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date: 23 January 2022

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Since the 2000s, electronic dance musicians have increasingly begun to use laptop computers as vehicles for performance. This chapter traces the emergence of this distinctive form of mobile performance in Berlin, a primary global center for the production and consumption of electronic dance music (EDM). “Mobility” is considered both in terms of the flows of EDM to, from, and within the city—with the club and record label Tresor, the recurring event known as the Love Parade, and the recent phenomenon of techno-based immigration and tourism serving as case studies—and in relation to the specific musical practices that have developed in conjunction with the rise of the laptop set. In the latter context, mobility reveals itself in the ways in which performers move through or navigate hardware and software interfaces, which may be conceived of as “environments” or “ecologies” affording particular modes of creative interaction.

Keywords: affordance, Berlin, electronic dance music, interface, laptop computer, musical mobility, nightclub, performance, United States, urban geography

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