Senior Theses

Publication Date

Spring 2011

Document Type

Thesis (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts in Music



Faculty Advisor(s)

Joan Paddock & Liz Obert

Subject Categories



In today's world of music, everything is constantly changing alongside the progression of technology. With these developments, new musical genres have emerged and many people are still unaware of them. If you listen, you can hear these styles and genres being used in popular music.

For the past several months I have jumped headfirst into the Electronic Dance Music (EDM) and rave scene. I have been documenting, observing, and researching all that it has to offer. I have been networking with people involved, be they DJs, Go-Go Dancers, Participants, Promoters, or Photographers. It has been a truly rewarding experience.

Far too often, I see research about music scenes that are told only by text and the occasional grayscale photo. Music is more than just what you can hear; it is a full sensory experience. I wish to show the world of raves and Electronic Dance Music through words, photography, video, and sound. In addition to the thesis you can download here, this will be found on a website dedicated to showcasing my thesis in a multimedia format.


A multimedia-rich, continually updated version of this thesis is available at

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