Evolution II : Burning Man 2009, and a brief farewell

Moontroll has cooked up one more final video presentation featuring photographs, videos and music from Burning Man 2009 : Evolution. Soudtrack features tracks from Bassnectar, Bluetech, Mimosa & Collie Budz and Random Rab, and the photos are from over a dozen different sources found around the internets.

You can view the full collection of 2009 BM videos on
our video page or by visiting Moontroll's Vimeo album.

Hope you dig on it and it stirs up some personal excitement for Black Rock City 2010!

Another look at Burning Man 2009 from Moontroll, featuring photos from over a dozen sources found across the internets (see closing credits for full disclosure!) Music by Bassnectar, Bluetech, Mimosa & Collie Budz and Random Rab.

More videos, musical mixes, photos, stories and more at http://www.destinationburningman.com.

Viva la Black Rock City!

Things will be pretty quiet here on the dBM blog until the spring or early summer when we start gearing up for the next pilgrimage to the playa. We'll continue to regularly post musical mixes on our dBM podcast page, including a forthcoming serial from DJ Edubious, more installments in DJ Playaduster's Wobble Chronicles series designed to help listeners tap in to the raw power of their bass chakras and stellar sets from a wide variety of Guest DJs.

Y'all take care and thanks for the encouragement and support over the years. Drop us a line anytime at [email protected]

Love, the dBM crew

EVOLUTION & Camp Get Found : Burning Man 2009

This is a multimedia piece I made with photos, videos and music from several different sources, including the amazing time-lapse photography of Ben Wiggins and burn footage from Mr. Nightshade and John Chavez. It is intended as a scrapbook or time capsule to celebrate Burning Man 2009 and the beautiful people I camped and spent the week with (Go Team Love!!). Soundtrack is provided by Random Rab, ill.Gates, Welder, Nosaj Thing, Ezekiel Honig and Shpongle.

Feel free to download a copy (link below video on the right) and share it with others. Consider leaving a comment if you like this too. Spread the playa love!

Lots more videos, photos, podcasts and burning blogging at my website www.destinationburningman.com.

Moontroll has finished posting the last of his video shorts, and now offers this longer, more comprehensive half-hour-long epic that seeks to preserve and celebrate the people, places, sounds, sights and scenarios of Burning Man 2009. We recommend you download your own copy from the Vimeo page -- look for the link beneath the video on the right-hand side -- and play it on as big of a screen, with as loud of a soundsystem, as possible. It's long, so get comfy and make sure you are in the irght frame of mind to take this experience in! Hope you enjoy it -- leave a comment on Vimeo with your reactions. Peace, love and playa!

More Burning Man video shorts from Moontroll

Moontroll has spun out two more video shorts from photos and videos gathered on the playa at Burning Man 2009 by himself and co-conspirator Edubious. Both of them capture moments in time at the beautiful and evocative temple (does it have a name?) -- they are like short stories, little windows to look through to be transported, year-round, back to that special time and place. Comments on Vimeo are much appreciated.

Videos and photos celebrating the temple -- and its fiery demise -- at Burning Man 2009.

Another video short by Moontroll; original photos and videos by Moontroll and Edubious.

More at www.destinationburningman.com

A video short by Moontroll; photos and video by Moontroll, except for fire photos by Edubious. Music by Mickey Hart and Boxcutter.


View or download the previous video shorts by subscribing to dBMcasts or by visiting http://vimeo.com/album/53765.

Burning Man video shorts from Moontroll

We did it!

Camp dBM evolved in to Camp Get Found when we moved our home to 3:30 & Lineage. Here's our one family portrait we managed, moments before launching ourselves out in to Burn Night. Torsten left early and was missed; Gabriella and Sugar Cube are our special guests. Many, many more stories to come. For now, decompression back in the Default World. Viva la Team Love!!! xoxoxoxo

UPDATE: We have a Flickr pool for Get Lost at

Over & out!

