Steve Baltes

Rave: The Making Of

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This two-disc set is sort of like a work of religious apologetics -- faced with a world that misunderstands their beliefs and misconstrues their motivations, the organizers of an annual San Francisco rave called the Electro-Techno-Disco Posicle Festival filmed a documentary intended, in their words, "to try and clarify, to illustrate and to offer some answers to many of the misunderstandings of this genre of music." The film goes behind the scenes, showing what goes into the organization of an indoor dance party for 10,000 people; it also includes interviews with the organizers, who are clearly in earnest -- though it's not entirely clear what they have to be earnest about. It's a dance party. It's fun. Yes, a lot of people get wasted, and the rave's organizers make vague noises about being bothered by that fact, but they're deeply unconvincing on that particular point. The real point of the documentary is the footage of the dancers in all their kaleidoscopic variety. The accompanying CD is a DJ mix consisting of music by Deep Voices (aka Steve Baltes) and Dyloot, whose take on electronic dance music is very pleasant but not especially interesting. The only two tracks that are really likely to catch your attention are "Lilly" and "Angel Eyes," both of them featuring fine vocals by Alexander KG Klaus. Not bad, but not essential.

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