Moontroll's Summer 2013 Festy Report, Part 2


Photosynthesis (read the first installment in my Summer 2013 Festy Report here), I bid farewell to my campmates Maketa, Lisa and Michael and headed down the Pacific Coast towards Oregon. To give myself some post-camping post-festy love, I booked a bunk in the hostel at the McMenamin's Edgefield in Troutdale on the Columbia River — my favorite place to stay the night pretty much anywhere in the Pacific Northwest. I was able to feast upon tater tots, swill fresh-brewed pints, float around their luscious soaking pool and spend time in Jerry's Ice House, their cozy, hidden Jerry Garcia bar/shrine.

The next morning I headed out to a trailhead in the Cascades east of Salem, and was joined by Torsten, who drove up from San Francisco, and Orbit, from Portland. We hitched our backpacks on and sauntered up Ruby Creek for several miles and then camped beneath an old-growth cedar tree beside the crystal-clear flowing waters. Ah, soul rejuvenation, in the backcountry with my brothers!


Next up on this charmed journey was
Breitenbush Hot Springs, a hippie commune/resort full of magikal energies and healing waters. It was here, deep in the Oregon woods, that Get Found gathered, the reunion of our Burning Man crew arriving from Oakland, Boulder, Seattle, Portland, Sebastopol, Olympia and Bellingham. An afternoon of splendid soaking led to a campout down the road, with bottles of champagne and lots of stories to catch up on.

We rolled out convoy-style the next morning north towards Mount Hood, and arrived at the
2nd annual What the Festival?! as gates opened. This was to be my second smaller regional fest of the summer, one I was looking forward to after an amazing debut the previous summer — I was able to see outdoor sets from Bonobo, Paper Diamond, Beats Antique, Griz, PhuturePrimitive, Emancipator, Sugarpill, An-ten-ae, Scuba, Hudson Mohawke, Claude VonStroke, Bluetech, Sepalcure, EPROM, Ana Sia, Dillon Francis and others in the short span of three days, all the while surrounded by a natural setting subtly enhanced with lighting, art installations, chill zones and lots of space. The event was so good that we were able to convince our far-flung troupe to make the trek all the way out to Dufur, Oregon for round two.

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Moontroll's Summer 2013 Festy Report, Part 1


Well, here we are, with the summer at our backs, facing forward towards Fall.

This summer, I made the decision not to go to Burning Man, after seven Burns, and four consecutive: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012. The time had come to take a step back and, by conscious design, allocate our energies in different ways for a change. I had a couple of questions in mind: If I took all of the money, prep time, vacation days, physical and creative energy and road miles that I usually spend on my 2-week pilgrimage to the desert and put it towards other things, spread it out over more, what would summer look like then? What was I sacrificing by putting the majority of my resources towards that one-week blowout in Black Rock City? What do I even do in the summertime before I was introduced to the Burn in 2004?!? Good questions. I had to find out….

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Best Burning Man 2013 Reads + Photos


"Burning Man 2013"

"How I Got F*cked by Burning Man, and Other Sacred Ceremonies"

"Radical Inclusion vs. Radical Self-Reliance at Burning Man"

"An Emotional Survival Guide to Burning Man: Be open. Be intimate. Be human."

"Sixteen signs you’re still in Playa mode after Burning Man"

Photo Essays




(above) "10 things i learnt at burning man. {2013: the sexy, crazy, transcendental… and everything in between}"

"24 Hours at Burning Man"

"It was the biggest Burning Man ever, and this is what I saw there"

Photo Galleries


^ Trey Radcliffe



^ Scott London



^ Michael Holden


^ Neil Girling / The Blight



^ Rolling Stone Magazine

Best Burning Man 2013 Videos

Here are six of our favorite videos to come out of Burning Man 2013 so far….

Our #1 favorite!

Burning Man 2013 Timelapses from Itch on Vimeo.

Symbiosis Gathering 2013 : Part 3 : Everything else!

Well, kiddos, here we go with the third of three dBM blog posts exploring Symbiosis Gathering 2013, five days of art, music, community, interaction, ceremony and nature being held over the Autumnal Equinox—which is also the Harvest Full Moon—at Woodward Reservoir in Oakdale, California, September 19-23. You can get tickets, camping information and everything else you might need at symbiosisgathering.com.