Camp dBM registration #9

Registration for Camp dBM : 00.009
re: Burning Man 2009 : EVOLUTION

Name, playa or otherwise: Anneka          

Default World livelihood: massage practitioner / circus performer
Hobbies:  circus.  and making purdy things with ruffles.  and functional things with pockets.  and ruffles.
Side-projects:  uh... circus.
Favorite foods:  sushi.  fresh fruits.  cookies.  Anneka wraps
Favorite drinks:  home-made fizzy lemonade, coconut water
Favorite musics:  this question is too hard.  i just can't choose favorites.
Currently reading:  Italo Calvino,
Invisible Cities
General outlook on life:  roll with it
How many burns? (list years):  2005, 2008, 2009 (pending)
Favorite BRC memories:
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Camp dBM VIP registration #2

Registration for Camp dBM : VIP.002
re: Burning Man 2009 : EVOLUTION

Name, playa or otherwise: Hende aka snowcone

Default World livelihood: ski guide, farmer and chef

Hobbies: spicy curry, magical moments, djembe and more music

Side-projects: on the farm (chefing up food grown within 25 miles of victor, I-daho) raising up a nearly 6 year old fella capricorn, and healing broken neck

Favorite foods: steamed sweet chili fish, kelly, wyoming pancakes, elk tenderloin and heaps of veggies

Favorite drinks: maker’s mark and snowcones

Favorite musics: roots

Currently reading: powder mag. and peace like a river

General outlook on life: click for more…

Camp dBM registration #8

Registration for Camp dBM : 00.008
re: Burning Man 2009 : EVOLUTION

Name, playa or otherwise: Torsten

Default World livelihood: teacher, bike through red lights and advocate of smiling

Hobbies: Sewing, Kiteboarding, Kayaking, welding, stenciling, dancing, eating chocolate

Side-projects: getting it all down before i die

Favorite foods: yummy ones

Favorite drinks: wet ones that are usually cold

Favorite musics: do you hear that?  Me too.

Currently reading: Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link, or about to start, its waiting for me at the Library.  Gotta love that pre teen

General outlook on life: threading the line from dark to light.

How many burns? (list years):2K , 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007

Favorite BRC memories:
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Camp dBM registration #7

Registration for Camp dBM : 00.007
re: Burning Man 2009 : EVOLUTION

Name, playa or otherwise: Will aka Orbit

Default World livelihood: Math Professor

Hobbies: Snowboarding, Biking, Surfing, Diabolo, Dancing, Music

Side-projects: KW3230

Favorite foods: Chocolate, Pad Kee Mao, Grilled Salmon and Breakfast

Favorite drinks: Chocolate, Twilight Ale, Bourbon, Coconut Juice

Favorite musics: Digable Planets, Metalica, eDIT, Nightmares On Wax, Michael Franti, Chopin, etc., etc.

Currently reading: The Way of the Superior Man

General outlook on life:
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18 days

Camp dBM gathered last weekend at the Samish Island Zendo, halfway between Bellingham and Seattle, to set up some of our camp infrastructure and go over all kinds of details for establishing our encampment on the outer perimeter of Black Rock City in less than two weeks-- we went over our plans for travel and BRC rendezvous, food and booze, rebar and tennis balls and nuts and bolts, furniture and soundsystem, medicinal potions and lotions and other essentials. (Ramona, we need a hoop infusion!!!)

Most gratifyingly, we obtained and then set up a structure destined to become our dBM dome -- the Stereo Sauna -- which took the most work. We also sussed out the giant center pole and army parachute that we intend to cover the entire camp with beneath a balmy shade-- we didn't erect it entirely -- that shit is
heavy -- but we confirmed the missing structural elements we need to obtain to make that happen (Update: G'nutz took care of it today!). We also put together several Playatech furniture pieces that will ultralounge out our dBM dome and envisioned what else we would need -- lighting, DJ station, bar, hammocks, furriness -- to make the space very inviting and chilltastic.

