One of the most powerfully transformative music events currently known to humankind is
the Rave. At these events, the energies of electronic music and light are transcribed into
kinaesthetic energy, ie. movement, through dance. People dancing in this energy field resonate to the sound
and light frequencies which cascade about them, which can bring about the creative state of altered awareness
known as Trance. These factors combine to create a uniquely powerful energy field which can be piloted towards an ecstatic experience of communality and shared awareness.
Rave culture is often associated with notions of community, evolution and spirituality.
These elements are also related to ideas such as global peace, human understanding and
most importantly, a change in human consciousness. The ecstatic energy generated by
electronic rhythms and free-flowing dance movements, especially when combined with
powerful mind-altering drugs such as empathogens (MDMA, MDA) and hallucinogens
(LSD, Mescaline, Psilocybin), create life-changing experiences for participants at these
In this way, Raves can ellicit in participants a state of
liminality (an altered state
of awareness induced by various types of ritual activity). When people experience a liminal state,
the constraints of
everyday life and its attendent social relations and norms are suspended. This state of suspension
can enable people to gain insights into themselves and their relationships with others.
Such experiences can induce permanent change in an individual or in a society, if the insights
or new ways of relating are applied to everyday living.
The liminal moment which frees people from the constraints of normality is what
Hakim Bey calls the TAZ, the
Temporary Autonomous Zone.
The TAZ is a moment of freedom from the gridlock of the status quo, the stasis or inertia of
the social system.
It happens at events which celebrate life and freedom, like festivals, pirate republics and