Part one looked at the deeper intentions that go in to creating Symbiosis gatherings, and what makes them different than your average summer music festival. Part two delved in to the musical offerings spread out across four unique stages. And we're going to close out with a round-up of the rest of the features that beckon us to the gathering grounds….


The Venue:

Surrounded on three sides by crystal clear water, floaties encouraged! Only 90 minutes east of the Bay area, this year's Symbiosis gathering grounds look the perfect place to give summer a goodbye kiss and make the turn towards Autumnal energies. More photos at http://www.symbiosisgathering.com/venue/

Click here for "Symbiosis Gathering 2013 with Micha and Leighton" if video isn't displaying properly above. From Symbiosis Gathering on Vimeo.


The Edwardian Ball Roadshow:

from the website:

The Edwardian Ball is an elegant and whimsical celebration of art, music, theatre, fashion, technology, circus, and the beloved creations of the late, great author Edward Gorey. Set in our own version of “Edwardian” era, this multi-media extravaganza has grown over the past fourteen years, from a small underground party into an internationally recognized festival, even garnering the blessing of The Edward Gorey Charitable Trust.

Costumed and enthusiastic attendees, traveling from all reaches of the globe, gather for a delightful blend of ballroom dancing, live music, riveting stage shows, DJs, fine art galleries, absinthe cocktails, steam machinery, parlour games, sideshows, and our highly acclaimed Vendor Bazaar. All ages are welcome in this darkly humorous and elegant setting, where literary aficionados rub elbows with insect-like creatures parading on stilts… where Edwardian recreationists waltz past the steam-powered tea garden… where the only guiding rule is that you join in on the fun!


On the stage...

Vau de Vire Society
Rosin Coven
Dark Garden
Shakti Bliss
Fou Fou HA
The Klown Korps

Out and about...

Living Statue Garden
Portrait Booth
Klown Croquet
Ballroom Dancing
and much more…



from the website:

We are here to SHARE LOVE, HEALING, INTENTION and hold the sacred container of CREATION for the Kidzbiosis tribe through fun and activating workshops in ENERGYPLAY, SOUND & CRYSTAL EXPLORATION, SACRED GEOMETRY, ECSTATIC DANCE and engagement of I AM PRESENCE with youth and community! Join us in our mystical FAMILY GARDEN, where all people are participants, all children are FAERIES and HEROES and all DREAMS COME TRUE in the blink of an eye!"

There's a Fairy Teahouse, Imagination Station 3D live mural mandala, dragon parade and even unicorn horn making for the little festivarians!

ps. can we talk about the MUSIC!?!

So, Destination Burning Man is heading south in a couple of days for Symbiosis and we hope to see old friends and make new ones! symbiosisgathering.com. whoopwhoop!

Symbiosis Gathering 2013 : Part 2 : The Music


With over 100 different DJs, bands, producers, singers and composers playing on four stages over five days, trying to comprehend the musical side of Symbiosis gets downright overwhelming pretty quick. The line-up is quite unlike any other summer festival from either coast: idiosyncratic, unpredictable, adventurous, taking risks. A mix of new and old, known and unknown, representing genres of bass and dance music from across the wide spectrum. The gathering promises an orgy of delicious sounds regardless of what muse you follow over the long weekend.

Many of the artists are well-known and well-loved by
longtime dBMcast listeners -- we've played the hell out of Vibesquad, Bluetech, Gladkill, Mount Kimbie, Phaeleh, Russ Liquid, Kalya Scintilla, Ana Sia, Thriftworks, Pumpkin, Kaminanda, Rab, Sun:Monx, The Human Experience, Plantrae, Desert Dwellers, Michael Menert, Ott, DJ Cheb i Sabbah, An-ten-ae and Emancipator. It boggles our mind, and frankly makes us wonder how we'll survive this much high-end advanced Bass Chakra Therapy all at once. Pray for us.

We're also familiar with, or looking forward to experiencing more of, artists including Bird of Prey, ODESZA, JPod, Knowa Knowone, Dov, Gaudi, Jamie Janover, Christian Martin, Lynx, Treavor Moontribe, Christian Martin and Sidecar Tommy.


And best of all perhaps is the element of surprise. We've learned that being able to put faith in a festival's organizer, to trust in both their intentions and their musical tastes, is a great gift. To be able to simply show up and not worry about any musical schedule, instead flowing from stage to stage based on a combination of randomness and synchronicity, and know that you're in good hands, that whatever music you encounter is going to move you, surprise you, intrigue you, entertain you, take you to places you didn't imagine…..this is pure bliss!

