Thursday, June 26, 2008

Show Review: Paul van Dyk at Dante's Nightclub, June 25, 2008

Posted By on Thu, Jun 26, 2008 at 9:42 AM

At a certain point in the night, the smoke of whatever you happen to be smoking hangs in the air in front of you due to the laws of entropy. Don't know about entropy? Don't worry, I'll explain: Entropy is the measure of a system's unavailability to do work. Still don't know what I mean? It's thermodynamics, baby. It means that after a certain point, there's so much energy in a space that it just hangs out, right in front of you, hovering in the air like the blast from a fog machine. It's the witching hour. And if you still don't know what I'm talking about, then you definitely weren't at the Paul van Dyk show last night at Dante's around midnight.


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That first law of thermodynamics deals with dissipative energy during a change of state. I know, the terminology is confusing, but you can observe its properties at 2 a.m., when flecks of dry ice from the confetti-generator at Dante's randomly rain down and melt on your arms. You can likewise observe it when a diverse crowd is so tightly packed that there's nearly no way to move, except to the beat of internationally acclaimed dance music master Paul van Dyk.


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And if you still don't know what I'm talking about, then let's talk about spontaneity. When there's perpetual motion, the kind that's induced by hundreds of people of all ages feeling the same jam, there's a tendency toward disorder, toward a singular spontaneous movement. Even the word ''entropy'' is a Greek derivation that means ''turning toward'' from order to disorder. And you can even quantify it, but when you're dancing to a beat from Paul van Dyk, there's no need -- the experience quantifies itself when multitudes raise their arms in a moment that is as spontaneous as it is simultaneous.

Still not getting it? Then let me tell you, the Paul van Dyk show at Dante's was as epic (and the weather as sultry) as predicted two months ago it was when it was promoted during Kaskade's performance.


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Pure PvD live is the deeply ephemeral stuff one expects from top quality electronic music, and the chaotic energy of the Dante's crowd followed all of the universe's natural laws.

- Kristy Wendt - Photos by Todd Owyoung

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