Journal article

Ecstatic Melancholic: Ambivalence, Electronic Music and Social Change around the Fall of the Berlin Wall

B Gook

Emotions: History, Culture and Society | Society for the History of Emotions | Published : 2017

Abstract

The Cold War’s end infused electronic music in Berlin after 1989 with an ecstatic intensity. Enthused communities came together to live out that energy and experiment in conditions informed by past suffering and hope for the future. This techno-scene became an ‘intimate public’ (Berlant) within an emergent ‘structure of feeling’ (Williams). Techno parties held out a promise of freedom while Germany’s re-unification quickly broke into disputes and mutual suspicion. Tracing the historical movement during the first years of re-unified Germany, this article adds to accounts of ecstasy by considering it in conjunction with melancholy, arguing for an ambivalent description of ecstatic experience –..

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University of Melbourne Researchers

Grants

Awarded by ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions Associate Investigator


Funding Acknowledgements

Funding from the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions Associate Investigator (CE110001011) scheme helped with this work. Many thanks to Katie Barclay for edits and comments, and to two anonymous peer reviewers.