Lang Chen: Yup, I am doing this
Electronic dance music (EDM), such as House, Techno, and Dubstep, is an essential underground culture among young people in central Europe. When I was studying in Vienna, I had a girlfriend who was really into clubbing. Because of her, I had my first clubbing experience at the legendary club, Flex. I witnessed the alcohol, drugs, and hormones mixing in a dark atmosphere, where a massive crowd of people moved their bodies randomly, as if they knew what they were doing. The whole image was surreal and wild, just like what I had seen in movies. I stood there and observed the environment around me. I noticed that the music was rather straightforward. The beats were so stable and predictable. However, the ways that people reacted to the music were unpredictable. Some people danced with small movements, some people danced with big gestures, and some people just stood there. Suddenly I realized the reason why those people love clubbing is that a nightclub is a place to be yourself and express yourself without being judged.
In this piece, Yup, I am doing this, I want to express this spirit. With EDM beats as the backbones, I introduced a wide range of elements in unpredictable, abrupt ways, like a series of thoughts going through people’s minds while they were clubbing. Moreover, this piece is meant to be anti-academic. I noticed that much academic electronic music is pulseless and avoids the use of defined pitches and commercial virtual instruments. But this piece is full of beats, melodies, and the use of preset synths and drum kits.