Grapenuts drew us a map of where we'll be located at
2:15 and Lineage (perimeter), an address determined by our loose partnership with the Get Lost temple-builders camp (we're drawing power from them -- literally). So, we're about as far in the boonies as one can be, and all of us are pretty excited about it. For me, having spent one year near Center Camp and another on the Esplanade, I'm curious about the going-ons out there on the fringes of the experimental city, not to mention the opportunities to commune with the natural forces of the Black Rock Desert that I've only dabbled in. Make a note of it -- 2:15 and Lineage (perimeter)-- and come visit us on the playa! Bring some beer and bacon, and let us massage your inner earhole sanctums with delectable musical selections. (If we're not in that location, who knows what happened, but we'll register our location at the Center Camp computer registry thingamajig and you can find us that way.)

So far, so good. No emergencies or crises or panics or even concerns, really-- maybe that will come later, but maybe not. Things are feeling smooooooth and many pieces have fallen in to place over the past week, including new campmates (see the rest of the
dBM blog for official camp registrations -- more are in queue.) Getting all our shit down to the remote northwestern corner of Nevada is proving to be the most complicated as we're all on different timelines and coming from various angles -- Seattle, Taos, San Francisco -- but I think we've got it worked out. We're a faith-based oranization. Believe!

Lil' Fox believes

Of course, some aspects of Camp dBM, as humble and simple as it is, will go awry -- the unexpected will grace us with unknown challenges and unforeseen possibilities -- so we cultivate a posture of flexibility and spontaneity, and are ready to laugh at ourselves too, sticking together and enjoying the ride, wherever it takes us...

Click below for many more photos of Camp dBM preparations at the Zendo...

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20 days

My people! Are any of you having as much trouble focusing on 'default world' obligations as I am? My mind and spirit are at the threshold of the Portal waiting for the green light to go Home. In the meantime, my body is held up and directed by the remaining faculties and autopilot systems that keep the blood moving and the air flowing. I am being tested in my practice to stay Present. I guess that's why it's called a "practice". Needless to say, I'm getting my workout.

In the past week, many necessary details have fallen into place and camp dBM is creeping ever closer to manifesting on the playa. I easily convinced my business partner that we need to purchase a PA for our upcoming gig and for future performances, so this week I will picking up a bumpin' ass soundsystem to hype up the dBM dome (it's a tax right off, of course :o)!
Grapnutz got the green light from Erik - the mastermind behind 2007's Boogie Universal Pyramid Project -- to "take whatever Boogie gear is in his garage" Really!!!??? Aaaah yeah! click for more…

Camp dBM VIP registration #1

Registration for Camp dBM : VIP.001
re: Burning Man 2009 : EVOLUTION

Name, playa or otherwise: Ramona Mayhem

Default World Livelihood: Bohemian Mama of two (denali & the henster) & currently Gypsy.  Soon:  Natural Foods Industry in some shape or form, growing community gardens with little people, and/or some form of social work.  Hopefully getting my TESL in Thailand this winter and teaching Engirisu.  (heh)

Hobbies: Photography, Music, HOOPING!!!, Gardening, Nutrition, Organic FOOD!!!, Kayaking, Reading without falling asleep, Volkswagens, Sleeping in without missing the sunshine or being late, Kicking your ass at Quartto.....(lots more, and not necessarily in that order)

Side-projects: Bouldering without falling off, Freckles, Learning how to be a great Aromatherapist and Herbalist, Writing a Children's Book about House Elves, perfecting the grapefruit marguerita, volunteering at all kindz of festivals, camping in the North Cascades, shit, I have too many to list and need to be somewhere in an hour!

Favorite foods: (*Organic*) Tomatoes, Garlic, Basil, Salad Greens, Kale, Green Curry and Tom Kah Gai, Spices including but not limited to exotic sea salts & peppers, having a hot sauce collection.  (I like Tapatio and El Pato better than Tobasco)

Favorite drinks:
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Camp dBM registration #6

Registration for Camp dBM : 00.006
re: Burning Man 2009 : EVOLUTION

Name, playa or otherwise: Moontroll / DJ Playaduster

Default World livelihood: communications coordinator for environmental nonprofit org, freelance writer, educator

Hobbies: many! including blogging and podcasting, dragonfly studies, kite flying, long walks, continually improving my homefries preparations, sea kayaking, landscape gardening, doodling...


