gyre wrote:The loud camps are the most common reason for people not to return, not dust or storms.
There wasn't that much music once upon a time.
I enjoyed hearing random Piaf in my camp one year more than anything else I heard that year.
Some years I hear live (real) music even.
Simon of the Playa wrote:Just a quick observation of the obvious.
The friction that exists between the different factions of burning man must end.
Sound Camps...i dont know about you personally, but for me, i am a Burner First, and a Raver Second.
Burning Man is NOT A RAVE, electronic dance music has become a large part of the festivities, but i have seen the change, since 1996 (and there are many others out there who have witnessed an even Longer Arc) and i think a Balance Must be struck or we risk ending up Coachellized and Bonnarood.
The Rolling Stone Article comes to mind.
this is NOT a good thing, trust me.
it is one thing to want recognition, maybe even a kiss and a reach around from the Bmorg, because i do think the LSC's provide a gift, and Art to the playa....However, it is NOT the reason to go to Burning Man, those are vast and very individualistic.
I am with Root Society, one of those Massive Sound Camps. I am Nixon going to china. I want to make it clear that the element that attends EDC, DAYGLO, COACHELLA, etc etc etc who are merely concerned with popping x and dancing around in fluffy neon clothes without regards to anything except their own instant gratification sickens me.
they do not belong at burning man unless they adopt and take to heart the principles that it follows.
we have room for all types of Burners, but notice, the word BURNER comes first.
i dont give a shit who the fuck you are out in defaultia, it's how you behave on the playa that i judge a person.
Dear Sound Camps, we are not here to Take Over Burning Man, we are here to participate in the beautiful patchwork quilt that is Black Rock City.
not overwhelm it.
I am walking a tight rope here, but it must be done. We have to consider the Moores Law curve of Increasing popularity of EDM (electronic dance music) and it's affect on the population of Burning Man.
Large Sound Camps, it is up to us to TEACH THEM BEFORE THEY GET HERE, and then continue that process all week...im talking heavy indoctrination here, boot camp for the ponies, to turn them into mules.
It Is SURVIVAL CAMPING, INCREDIBLE ARTWORK, COMMUNITY, and MUSIC all in a balance...
if this balance is upset, and i fear it is, bad things happen.
I hate to sound like Cassandra, but beware, the Barbarians ARE at the gate, be prepared to disarm them, charm them, and change them before they destroy the culture that the petri dish of Burning Man has grown.
They are not the enemy, they are just not Dusty, Yet.
Help Them Get Dusty, Please.
if this wonderful experiment is to continue onward we must protect the original seed stock, as well as welcome hybridization and new strains.
hopefully, all of these growing pains will shake themselves out over time, Just as other Watershed years have produced changes and the project has evolved. this year will be one of those years, without a doubt.
I am Confidant that we CAN do it, Burners are the most Intrepid, Enthusiastic, Graceful, Learned, Improvisational, Mindful, Artistic, Varied and Eccentric, Wild and Wonderful People i know....the list of Adjectives goes on and on but you get my drift.
I WILL fight to protect Burning Man...I WILL fight to protect the Black Rock Desert and surrounding Area...i Will fight for the Sound Camps and their right to be Burners too...
i will not fight for stupid consumer based fad followers who hop on bandwagons.
root society has been on the playa for almost a decade in on form or another.
we have had many campers thru the years join our family.
We Burn. And we're getting better each and every year at it.
and i plan on keeping it that way...and spreading this message to all of our guests.
Dust First, Dance Second.
Ugly Dougly wrote:Rather than curse the darkness, light a candle.
Or bring a drum.
Simon of the Playa wrote:If all of a sudden Kinky Sex was Mainstream, i would hate to see what kind of tourist issues would develop.
lemur wrote:or are you just trying to create some kind of strife
in a way, once at the event.. the sound camps have the most ability to actually change what people are doing...... a lot more than the earth guardians!
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