Freak media: Vibe Tribes, sampledelic outlaws and Israeli psytrance

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Abstract

As an electronic dance music movement, for over 20 years, psytrance (psychedelic trance) has been a context by which sonic, visual, pharmacological and virtual media have facilitated the expression of interwoven narratives, experimental modes of performance, and the experience of intense sociality in scenes the world-over. A key theme adopted within this movement is the tribe, the discourse around which is multivalent, though here I focus on the transgressive dimensions of psytrance to which one is attached as a member of a tribe apart. The article provides detailed examination of the outlaw figure and sensibility in psytrance, illustrating how cultural producers - e.g. DJ-producers, label owners, scene writers, event management - facilitate the party vibe, and a distinct psychedelic. or freak identity via this trope. Among the chief icons of performance, prestige and tribalism sampled within psytrance music and culture, the outlaw is adapted from popular cultural sources (especially cinema) and redeployed as a means of dissolving and performing difference. The exploration of the outlaw conceit in what I call nano-media amplified by the producers of psytrance music illustrates how a psychedelic fiction is generated. Specific, although not exclusive, attention is given to Israeli producers, which offers comment on psytrance in Israel where this music is considered popular.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)437-447
Number of pages11
JournalContinuum
Volume26
Issue number3
Early online date18 May 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2012
Externally publishedYes

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