Favorite foods: french fries, thai noodles, wood-fired pizza, ben & jerry's, grilled cheese, crunchy things, salmon chowder

Favorite drinks: blueberry mojitos, Deschutes Brewery grogs, tequilla, coffee, jaegerbombs, smoothies, oolong tea from Taiwan

Favorite musics: freek folk, glitch, dub, ambient/downtempo, bluegrass, jazz, Dead, whomp, classical Indian, funk, soul, hip-hop, drone and most everything from Mali. (A musical mix of recent favorite sounds is
right here.)

Currently reading: Dale Pendell's The Gifts of Burning Man, Rick Bass' The Wild Marsh, Tove Jansson' s The Summer Book, Kabat-Zinn's Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness.

General outlook on life: Choose your own adventure! But take responsibility for what you manifest.

How many burns? (list years):
2004: The Vault of Heaven & 2007: The Green Man.

Favorite BRC memories: 2008 burns (the man + Crude Awakening) from the Jackson Junk with my brothers,
sunrises at the temple, The Party Formerly Known as the Prince Party in the Boogie Pyramid, deep-playa cruising on bike, dancing to DISORIENT DJs, discovering Bassnectar and the Glitch Mob for the first time, Hekter's dusty-chap playa side-shuffle and fuckleberry pickle sauce session!

Least-favorite BRC memories: my very first dust storm was rather surprising -- I remember frantically wondering "what the fuck am I doing here?!?"

Playa garb you feel most yourself in:
pig-tailed purple wig

What 3 items from your BRC funbox is most essential?
kite, soundstick and picture frames

If you had a superpower, what would it be? to soar above the land like a raven!

Top 3 favorite Michael Jackson songs?
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Camp dBM registration #5

Registration for Camp dBM : 00.005
re: Burning Man 2009 : EVOLUTION

Name, playa or otherwise: Scotty/Shantidas

Default World livelihood: Raft guide

Hobbies: Writing, photography, backpacking, mountain biking, digeridoo

Side-projects: Energy work, Yoga teaching, writing and photography,

Favorite foods: Herb salads, gumbo, medium rare steak, burnt bacon, huevos rancheros over medium christmas, kim chi, sashimi, vanilla ice cream, tiramisu and any vessel for garlic or butter.

Favorite drinks: Water, coffee, earl grey with cream and sugar, hoppy beer and wine you can eat with a fork

Favorite musics: Funk, bluegrass, exotica, electronica (world and mystical sounds), '80s new wave, skate punk, Irish and what comes out when I pick up an instrument. Ironically, when I'm alone I spend most of the time in silence.

Currently reading: Return of the Bird Tribes

General outlook on life: burn bright and light your way

How many burns? (list years): '04 and soon '09

Favorite BRC memories:
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Camp dBM registration #4

Registration for Camp dBM : 00.004
re: Burning Man 2009 : EVOLUTION

Name, playa or otherwise: Robin

Default World Livelihood: Shleping Organic Food

Hobbies: Puppy upkeep, Cello, Water Play, Scuba, Art, Making Oneself Scarce.

Side Projects: Searching for Logistically Sound way to Pursue Higher Purpose.

Favorite Foods: Mixing Temperatures and Textures. Salt. 

 Drinks: Tequila in hot and self-abandon; Hoppy Beer in times of rest; Good Whiskey always. 

 Music: Loving Zoe Keating ->> electromixology of cello. That which gets into my core and compels my body to respond. 

Currently Reading: The Ape That Spoke; Language and the Evolution of the Human Mind, John McCrone
Beyond God the Father, Mary Daly
The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan
Rereading: The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis
If on a winter's night a traveller, Italo Calvino

Just Finished: All God's Children: The Bosket Family and the American Tradition of Violence, Fox Butterfield

General Outlook on Life: Hard. But not really. Blessed. 

Burnt?: 2006 Self-awareness/ Self-dillusion
2007 Self-healing/ Loss / Acceptance
2008 Family/ Self-Affirming
2009 ... 

