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Tuesday August 26th, 2014

The EDM History Museum opened last week in Montreal, and it’s not for the faint of heart. The museums collection of historical mementos is mostly benign, except for the top floor, which is positively grotesque. “The first three floors have visitors explore the history of techno music by acquainting them with old school vinyl records, photographs and videos of old raves, collections of flyers and that sort of thing,” says party promoter Glenn Buckholme. “I really wasn't expecting the fourth floor though. It’s full of taxidermied people wearing raver fashions from each era of techno. It’s creepy as hell.”

The idea of filling a museum full of dead ravers, each dressed up to represent a particular era of techno, occurred to founder Donald Gluteentag one day in April when he was high on pcp. “I had a vision of a museum full of dead ravers, and it just made sense to me. Now people can see what raving used to be like by seeing what ravers used to look like.”

It wasn't long before Donald had secured a bunch of corpses through the online classified website Gregslist. “After getting the corpses, I dressed them in some old raver clothing. It was a bit like playing with life sized barbie dolls. Now, when you walk the hall of dead ravers, it’s like stepping into a time machine,” says Donald. “It’s almost as if you're actually in 1988, dancing in a warehouse in Chicago.”

Glenn isn't so sure. “It feels more like you're in a serial killer’s attic,” says Glenn. “If that’s what raving used to feel like, I'm happy it’s not 1988 anymore.”

Donald Glutentaag is used to the criticism. “I operate over forty five museums in ten different countries,” says Donald. “I try to make each more controversial than the last. The key to financial success is giving people something to talk about. If you're not stepping on anyone’s toes, you're not going to make any money.” Most museums these days have trouble paying the bills, while Donald’s rake in the cash. “Being creepy sells,” says Donald.

The man behind the dead raver museum doesn't plan on stopping there. “I’m having discussions with several party promoters about lending out my collection of raver corpses for their parties,” says Donald. “In the near future, you'll be able to go to parties decorated with stuffed ravers. That’s the future of partying, right there.”
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