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- Electronic Music Culture -



Contents: 
  1. History
    1. Worldwide
    2. California 
  2. Art
  3. Communities
  4. Electronic Music Genres
  5. Viral Sightings and Comedy
  6. Associations, Research, & Journals
  7. Learn More
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The History 

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From early mathematics, computing, audio recording, and voltage controlled analog synthesis to the avant-garde, club, and rave culture into the 21st Century:


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Prominent dates: 
  • late 1960's Disco begins
  • early 1980's 
    • Chicago house is born 
  • 1986 Run-D.M.C. covers "Walk This Way" by Aerosmith and the concept of the disc jockey as a band member and artist is known worldwide 
  • late 1980's Detroit Techno is born  
  • 1986 Phuture (Spanky, DJ Pierre, Herb J) releases one of the first acid house records ""Acid Tracks" 
  • 1989 Frankie Bones becomes the "Godfather of American Rave Culture" after bringing the culture to America after playing at a hangar party in the UK


California History
(in development)

  • 1930 Henry Cowell commissions Léon Theremin to invent the Rhythmicon (also known as the Polyrhythmophone, the world's first electronic rhythm machine)
  • 1939 - John Cage manipulates records in Imaginary Landscape no. 1 and Imaginary Landscape no. 2. directly influenced by Schönberg’s serialism 
  • 1945 KCRW 89.9FM is born to train servicemen returning from World War II in a new technology they called "FM broadcasting." 
  • 1952 John Cage creates "Williams Mix" using magnetic tape recordings for source material 
  • 1962 Don Buchla creates Buchla and Associates in Berkeley, California and completes his first modular synthesizer in 1963
  • 1968 KUCI 88.9FM begins as a pirate radio station & in 1969 becomes legal and funded by UCI (University of California, Irvine)
  • 1969 Terry Riley releases "A Rainbow in Curved Air"
  • 1970s KDAY Radio is born in L.A. and later becomes the innovation gateway for Hip-Hop, R&B, and Dance Music influencing countless people. It was the first station in the world to play Hip-Hop around the clock.
  • 1976 - 1979 Synapse Magazine 
  • 1980 David Cope begins to create algorithmic compositions through programmed A.I. analysis
  • ~1980 
    • Brothers Vangelis and Vidal Vargas are exposed to artists such as Tangerine Dream and Kraftwerk by their father and later become Raíz & founders of Droid Behavior with Drumcell. 
    • ? Dr. Richard Boulanger completes his Ph.D. at the University of California, San Diego (Center for Music Experiment’s Computer Audio Research Lab, Bell Labs, CCRMA, the MIT Media Lab, Interval Research, and IBM and worked closely for many years with Max Mathews and Barry Vercoe) 
    • Eli Star begins DJ'ing 
    • Demoscene and the use of trackers 
    • Mariah starts the Batline (the first original underground club-line)
    • Fester attends a house party which inspires him to start DJ'ing & becomes well-known in the L.A. underground. 
  • 1984
    • DPSM begins DJ'ing 
  • mid 1980s 
    • Randy J Jacobson begins to DJ in LA
    • Barry Weaver begins to DJ in LA
  •  1985 
    • DJ Pat D begins DJ'ing and gets his first S. California gig at the After 8 dance club in Norco and a few years later Traffic Jam, 8:00 Hott Mixx and The Friday & Saturday Night Hott Mixx on 99.1 KGGI FM
    • Ron D. Core begins DJ'ing and starts Dr. Freeclouds in 1986
    • DJ Moonpup begins DJ'ing in LA
  • 1986 
    • Doc Martin begins to DJ (S.F. to L.A.)
    • Playscool Productions is created by Todd Zweig 
    • Ice-T releases "6 'N Da Mornin' (first West Coast gangsta rap track)
  • 1987 
    • 3MT / Rob Wright begins producing. VJ'ing in 1991
    • DJ Lethal moves to Los Angeles, discovers hip-hop culture, & begins beatboxing. In1992 Begins DJ'ing & "House of Pain" with Danny Boy. He later joins Limp Bizkit and produces for Sugar Ray, Rob Zombie, DMC, Evanescence, and many others
