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The Temple of Grace

Finally, some images have emerged from the playa to the Default World showing us some of the majesty of David Best's Temple of Grace!

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Top photos by Reuters; bottom photo by Michael Holden.

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How to enjoy the Burning Man Experience from the Comfort of your Own Home

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1.) Tear down your house. Put it in a truck. Drive 10 hours in any direction. Put the house back together. Invite everyone you meet to come over and party. When they leave, follow them back to their homes, drink all their booze, and break things.

2.) Stack all your fans in one corner of the living room. Put on your most fabulous outfit. Turn the fans on full blast. Dump a vacuum cleaner bag in front of them.

3.) Buy a new set of expensive camping gear. Break it.

4.) Lean back in a chair until that point where you’re just about to fall over, but you catch yourself at the last moment. Hold that position for 9 hours.

5.) Only use the toilet in a house that is at least 3 blocks away. Drain all the water from the toilet. Only flush it every 3 days. Hide all the toilet paper.

6.) Set your house thermostat so it’s 50 degrees for the first hour of sleep and 100 degrees the rest of the night.

7.) Cut, burn, electrocute, bruise, and sunburn various parts of your body. Forget how you did it. Don’t go to a doctor.

8.) “Downsize” last year’s camp by adding two geodesic domes, a new sound system, art car, and 20 newbies.

9.) Don’t sleep for 5 days. Take a wide variety of hallucinogenic/emotion altering drugs. Pick a fight with your boyfriend/girlfriend.

10.) Spend a whole year rummaging through thrift stores for the perfect, most outrageous costume. Forget to pack it.

11.) Shop at Wal-mart, Cost-Co, and Home Depot until your car and trailer are completely packed with stuff. Tell everyone that you’re going to a “Leave-No-Trace” event. Empty your car into a dumpster.

12.) Roast and give away 1,000 hotdogs to strangers while singing your favorite obscure Tom Lehr songs.

13.) Listen to music you hate for 168 hours straight, or until you think you are going to scream. Scream. Realize you’ll love the music for the rest of your life.

14.) Spend 5 months planning a “theme camp” like it’s the invasion of Normandy. Spend Monday-Wednesday building the camp. Spend Thurs-Sunday nowhere near camp because you’re sick of it or can’t find it.

15.) Walk around your neighborhood and knock on doors until someone offers you cocktails and dinner. Or acid.

16.) Leave a nice couch on the side of the highway.

17.) Bust your ass for a “community.” See all the attention get focused on the drama queen crybaby.

18.) Parade around naked and then complain that someone is ‘oggling’ you.

19.) Get so drunk you can’t recognize your own house. Walk slowly around the block for 5 hours.

20.) Tell your boss you aren’t coming to work this week but he should “gift” you a paycheck anyway. When he refuses, accuse him of not loving the “community”.

21.) Search alleys until you find a couch so unbelievably tacky and nasty filthy that a state college frat house wouldn’t want it. Take a nap on the couch and sleep like you are king of the world.

22.) Ask your most annoying neighbor to interrupt your fun several times a day with third hand gossip about every horrible thing that’s happened in the last 24 hours. Have them wear khaki.

23.) Go to a museum. Find one of Salvador Dali’s more disturbing, but beautiful paintings. Climb inside it.

24.) Before eating any food, drop it in a sandbox and lick a battery.

25.) Mail $200 to the Reno casino of your choice.

26.) Spend thousands of dollars and several months of your life building a deeply personal art work. Hide it in a fun house on the edge of the city. Hire people to come by and alternate saying “I love it” and “this sucks balls.” Blow it up.

27.) Set up a DJ system downwind of a three alarm fire. Play a short loop of drums n’bass until the embers are cold.

28.) Make a list of all the things you’ll do different next year. Never look at it.

29.) Have a 3 a.m. soul-baring conversation with a drag nun in platforms, a crocodile and Bugs Bunny. Be unable to tell if you’re hallucinating.

30.) Lust after Bugs Bunny.

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Blessings, sister Alicia

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Woman, 29, killed at Burning Man was hit by fur-covered 'Shagadelica' party bus filled with festival-goers
Associated Press reports:

The 29-year-old artist who was killed at Burning Man on Thursday was struck by a fur-covered party bus, it has emerged.
Alicia Louise Cipicchio, whom friends described as 'sweet, loving and adventurous', was hit by the vehicle carrying festival-goers just after midnight on Thursday and died at the scene. Authorities are now working to determine what led to the accident.

Cipicchio, from Jackson, Wyoming, was hit by a bus known as the 'Shagadelica', according to the Burning Man blog. She may have been riding on the double-decker bus before she fell under the wheels and was run over by it, said Sheila Reitz, dispatch supervisor for the Pershing County Sheriff's Office.

A website for the vehicle describes it as 'the ultimate night club on wheels... featuring a fully equipped DJ booth, an array of multi-beam laser sky projectors and lights, 32,000W of high quality sound, and a full bar'.

It is not known whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the accident, authorities said. Cars are banned from Burning Man, which has its own transit system with a 5mph speed limit strictly enforced for safety reasons.

Cipicchio worked at a fine art gallery in Jackson Hole and had studied art at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, according to her Facebook profile. The page also reveals her love for hiking and shows her grinning alongside family members.

In a profile on couchsurfing.org, she listed her interests as 'nature, art, music, food, culture, philosophy, dancing, laughing' and said her philosophy was: 'Love your neighbor',
SFGate reported.

A friend added on the website: 'Alicia is such a sweet, loving, adventurous, caring spirit. She just radiates wonderful vibes.'
An employee at the gallery where she worked said Cipicchio, who worked in sales and management, was an 'amazing girl, full of life, loved by everybody', the
Reno Gazette Journal reported.

In a statement, Burning Man co-founder Marian Goodell said: 'This is a terrible accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends and campmates. Black Rock Rangers and Emergency Services Department staff are providing support to those affected.'

Burning Man - the largest outdoor arts festival in North America - is patrolled by 500 rangers in addition to 95 federal and local law enforcement officers.

This is not the first death at Burning Man, Jim Parrish, Humboldt General Hospital chief executive, said earlier this week. He said that the most recent death at the event was seven years ago when an attendee fell under a trailer.

The shortest route to the hospital is more than 120 miles, but the roads mean it would take six hours to get there, but the hospital does have a helipad for air transport.

The tragedy comes after revelers eventually got through the event gates after being forced to wait outside due to heavy rains on Monday. On Thursday, it emerged that some festival-goers were forced to wait for up to 29 hours to get inside the gates.

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Burning Man's bacchanal: Big ticket sales, big costs

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The annual revelry in the desert brings in millions of dollars, despite its anti-capitalist vibe.
by Verne Kopytoff for Fortune

Money is frowned on at Burning Man, the annual desert bacchanal that runs through Monday in Nevada. Participants are instead supposed to adhere to the festival’s feel-good philosophy of giving gifts like glow bracelets, sparklers, and vodka shots.

The group that puts on Burning Man, meanwhile, rakes in millions of dollars from selling tickets and parking passes to more than 60,000 attendees. It’s a complex operation with a full-time staff and a huge budget that dwarfs many big businesses.

Burning Man has long been led by its co-founder, Larry Harvey, who helped build it up from an informal gathering on San Francisco’s Baker Beach in 1986 to an international happening. Ostensibly, it’s an art event and free-zone for “radical self-expression.” In reality, the event’s vibe has morphed into a mix of flower power, around-the-clock rave, and Silicon Valley wheeling and dealing.

Earlier this year, Burning Man’s owners fulfilled a promise to place the event—long operated by a private company—under the control of a non-profit organization. The switch was partly intended to mollify critics who accused the organizers of hypocrisy for espousing an anti-corporate ethos while operating Burning Man as a business.

In a blog post, the organizers said the change would allow the event to survive beyond the lifetime of its owners. “Our mission has always been to serve the community,” they wrote, “and a non-profit public benefit corporation is the most socially responsible option to ensure and protect the future of Burning Man.”

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Scenes from Opening Day

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Burning Man Closed for Rain!

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Here's an amazing image from the Burning Man webcam taken this morning, showing the playa somewhat underwater and Black Rock City more or less shutdown. No people, no art cars, no bikes, no nothing but mud puddles and dark clouds! Wowsa. We've been through a couple small rainstorms on the playa over the years, but don't think we've ever seen a scene like this before — hard to recognize this place as the sunbaked, dusty city we know and love.

As a result, Burning Man has officially "closed" for now, which means shutting down the gates and turning everybody waiting in their cars around for....not sure where.





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The BRC webcam feed went down in the storm, and then BMIR radio followed soon after; they wrote on Facebook: "BMIR tower just struck by lightning but due to our ace engineer Mark Chang we are properly grounded and the charge safely discharged into the ground. We are still standing!"

Update from the BORG at noon PST:

RAINSTORMS CLOSE BURNING MAN UNTIL TUESDAY

Black Rock City, August 25, 2014 — Organizers of the annual Burning Man event are asking any participants traveling to the event now to postpone their arrival until at least Tuesday morning. Black Rock City has shut down following rainstorms that left standing water on the playa, leaving it un-drivable.

Nevada Highway Patrol will be directing traffic away from Highway 447 at Wadsworth. Local law enforcement have also begun turning around traffic at the event entrance on Highway 34 northeast of Gerlach. Drivers are being instructed to find a safe location to park until the expected re-opening of the event on Tuesday.

Organizers expect the rain to dissipate and the playa surface to dry out by midday Tuesday and participants will be allowed to enter the event again.


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Raising the Man!

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Lake of Dreams: Burning Man 2013 Video from Roy



"Seven minutes. It’s not often we run across a time-lapse that lasts seven minutes, and even less often we actually watch the whole thing, slack-jawed, from start to finish. That, however, is what happened with photographer Roy Two Thousand‘s most recent creation: Lake of Dreams.

As breathtaking in its cinematography as you might ever hope to see from the time-lapse genre, Roy Two Thousand and second shooters August Winkelman and Connor McNeill didn’t actually limit themselves to a strict time-lapse or hyperlapse in a strict flow.

The movement of the piece ebbs and flows, from slow motion to time-lapse, from people to landscapes, from lightning storms to star trails, all in perfect harmony with the music."

Check out dBM's archive of Burning Man videos from 2004-2012 at
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Burning Man isn't what you think...

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Burning Man Isn't What You Think, and Never Has Been

It is, and always has been, ruled by all kinds of techno-smart futuristic punks rather than nostalgic hippies or dippy ravers.

Consider: this is a week-long art party in a handmade city in an environment that is doing its level best to kill you. Either the sun is baking dry ground that is blinding white, leeching water from your body, or the wind is blasting mile-high storms of dust across this enormous barren plain at ninety miles an hour, or a starry desert night is damn-near freezing you to death.

Occasionally the climate likes to remind you you're actually partying on an ancient lake bed — the playa — and rains for days until the solid dusty ground turns to thick soupy mud that adds inches to your shoes in seconds.

Who thrives in that environment? People who are a little bit crazy, quite a bit determined, and a whole lot of wiry and smart. People with an Iggy Pop-style lust for life. Here are punks of all stripes: cyberpunks, steampunks, biker punks, punk punks. People who do what it says on the ticket — voluntarily assume the risk of death. People who are brought roaringly to life in this killer of a desert, and fight fiercely to build an all-inclusive volunteer-driven civilization that lasts for as long as a mayfly.

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Techies at Burning Man: Yay or Nay?

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A Line Is Drawn in the Desert
At Burning Man, the Tech Elite One-Up One Another

New York Times Aug 20, 2014

If you have never been to Burning Man, your perception is likely this: a white-hot desert filled with 50,000 stoned, half-naked hippies doing sun salutations while techno music thumps through the air.

A few years ago, this assumption would have been mostly correct. But now things are a little different. Over the last two years, Burning Man, which this year runs from Aug. 25 to Sept. 1, has been the annual getaway for anew crop of millionaire and billionaire technology moguls, many of whom are one-upping one another in a secret game of I-can-spend-more-money-than-you-can and, some say, ruining it for everyone else.

Some of the biggest names in technology have been making the pilgrimage to the desert for years, happily blending in unnoticed. These include Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the Google founders, and Jeff Bezos, chief executive of Amazon. But now a new set of younger rich techies are heading east, including Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, employees from Twitter, Zynga and Uber, and a slew of khaki-wearing venture capitalists.

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Some of the technology elite who have attended Burning Man, include from left, Larry Page, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg and Sergey Brin


Tech Elites Aren’t Ruining Burning Man. They Get Their Hands Dirty, Too.
TechCrunch.com August 22, 2014

Don’t believe the hate. While it’s a juicy narrative that rich people spoil everything the common folk hold dear, there are plenty of tech bigwigs at Burning Man that work hard to contribute and embody the event’s ideals of inclusion. And the thing is, what they do has little impact on Burning Man as a whole. Whether they’re secluded in forts of cushy tour buses like The New York Times’ Nick Bilton rails, or they’re cooking food and giving it away to total strangers as I’ve seen in my six trips to the desert, you probably won’t notice. It’s a massive ad hoc city where your experience is what you make of it, so there’s no need to worry about how the upper crust burns.

Are more super-wealthy people coming to Burning Man? Sure. Because more people are coming to Burning Man. It’s grown from a few dozen people in 1986 to 30,000 in 2004 to 70,000 last year, so it’s naturally going to include more financial outliers.

Yet pouring money into Burning Man won’t even get you that far, since most everything outside your camp is free. And moneyed burners aren’t all from tech. One widely criticized luxury camp that housed venture capitalists and likely inspired Bilton’s piece was actually started by a C-level executive of a giant hotel chain. Some of those VCs have ditched that camp because it felt at odds with the spirit of self-reliance.

Arguably a bigger threat to Burning Man’s culture are techie spectators. They come with little forethought, buy what they need to fit in, glom onto a friend’s camp, but then don’t actively contribute much. While it can be tough to know how to add to others’ experience the first year, everyone should try — no exceptions. Those that only take and don’t give dilute the atmosphere.

Luckily, one of the great things about Burning Man being a decentralized event set across seven square miles is that there are near-infinite ways to experience it. A temporary city the size of downtown San Francisco is tough for a couple of people to wreck for everyone else.

As Caleb Garling wrote for SFGate last year, “if you try to cherry pick a few of them to build a story, you’re left with a basket of disingenuous anecdotes.”

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The music of Beloved 2014

Destination Burning Man is stoked to be headed to our first Beloved Festival August 8-11 with some of our Get Found playa crew. The art and workshops and festival grounds all look delicious, and you know we're also looking forward to the musical artists on the slate too! Here are a few of the musical highlights we are looking forward to at Beloved 2014:





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Beloved 2014

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Destination Burning Man is excited to be attending our first Beloved Festival August 8-11 next month! As we noted earlier this week, we're skipping another Burn this summer is exchange for checking out a wide variety of West Coast transformational festivals. We've already had amazing adventures and connections at Luminosity and Photosynthesis, now packing up for Wanderlust Whistler, and the Grand Finale will be our trip to Tidewater Falls, Oregon with some of our Get Found tribe to take in this legendary gathering...

Here's a short video from the Bloom Series on Beloved that shows a lot of reasons why we NEED to be there this summer:




And here's some basic information about Beloved 2014; we'll be reporting more before, during and after the gathering...

2014 Beloved Festival | Sacred Art & Music Festival | Tidewater Falls, Oregon

The Beloved Festival is a wild and wonderful, 4-day, camping, art, and music festival on the Oregon coast. Since it’s beginnings in 2008, the festival has grown to over five times it’s original size and is known for selling out as early as 6 months in advance… sometime before the lineup is even released! It’s creator, Elliot Rasenick has described the Beloved Festival experience as “art and music presented in a way that eradicates the illusion of separation from each other, from the earth and the origin of all things, The Beloved.”

