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  1. 1. Moshing<br />Annabel Bisset<br />s42658737<br />
  2. 2. It was just this year that I participated in my first act of Moshing. Now it was while I was in the depths of the Mosh pit being stood on, elbowed, lifted off my feet and just generally having a ‘epic’ time I started to think “What is it with Moshing? Who are these Moshers?”. It was then that I decided to do some research on Moshing.<br />
  3. 3. Moshing is a practice traditionally done at concerts and festivals such as:<br />
  4. 4. Moshing is the way of festivals and Looks pretty fun too when you see it in adverts like this:<br />(Youtube, 2011)<br />
  5. 5. Definitions of Moshing<br /> There is no formal definition of Moshing but there are a number of well recognised definitions on the internet which are:<br />Dance to rock music in a violent manner involving jumping up and down and deliberately colliding with other dancers (Wikipedia, 2011)<br />
  6. 6. Definitions of Moshing<br />2. Dangerous genre of dancing related to heavy metal/rock music. Usually done in crowded areas by pushing, shoving and jumping. (Urban Dictionary, 2011)<br />
  7. 7. Definitions of Moshion<br />3. The ultimate way to show your love for your loud, pounding music taste. (Urban Dictionary, 2005)<br />
  8. 8. The Reality <br /> The reality of Moshing is that it is a very violent form of music appreciation. There are multiple specific techniques in the Mosh Pit such as:<br />Crowd Surfing<br />The Circle Pit<br />The Wall of Death<br />The Break Down<br />
  9. 9. Warning<br />Next few videos contain swearing. If uncomfortable please turn off volume.<br />
  10. 10. Crowed Surfing<br /> When a person is lifted up by the crowd and travels over head with the help of Moshers.<br />(Youtube, 2010)<br />
  11. 11. The Circle Pit<br />The crowd is encouraged to run fast in a circle, whilst Mosh dancing. People are at random pulled in and must start running or risk being run over.<br />(Youtube, 2007)<br />
  12. 12. Wall of Death<br />When the crowd splits and runs fast at each other when the singer of the band indicates or during the bridge of a song.<br />(Youtube, 2009)<br />
  13. 13. The Breakdown<br />A key part of the song where the crowd just goes insane.<br />
  14. 14. Injuries are a common occurrence in Mosh pits. Crowd Management estimates that over 10 000 people have received injuries being in or around Mosh pits within the last decade. (Friedman, 2008)<br />
  15. 15. Etiquette<br />Amongst all this violence there is, surprisingly, an unspoken code of etiquette to be followed. This code is as follows(Adragna):<br />You must a like the band playing<br />Do not participate in ‘extreme’ dancing while in Mosh pit<br />Help out fellow Mosher (If they have fallen down help them back up)<br />Do not start deliberate fights outside of Mosh techniques<br />
  16. 16. Mosh Fatalities<br />Despite the unsaid rules of Moshing fatalities have occurred. In 2001 at Sydney’s Big Day Out festival Jessica Michalik died due to Hypoxic Encephalopathy a result of being crushed in a Mosh pit(Wei, 2002). This is not an isolated incident. Its been recorded that nine people have died due to Mosh pits between 1994 and 2006(Friedman, 2008).<br />
  17. 17. Picture references<br />It was Jessica’s death that forced crowed safety to increase the security for the benefits of the crowed. For example Big Day Out implemented a primary barrier system and upped their focus on rescue efforts. So now every one, myself included, can be a happy and (relatively) safe Mosher.<br />
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  19. 19. Works Cited<br /><ul><li>Adragna, R. (n.d.). Richard Adragna. Retrieved October 6, 2011, from eHow:
  20. 20. Friedman, E. (2008, May 7). Mosh Pit or Death Pit? Retrieved October 7, 2011, from abc News:
  21. 21. Urban Dictionary. (2005). Mosh pit. Retrieved October 6, 2011, from Urban Dictionary:
  22. 22. Urban Dictionary. (2004). Moshing. Retrieved October 6, 2011, from Urban Dictionary:
  23. 23. Wei, I. (2002). Findings and Recommendations by the Coronial Inquest . Retrieved October 6, 2011, from Crowsafe:
  24. 24. Wikipedia. (2011). Moshing. Retrieved October 6, 2011, from Google:
  25. 25. Youtube. (2007). KILLSWITCH ENGAGE- huge pit. Retrieved October 6, 2011, from Youtube:
  26. 26. Youtube. (2011). Parklife 2011 National Tour, The hottest line up this year! Retrieved October 6, 2011, from Youtube:
  27. 27. Youtube. (2010, May 16). Rockfest 2010 Crowd Surfing. Retrieved October 6, 2011, from Youtube:
  28. 28. Youtube. (2009). wall of death - wackenmetalcore. Retrieved October 6, 2011, from Youtube:</li></li></ul><li>Picture References<br /><ul><li>Empire of Perth. (2011). Sterosonic 2011 Line up - Is Out. Retrieved October 6, 2011, from Empire of Perth:
  29. 29. MTV. (2011, January 10). Soundwave 2011. Retrieved October 6, 2011, from MTV:
  30. 30. Nova. (2010). Steve Angello Cancels Creamfieldsans Tours. Retrieved October 6, 2011, from NovaFm:
  31. 31. Pagesdigital. (2009). Splendour (Already!) Sold Out. Retrieved October 6, 2011, from Pagesdigital:
  32. 32. Parklife. (2011). Gallery. Retrieved October 6, 2011, from Parklife:
  33. 33. Stoney Roads. (2010). St Jerome's Laneway Festival Lineup 2011. Retrieved October 6, 2011, from Stoney Roads:
  34. 34. Tonedeaf. (2011, Feburary 2). GROOVIN’ THE MOO 2011 LINEUP ANNOUNCED. Retrieved October 6, 2011, from Tonedeaf:
  35. 35. Tumblr. (2011). Mosh Pit. Retrieved October 6, 2011, from Tumblr:
  36. 36. Tumblr. (2011). Moshing. Retrieved October 6, 2011, from Tumblr:
  37. 37. Web Wombat. (2011). Big Day Out 2010 - Line Up! Retrieved October 6, 2011, from Web Wombat:</li>