I was very confused for a moment. "I didn't make a new thread!"...."oh. Okay!"
Sorry, I didn't mean to drift too much! Anyway, I want to expand a bit...
First off, I really want to make it clear that I am not and never will be, one of the folks who spends the majority of my time at sound/dance stages. I used to be a part of the fucking embarrassing "subculture," but I've since stopped taking ecstasy and realized that 4/4 beats aren't my thing. In fact, I'm much more of a 60's/70's rock guy. One of my dreams is to put on a 4am rock show out in the middle of nowhere... Imagine distorted guitars with blues-scales and a smattering of good ol' rock 'n roll to a sunrise. Oooooh, yeah....... okay, so I always wanted to be a Beatle growing up, shoot me. Anyway, I digress... I'm not a raver, however, I definitely appreciate the ambience that the boom-boom tends to give. It's a pretty neat effect to melt from one area to the next, keeping a nice constant thump-a-bump.
I can understand the "over-saturated" comment. In fact, I honestly through I wrote that... but I guess I didn't, sorry! It is everywhere... however, It really feels like, to me, that this sentiment is quiet, perhaps too-much-so. I read lots of it, but hell... I've honestly never seen anyone complain while I'm there. That's an entirely anecdotal experience, I know... but damn, I couldn't find a single person other than my lady who didn't want to spend the night at XXXXX sound camp here. It was impossible to drag anyone away. I guess this is the problem. I remember talking about a dream mutant vehicle of mine... living room on wheels, one of those airport-meal-trucks that lift up, so I could lift up the living room to the "second story," and put a hollowed out TV on the thing so that we could go around watching "Burning Man TV," .... and the first question I was asked by someone was, "Where you gonna put the DJ booth?!" So, I can see the over-saturation.
But, I mean... It seems like Burning Man thinks itself an EDM festival of sorts, if Marian Goodell's attendance at that EDMBiz conference in Vegas is any indication? Or, I dunno... "Marian Goodell pointed out that Burning Man isn’t really a music festival," at the conference, as well.
I tend to observe that folks will hate on the Boom-boom, but then will turn around and dance all night at the boom-boom or champion their favorite sound collective/mutant sound vehicle to everyone else, because they clearly do it right, whilst everyone else does it wrong. Then again, most veteran Burners I have personally met have been total and complete douchebags (but that's a whole other topic... seriously, I almost never wanted to return or even come in the first place if they were any indication, but I definitely found out that the majority of the community tends to be awesome).
Again, I want to make it clear, I do not support the EDM-ization of Burning Man, if that's a word. I've seen first-hand what these so-called "festivals" are like, and I definitely do not support the importation of that crowd into this crowd. We don't need kids staring at light-gloves, people grind-fucking on dance floors, and "SEX DRUGS DUBSTEP" hats polluting the atmosphere. I'd have way more fun if less was out there. I think the less-is-more principal would work out well here.
Perhaps there needs to be a sunset on sound-oriented stages/MVs for awhile, or the bar to bring a large-scale placed camp/mutant vehicle must be raised? But... then that would disqualify so many things that have apparently become staples of the Playa. I don't know.
I guess that since I've only been in 2011 and 2012, I don't even know what a dust storm looks like, I'm a freeloader, and I'm a cancer to the Burn, so, I'll be quiet and let you folks talk for awhile