasers, lights, smoke and even fireworks for outdoors music festivals, techno concerts can be an experience.

      I’ve listened to EDM for awhile but never attended a concert before: Kaskade appeared in my area last summer but life got in the way and I didn’t go. I was searching on Netflix for music concerts to watch and I came across a part-documentary, part-concert film on Tomorrowland, a three day electronic music festival that’s grown to tour dates in Brazil, the United States and Belgium. All I can say is wow, such amazing energy! It’s been compared to Woodstock with huge 100,000 plus crowds and its been going strong and growing for over 10 years now. With the pandemic, the documentary is a virtual escape to a world where being shoulder to shoulder listening to music brought connection and love rather than disease and death.

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    • You may want to change the title to "Techno Music and Tomorrowland = ∅". Tiesto used to play trance, then he switched to big room house and dance-pop. Kaskade played dance-pop from the start, with some vocal trance and progressive in between. Deadmau5 plays mostly electro house. Other regulars of the festival like Armin van Buuren, Axwell, David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia and Skrillex play anything from vocal trance and progressive at best to trap, brostep and derivative dance-pop at worst.

      Techno is not something that is played at highly monetized "EDM festivals".

      Radio DJs put on records in between inane "news" and commercials. Dance club DJs chain records trying to avoid hard breaks in the flow and the mood. Fifty years ago they used real turntables and did everything by ear...

      ...nowadays they use digital consoles connected to laptop or a smartphone.

    • Wow, I learned a great deal from your post. Thank you. I went ahead and changed the title of this conversation to more accurately reflect the music played at Tomorrowland.

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    • What's depicted there would probably be the third wave of electronic music, when it finally went mainstream in the US. Techno itself by most interpretations started in Detroit in the late 80s, but its first discovery by the larger audiences came in the 90s in Europe, mostly in Germany. If you have the time, here's a retelling of that story, sadly omitting the Detroit roots, but delivering on the feeling and the circumstances of how it went down in Europe:

    • Just want to share some stuff I listen to. I do not listen to EDM. I listen to some trance, in particular mellow vocal trance, and some progressive. House too. Old-school Hi-NRG. Eurodance. Some hardstyle when I am in the mood, like making breakfast on a weekend while jumping around. For more relaxed mornings I like myself some balearic. I absolutely love trip hop, although it is not exactly "electronic" by modern standards. When I have guests, electroswing is king.

      I abhor autotuned vocals, but luckily for vocal trance/progressive/balearic lovers, these DJs employ real singers with real voices, not Top 40 autotuned crap. Here is Emma Hewitt proving that dance singers can sing:

      Here is a balearic classic.

      This is my long-time favorite:

      This is an absolutely awesome psybient, the guy is a genius. Despite that I can listen to his stuff free online, I bought his album and some merch.

      This is a nice set by one of my fav DJs, has a bit of everything: vocal trance, big beat, some oldies, and not too mindlessly aggressive.

      Collabs with alt/psych rock can be very good:

      I would love to get to one of these sometime after the quarantine ends:

      As for techno... This is one of the classics, can be called techno... or hard trance. Still slammin'

    • This was just so amazing. Thank you for taking the time to share “your music.” I listened to all of the singles and chunks of the concerts. And I fell in love with Balearic music like Tiesto’s La Noche. As a jazz lover (Miles Davis, Path Matheny), I appreciated the use of acoustic guitar mixed with the electronic sounds.

      Above & Beyond has a wonderful progression of changes in mood and bpm. And Emma Hewitt has an incredible voice.

      I’ve spent the past two hours listening with joy to the below station I created from my favorites of your shared videos. I couldn’t add La Noche, but I was able to add Balearic-style Moments from the same Tiesto remix album (In Search of Sunrise 4).

      The one song I couldn’t add—or find a similar song in the same EDM style—was Cay Caulkin’s Palmetum.

    • I am glad that you liked some stuff that I like. If you a jazz aficionado you may like electroswing (the Parov Stelar video above).

      I would hate to become is a "rave pop" or "rave dad". Look at this photo — the dude is having fun, I get it, I would too. But look around him, 19-year girls in bikinis with smooth skin or half-naked buff guys, and then look at this 72-year old dude. Sure, he runs every day, great for him. But he is gray-haired, wrinkled, in a lame T-shirt. He is ruining fun for the younguns by his looks, by reminding them that senility is inevitable, by simply being there. (Maybe I am just projecting).

      I am not there yet, but my clubbing days are behind me. Now I only dance with myself (although I must admit that Billy Idol looks better than some younger ones standing beside Miley Cyrus).