Just two years ago I made the experiment to photograph an old analog photo with my phone camera. Today I looked through some stacks of my old analog photos and then a thought struck me. Why don’t I use the DSLR with my 40mm macro lens for that? It would give me a much higher resolution and better quality. So, I experimented again and I am amazed about some of the results. Take a look at the picture below, I shot it with an analog camera in Berlin, during the Loveparade in the year 2000, with the motto “One World One Loveparade”…
Damn, how time flies. I shot the photo 20 years ago. It makes me a little bit uneasy when I think about that, lol. But it is also quite amazing that I’ve been part of such large events. As I often mentioned in my blog, as a guitar player, my favorite music genre was and still is, of course, anything guitar related. Especially gritty music from the old times like the ’60s and ’70s. I actually sometimes admired those who are old enough to have seen the most iconic rock legends. If teleportation would be a thing, I would have teleported myself straight back to Woodstock to listen to the legends. And secretly, I was pretty mad about the fact that I was too young to be able to have seen those legends like Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jefferson Airplane, and so on, live.
But a couple of years ago when I looked through my photo album, I realized that I grew up in an era, in which a very new and experimental genre was evolving further and further too. It was just a very different genre, it was electronic music. And I absolutely loved electronic music and it’s been a huge part of my generation. What I didn’t realize back then was that electronic music had far more in common with classic or psychedelic rock than I actually thought. I don’t want to get political here, even though there are some similarities too, like the fact that both generations wanted to see the world change, or felt the need to be different or create something different.
I am talking about the musical aspect. In both cases, musicians haven’t seen limits of creativity. It was all experimental, and purely about trying new sounds out and being fascinated about that, making music. In both cases, it was raw, gritty music and mind-blowing innovative compared to what existed before. Which doesn’t mean that musicians didn’t borrow from previous eras but the results were fantastic and a novel. That’s basically why we now say they’re genres on their own. I remember how my friend and I experienced that family members said “It only sounds like boom boom” and I thought that was funny because while it might have been about the beat too, it was much more about those insane synthesizer sounds that were equally mesmerizing as the crazy guitar solos in classic rock songs. It was different but very mesmerizing combined with the beats.
When I think about it today, I bet the parents of the Woodstock visitors said to their kids too “It only sounds like screaming and trashy guitar music”. But guess what, people still listen to it today and it’s perceived as a very iconic music era. So far, the same seems to happen with electronic music. At least under those who listen to the genre, many people have already forgotten the new electronic track from last year, but they all still know the electronic music from around 2000 and earlier. It wasn’t the first time I walked outside and heard a public event far away, where they still played electronic tracks of the time I was party-goer. So, that’s why the time I grew up is iconic too.
There are also two other facts about why it’s iconic. But they’re sad ones. When we were in Berlin during the Lovepare 2000, there have been 1.300,000 attendees. Imagine that today. The last years this would have been impossible due to the terrorists that shocked the world. Today it’s basically impossible due to the Corona pandemic.
With that said, I realized, I might not have been a visitor at Woodstock but I have been at the most historic and iconic electronic music event of all times, the Loveparade in Berlin. That’s pretty cool, huh? Every Loveparade had an easy to swallow anthem, which wasn’t as aggressive as most of the Techno sets of DJ’s during the event. Here is the anthem of the Loveparade in 2000 by Dr. Motte and Westbam…