Based on what we've discovered about the Symbiosis Gathering founders and organizers' vision and integrity, as well as past lineups, as well as a close study of this year's lineup, Destination Burning Man is predicting that
everyone present is going to be blown away.

Of course, there are dozens more we haven't mentioned, in part because there are many names we don't know much about—haven't gotten to yet—including most of the large-font-size headliners like Policia, Iamwhoiam, Hudson Mohawke, RL Grime, Lunice, Brodinski, Chet Faker and, yes, even Shpongle and STS9.


Whether or not you're planning on making it to Symbiosis at Woodward Reservoir on September 19-23, aka the Harvest Moon, aka the Autumnal Equinox, you can dig in deep to the diverse musical line-up by checking out this new dBMcast—the Symbiotic Sampler—mixed by both DJ Playaduster and Kaya Rainface and featuring over 20 of the artists playing for us at the gathering: http://www.destinationburningman.com/stuff/podcasts/files/symbiosis-sampler.html

Also, Symbiosis has curated three music compilations of singles from many of the DJs and bands, and they're available for free stream or download via

For a look at the full line-up and day-to-day breakdown, visit

Sun stage photo by Rafael Reynolds of MuchThumpPhoto.com.

Symbiosis Gathering 2013 : Part 1 : Overview, roots, intentions….

Symbiosis banner

If the DoLab’s Lightning in a Bottle can be understood as the spring kick-off for Transformational Festival season, and Burning Man as its fiery apex in late summer, then surely Symbiosis is the grounding grand finale on the Autumnal Equinox.

The 2013 Symbiosis Gathering will be held September 19-23 at the Woodward Reservoir Regional Park in California, about 90 minutes east of the Bay area. Like past Gatherings, it offers a dizzying array of attractions, including four stages packed with live bands and electronic producers, the Edwardian Ball Roadshow featuring an “immersive, magical world of theatrical entertainment with an eccentric assortment of music, aerial acrobatics, circus acts, offbeat fashion and ballroom dancing,” interactive art installations and thoughtfully-curated chill spaces, healing arts, healthy food vending, yoga, classes on topics including capoeira, improv, spoken word, permaculture, parenting and even mushroom science, artisanal crafts and clothing vending, presentations by Saul Williams, The Yes Men, Dennis McKenna, The Second City, Rainforest Action Network and others, and, when your brain is full, a lake for swimming and splashing.

As you can plainly see, Symbiosis is not just another music festival nor a laid-back West Coast hippie campout. Since its’ conception, the Gathering has been envisioned to be something unique, all-encompassing, a “multi-dimensional event” where the sum is greater than all of its diverse parts.

Symbiosis Gatherings, as their mission statement declares, “intend to facilitate peak experiences through a synaesthesia of art, music, transformational learning, and sustainable living integrated into an unparalleled extravaganza of fun beneath the starry skies."

Symbiosis Gathering... from Symbiosis Gathering on Vimeo.

Yes, the music, art and performances at Symbiosis will be mind-blowing, without any doubt. But there is a deeper level to this particular gathering that makes it intriguing, and binds it in to an underground network of other progressive events that seek to inspire, educate and transform: Burning Man, Lightning in a Bottle, The Great Convergence, Shambhala, Beloved, Photosynthesis, even Rainbow Gatherings and Grateful Dead shows of days gone by.

Reality Sandwich explains, “Based on ancient community gatherings, the modern festival serves a profound purpose in the turbulent landscape of our times.”

Jacob Devaney, founder of the Culture Collective,
furthers, explaining that “we need places to immerse ourselves in new ways of living together, think-tanks for symbiotic expression and understanding in order to cultivate…a living practice to benefit the broader web around us instead of merely exploiting it for financial gain.”

But perhaps Symbiosis co-founder Kevin KoChen, quoting Alan Kay, sums it up best: "The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”

KoChen was recently profiled by Reality Sandwich, providing context to the motivations behind Symbiosis Gatherings:

Armed with a team of artists and dreamers, KoChen sees his life’s goal as assisting in the expansion of consciousness through event crafting. By creating these environments and allowing attendees to live in what he considers both a futuristic and an ancient society, he is supporting this community’s growth towards positive, universal purpose…

“Festivals represent a moment out of time for people where they can be free to live in a village of enjoyment,” said KoChen. “It provides a space for people to ask deeper questions or celebrate with good friends and being alive in a beautiful world. Festivals can inspire us that life is not simply about being busy and earning money, but it’s about experiencing ourselves, our community, and artistic beauty in our beautiful world.”

KoChen bases his interest in event crafting in the ancient societies he studied during his traditional education. By looking toward the examples from the past, and applying their practices to today’s technological culture, he has carved out a niche of meaningful connection in a world characterized by turbulence.

Another insightful exploration in to this emerging trend of Transformational Festival culture is The Bloom Series, a multi-part documentary web series that is well worth watching. Check out the first two episodes, featuring footage of past Symbiosis Gatherings, at http://thebloomseries.com.

Check back next week for Part Two of Destination Burning Man’s exploration of the 2013 Symbiosis Gathering, with a focus
on the music you’ll hear at the festival.

For more information and tickets, visit

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The Year in dBMcasts: DJ Playaduster & Kaya Rainface in review

It has been a prolific year in dreaming up, mixing and sharing for free EIGHTEEN dBMcasts for the masses since the last Burn! Just looking at our output makes me tired: so many different audio journeys, bass excursions, ambient reflections, visits to the temple of Whomp Massive and deep explorations of Bass Chakra Therapy. We want to take a moment to review the our output, collect it all in one place, especially now with just days before the Portal opens and Burning Man 2013: Cargo Cult commences!

We advise that you load up on as many of these mixes as you can now: they are helpful for packing, inspiration, information, road trips, gate waiting, camp building, playa cruising, art car-ing and other dusty activities. As always, we recommend that you subscribe to our dBMcast feed via iTunes at
http://bit.ly/h60Ijk — this is the most fool-proof method for getting access to all 130 dBMcasts (!!!) and moving them in to your listening rotation. An alternate route is our Soundcloud at https://soundcloud.com/moontrolling, though this portal only holds the most recent eight or so episodes.

One last note: we love to receive feedback from our listeners — we crave it, feed off of it! — both in written responses and financial contributions. If you get something out of the dBMcasts we freely gift the universe -- inspiration, visions, dance parties, introspection -- please contact us with your feedback at destination [email protected] and consider making a small donation via Paypal.

Happy listening and glorious Burning y'all!

Dusty love, the dBM crew

dBMcast113: Interdimensional Lounge Music
Mixed by DJ Playaduster, September 2012 -- first dBMcast post-Burning Man 2012!

Well, that was a BIG FUN TIME!

Yes yes yes Burning Man 2012 served us right and now we're back home in the Default World, dusting off, processing all the brilliant stimuli we saw tasted heard and felt, and trying to bring the best of it all back to our lives and relationships and work here at our "other home." This new mix is mostly downtempo, smooth, bubbling, spacey, warm and user-friendly. I am inspired by the sounds I heard at various lounge/chill parties where the music was soothing yet psychedelic, low-key but intriguing, somehow existing both in the background and foreground at the same time.

Artists include Sugarpill * The Polish Ambassador * Kalya Scintilla * Tipper * Bonobo * Pretty Lights * Nicholas Jaar * The xx * Emancipator * Thriftworks * Andreilien * & Gladkill.


dBMcast #114: Lost Track of Time
Mixed by DJ Playaduster, October 2012

More often than not, DJ Playaduster's dBMcasts choose a musical genre and explore the various electronic permutations of that vibe over an hour-and-a-half. In this new mix, the genres are blended, one flowing in to the next, an undulating river of blending sounds and spirits. This is a sonic exploration that goes off the map, a journey through progressive grooves and forward-leaning beats: Bass Chakra Therapy alongside deep house, Gypsy whomp vs. ambient spacestep, fractured glitchhop rubbing up against pop music remixes. Playaduster was guided by intuition on this excursion and the results are exquisitely interesting, both for a headphones chill-out session or a dance floor adventure.

We might also note that at the heart of this mix is a long cut from Pachanga Boys entitled "Time" — a bit of an unusual choice for DJ Playaduster. This was the beat that Robot Heart often played to meet and greet the first rays of the rising sun out on the playa, so it is packed with meaning and memory for many of us RH junkies at Burning Man 2012!

Other artists include Flying Lotus * Ricardo Villalobos * Nico Luminouos * Jupit3r * SBTRKT * Radiohead * Four Tet * The Polish Ambassador * Sugarpill * Nicholas Jaar * GRiZ * Beats Antique * Filastine * JoBOT


dBMcast #115: Kindred Spirit Funk Beacon
Mixed by DJ Playaduster & DJ Fundi, October-November 2012

Is there life after whomp? Or, as this mix sets out to explore, life before whomp? To find out, DJs Playaduster and Fundi (from our sister site The Podcast Cafe) dug deep to create this "old-school" (not that old!) outing of jazz-funk, electrobeats, triphop, turntablism, soul and downtempo grooves. It features classic tracks from well-loved musicians and DJs including Mr. Scruff, Bonobo, St. Germain, Quantic, DJ Logic, Q-Tip, Thievery Corporation, Boozoo Bajou, Monta at Odds, Medeski Martin & Wood, Jurassic 5, Jamie Woon, Jon Kennedy and Zero 7. Dig it!


dBMcast #116: Beautiful World
Mixed by Kaya Rainface, November 2012

Music by The Polish Ambassador * Stephan Jacobs * Gladkill * Emancipator * Sugarpill * Michael Meneirt * SBTRKT * Paper Diamond * Russ Liquid * Andreilien * JoBOT * Bassnectar.

"Its a beautiful world we're livin' in…"

With this simple phrase repeated over and over like a mantra on the title track from Stephan Jacob's new album, DJ Kaya Rainface heard the possibility of a new mix celebrating the ephemeral glory of being alive on Planet Earth here at the end of the Mayan calendar. Whatever goes down, 12/21/12 provides all of us a centering of attention, a cosmic quickening, and a chance to refocus our intention. I felt the call to create a mix that celebrated how fortunate we all are to be here, in this place, at this time. Beautiful world for sure!"

Elements that hold this musical journey together include 1.) heavy participation from the Headtron crew in California, including Sugarpill, Gladkill, Andreilien, Stephan Jacobs, Russ Liquid and JoBOT, 2.) an exploration of tracks that use the human voice in interesting ways: looping, mutating, glitching out, bending and folding and chopping singers' voices until they are barely recognizable as human, becoming instruments instead, disembodied androids offering fractured vespers, and 3.) an interconnected mosaic of midtempo tracks that marry intergalactic space travel, melodic beauty and deep, nutrient-rich bass whompage.


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BRC 2013 Resources

The Man, 8/20/13. By sfslim

I will be updating this page several times as new resources come up….check back for latest info!

Burnermap: “Find Your Friends on the Playa”: https://burnermap.com/map

2013 BRC Music Guide from Rock Star Librarian: http://www.rockstarlibrarian.com

dBMcasts (131 free music mixes suitable for the road & the playa: http://www.destinationburningman.com/stuff/podcasts. dBMcasts on Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/moontrolling. Subscribe via iTunes: http://bit.ly/h60Ijk.

BMIR live radio from the playa: http://bmir.org

Current weather conditions: http://blackrockdesert.org/friends/current/conditions and http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/Gerlach+NV+USNV0033:1:US

Gerlach Live Cam: http://www.burningman.com/preparation/travel_info/gerlach_webcam.html

Driving directions from the Pacific Northwest: http://gwally.com/directions

moontroll's Burning Man video collection: https://vimeo.com/channels/moontrollbmvideos

Time to Burn app for Mac: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/time-to-burn/id362942005?mt=8
for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.xtophersd.ttb

Building the Temple of Whollyness

Here's your daily dose of John Curley photo love from the playa — today featuring the raising of the Temple of Whollyness with the Temple Crew! No screws, nails or any fasteners used, the entire 5-story structure interlocks with itself. Remember the climbing tower beneath the Man last summer? Same artist! HOLY WOW!













Gregg Fleishman, creator of the Temple of Whollyness, "the modern yet very ancient manifestation of the power and elegance of geometry."


And this one with the moon from SFSlim!


Raising the Man

More photo-love from John Curley, documenting the building of the 2013 Man base and raising of the Man! Since I'm not going this year, I planned on tuning the whole thing out. Can't do it. Can't look away. Thanks for bringing us there John!

(Hint: you might want to look at these
and Curley's other photos while listening to BMIR Radio, live & direct from the playa!)








and finally, this one from this morning, by @loganmirto!!!


dBMcast Tribute mixes: Pretty Lights, Kalya Scintilla, Emancipator and Kaminanda

Today, we posted our 130th dBMcast — a milestone of some sort, either to seven years of rock-solid commitment to sharing music freely with the masses and celebrating the Burning Man vibrations, or to hundreds, possibly thousands, of hours lost to a mad obsession of making obscure and ethereal mixes.


"Pretty Lit : The Music of Derek Vincent Smith" is the latest installment in a series of music mixes prepared by DJ Playaduster that focuses in on one particular producer, sometimes incorporating interviews with the artist discussing their music, composition process and inspirations. "Pretty Lit," for example, includes Derek Smith talking with The Untz about the unusual and painstaking process of making his latest record "A Color Map of the Sun," where he created and recorded his own breaks, pressing them to vinyl, basically building his songs from the very bottom up, self-made sampling, yo!

Here are the others in this series of dBMcasts celebrating the works of some of our favorite musicians! Click on the cover art to go to the dBMcast page for each mix….

dBMcast #118: Whomp Shanti: Kalya Scintilla Refractalized
Mixed by Kaya Rainface, January 2013

The music of Australian producer/audio alchemist Kalya Scintilla, blended and refractalized by DJs Playaduster & Kaya Rainface. Tracks are from the
Merkaba Music release "Kalya Scintilla Remixed" and Kalya Scintilla's remixes of Nina Simone, Desert Dwellers and Joni Mitchell. High-quality Sacred Bass to inspire and inform our tribes.

dBMcast #120: Emancipated: The Music of Douglas Appling
Mixed by
DJ Playaduster, February 2013

Music from Emancipator's three official albums, random singles & remixes and the "Emancipator Remixed" record. Vocal samples from The Untz podcast and The DoLab.

dBMcast#125: Kalyamanda'd
Mixed by
Kaya Rainface from 4thKorner Soundsystems, January 2013

Imagine a desert nomad journeying across the desert, whether by camel or art car, visiting foreign lands, meeting different tribes, experiencing different ways of living. Markets, shrines, open spaces, temples, ritual spaces for dancing and letting go the inhibitions…..

Kalya Scintilla + Kaminanda lead the caravan as tracks from their latest releases intertwine with each other like snakes or opium clouds….with palette cleaners provided by Tipper, Beats Antique, Desert Dwellers & Emancipator.

As always, the best way to download and listen to our dBMcasts is by subscribing via our iTunes feed at

Building Black Rock City 2013

John Curley is at it again, documenting the building of our fair Black Rock City, from the dust on up. Here are a few of his early shots from the pas two weeks, as things are just starting to take shape. You can follow his documentation — beware of FOMO! — on the Burning Blog and his Instagram feed. Good work everybody!







Burner Service Announcement: A Message From the Man


A report from Photosynthesis Festival


Here's a report from one of the smaller, regional, West Coast festies Get Found attended this summer as part of our NW travels in lieu of going to Burning Man this summer….cross-posted from our dBMcast page.

dBMcast#129: Photosynthesis : Into the Dream Dome

Mixed by Kaya Rainface, August 2013
Here's some Jedi Goddess Ninja Healer Mermaid Wizard music, inspired by the Photosynthesis Festival held at Hobuck Beach in the far northwestern corner of Washington State July 19-21, 2013 and mixed up by Kaya Rainface for Destination Burning Man. This set evokes the sacred bass celebrations held in the Dream Dome, tapping in to dream states, dream flights, subconscious massages & third eye galaktivations, a space where fantasies morph in to altered realities….let this musical sacrament take you to the places where you access your subliminal sides & express your secret powers!

Jon Hopkins "Sun Harmonics"
Subaqueous "Invoking"
Kaminanda "Liquid Sunrise"
Plantrae "Taiga Bloom"
Drumpyder remixes "Shiva Ntaraj > Bodhi Mandala" (Desert Dwellers)
Aligning Minds "In the Wake of Forever"
Osiris "Immersion > Sole Diver"
Kalpatura Tree "Naked Soul Dub"
Kalya Scintilla "From Day to Night and Back Again"
Elephant Revival "The Raven Song"
Russ Liquid "New Beginnings"

Photosynthesis began with a ritual. An elder from the Makah tribe—we were holding our gathering on their tribal lands, at their invitation—said prayers in his native tongue and then blessed the ground we would dance upon all weekend by sprinkling white puffs of eagle down from his medicine bag. It was an offering that galaktivated the Dream Dome. The line-up of DJs—combined with the visionary artists, VJs, tea servers, dancers and many wild, organic shrines—created a deep vibe that persisted over three long nights of ritual and dancing. The swollen moon waxed in the heavens above, ravens and eagles flew overhead and the hypnotic roar of the Pacific Ocean backdropped everything.

Plantrae playing violin and dropping botanical beats in the Dream Dome

In this mix, Jon Hopkins gives the opening invocation with "Sun Harmonics," appropriate for Photosynthesizers beneath a grey blanket of sea fog and salty mist. The rest of the artists contribute to the musical journey in more or less the order they performed in the Dream Dome over the weekend: amazing contributions from (mostly) West Coast/Pacific Northwest producers Subaqueous, Kaminanda, Plantrae, Drumspyder, Aligning Minds, Osiris, Kalpatura Tree and Kalya Scintilla. Elephant Revival shares a closing prayer with "Raven Song" and, as we drift off from the Dream Dome at dawn, the sounds of Russ Liquid coming from the Mandala Dome carry us home to our tents in the trees….

I should note that Hopkins and Elephant Revival did not play at Photosynthesis, but their opening and closing mantras to the mix are in alignment with the Dream Dome vibe and we're happy to have them!

Visionary art in the Dream Dome

The vocals are Makah elders speaking in their indigenous language, including a whaling chant. They are incorporated in Kaya Rainface's mix in the spirit of respect for their culture and gratitude for letting us gather to dance, celebrate, commune and heal on their ancestral land. You'll also hear elements of the land: waves crashing, birds calling, winds blowing…it was an overcast and somewhat chilly weekend, though we were spared rain, and the chill brought us closer together around campfires.

Kalya Scintilla closes the weekend ritual Sunday night in the Dream Dome

Gratitude. We are grateful to the DJs, artists, dancers, temple builders and festival organizers. See you back at Hobuck next year!


Burning in the Grand Canyon

A handful of us from Camp Get Found have been fortunate to run the Colorado River working on commercial float trips down the Grand Canyon, thanks to a familial connection with rafting guide Benjie Howard. I decided to take a year off from the Burn this summer to make room for different kinds of adventures — not an easy decision, but after four consecutive journeys to Black Rock City, it seemed time for other explorations — and as soon as I set this intention, I received an invite from Benjie to accompany him on a two week trip last May. It was Benjie's 20th consecutive summer of guiding in the Grand Canyon and I was stoked for the opportunity to experience a new place in the presence of someone who knows, and feels, it so deeply. Not only was it an amazing adventure, it also gave me a good dose of the desert, drying out from another wet, grey winter in the Pacific Northwest.


More than once I thought of the Black Rock Desert, and there were many elements of the trip that evoked Burning Man too: we worked our asses off to create a transformational experience for a camp crew of 22; we drank a ton of cheap beer and tequila most nights down on the river and had to operate under serious sleep deprivation; it was HOT; we were joyfully free of connectivity to the matrix for over a week; the stars at night were impossibly BRIGHT and INFINITE; everything from my clothes to my coffee mug to my sleeping bag were encrusted in sand (easier to deal with than the dust!); it took a concentrated effort to stay hydrated and sunburn-free; and everyone on the trip bonded together, sharing in moving moments of grandeur, spirit, community and bliss.





Back home in Bellingham, Benjie is a very talented musician, educator and group facilitator. Down on the river, in the gorgeous, remote Blacktail Canyon, he pulled out his guitar and filled the sacred space with his music and voice. The acoustics of the rock were otherworldly and brought many of us to tears, hearing the beauty that can come from human imagination meeting the grace of our planet. I tried to capture that magic in a video I shot of Benjie singing his political song "Arizona":

Deep down inside I get hits of homesickness for the playa, and know I'll be missing the gathering of tribes, the art big and small, the late nights in deep playa and dance parties at insane sound systems, the Temple and Center Camp, the cocktails and bacon, and the feeling of flying free on bicycle across the desert. But I also know the Burn will be there next summer, and so I look forward to the unknown adventures and landscapes and gathering of friends in the coming months. The Grand Canyon is an excellent start to another glorious summer!

~ moontroll


To Burn or not to Burn

Happy Junetime Burners! Sending out the most positive love-waves to all of you out there, whether you are currently plotting your return to Black Rock City or not. As the sun finally breaks through the spring clouds here in the Pacific Northwest, all thoughts turn towards summer and road trips and adventure and nights spent beneath the stars. I can almost hear the murmur of Burners across the planet starting to stir, thoughts angling towards the playa, and your camp, and who you're camping with. Maybe you've got it all dialed in already and are working to build your art installation, mutant art car, theme camp infrastructure or whatever else. Or maybe you're only now starting to get little glimmers of what lies ahead of you in three more months, a wee inkling of what its gonna take for you to get from here to there, and how, and with who, and why.

Or maybe, like pretty much all of our camp crew Get Found, you have decided not to go to Burning Man this year. Maybe you're breathing a little sigh of relief even, feeling the lightness of not having to make any plans or commit to any projects or raise any funds for a change. After five consecutive summers of Burning Man expeditions, in a wide array of styles, employing a diversity of strategies and skills, I decided that I was ready to set aside, take a deep breath and let the entire momentum of the the Burn go on without me. This personal intention was matched by most of my camp crew, each of us deciding on our own to take a pass, do some other cool shit, and come roaring back in 2014.

This spontaneous group decision also has the benefit of limiting symptoms of FOMO.

So me, Maketa, Orbit, Grapenuts, Rachel, SugaCube, Hekter McElliott, J-Rey and others will all be cheering y'all on from the sidelines this year. Destination Burning Man.com will continue to keep the flame lit from the Fourth Corner, sending out music mixes, BM links, bad advice, bacon recipes, survival tips, videos, field reports, weather forecasts and other crucial nuggets of insight & intuition.

(Now that I think about it, unsure the current BM2014 status of Suzi Starpants, Scotty G, Hannah Tangerine, Leah, Kai, Gabriella….time will tell.

xo, Playaduster

ps. just uploaded a new dBMcast this morning --
DJ Playaduster and Kaya Rainface join forces to bring you "Temple Twilight > Moonjuice Dub." Enjoi!

Springtime update

Hi friends, far and wide, met and unmet! It's been an awfully long time since we've had a chance to catch up and shoot the shit. Haven't posted to this dBMblog much in recent months, though the dBMcast music mixes have been flowing rather prodigiously from DJs Playaduster and Kaya Rainface. Anyhowdy, you have most likely noticed that Destination Burning Man has gotten a makeover and is sporting a brand-new design as of 4/20/13. Yay!

Its been a long process in getting the site updated, reorganized, spit polished and revitalized — we owe it all to Maketa, aka DJ Edubious!!! — and there's still quite a bit of work ahead of us, namely fixing bugs or broken links, configuring styles, increasing functionality and adding more content. We've got a lot from the old site to still migrate over, and are still finding places where things are quite all connected or working smoothly. What's more, with our new online home, this
virtual Theme Camp open to the public 24/7, we're more stoked than ever to boost the creative output here on the site. We love sharing our stories with y'all, whether through music mixes, videos, playa reports, blogging or Playa Portraits, and we also love being able to share this platform with fellow Burners doing cool shit on and off the playa. We're going to invite more of that interaction in the next evolution of this site, with hopes of creating even more community, creativity and purpose.

If you are looking for the latest information on Burning Man 2013,
check out their website, read the Burning Blog or visit ePlaya (if you dare).

That's all for now: busy, busy. Thanks for being a part of
Destination Burning Man, whether you've just found this oasis or have been hanging out, enjoying the dBMcasts and other goodies, for years.

Feel free to drop us a line with your comments or ideas via email to [email protected] or over on our Facebook page.

dusty kisses, the dBM crew

Moontroll's Emancipator Videos

I've been playing around with video editing lately, as well as the new album from Emancipator. Here are some fun videos I've come up with….

click for more…

Timelapse-icus Maximus 2012

A Miniature Journey to the Black Rock Desert: Home to Burning Man
"A Burning Man for Ants" Tilt-Shift Time-lapse by James Cole, Byron Mason & Jason Phipps

A whimsical time-lapse film about the Art, People, Mutant Vehicles and Playa that makes Burning Man such a unique place on this tiny planet in our tiny solar system in our tiny galaxy in our tiny universe.

Shot on a Canon 60d, 5d Mark 2, Canon 90mm Tilt shift lens, Canon 24mm tilt shift lens, Canon 17-35mm 2.8L, Mumford Microsystems Rotary Table, with help from GBTimelapse by Dr. Timelapse.