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Tuesday, 27 May, 2008 11:33 PM

Observations from the Wild: Movement '08

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / AMERICAJR.com

The entrance to the Detroit Electronic Music Festival.

by Pete Bublitz
as4893@wayne.edu

Arriving at the Movement festival between noon and 1 p.m., it seemed as though the attendance was rather low. This would have been undersandable if it were two hours earlier, but this the midpoint of the second day, in warm weather nonetheless.

The experience contrasted in several ways from past visits, even in terms of entering Hart Plaza, where it was held. In my first visit to the annual Electronic Music Festival, I merely walked, at least from what I remember.

This year, prior to entering the first time, I was redirected to a ticket booth just down the sidewalk, where I had to purchase one for $25.

Entering the festival, the crowds were still small, yet the music was still as loud as one could remember. As they grew, the music would continue to rise, fade, and etcetera as numerous participants displayed their stuff at at least four stages across the Plaza.

Going underground, the Real Detroit stage produced the most vibratory beats, which could be attributed to the partially indoor setting.

Emerging from was nearly blinding, for to glare out at the daylight, it looked like the air was filled with smoke.

The other stages I visited were also brand-labeled: the Red Bull Music Academy, Beatport, and so on.

The weather was much warmer and the sun much brighter in the sky than previous visits, it could be seen that Movement still displayed a sense of social connection, signified by everyone who were lounging on the grass or pavement just to enjoy the beats.

At one point, it got so warm that I felt like rolling my sleeves up. So, I looked over to a woman one foot away and in a yell asked if she had any rubberbands. She never turned her head. It was probably from not calling loud enough, yet all the same it was truly Movement.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / AMERICAJR.com

Matthew Hawtin entertains the crowd at the Detroit Electronic Music Festival.

 

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Patrick Russell entertains the crowd at the DEMF.

 

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A look at the crowded Real Detroit stage while T. Linder makes music.

 

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