gaminwench wrote:IMHO, it isn't about whether it's 'art'; it's about the philosophy.
"I want them to hear my set all over the city"
"I want folks to find us, listen, interact and participate"
and i think really this goes to the heart of the concern some people may have with the original posters ideas about this whole Digital Apex thing... music is certainly welcome at burning man! ..im guessing at least a few people know that i spend much of my burn at a certain music camp... but theres a difference between the small live music camps you mentioned finding in the city and the other ones which you can easily find without trying ...some want to "go big"
in terms of the world of some of the larger dance camps, which digital apex seems to aspire to be, going big can be anything from going real loud to going big with big name djs/production/branded audio setups that are well known and mentioned to get folks out to their camp..
there seems to be a bit of a cultural difference between the djs/producers of the dance camps and the small live music joints.
going big in the world of the EDM/dj/producer culture, seems to me, from my outsider perspective.. from what ive seen of those involved in burning man over the years, can end up being very close to some of the things we /dont/ want on the playa... i.e. salespeople, producers looking to cash in, to sell a brand, ..a product.. or to leech off of burning man to lift the profile of someone/some group/producer for profit outside of burning man... to get as many people as possible at a set, no matter what their values or level of participation ...(perhaps not true for /all/ of these groups.. but certainly has occured with some)
going big in the world of live music culture at burning man seems to be... 'we upgraded from 25 foot dome to a 35 foot dome.. and we actually have a house band for every night of the week this year' ...im not sure if ive seen any notable examples of people trying to use the event for benefit of future profit while touring/gigging like ive seen of some of the large scale sound camp outfits.
its not really about ruining 'my burn' ...its a cultural problem for those who have built a community around the event ...
its not even about dancing.
its not even about profit.
its about trying to keep the cultural impact of these operations to a minimum.. some of these GO BIG operations have the potential for a very large cultural impact.. merely by publishing setlists, for example.
if these "go big" people arent careful they could easily (and some say they already have) cause a dramatic shift in terms of what burning man /is/ to the invested hardcore attendees.., to the legal people and those who are future/new customers of burning man...
it rarely seems, judging by the original poster who wants to "go big" (along with so many other huge dance camps), that there is any concern about what the possible impact of going big may be......... whether or not they have a "right" to do what they do is neither here or there..... whether or not they decide if theyll do what they want to do or not matters, perhaps now.. and surely eventually.
one neednt 'go big' to make burning man awesome.... and maybe, perhaps, sometimes, /not/ going big will keep burning man awesome