What do music festivals in a future socialist society look like? 31 posts and 3 image replies omitted. Click reply to view.
The first of the modern music festivals, Woodstock, was held the year after the '68 uprisings in Chicago. Hippies and socialist activists protested the Democratic Party's national convention, and were brutally suppressed by police. The next year, Woodstock takes place, and the whole of mainstream society seems to have completely erased the violence in Chicago. How many people who are interested in festivals understand this historical context? Is it relevant to music festivals moving forward?
But regardless, 21st century music festivals are much different than the original Woodstock. For one, Woodstock as an institution was basically killed in 1999. Y2k is basically post-Woodstock. But most music festivals have been criticized as being highly consumerist. Ultra Music Fest, Tomorrowland, EDC, Coachella, etc.
How would a socialist music festival work? If currency is involved, how would that work?
Uplifting trance, big room house and hardstyle are boring AF. All those stupid fanfare synths and arpeggios with cheesy female vocals. And hardstyle' drumbeats are just a 4/4 lung cancer kick with no proper percussion. The edgiest music ever played on Tomorrowland is either some cringe brostep with farting noises and the same 4/4 drum pattern in every bloody song or the cringe nu-style gabber like that of Angerfist or whatever: boring, samey, generic edgelord music instead of an exciting, memorable, experimental edge master music.
It's not the future. It's peak capitalist commercialized music. If there is something to carry on into the future it is modernized music from the late 80s to early 00s. Like, some riddim dubstep sounds like classic dubstep with trap beats and that cool distorted sub-bass, I like it.
My point is, underground electronic music > mainstream electronic music. I mean, underground music is the kind of music that is more likely to disseminate leftist ideas anyway. Makes you think.
Porter is decent I guess. He's an exception though. The main reason why he's here is because he also uses hyper-polished modern Ableton synths, he's just able to not overfeed people with too much sugar. It's like with the bitpop artists like Anamanaguchi or Sabrepulse.