    • JDevil (Jonathan Davis of Korn) begins DJ'ing in Bakersfield
  • 1988 
    • Jason Bentley begins at KCRW as a phone volunteer and later goes on to become a prominent DJ & Music Director of KCRW. Previously: KXLU, Afterhours on KROQ-FM, Metropolis on KCRW 
    • David Wessel becomes Professor of Music at the University of California, Berkeley where he is Director of CNMAT
    • Rob Pointer ( Robtronik ) begins DJ'ing in San Francisco. [ Founder of Compression, Convention, Planetary Series, Boom Box and former radio DJ on Indie 103.1 FM with The Crystal Method ]
  • 1988-1999 ? Labyrinth Warehouse (first LA rave) 
  • 1989 
    • Mellinfunk begins to DJ
    • Circa (event)
    • Nectar (event) 
  • ~ late 80's early 90's
    • Joe Vitale? starts the Sideshow Hotline & later Jen takes it over (club-line)
    • Hope Dawson starts the hopeline (club-line)
    • Ruth Nikata creates the Underground Source (club-line)
    • Whaddup hotline (hip-hop / Drum & Bass) (club-line)
    • Kira? creates LA Unified (club-line)
    • DJ Fido begins DJ'ing
    • ? Steve Loria begins DJ'ing
  • 199_? 
    • DJ Shadow begins DJ'ing at UC Davis on KDVS & later becomes a prominent figure in instrumental hip-hop 
    • James Lumb and Roxanne Morganstern create the Electric Sky Church band
    • Funky TeknoTribe with Barry Weaver
    • Eve Falcon begins DJ'ing in L.A. 
    • ? Mr. Koolaid beings DJ'ing/Producing  
  • 1990 
    • Frankie Bones comes to L.A.
    • Stranger Than Fiction (L.A.’s first Massive @ The Shrine Auditorium) (event)
    • Todd Zweig creates Romperoom  
    • Xavier De Enciso starts DJ'ing and promoting in L.A. 
    • BaBaLu & DJ Fido create Flammable Liquid (L.A. event) 
    • Jaymystic begins DJ'ing and promoting in L.A.
  • early 1990s
    • The word "rave" becomes popular in California after being widely used in Europe 
    • Family Groove is born (L.A. event)
    • Insomnia (not Insomniac) is born (afterhours event) 
    • Moe Espinosa discovers the rave scene in L.A. and later becomes drumcell & founder of Droid Behavior with Raíz
    • LA Klub Kids are born 
    • DJ Dan begins to DJ in L.A. after moving from Seattle
    • DJ Mojo (Joel Semchuck) begins DJ'ing
    • The Crystal Method / Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland move from Las Vegas to Glendale 
    • Paw Paw Patch (event)
    • Donald Glaude helps define west-coast house music
    • R.A.W. a.k.a. BBOY3000 begins to DJ
    • What? (event)
    • F.A.M.I.L.Y. (event)
    • ANDR3X creates Subliminal (event) 
    • Grape Ape at Wild Rivers water park in Irvine (event) 
    • Daven the Mad Hatter begins promoting in Orange County
    • Jamie Thinnes begins DJ'ing
    • Narnia (event)
    • The Unity Project (event - created by Rob Wright, ...) 
    • ? Magic Wednesdays begins (the only major rave-oriented Hollywood club in the 90's) 
    • Dean Paul begins DJ'ing in L.A. 
    • Steve Loria creates Bang The Drum (event) 
    • Hip-hop turntablist, DJ AERO becomes a part the L.A. rave scene and years later becomes Tommy Lee's DJ'ing partner in Electro Mayhem and has worked with Snoop Dogg, Everlast, Korn, and Dilated Peoples. He has now also joined Lee, Deadmau5, and Steve Duda in "WTF?" 
    • Destructo (Gary Richards) begins DJ'ing and producing undergrounds in L.A. & later becomes the A&R for electronic music at Def American Recordings with Lords of Acid, Messiah, David Holmes, Basement Jaxx, Dub Pistols, God Lives Underwater and founding 1500 Records and Nitrus Records 
    • Brian Scroggins begins producing techno and later as P.O.P. with Daniel Somboonsiri. He later dies from cancer in 2008 
    • dj404 begins DJ'ing but later dies of cancer in 2009 
  • ? Taylor is the resident house DJ at Metropolis in Irvine. A lot of worldwide DJ's play there because of him. 
