For the first time in this site’s four and some year existence, I offer a post from a guest author – my friend Chris Russell aka Alta from the United Kingdom. We both attended the MIDI electronic music festival in Shanghai on October 27th and discussed writing essays about what exactly happened that day. He finished, I didn’t.
While my unfinished essay is more of a pragmatic guide for running a music festival and pitfalls to avoid, Chris wrote a straight-up scholarly work that examines potential links between rave culture and the spatial and architectural wastes of late capitalism.
“If Pudong had been a site instrumental in foisting alien economic ideas upon an unsuspecting Chinese public, then the idea was that MIDI Electronic would have a similar impact, but this time in the cultural realm”
Full essay after the jump, it’s great.