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Doof

A doof or bush doof is a type of outdoor dance party generally held in a remote country area, or outside a large city in surrounding bush or rainforest. Originating in the post-punk electronic music scene of Sydney, Australia, in the early 1990s, events referred to as doofs are now held worldwide and have built from a small set of social groups to a subculture with millions of active members worldwide, considered by some as a full blown culture similar to raves or teknivals. Doofs generally have healing workshops, speakers, art, live artists and DJs playing a range of electronic music, commonly goa, house, dub techno, Techno, acid heavy sounds and psychedelic trance.

"Doof doof" is an Australian term for loud electronic music centred on a heavy bass drum kick.

Etymology

The name is onomatopoeic, and is derived from the sound of the kick drum used in the electronic music frequently played at these events (as in "doof doof doof doof music"). According to Peter Strong, the original term "doof" was created in Newtown, Sydney in Spring 1992, after a neighbour of the Non Bossy Posse knocked on the door to complain about their music: "What is this Doof Doof Doof I hear all night long, this is not music" she exclaimed. The term did not become a popular designation for outdoor dance parties until after the mid-1990s.

History

During the 1990s free dance parties proliferated in Sydney, particularly in Sydney Park in St Peters and warehouses of the Inner West. As pressure from police and councils increased, holding parties in the bush appeared as a more viable option.

The first commercial doof party to be hosted within Australia and New Zealand was Earthcore in 1993. Today the term 'doof' can describe anything from a small gathering in the bush focused around a small sound system to a multi-day, multi-stage event with DJs, bands and workshops.

In 2013, "bush doof" was added to the sixth edition of the Macquarie Dictionary.

Radio stations

There are 'doof' radio stations that serve as focal points for a worldwide community, including:
  • Human Borg Repellent One Radio ~ http://hbr1.com/
  • Digital Gunfire ~ http://digitalgunfire.com/
  • Jungle Train ~ http://jungletrain.net/
  • SomaFM
  • Streaming Directory ~ http://dir.xiph.org/

    List of doofs

  • Le Doof (CBR)
  • Bamford Balranald Bush Doof (NSW)
  • Earth Frequency Festival
  • Pitch Music & Arts Festival
  • Earthcore (1992–present)
  • RoyalDoof Festival
  • Rainbow Serpent Festival (1997–present)
  • All members of the 908 FF League
  • Regrowth Festival
  • Rabbits Eat Lettuce
  • Tribadelic
  • Jungle Love
  • MardiGrass
  • Yemaya Festival (discontinued)
  • Samsara Doof
  • Rob Yaros Festival
  • Maitreya Festival (discontinued)
  • Earthdance
  • BW Summer Festival
  • Isotopia Festival
  • Echo Flats
  • Subsonic Music Festival
  • Inner Varnika
  • Strawberry Fields
  • Psyfari Festival
  • Wonderland
  • Psycus
  • Burning Diamond
  • Collaborations Festival (FNQ mid 2000s – current)
  • Winter Solstice Festival Cairns
  • Entrain (NZ)
  • The Gathering (NZ)
  • Carter & Yeshe
  • Antigravity
  • Shroomed
  • Mushroom Valley (QLD)
  • Winter Solstice (SA 2010-2015)
  • River Dreaming (SA 2015-present)
  • Shambhala (B.C. Canada 1997 - present)
  • The Town
  • Boom
  • 111 activation
  • Babylon
  • DJ Nap Naps Nowhere Melodies (NSW)
  • Esoteric festival

    Gallery

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