Techno, of the caliber that Voices from the Lake produces, has this quality that I can only describe as immersive. It's unique from other forms of dance music in the sense that it induces a hypnotized state of mind. It is not a traditional linear narrative, but instead a kind of open world that encourages you to get lost in the intricacies of sound design and sonic texture. While listening, I felt like I was underwater, with my ears sometimes surfacing to hear people behind me whistling and blurting like they'd lost their minds, "Fuck yeah! Yes! Yes! Oh my god! Woooo!"
The volume increased, and the metronomic whir of the kick filtered down into a dull, encompassing throb. Neel, one half of the duo (the other is Donato Dozzy), leaned over to a TR-909 and started punching in patterns while manipulating a delay, causing melodies and percussion to stretch out like a mirror staring into a mirror. More screams. Their set was much harder and more dancefloor-focused than their recorded works might suggest, with recognizable elements augmented by a constant low boom. It was one of the best live performances I've ever heard.
I looked around and saw that everyone was moving back and forth in a kind of trance-like synchronized sway. I remembered a quote from a conversation I had with a friend about the probability of techno's popular ascendancy: "They don't need to understand right away, they just need to be given the opportunity to understand that other people understand it, and maybe they'll understand it later."