Favorite BRC Memories: 

Gifted playa name on trampoline, reveling in the sunrise, pink bandana, leather boots. Grace. 2006.
Meeting my future partner for sunrise Mimosas at the Temple, biking to the airport, hammocks, stinky feet, air flight. 2007. 
Ocean glistening wale fins at the end of night, feel of cold metal on my cheek, crying at the sight of my love for the assembled family. 2008.  

Least Favorite:

the cold crows nest.
not feeling welcome. 

Playa garb most comfortable in: 

Red mohawk, lace up boots, furry rabbit coat, inflatable penis key, 80s Prom dresses. 

What three items are essential in your funbox?:
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Camp dBM registration #3

Registration for Camp dBM : 00.003
re: Burning Man 2009 : EVOLUTION

Name, playa or otherwise: Paul/GrapeNuts

Default World livelihood: Musician-Teacher-Designer-Hustler

Hobbies: Building stuff, playing music, scouring the internets for cool stuff, traveling, dancing, cooking, eating, drinking, laughing


Favorite foods: Quesadillas, sushi, seafood, fresh veggies, ice cream, donuts, BLT sandwiches…

Favorite drinks: Chocolate malts, Patron, g&t’s, mojitos, red wine, fresh grapefruit juice

Favorite musics: Everything that’s NOT on Clear Channel radio stations

Currently reading: Terry Pratchett, anything by Tom Robbins, Kurt Vonnegut, I was shaped by Daniel Quinn and Carlos Castaneda and I guess Stephen King; he started me reading

General outlook on life: Let it roll like water off my back

How many burns? (list years): 1997, 2005, 2007, 2008

Favorite BRC memories: My amazing mushroom adventure last year

Least-favorite BRC memories: Blowing a clutch cable with a very grumpy (ex)girlfriend during exodus 2 years ago

Playa garb you feel most yourself in: Rice Patty Hat, Big Sunglasses, Tight Grandma Polyester Pants, Bright Tennis Shoes & Utility Belt

What 3 items from your BRC funbox is most essential? flask, chapstick, led flashlight

If you had a superpower, what would it be? Intergalactic time travel

Top 3 favorite Michael Jackson songs? The first 8 bars of “Billie Jean”, The vocoder break in “PYT”, and the “Mama Say Mama Sa Mama Makosa” break at the end of “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin'"

What is pent-up inside of you waiting for the right opportunity to come out? My true potential

Your one wish for humanity: Don’t take yourself so damn seriously

Hopes for BM '09? everything

Fears for BM '09? nothing

Arts & Crafts for the Playa

We've got it together...right?  The looks and verbal affirmations from Grapenutz and Playaduster say so, but I still wonder, "What am I/are we missing?"  

There is only 37 days
 until the Man burns.  Until he burns!  We will have been on playa for almost 8 days by that time.  I've got...no WE'VE got to get our shit together!

But I'm cool.  


Trusting in the our collective ability to harness and direct the Pure Power of Potential, I know we'll have more than we need when we are on the playa.  But who's gonna take care of.....

Camp dBM converged this week for a throw-back summer camp arts and crafts experience at Dancing Dog Clayworks to create some unique gifts for the playa. The 20 or so Burning Man Evolution pendants will be but one of our gifts for the BRC community (music, of course being another).

During our convergence we got crafty and did some planning for the upcoming journey to the Portal and beyond.

A few preliminary sketches and plaster to carve

DJ Playaduster is already sportin' his playa goggles

Grapenutz prepares his crafting surface.  Every piece he made was a one of a kind.

After our art barn session, we bolted to Lake Padden where we took a long awaited swim (it was over 90 degrees that day) and rendezvous'd with Lil Fox and Robin, the newest Camp dBM members.  The vibes were smooth, some plans were discussed, but mostly we shared our excitement about the fast approaching Burn. 

So, all of us here at Camp dBM are getting it together.  Yeah.  I'm starting to pack already.  Not so much to be sure that I have time to get everything that might be desired, but also because I'm am stoked  to step through the Portal.  Soon come.