  • 1991- ~1997 Don Pits creates the Dirt Line to help connect people to the hottest events
  • 1991 - 1992 - KDLD MARS-FM is born with Swedish Egil and Freddy Snakeskin
  • 1991-1994 Peter Vincent's Rave Time Capsule 
  • 1991 
    • Jack And Jill (event)
    • DJ Vitamin begins to DJ
    • Deejay Coolwhip begins DJ'ing & producing 
    • Scott Friedel (God Within), Gavin (Hawke), and Robbie (Little Wing) start the Hardkiss Music record label in San Francisco
    • Dubtribe Sound System begins producing and performing in San Francisco 
  • 1992 
    • ET7 begins collecting vinyl and starts DJ'ing under "DJ BOOTYTRAP" in '96
    • Brian Behlendorf creates the sfraves mailing list and then Hyperreal
    • Power Tools is born (produced by Gerry Meraz and hosted by Richard Vission) on Power 106 FM  
    • DJ Trance / Jason Blakemore begins DJ'ing  
    • Thee-O begins DJ'ing  
    • Brad Moontribe begins DJ'ing 
    • Mark Farina relocated to San Francisco bringing the downtempo style and then started co-hosting a weekly Mushroom Jazz club night in ‘93
    • C^STILLO begins DJ'ing (Pomona?) and later creates INNERM^TTER Recordings
    • DJJeffreyLA begins DJ'ing
    • DJNicotene begins mixing Drum & Bass 
    • The Movement (AJ Mora, Richard Vission, DJ Hazze, Walter "Kandor" Kahn) is formed and created their hit track "Jump!" 
  • 1992/93 About 17,000 people arrive at K-Rave New Years Eve at Knott's Berry Farm created by Gary Richards / DJ Destructo (event)
  • 1993 
    • Liquid Fish begins producing and then DJ'ing in 1996  
    • Riders of the Plastic Groove is born on KUCI 88.9fm by Dennis Simms
    • Moontribe is born / Founded by Treavor Walton and 
    • Christopher X starts raving and then moves east and begins to DJ
    • Spundae (promoter) is born
    • Insomniac Events is born
  • 1994 
    • F.A.M.I.L.Y. is born (events)  
    • TechnoState is born (event) 
    • DJ Homicide joins the band "Sugar Ray" 
    • Nocturnal Wonderland begins (event) 
    • Mars creates Frequency 8 (first events in California dedicated exclusively to Trance music paving the way for a West Coast Trance explosion like Skills in San Francisco) 
    • PWLY (The People Who Love You) is born (events) 
  • mid 1990's
    • DJ Remo (Remo Hunt) begins DJ'ing (a fixture of Long Beach’s jungle and dubstep music scenes) 
    • Verity begins DJ'ing
    • jeniluv begins DJ'ing 
    • DjLush begins DJ'ing in LA
    • ? Corey Hoffman begins DJ'ing 
    • ? Shane Braden begins DJ'ing
    • TOMCARLE aka TomKat begins DJ'ing 
    • ? Ideal Flow begins DJ'ing
  • 1995 
    • Conscious Groove Events is created by Markus D. Manley (ends December 2000)
    • Techno Pusher begins DJ'ing
    • DJ Lyfe joins the band "Incubus"(Calabasas, California)
    • Meanstreak begins DJ'ing in LA
    • DJ Dement begins DJ'ing in LA
  • ~1995 Psytribe
  • ? Green Sector
  • ? Terrakroma
  • 1996 - 1998 Groove Radio 103.1 FM 24/7 is born after running the 3 hour Groove Radio show  "Renegade Radio" on KWIZ 
  • 1996 
    • Ron D. Core creates Atomic Hardcore Recordings & then Oblivion Records (California’s first Hardcore record label)
    • Steve Aoki creates Dim Mak records (named after his childhood hero, Bruce Lee) after running underground concerts in Southern California, Santa Barbara 
    • 96? V-Wax is born in Los Angeles (record label) 
    • The first Nocturnal Wonderland by Insomniac (event) 
    • GOODTIMES is born (founded by Lenny Skippen) 
    • Emmy J from the Inland Empire begins DJ'ing
  • ~1997 
    • DJ APX 1 begins DJ'ing and starts his own artist management company "Revolution"
    • A "rave task force" is formed in L.A. to shutdown raves 
  • 1997
    • Scott Friedel (Scott Hardkiss / God Within) is named "California's leading exponent of hard house" by Pete Tong
    • Energy Project
    • Go Ventures is born
    • Mr. Hahn joins "Linkin Park" 
    • Mel-E-Boo discovers electronic music in Grass Valley and then begins promoting and later DJ'ing in 2002 as part of Unity Project DJ's
