Nostalgia vs. Progressivity in Electronic Dance Music Culture

Nostalgia vs. Progressivity in Electronic Dance Music Culture

Rave. Detroit. Vinyl. Chicago. Acid house. Analog synthesizers. Italo disco – They are all keywords to those who think the "real" years of electronic dance music culture were the good old 1980s and early '90s. On the other hand, if we think of the members of the early scenes, they were highly influenced by progressive and futuristic technological ideas.

This lecture will try to describe "retro phenomena" in electronic dance music culture through different examples (e.g. TB-303, parties like "Back to basics", the rebirth of italo disco, etc.) with the aim of answering the following question: How can EDM scenes develop retrospective trends, when, at the same time, they define themselves by their progressive cultural and technological potentials?

Speaker Anita Jóri is a research assistant at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK) and is currently finishing her PhD thesis on „The discourse community of electronic dance music“.