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June 01, 2004 - Image 16

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Michigan Daily Summer Weekly, 2004-06-01

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li hat do we do it.or?
We do it for the love, y'all.
-The Dubphonics, Movement Performers
_ by
Forest Casey
Daily Photo Editor
This Memorial Day weekend, a strong band of artists,
united in their integration of electronic styles and tex-
tures into music, formed to carry on a four-year-old tra-
dition. The artists, like the masses of fans (over a million
of them across the three days of the festival) came from
all areas of Detroit and the world to perform at the
Movement Detroit Festival, the largest electronic music
festival in the world.
ABOVE: Joseph "Amp"ABOVE Macomb Townshop
Fiddler, lead singer of the resident Graham Meyer, 16,
neo-funk band hearing his aleaves light trails while
name, performs on the dancing in the darker
main stage at the Underground stage.
Movement '04 festival in
Hart Plaza on Saturday BELOW: Electronic music
nIght. 3legend and innovator
Terrence Parker closes the
RIGHT: As the sun sets on first day of the festival with
Hart Plaza on the first night New York City DJ Maurice
of the festival, Amp Fiddler Turner as a packed crowd
shows that bands do not fills Hart Plaza.
have to spin vinyl to be
considered "electronic."
BELOW: Emelia Biernat, age
15, of Roseville, dances into
a blur at the concrete bowl
In front of the main stage.
The incredible amount of work necessary to produce an
event as enormous as this one can also contribute to dis-
array at the festival itself. Schedule and stag changes
have plagued Movement since its birth, wit volunteers
saying that the festival almost didn't happen this year
due to miscommunication between festival organizers.
Further complicating matters, an unnamed Movement
artist said that organizers tried to get bigger artists
(Radiohead, De La Soul or the tunes) to close the
show, but they simply lacked funding. As a result of this
budget shortfall, few of the performers are being paid at
Even with all of the setbacks that Movement has had
over its lifespan, the community and goodwill created
be een the thousands of concert- g poers would have
been incredible to see in any city erotsfraglie econo-
my gets the boost of a million visitors, technoheads get
their fix and local artists get the spotlight, even if they
are only doing it for the love.

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