  • 1998 
    •  undocument begins making music in Long Beach
    • "Steamroller" event - first Hardcore / Acid / Break core event founded by DJ Nickle
    • Mellinfunk starts Mainline Records  
    • The Los Angeles Coliseum holds a public rave where they recorded up to 100,000 people
    • David Hopper gets his first record deal with Blacc Label Records
    • Bret Wallace begins DJ'ing and later starts Re:love (L.A.?) 
  • 1999 
    • Pedro Eustache performs Tetelestai in Irvine 
    • Desert Dwellers is formed by Amani Friend & Treavor Moontribe
    • Coachella (Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival) is born (event)
  • late 90's
    • DJ Hyperactive begins 4 Track Records out of Los Angeles 
    • Mungo begins DJ'ing 
  • ~2000 
    • first? massives by Coolworld and B3 
  • 2000  
    • Munchie / Filthy Freqs begins to DJ and MC in L.A. 
    • Paul Oakenfold plays for thousands at the Cyberfest in Fresno
    • The Do LaB is born
      • Lightning in a Bottle (event)
    • Jaymystic begins a residence at Luna Park on Friday nights in Hollywood which was named the hottest Friday night destination in 2000 by The L.A. Weekly 
    • JAM on it is born
  • 2001 
    • Dntel (Jimmy Tamborello) releases "(This is) The Dream of Evan and Chan" featuring the vocals and lyrics of Ben Gibbard who will both release "Give Up" in 2003 as The Postal Service. 
  • ~2002  
    • Droid Behavior is born 
    • Rob Pointer (Robtronic) creates Boom Box, a prominent figure in the southern California breaks scene 
    • The OC Music Awards include... ?
  • 2003 
    • Adymus (John Rock) begins producing in Anaheim and then begins DJ'ing in 2006
    • John McEnary passes away (1952-2003) (performer of classical and jazz guitar, specialist in acoustic, electrical and synthesized guitars, Orange Coast College music professor)
    • Listeners are outraged after KDL, the party station, ceased to exist. For a month the station ran with no commercials or DJs and featured only the voices of listeners from phone messages left on the request line voice mail. Many of the phone messages were angry listeners yelling "You guys suck!" and "What happened to KDL the party station!" 
    • Underground Sound Productions is created by DJ Soda (Dakota) in Santa Cruz
    • Bob Motamedi begins DJ'ing 
    • Josh Billings creates Focus in Orange County (event)
  • 2004 
    • The Recording Academy (Grammy Awards) is lobbied by Jason Bentley, ? (and others) to include electronic music
    • The Crystal Method hosts a show on Indie 103.1fm  
    • Open Mike Eagle moves from Chicago to Los Angeles to join the underground hip-hop scene
  • 2005  
    • Audio Science is born 
    • Rob Pointer (Robtronic) creates Compression (event) in LA & hosts many prominent techno & house producers and DJ's 
  • 2006
  • 2007 Gary Richards / DJ Destructo creates HARD (event promoter)
  • 2008 
    • XTRNL Music is founded by Jonathan Morning
  • 2009  
    • Xavier De Enciso creates LOVEFIX (event) 
    • Rob Ponter (Robtronic) creates Convention, a three day techno festival, a first of its kind in LA
    •  Wired Events is born 
    • Groove Temple is founded by Luis Rosario and Michelle LeMay  
    • Sonny John Moore begins to perform as Skrillex in Los Angeles
  • 2011 
    • first International Gloving Championship (IGC
    • Anton Tumas creates Subtract Music
    • Flap Jack begins DJ'ing in SoCal and becomes a hardcore icon
  • 2012
    • Verity creates MSR (Muzikal Spirit Research) (event promoter) 
    • Jessica Waffles creates Waffles Weekly  
    • Thee-O, Luis Rosario, and Rob Pointer (formerly known as Robtronik) create Stylus  
  • 2013
    • Eliot Han and Marcel Videla create #FOFN (Friends of Friends Network)
  • 2014
  • THE FUTURE
    • "Through The Looking Glass: a Journey through Los Angeles' Rave History" by Public Works Collective [an independent documentary] is released (2013-2014?)