I hope I can dance with you in Black Rock City!

Onward, towards the Burn.

~ Edubious

Camp dBM registration #2

Registration for Camp dBM for Camp dBM : 00.002
re: Burning Man 2009 : EVOLUTION

Name, playa or otherwise: Kelly/Lil' Fox

Default World livelihood: bellingham

Hobbies: drawing, biking, swimming, reading, loving

Side-projects: trying to keep up on the art making

Favorite foods: asparagus, cheeses, all fruits, sandwhiches :]

Favorite drinks: cola & lemonade

Favorite musics: funk

Currently reading: kite runner

General outlook on life: most positive

How many burns? (list years): one: 2008

Favorite BRC memories: the people i met

Least-favorite BRC memories: maybe the 12-hour windstorm when we first arrived, i thought that the entire time would be this way. and it was not!

Playa garb you feel most yourself in: wigs

What 3 items from your BRC funbox is most essential?
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Camp dBM registration #1

Registration for Camp dBM : 00.001
re: Burning Man 2009 : EVOLUTION
Name, playa or otherwise: Edub/Edubious/Doobsauce/The Most Dubious E

Default World livelihood:
Hookin’ up people and makin’ em function (Facilitator/Trainer/Organizational Development Consultant)

Drumming, skateboarding (downhill & bowls), snowboarding and gardening, tinkering with anything that electronically manipulates music and sound

Building bridges, constant self-improvement,

Favorite foods:
Bacon (of course), BBQ Ribs and my Mom’s apple pie

Favorite drinks:
1) Water (give thanks!),
2) Beer (There was a time when I’d preface this with the word “good”, but recently my taste and appreciation of…lesser beers has grown),
3) Good coffee (I
am from Seattle)
4) Grey Goose Mandarin and tonic w/ a twist of orange

Favorite musics:
reggae-glitch-acousto-pop-break beat-rock-a-folky-electro-funk-house-dubstepped-up/down/mid tempo-groovalicious-punk-hip hop

Currently reading:
The Shadow Rising
by Robert Jordan from The Wheel of Time series (right now I’m on book 4 of 11 – reading the whole series again for the 4th or 5th time)

The Big Leap: Taking Life to the Next Level by Gay Hendricks

Way of the Superior Man by David Deida (ongoing)

General outlook on life:
I am so fucking blessed! I can create whatever the fuck I want to and anything that is in my life that I don’t like is on me – I created that too. The Universe is abundant and will provide you with all that you need and desire. It’s all good, even when it isn’t. Death is inevitable so live your life so that when death comes you can embrace it (hopefully without fear or regret).

Burnt? Yes, 2007 was my virgin Burn

Favorite BRC memories:
***The Purple Palace with Torsten, Fundi, Hekter, Calamity and Jocelyn – OMG!!! what was in that water bottle??? Are we going to tip this thing over? We’re rocking so fucking hard!!!

***The Purple Prince Party @ the Boogie Pyramid – Go Playaduster, go!! WTF??!! Where did all these zombies come from? Prince is bringin’ em’ back from the dead with ‘I Would Die For You’ Hyphee fo sho’!!

Least-favorite BRC memories:
***Whatever sound camp that was across from Boogie Universal with their heinous fucking music blasting out of speakers that were pointed straight at our camp. That was THE WORST music I heard on the playa – no doubt!

***Sunrise wake up at about 10 am – everyday - after partying all night. No more tent sleeping for me if I can help it.

Playa garb you feel most yourself in:
sleeveless shirt, vest or jacket/ long flowing robe or jacket with a deep hood / a skirt or ¾ length pants / comfortable boots

What 3 items from your BRC funbox is most essential?
1) Googles
2) Purple velvet sleeveless trench
3) Tabi boots

If you had a superpower, what would it be?
The “kung fu jump”

Top 3 favorite Michael Jackson songs?
1) Smooth Criminal
2) Billy Jean
3) They Don’t Care About Us

What is pent-up inside of you waiting for the right opportunity to come out?
That is a surprise for you and me. In the immortal words of my favorite author, Robert Jordan, “wait and find out…”

Your one wish for humanity: An explosion of LOVE CONSCIOUSNESS

Hopes for BM '09?
1) A solid camp of brothers and sisters who are open to the moment to moment experience of possibility.
2) To tap into the Pure Power of Potential even further to manifest a truly transformative experience for me and those around me
3) To stay healthy and safe
4) To dance my fucking ass off to new music that will take me to the edges of what is currently being done

Fears for BM 09?

