with a goal of countering “certain tendencies” in the club today.
just like with Dogma 95 this is surely not for most, but should not be viewed as any kind of diss to people who choose not to adopt these vows, nor is it any kind of silly value judgement concerning "underground" being superior to top 40. and of course like the films Dogme directors make: some will strictly adhere, some will partially, and some completely outside the parameter - i am not suggesting anyone SHOULD adopt these rules, but just providing a guideline opposed to laziness and complacency. the desired result is of course maximizing fun and party and intrigue and inspiration...
goes without saying some of it has plenty of room for subjective interpretation.
THE VOWS OF CHASTITY
1. no selection which has been used by another dj *that you know of* in live or studio mixing.
2. no selection which you *think* the majority of the audience knows well in live or studio mixing.
3. no dj tools except as transition between non-tool tracks, (hallo techno djs).
4. avoid arbitrary fucking with the EQ, track volumes, cross fader, etc., for pure effect if it doesn't enhance the material. (same goes for chaos pads, etc.)
5. use repetition and monotony as means toward ends, and not out of default laziness.
6. when possible, make best use of the innate human tendency to recognize/imagine patterns, instead of beating people's heads with a giant kick drum ALL of the time.
7. all mashups must sound BETTER than, or at least become more meaningful than the original songs.
8. no excessive use of arpeggios as lazy way to create excitement-by-numbers.
9. Do in depth research into your chosen styles, its history and lineage as related to other styles, find and make unexpected connections.
10. do not play ANY ONE THING all night. selection should not be restricted to genre definitions, but guided by what feels right, and what works the best together to build the feeling you want to create in the over-all composition.
11. Both entertain and educate the audience: transcend the here and now, go beyond or destroy the status quo.
12. Music is never "just music", but always an expression of social reality. Allow the world around us and the situation we are in to inform your work. Make site specific references and conceptual links, infuse the musical experience with many levels of meaning.
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