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 https://symbiosisevents.bandcamp.com.
Reposting this crucial information on dBMcasts from years past...
From 2010: Are you in need of some last minute musical mix madness to download on to your pod for the road trip to Black Rock City? dBM has just what you need to make your journey most enjoyable to all 5 senses. You can find...an introduction to Bass Chakra Therapy here, and Bassnectar Maxxximum 1 & 2 here and here. The most recent offering is DJ Playaduster's LOVETROPOLIS mix, featuring his camp mates with Get Found, Larry Harvey and a whopping dose of whomp -- download it right about here. And don't forget about Whompadelic 2: Revenge of the GlitchStrap (here) and Through the Portal (here).
From 2009: Well friends, it is time to let go of those plans and packing ideas you haven't gotten to yet, embrace what you have prepared, load up your jalopy and start heading north/south/east/west towards Black Rock City. One last task before you hit the pavement: download a bunch of dBM podcasts to stoke out yer iPod for the road trip (and arrive with fresh toonz for your camp/art car)!
Destination Burning Man has been posting tracks here since early 2007 -- original musical mixes inspired by the playa from DJs Playaduster, Edubious and, as of this week, Grapenuts; guest DJ sets; field recordings from BRC, interviews and inspired babble and other bits of digital ephemera, always set to a head-bobbin' groove. Sometimes, the message behind the music has taken more than one mix to tell and so multi-part epics have been necessary. Here's a guide to some of our favorites epics, trilogies and otherwise.
Don't ask questions. Just download and git em on to yer iPod or burn to CD and begin full immersion. Let the creative mixologists of dBM provide you with your swervy soundtrack to Burning Man 2009: EVOLUTION!
" DJ Playaduster's Hearts of Flame trilogy -- August 2006
"And then there's the music, and the dancing.... Sounds come at you from all sides at all times, different rhythms and grooves colliding with the cadences of storytelling and the hushed tones of sacred ceremonies. It is an aural orgy. You are bombarded with so much music that it soon feels like it might all be seeping inside of you, changing you irrevocably. This podcast tribute series attempts to recreate some sense of this nighttime wandering and sound-safaring. A wide variety of musical tastes coexist On Playa, and a brand-new style of music emerges from the midnight mashups and cryptic cross-pollinizations that occur as the glorious and chaotic sounds of Burning Man float towards the starry sky." Part one "Ignition", part two "Combustion" and part three "Renewal"
DJs Playaduster+Edubious Burnal Equinox set-- February 2007 "One of our best hopes then is to dream up, then build, a portable sound system that is capable of moving across the playa pumping out our most adventurous musical offerings as an alternative to the ever-present pulse of rave music. We want to bring the funk. We want to lay down the reggae dub. We want to spin the jazz, the world beat, the cajun and the calypso. Two of our alter egos, DJ Playaduster and DJ Edubious, have much experience in crafting musical podcast mixes, we used to host a jazz/groove radio show out in Wyoming (of all places), and we believe we can put both our experience and our vast archives to good use. So, we're moving forward on the assembly of musical mixes, and here is the very first test run available for your listening pleasure." Part one "It's All About the Burn Now" and part two "Towards the Burn".
DJ Edubious' Virginal Fire Trilogy -- Pre- and Post-Burn 2007
"How to keep the flame alit? How to burn all year? How to reintegrate the lessons and the love in to the Default World? These are the questions the Four Broke Dudes confronted as they stepped back in to their former lives in the Northwest. This is a set of music deeply influenced by the nighttime environment of Black Rock City. It is a mix made up exclusively from DJ Playaduster's nocturnal field recordings -- bits and pieces of the sound environment that pulses each night on the playa, blended together, overlapped, cut-up and reassembled." Part one "Disorientation", part two "Reorientation: Hyper-Primbly's Marsupial Thumbdrive" and part three "Reintegration".
"Starting to think ahead to Burning Man 2009 a bit -- can't help it. Time to start slowly crafting well-seasoned playlists of tracks that we want to bring down to the playa to share with the people. Here's a sneak peek in to some of our favorite musical goodies acquired over the past few months that are helping us to begin visualizing the next incarnation of Black Rock City. The vibe kind of swerves all over the place as lots of styles and theories are ingested in to the whole. Sources vary widely. Hope you dig it and it tickles the insides of your ears."
"The stories that this podcast shares take place over a year-and-a-half, on and off the playa, between friends meeting and separating again along the road. The routes that spring forth from the Burning Man Experience truly form a Tangled Path. Part one surveys the many loose ends of that path, tangling and untangling again; in part two, we'll together move towards Convergence and Burning Man 2009 : Evolution."
Are you in need of some last minute musical mix madness to download on to your pod for the road trip to Black Rock City? dBM has just what you need to make your journey most enjoyable to all 5 senses. You can find a handy compendium of previous years' trilogies and special episodes here, and an introduction to Bass Chakra Therapy here, and Bassnectar Maxxximum 1 & 2 here and here. The most recent offering is DJ Playaduster's LOVETROPOLIS mix, featuring his camp mates with Get Found, Larry Harvey and a whopping dose of whomp -- download it right about here. And don't forget about Whompadelic 2: Revenge of the GlitchStrap (here) and Through the Portal (here). Lots more DJ Edubious here.
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