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Touching Techno, Feeling Bass (Lecture, Time-Based Art Festival)

  • Portland Institute for Contemporary Art 415 Southwest 10th Avenue Portland, OR, 97205 United States (map)

Good techno needs a strong bass line, but bass is a complicated quality. Too much bass creates angry neighbors and noise complaints. Bass can be used in torture and you could even suffer hearing loss if you don’t keep the volume down low enough. But bass also produces affective pleasure and it gets our bodies and booties moving. How do our bodies connect with the bass on the dance floor? What does bass allow us to do or feel? Is there something queer about bass?