Frankfurt morphed into new styles faster than any other German city - while paying homage to all-out capitalism. It was here when for the first time in Germany Techno changed to Trance, Ambient and Chill-Out. The XS-club had helped a lot in evolving music away from Hardcore -Techno, having morphed into a club on Mars as early as 1992, mainly through Station Roseęs Gunafa Clubbing. We found ourself in the future, exstatic, colorful, psychedelic, and digital. Rooms filled with computeranimations projected on giant screens replaced strobe-lit caves, and STRęs track "Modemocracy" together with Intelligent / Ambient Techno replaced Hardcore Techno, next to clubbers "virtual" clubbers joined us through the WELL and Internet. This first public Digital Wave lasted 1992 - 93, then the scene returned to the past.
The ambiance was back in the stone ages, in dungeons and industrial hangars filled with strobes and dry ice, smeared with analog paintings. The peak of the stone age has been celebrated in Berlin since 1994, while the scene in Frankfurt collapsed. Hardly any clubs stayed open, even the XS closed, almost no techno meetingpoints around for the Tschabo- and Ravehoernchen-society. Many artists left Frankfurt; others, like us, did not leave the studio at all, lived in Cyberspace or travelled, Digital Bohemian Lifestyle after all. (No year has been as digital for Station Rose as 1994; by producing 1 CD-ROM and 1 CDplus & our homepages.)
at the end of chaper1: a fresh spirit is coming up in Frankfurt right now! In the summer of 95 the club XS reopened, now being called "BOX". GUNAFA CLUBBING/ INTERNET LOUNGE happened there this august, & was a big success. Here are the brandnew stills from this event: