The I/O (input/output) computing term is defined as the communication between an information processing system (such as a computer), and the outside world (such as a person). It is a direct reflection of the relationship between electronic music and the people that connect with it. I/O takes a closer look into the influential realm of these sounds and their effects on the human psyche, technology, and sociocultural anthropology, with an emphasis on the underground culture within British Columbia. Filmmaker Kevan McGovern provides a thorough analysis behind why this music genre and its culture shift consciousness and lifestyle in ways that are completely unique to other music genres.
The electronic dance movement has exploded internationally. With it came promises of freedom, acceptance, and most of all, connection. Does this music fuel radical thinking communities with the promise of reshaping our long-engrained beliefs and values? What is its true relationship with drug use? Are we destined to become a generation of deaf people with the domineering sound systems of today’s technology? There are now completely new sounds being created that have never been heard before, amplified with new controversial mind altering substances that have never been felt before. What transition are we situated in right now, and where does it lead? Are we dancing our way into the next stage in music cultural evolution and advanced consciousness, or is this just another era or fad to be forgotten and discarded in the future?
Over the past five years the I/O team has documented at hundreds of events and festivals throughout Vancouver, Canada, the BC Southern Interior, Cancun, Mexico, and down along the west coast to California and Nevada, USA. Over 200 on camera interviews have been conducted with ravers, promoters, radio personalities, politicians...even your parents. Along the way we've also had the pleasure of picking the brains of these talented performing artists:
The Glitch Mob
The Funk Hunters
DJ Numark and Chali 2na of Jurassic 5
Mat the Alien
Ash Pearson of Three Inches of Blood