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Art: 

 .::Visual Aesthetics in Motion::.


Dance Moves & Tutorials:

Liquid dancing, digits, popping, break-dancing, waving, glowsticking, candy walking, kanki stomping, hardstyle, shuffle, jumpstyle, hakken, x-outing, skanking, the robot, tecktonik, crip walk, rebolation, and tekstyle are just a few dance moves you will see within an electronic music culture. Try them yourself:


Freehand, Glowstringing, Misc. Articles and Tutorials


.:: Visual Aesthetics at Rest ::.

Rave & Club Flyers Archive from the 1980s - Present:
Photos: 

Magazines & e-zines: 

  • HUGE! (free print-based underground rave magazine & e-zine beginning in 1998)
  • Milwaukee's rave zine "Massive"
  • Lotus in Seattle
  • Synapse ( 1976-1979 )



Communities:

World Wide:

Local:

Canada

United Kingdom:

United States:



Communities by Genre:

Drum & Bass:
Electro:

House:
Braindance / Experimental / IDM:
    Low-Bit / Chiptune:
    Video Game Themes:
    Hard Dance


    Happy Hardcore:
    Speedcore:


    Trance:


      Blenders:
      VJ'ing:



      Learning Electronic Music Genres: 

      Within each genre, a collective identity is formed to varying degrees, some more prominent than others. Each group is universally founded in technological and human discovery with genres acting only as a gateway to unfolding similarities and differences but never a means of division.


      Hyperreal: 1989 - 2000 DJ sets by genre

      Ishkur's Guide To Electronic Music

      Volterock Radio Database

      TheScientist's Guide to Electronic Music : Timeline and Styles

      TheScientist : How To Understand Electronic Dance Music

      The Evolution of Western Dance Music



      Master List of Electronic Music Genres
      • Sub-genres of: 



      Viral Sightings & Comedy: 


      • Video: 



      • Pictures: 
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      Associations & Research

      Journals




      Learn More: 

      Hyperreal 

      Gridface

      Remix Theory

      Archived Mixes:
      Ravers Digest

      Rave Archive

      Fantazia

      TruGroovez

      Underave

      1990+ Northeast of England Rave Scene

      1991+ Toronto Rave Scene

      Rave Diaries of 1992

      dmoz directory
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