D.L.S.B. THEORY (Darkness Light Sound BPM)
❝One year ago, on April, 16th2017, I moved from Bergamo to Amsterdam, for a new experience: working at D/DOCK, a sustainable, innovative and human-centered design studio.
I left my family, my friends, my city and my usual routine: architect and designer during the week, event promoter and raver during the weekend.
After a few months spent in this young and vibrant city, far from partying hard in Italy, my passion for raves, events and promoting was back, but in a different guise. So, I decided to get closer to the Dutch electronic (Sub)culture and I became absolutely fascinated by the positive and respectful behaviour of the ravers of Amsterdam and by the way technology is used to unleash emotions.
After talking with some friends, and thanks to siph•lab, that always trusted me, I decided to take part in this ‘out of the box’ research:
Research about Electronic (Sub)culture.
Music: merging people of different backgrounds, age, nationality, sex, religion, etc. (Sub)culture: group of people with a specific culture (electronic music), which makes them different from the larger culture to which they belong to, known as the "dominant" culture. In the electronic music there are different subcultures, based on the rhythmic and on a different BPM.
BPM: is an acronym for Beats Per Minute. It means, how many beats in some song appear in a minute, and it describes the “tempo of the song.”
Rules: free your mind, let yourself enjoy the party while respecting the other people and the vibes on the dance floor.
Creativity and Technology: experiment with darkness, lights and sounds, involving people in a unique experience.
Unique Experience: creativity and technology combined with sounds and people can turn the smart and functional design into an emotional journey. Emotional journey: disconnect yourself from the daily routine, refresh your mind and your body.
Raving with friends, during the weekend, in the darkness
In Amsterdam, there are many different kinds of hybrid or reused spaces, which have been turned into clubs.
One of this club is situated in the basement of a “Creative Hub” tower. The mission is to completely experience the club, not only by exploring music, but also by living art, visual art, performances, conferences and exhibits.
Another club reopened within an abandoned building and it’s a 24-hours licensed initiative: it opens 7 days a week and it serves as a club, a music venue, a restaurant, a café, a garden, a huge and cozy smoking area, a darkroom, a movie theatre and an exhibition space. In the basement there is an “extreme” dance floor.
“Design, experience and quality sound are always remembered. Next to House and Techno, they are curator for the vanguard of dance music, showcasing electronica from the defining outreaches of the industry.”
Dutch clubs are real art performance containers, hybrid and multifunctional social spaces where light, design, sound, art, performance and people are useful elements to unleash emotions in people.
Clubs can be extreme but cozy, dark but dazzling, adverse but familiar. Dutch clubs are definitely ART PERFORMANCE CONTAINERS. Techno is a therapy.