-> ''"Change the scheme, alter the mood! ''Electrify'' the boys and girls, if you'd be so kind."''
--> --'''Castor''', ''Film/TronLegacy''

Rave music is generally regarded as background music to pop drugs to and dance. The songs are uplifting, entrancing and quite often promote the ideas of peace, love and happiness. People who enjoy HouseMusic, {{Techno}} and [[SpeedyTechnoRemake Speedy Techno Remakes]] generally dance to it to get lost in the music, like a form of well deserved escapism from RealLife.

But sometimes, said "Rave music" can go the other way, into the realm of aggression and rage. Mostly a trope confined to fiction, The OrchestraHitTechnoBattle is when high energy rave music is used as BGM for a FightScene or an epic battle, rather than a peaceful dance party.

Named for the orchestra hit synth that is frequently used in early [[TheNineties 90's]] techno groups such as 2 Unlimited and of course The Immortals and their ''Film/MortalKombat'' remix. The film adaption of ''Mortal Kombat'' is probably the most notable example of utilizing this trope as well as being the TropeCodifier.

In some cases, the song itself only has to be about fighting as in the case of the aforementioned ''Mortal Kombat'' remix.

Since the decline of rave culture, many of these songs such as 2 Unlimited's 'Get Ready For This' are frequently played at hockey games to amp the testosterone levels in the crowds UpToEleven.

May overlap with BallroomBlitz if the battle actually is taking place at a dance club and the music is actually playing in universe.

In video games, this is a type of BattleThemeMusic, mostly reserved for {{Boss Battle}}s.

!!Examples:

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* Many videos of [[MassivelyMultiplayerOnlineRolePlayingGame MMORPG]] boss kills (most prevalent in regards to ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'') actually invoke this, by layering techno or electronic music on top of the boss battle footage. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uv_b1-bsN5o This video]] (the 25 man world first kill of Algalon the Observer, by the guild Ensidia) is one such example.
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* In the film adaption of ''Film/MortalKombat'', the track from The Immortals underscores the first phase of the final showdown between Liu Kang and Shang Tsung.
** The fight scene between Liu Kang and Reptile features an instrumental remix of Traci Lords' 'Control.'
* A particularly brutal and gritty version exists in ''Film/TrueRomance'' during the fight scene between Clarence and Drexl, Nymphomania's 'I Want Your Body' is playing in the background. The music in the scene is pretty loud, which almost drowns out Gary Oldman's dialog.
* ''Film/TronLegacy'' had a cameo from Music/DaftPunk as the dj's inside a virtual club while a BallroomBlitz broke out, thanks to Clu's forces.
* ''Film/TheTerminator'' used an electronic soundtrack with synthesized orchestra hits for many of the chase scenes. Long before the days of techno but the idea is the same. Arguably, movies like ''Terminator'' retroactively helped inspire techno's dystopian aesthetic to begin with.
* The ''[[Franchise/TheMatrix Matrix]]'' series was fond of this, and would often mix pumping techno from Juno Reactor and others with more orchestral fare by Don Davis and crew.
* ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'' features a rave soundtrack during the fight with Roxxy. Understandable, since it takes place in a nightclub.
* The nihilists from ''Film/TheBigLebowski'' actually brought a ghetto blaster playing techno music to a battle with the Dude and his posse.
* Pretty much the entirety of the soundtrack from ''Film/TheRaid'' is a pumping selection of breaks and dubstep.
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* Reggae singer Frankie Paul's 'Worries In The Dance' invokes this trope.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* WHAT DOES EVERYBODY WANT?! Unce Unce Unce Unce. WHAT DOES EVERYBODY NEED?!
* Too Cool was an interesting subverison. They would have a dance number to a techno / hip hop beat in a environment that is normally reserved for fighting and aggression.
* WWE has been using electro house inspired pop songs more and more with their PPv's such as Wrestlemania.
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* The ShootEmUp ''{{Recca}}'' had techno music for the ''entire soundtrack''. Note that ''Recca'' is a NES game...
* ''BioMetal'' had "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOGOiYa7eew Get Ready For This]]" and "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiVX_vC0om8 Twilight Zone]]" by 2 Unlimited for its boss music. Or at least in the US version.
* The Boss music from ''VideoGame/{{Plok}}''.
* Seven Force's theme from ''VideoGame/GunstarHeroes'' and ''VideoGame/AlienSoldier''.
* Ridley's music from ''[[VideoGame/{{Metroid}} Super Metroid]]'' sounds similar to 'Twilight Zone' from 2 Unlimited, just in a different time signature.
* A majority of ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry's'' soundtrack.
* ''Many'' tracks from the StreetsOfRage series.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyITEQDiJq4 Shudder]], one of the boss themes from ''VideoGame/{{Einhander}}''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJ7hNc_BcHY Galba-Roa's battle theme]] from ''VideoGame/{{Ys}}: The Ark of Napishtim''.
* In ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart's'' story mode, should you be defeated by Mildred Avalon's first form, her boss theme becomes one of these. It's much more intense than her normal battle theme, and because she starts with a full Super Meter when you lose the first round, it serves to underline [[ThisIsGonnaSuck how badly you're screwed]].
* ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3'', especially the title theme.
* Laguna's theme song in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII''.
* Chaotic Dance from BatenKaitos, TheDragon and the QuirkyMiniBossSquad's theme.
* Some of the boss battle music from both ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' and ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2'', especially the music played during the final boss battle with [[BigBad Bowser]] at the end of the first game.
* When the battle really starts to heat up in the ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' series, expect it to be underscored by some beats! Even more notable in that the game has no BGM except for dramatic events.
* SpaceChannel5 Part 2 has Desperate Dance Showdown for Dancing Purge's battle. It certainly fits the atmosphere of the battle at the time.
* Chapter 3 in ''VideoGame/HouseOfTheDead''.
* Teased in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' and onwards with the high energy remix of Simple and Clean; it's in most of the games but despite fan outcry it has yet to be used as battle music.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVDavId-9IU "Another Side, Another Story"]] originally plays during a fight scene at Memory's Skyscraper. It's been used several times since as a battle theme.
* The TurboGrafx16 CD [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wsrUR_7ZMQ arrangement of "Termination"]] from ''VideoGame/{{Ys}} II''.
* Multiplayer in ''VideoGame/{{Bomberman 64}}''.
* Subverted by ''Sensory Overload'', which uses techno orchestra hits in the Game Over music, but not in any of the in-game themes.
* ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' use this during the battles with legendary Pokémon.
* Originating between the 80's and 90's, the MegaMan series always had this as part of it's famous background music. MegamanX even has the orchestral hit in many of it's tunes.
* TheAdventuresOfBatmanAndRobin for the Sega Genesis / Mega Drive ignores the whimsical, orchestral score of [[BatmanTheAnimatedSeries its source material]] for 90s acid house. The intro score is 9 minutes long!
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