The wall of Berlin and Techno’s raving society
Music can change political and social situations. Besides being entertainment, music can be a changing tool. One of the cities that were totally changed by music is Berlin. In this article, we explore what happened back then and how Berlin has become one of the most popular cities when it comes to Techno.
In the 80s it was believed that Berlin had no future.The music scene back then was radical, many artists felt they weren’t fitting into society, thus creating their own world. Techno parties took place in abandoned buildings that were destroyed in the war and later the fall of the wall.
Raving was an illegal action. Nobody has the right to gather in numbers to dance while listening to electronic music. It was easily done with a sound system and a DJ. Techno music was political and against the system, that’s why most clubs had no license nor contracts. The fall of Berlin’s wall was one of the main events that brought the world’s attention to Berlin. Techno took force over everything after this event. Berlin had witnessed unification and techno musicians brought unstoppable power to the unified city. It was a massive party since 1989 that has never stopped till now.
In 1989 Berlin witnessed the first love parade. This event was synchronous with the fall of the wall. In West Berlin’s Ku’damm high street techno music and major dance festivals were mastering the scene. The music and the raving spirit were for peace and joy. Techno was very popular in the parade and it brought the East and West together before reunification did. People from both sides felt connected and wanted to share the raving spirit together.
There are a number of clubs that were considered techno places during this time. One of them is Tresor club as it hosted young people from East and West of Berlin meeting each other and raving together. It was remarkable how dance floors connected people when politics couldn’t. One of the techno musicians that ruled the techno scene in Berlin during that time was “Underground Resistance” which had a huge impact on everybody in Berlin back then. As known by Techno music, the band also was known for their ‘anti-commercial situation. When other interests tried to take advantage of the love parade and the scene in Berlin, Under Resistance was one of the public figures that stood against commercializing the movement beside Richie Hawtin, Jürgen Laarmann, Westbam, and others. This kind of situation made what was called “Ravende Gesellschaft” which means “Raving Society”. This vision valued the techno culture as the number of the Love Parade’s visitors increased. Raving Society was based on joy, tolerance, and charity. The aim of the movement was to establish a society of happy people who are satisfied with their identity, function, sex, and self-image.
The impact of techno music, as well as the fall of Berlin’s wall, was massive. Techno would never have this popularity without the fall of the Wall. The self-image of the German people had changed drastically as well as the international perception of the country. It was no longer directly linked to the Second World War, but to the Love Parade. Till these days most of the shops in Berlin are just a professional continuation to what happened in the 80s and the 90s. Tourists come from everywhere to Berlin to enjoy the raving music and the nightclubbing life of Berlin.