Beloved Festival offers a unique mix of leading-edge EDM and world music, interactive art installations, live painting, yummy, local, organic cuisine, and educational programming, including workshops on yoga, ancient wisdom & eco-ethics. All of this together makes for an incredibly powerful festival experience that is easy to say, “YES!”

BELOVED FESTIVAL FAVORITE ATTRACTIONS
• A “Temple Meadow,” designed as a space for individual and group prayer as well as the home of workshops in Yoga, Qigong, etc. designed to give non-denominational guidance in prayer and meditation;

• A health and well-being area, including a sauna, showers, massage and bodywork offerings;

• A village featuring a carefully curated selection of merchants selling thematic goods, whole foods, treats, beverages and tonics, as well as an information booth to assist patrons in their navigation of the festival and first aid booth to provide assistance to patrons with their physical, mental, and/or psychic health.

Tickets at
www.belovedfestival.com
Updated event details at
https://www.facebook.com/BelovedPresents

The Golden Spike

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The building of Black Rock City has begun! Here is Makeout Queen driving the Golden Spike in to the playa, a marker from which the entire city is then plotted and built around. Read more on this auspicious moment Burning Blog at http://blog.burningman.com/2014/07/building-brc/the-beginning.

Wanderlust Whistler, July 31-August 4

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ongoing exploration of non-playa-related West Coast festie offerings, we're very stoked to be heading north to BC next weekend for Wanderlust Whistler — here's a little story we wrote for our local alt-weekly newspaper here in Bellingham:

If downward dog, “activating the heart chakra” and Surya Namaskar are common phrases in your lexicon, you’re not alone.

According to a recent study by the Yoga Journal, 20.4 million Americans practice some form of yoga, a surge of interest that has given rise to a $27 billion industry, including an 87 percent increase in spending on classes, clothing, videos and retreats over the past five years.

Here in the Fourth Corner, the yoga scene is likewise thriving, with more than a dozen studios scattered throughout Bellingham and the county, as well as classes being offered at gyms, schools, parks and clinics. Teacher training workshops, sound healing and kirtan concerts and
last winter’s successful series of Sacred Bass Sessions—events combining asana practice, art and electronic music—all demonstrate a local hunger for yoga-inspired movement, spirituality and community.

Just in time for peak summer, one of the most expansive yoga festivals in North America is coming to our backyard.

Wanderlust Whistler is a five-day gathering at the scenic home of the 2010 Winter Olympics—three hours north of Bellingham—that offers dozens of yoga classes, workshops and lectures, outdoor recreation activities, organic wine and beer tastings and a farm-to-table meal, as well as live music from Charles Bradley, Emancipator, Tycho, RJD2 and MC Yogi and the Wanderlust Spectacular, a “Cirque du Soleil of yoga” that brings together acroyoga, slacklining, Budokan yoga and hooping.

In addition to yoga teacher superstars like Seane Corn, Shiva Rea, and Eoin Finn, Wanderlust Whistler taps into local talent too, including Bellingham’s Melissa Longfellow and Summer Huntington. Both are popular teachers in town—Longfellow at 3 OMS Yoga Studio and Huntington at Fit Body Wellness—and have volunteered their talents at Sacred Bass Sessions and other community events.

Longfellow opened 3 OMS Yoga in 2009 with Amy Robinson, and currently teaches power yoga, trains future teachers and offers life-coaching counseling. She is also active in one of the more unusual, playful variations on this ancient tradition: yoga on standup paddleboards through Yoga on Liquid and SUP Yoga Bellingham.

“The awesome thing about practicing asanas on a paddleboard is the influence the water has on your poise and balance,” Longfellow explains. “The constantly moving medium challenges you to stay in your center even more than when you’re on the mat, and also strengthens core muscles as you make constant micro-adjustments.”

Longfellow will lead seven SUP yoga sessions in Whistler, as well as an afternoon practice accompanied by DJ HyFi.
“I’ve taught at Wanderlust festivals in Tahoe and Oahu before, but never here in my own backyard,” she says. “It’s hard to think of a more beautiful and inspiring setting for so many seekers to gather.”

