Is Dance Music a Subculture or Has it Now Become a Culture in its Own Right?

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Is Dance Music a Subculture or Has it Now Become a Culture in its Own Right? Classically subcultures define themselves as 'other' and 'subordinate' to 'the dominant' culture. Many cultural theorists such as Stuart Hall and Dick Hebdige have been chiefly concerned with the ways in which subcultures subvert and pose a resistance to the 'established order' through their expressive dress codes and rituals. Dance music seems to depart from these theories of youth culture, since it has not established its own identifiable dress code nor consciously set itself apart from the wider culture. Today dance music is primarily focussed around clubs, where people meet together and dance to electronically…show more content…
So it seems that whilst Dance Music does not necessarily create a melting pot for people from different cultural backgrounds, it does not exclude any section of youth on the grounds of race, gender, class, or sexuality. "There are no barriers within Dance " (H. Rietveld, 1991). As it appears that Dance music embraces a wide variety of cultures and lifestyles, the diversity within the genre itself starts to reflect this. Various sub-genres such as Happy House, which is uplifting and upbeat, Techno which is ambiguously futuristic, Ambient is calming, and Darkside (which was an aspect of 'drum and bass' which developed into Jungle) could be said to express a Dystopian mood. Mark Fisher, in his article "Hello darkness, our new friend" has written about Dark-side. Darkside borrows its ontology from horror and science fiction, and layers it over an extremely fast and manic beat. The sounds it borrows suggest casual homicide, ultra-violence, and survivalist individualism. This music sounds as if it comes from the near-future worlds of cyber-punk writers such as William Gibson. Darkside and Jungle are largely popular amongst the black communities, and through this, the genre is broken down yet again into Carnival and Drum and Bass. Dance can essentially be seen as collage, on many levels, and Collage is nothing new to youth culture. Dick Hebdige in his classic text "Subculture and the

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