I am an avid lover of electronic music genres such as trance, techno and house. One of my friends introduced me to these genres (which I didn’t understand when I was a kid) and I became possessed by this music. Basically trance occupies a tempo of 130 to 160 BPN and incorporates a complexity of melody and harmony within its music. Some of the world’s best DJ’s include Tiesto, Bob Sinclair, Eric Prydz, Paul Oakenfold, Paul Van Dyk, David Guetta, Kaskade and ATB. There are a lot of subgenres within trance itself such as classic, acid and progressive trance. All of them have their own ways of uplifting the entire crowd, especially in the trance festivals held in Europe. So the question pops up, is music being diverted away from one’s natural talents such as voice and melody to the technological aspects of it such as electronic fusion?
I came across an article, which described how a crazed Tiesto fan almost murdered his mother just to see DJ Tiesto himself who reigns supreme within the electronic dance music scenes. It is quite disturbing to observe that technology had such an effect on the world of trance which can cause fans to behave in such a manner. Media has such life altering effects on the mindsets of its consumers that people fail to differentiate between right and wrong. Some forms of technology do blind us from our sense of self. Music, movies and advertisements can dictate our lifestyles tremendously. Going to a Tiesto concert will somehow miraculously make you more complete, I guess that’s what the fan thought since he resorted to violence against his own mother. We are all part of this technological and socializing bubble that we cannot escape from even if we wanted to. I don’t think anyone wants to stop utilizing all this technology that surrounds us. I mean, I will never stop listening to House and Trance music and I might start a brawl with my parents if they don’t let me go to a Tiesto concert (no, I won’t try to murder my mom!) and my friend will keep on using her BlackBerry. As Tyler Durden from Fight Club did say, ‘The things you own end up owning you.’