At Wanderlust Whistler, Huntington will be teaching Clubbell Yoga, a contemporary blend of strength training and yoga using weighted clubs that is derived from ancient martial arts training. Clubbell Yoga incorporates three elements—“awaken, condition and practice”—and is designed to assist beginning yogis, athletes and strength trainers in learning transitions in yoga as well as developing core and shoulder strength.

“I’m really excited to bring this unique fusion that that unites body, mind and breath through thoughtful sequencing to one of the biggest yoga festivals in the world,” Huntington says, having already introduced audiences to the Clubbell practice in Seattle, New York, London, and Budapest.

Whether it’s chakra tuning and purification, meditation flash mobs, “yoga for dudes,” capoeira, rock climbing, Ayurvedic healing, hiking, Kundalini for the heart, Bhakti devotionals or dancing into the night, Wanderlust Whistler has everything yearning Cascadian yogis and yoginis might desire.
Namaste!

Think globally, Burn locally...

Well, it’s been a minute since we’ve posted anything up here on the dBM blog, and so we thought we’d take a moment to check in and say hello. As the 2014 Burn approaches, there’s a huge surge in visitors surfing their way to our website, looking for information, videos, survival tips, hot gossip, fuckleberry mojito recipes and, most of all, music via our dBMcast project. There is a ton of information you can access from 8 years of keeping up this website and blog, and hope you’ll find something useful or inspirational here. Or at the very least, a ton of music mixes to load up on for your roadtrip to the playa and/or theme camp soundtracks!

One reason for the prolonged silence is because our Burning Man camp crew, Get Found, is once again skipping over the Burn — we will have a loose assortment of our people on-playa here & there, but no organized camp nor SynchroniciTEA House.

As for myself, this is the 2nd year in a row I’ve procured tickets then let them go as the Burn grew closer. Like last summer, I am feeling pulled to participate in local/regional/West Coast festivals. I am really appreciating the intimacy of gathering with smaller groups; the option of camping in the woods, or on the beach, or next to a river; the comparative ease of getting there & back again, as well as financial and vacation days savings; and the music at the festies I’ve been visiting is top-notch! I just haven’t felt the flame of inspiration or motivation to make the trek to the Black Rock Desert, and lacking the passion, I can’t fire up all the creative energy needed to make Burning Man happen. I think about all the shopping and organizing and camp logistics and thrift store browsing and creating, and then the strenuous drive in a sub-adequate vehicle, the lining up to get in, the paranoia of getting past the big law enforcement sting operation at the gates, the 2 days of hard, dusty work in setting up camp and the teahouse….sigh. I just don’t have it in me this summer. Again.

“I just want to get airdropped in to Black Rock City!” I mentioned to a friend today. Maybe that will be my 2015 plan of attack. I know I’ll LOVE IT once I’m there, back in the dust with all the amazing art, booming bass and beautiful Burners — it is just the getting there I’m not up for.

For now, I am very content with exploring West Coast gatherings, reuniting and hanging out with friends and local musicians, artists, healers & teachers, camping under the trees and swimming during the heat of the day, meeting new local peeps and networking for Sacred Bass Sessions, connecting with my native ground and spreading moontrolling love in the Pacific Northwest!

Announcing the theme for Burning Man 2014….

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"The Silk Road was the world's first information superhighway."

        —Jeff Greenwald

For countless centuries, travelers along the Silk Route crossed paths in caravansaries, a network of oases and sanctuaries that dotted the 4,000-mile road from Europe to East Asia. These bustling caravan stops offered more than just shelter from the desert wilderness; they were vital centers of cultural exchange, bringing together traders, pilgrims, monks, nomads, traveling entertainers, and wild-eyed adventurers from all points of the compass to share their stories around a common fire. Though fueled by mercantilism, their legacy to us is a grand commerce of ideas — a swirling exchange of languages, legends, technologies, philosophies and art that helped shape nearly every aspect of our modern world.

"Much travel is needed before the raw man is ripened."
        —Proverb of the Caravan of Dreams

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This year we will create a caravansary that occupies the crossroads of a dreamland: a bazaar of the bizarre wherein treasures of every sort, from every land and age, flow in and out to be flaunted, lost, exploited and discovered. This is not a tourist destination, but a home for travelers who come here bearing gifts. Amid the twisting and the turnings of its souk, participants will come upon an inexhaustible array of teeming goods and unexpected services. Anyone may pose as 'merchant' here, and anyone may play a 'customer', but nothing in this strange emporium shall have a purchase price — no quid, no pro, no quo — no trade at all will be allowed in this ambiguous arcade. According to a rule of desert hospitality, the only thing of value in this 'marketplace' will be one's interaction with a fellow human being.

"Have the nature of a dervish: then wear a stylish cap."
        —Proverb of the Caravan of Dreams

Read more on
the Burning Man website.

Moontroll's Summer 2013 Festy Report, Part 3

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The third stop on my Summer 2013 Festy Tour, after Photosynthesis and What the Festival?!, was back up to northwestern Washington for the 13th annual Summer Meltdown. I won't spend too much time reviewing it here, as it really doesn't belong in the "transformational festival" category. Meltdown doesn't have yoga domes or interactive art or daytime workshops on "Healing the Planet with Mushrooms" or "Vegan Zen Anarchy for the 21st Century" or "Better Living through Sacred Geometry." It doesn't try to be anything that it is not, but instead revels in its local, grassroots, camping-and-partying-in-the-woods vibe. It's a really lovely way to spend a summer weekend close to home, especially with the Stillaguamish River nearby for daytime swimming and the overall non-pretentious and friendly folk who gather year after year.

Meltdown also offered me a good helping of mostly non-electronic music — funk, bluegrass, hip-hop, folk, world beat, blues — for which I am always grateful as a way to address my Acoustic Deficit Disorder (ADD). Highlights for me included Ivan Neville's Dumpstafunk, Chali 2Na, The Cave Singers, Lotus, Xavier Rudd, Polecat, Acorn Project, March Fourth Marching Band and an array of local stringbands. And I did get a little electro-music fix from great sets by Odesza and Emancipator!

Enjoy some photos and videos I shot from Summer Meltdown:

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Favorite Music of 2013

Here's a list of Destination Burning Man's favorite 15 music and artists of 2013:


Bonobo "The North Borders"


Mount Kimbie "Cold Spring Fault Less Youth"


Emancipator "Dusk Til Dawn"


Random Rab "Release"


James Blake "Overgrown"


Claude VonStroke "Urban Animal"


saQi "Quest's End"


Tor "Drum Therapy"


Rising Appalachia & The Human Experience "Soul Visions"


Jon Hopkins "Immunity"


DJ Koze "Amygdala"


Odesza "My Friends Never Die"


Plantrae "Taproot"


DARKSIDE "Psychic"


Thriftworks "Deviation"

Honorable Mentions: Aligning Minds "My Heart is Remixes"; The Polish Ambassador "Ecozoic"; LYNX "Light Up Your Lantern"; Forest Swords "Engravings"; Koan Sound "Sanctuary"; RJD2 "More Is Than Isn't"; Nightmares on Wax "Feelin' Good"; Insightful "Elsewhere"; Living Light "Ecliptic Visions'; Holden "The Inheritors"; Four Tet "Beautiful Rewind"; Vibesquad "Spinning Gears"; Wildlight "Live Inside a Dream."

All of this music can be heard on
our monthly dBMcasts, free electronic music mixes handcrafted by resident DJs Playaduster and Kaya Rainface. Subscribe in iTunes here.

DJ Playaduster teamed up with his buddy DJ Fundi to spin out this mix of favorite music of the past year, blending in Emancipator, Bonobo, Mount Kimbie, James Blake, Odesza, Tor, Pretty Lights and others with Fundi's subtle blend of folk, rock, groove and world beat: http://podcastcafe.org/episodes/files/2013-favorites.html

What were yours? Happy new year folks, and here's to sharing more music in 2014!

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