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Want to know where BKPRS music is being played? Bass synthesizers rattle the basement rooms, car stereos and iPod earbuds of the paler skinned and penniless among us, but truly, this music is inspired by the social haze of the rave.
Discotecture opens a portal to the bass fueled ambience of the busier cities and the prime club scenes they boast. Night spots thrive when placed in our planet’s biggest metropolises, but the money and energy demanded of them increases with that popularity. Only with the help of professional designers, architects and artists can club owners stay fresh and relevant, and that’s where Discotecture places its lens.
“Nightlife design is really much more set design. It’s a set design for a play that hasn’t been written.”
-Serge Becker of NYC’s The Box
Artful planning sets the tone for the first installment of Vice‘s “Discotecture” series, digging into the science behind the most successful music caves. Though most of us don’t care to notice it, hours of strategy and consideration are put into the design of a popular night club.
We only want our nightclubs to represent the opposite sex, loud music and high opportunity for the unexpected. We don’t want to think about color schemes, ambient lighting, the placement of furniture or the age of the imported beers on tap. We only want to sit back and enjoy these things.
“It has to take you someplace else. It has to at least allow you to forget about your troubles for that period of time.”
For many, a well oiled nightclub is a great opportunity to alter consciousness and senses, our experience disoriented and energized by the tribal atmosphere of the wee hours dance floor. All we have to do is show up. To get in, we may have to dress a certain way or keep the male to female ratio square, but this is no level of preparation compared to what goes into the businesses featured in Discotecture.
“Who’s in the room? How’s the lighting? How’s the music? How’s the energy?” states one contributor to the Vice mini documentary. “There have to be loud areas, and there have to be quiet areas. There have to be lit areas and there have to be dark areas. You can’t just create an environment that is one thing.”
Vice has finally made their way onto Vimeo, and that means HD documentaries from the kings of risky, world traveling journalism. Sometimes they ease back the danger and give us ultra hip featurettes like these, but we value their weird research.
See what goes into the sauce of choice bass destinations. Or fast forward to the girl parts.