Personal take: Technicians of ecstasy

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DJ/producers in world electronica are technicians of ecstasy actively transporting dancefloor participants into states of altered consciousness. In the kitbag of these digital alchemists is a form of media-shamanism I call nanomedia - i.e. audio samples from film, TV, games, etc. - repurposed in a remixtical practice by which producers and performers of electronic music evoke and promote nonordinary states. A repurposed media ecology provides the sonic decor to the ecstatic experience, decaling the soundscape, and augmenting the vibe, on dancefloors planetwide.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Cambridge Companion to Music in Digital Culture
EditorsNicholas Cook, Monique M. Ingalls, David Trippett
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781316676639
ISBN (Print)9781107161788
Publication statusPublished - 30 Aug 2019
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameCambridge Companions to Music
PublisherCambridge University Press


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