1) Reintegration into the Default World
2) Loosing some cherished part of myself as I explore the boundaries of my current being

Introducing Camp dBM

We've been keeping the good word under wraps for the past month or so, to see how our concepts would solidify into actual plans. But now, with exactly 50 days until the Burn, we're confident enough to announce some news: Destination Burning Man will be representing on the playa this year with a camp made up of all your friends here at www.destinationburningman.com, offering a cozy dBM dome for music, dance parties, soirees and fuzzy lounging!

This here website -- hosting the dBM blog, musical mixes distributed via podcasts, videos from the playa, burn reports and interpretations, links to the Burning Man universe, photo collections and Burner profiles -- began on April the first, 2007, to document the voyage of "three broke dudes with a dream and a desire to burn" to Burning Man 2007. Originally envisioned as a way to raise funds for our visions, it soon morphed, along with our evolving plans, in to a record of
Boogie Universal's Pyramid Project. Our crew grew to something like 40 people, and we committed to the creation of an esplanade theme camp, with many logistics and hours upon hours of labor involved. A goodly portion of that story can be found here, here, here, here and here.

The principals behind Destination Burning Man --
DJ Playaduster/moontroll and DJ Edubious -- took 2008 off from the Burn (not necessarily by choice -- it is a long and unpleasant story) -- but have held tickets for Burning Man 2009 since the first day they went on sale last winter. They knew that their co-conspirators Hekter McElliott and Ramona Mayhem would likewise be traveling to Black Rock City too, creating their own parallel plans that would allow the four to join forces on the playa and raise some holy ruckus together.

With open minds and hearts, and the experiences of creating an epic burn together in 2007, moontroll and the Most Dubious E began whispering visions of a smaller, more intimate camp to be erected back towards the fringes of the city with an elevated state of comfort, a vigorous sense of adventure and soulful seeking and a mission to bring the dBM groove -- a deep groove that encompasses more diverse musical ideas than is typically found in the loudest sound camps -- to the people.

It was a natural fit then when DJ Grapenuts, a leading creative and musical force from the Boogie Universal camp, stepped forward with similar ideals for his 4th Burn -- comfort, music, dance parties, freedom, adventure, independence, pushing boundaries. And with the inclusion of G'nutz came....the RV (more on that later).

An initial summit at the Samish Island Zendo brought forth a rush of ideas for camp construction, amenities, playa art installations and hijinks, along with rough sketches visualizing the dBM dome. It was agreed that creating a simple environment in which the DJs Playaduster, Edubious and Grapenuts could plug in laptops, fire up a sound system and mix music for friends, new and old, was essential. Spinning sets from their overflowing vaults of grooves -- funk, salsa, reggae, raga, dub, breaks, soul, downtempo, cumbia, glitch, ambient, etc. -- became the organizing principle behind the mission.

It was likewise agreed that the dream camp included other friends that they either knew or hoped would be in BRC too -- Camp dBM would not emulate Club Exclusivo but instead be open to fellow merry-makers and rabble-rousers, dreamers, musicians, circus performers, healers, artists and seekers. Each of the original three have passed on the whisper on to a few friends that they could envision spending a very intense and edgy week with in the desert, with positive results at the end of the double-rainbow.

Torsten (playa name not registered) of San Francisco, with seven burns under his belt, knew what kind of experience he sought and thus eagerly jumped at the opportunity to merge with Camp dBM. His last burn was in 2007; while moontroll, G'nutz and Edubious were erecting the Boogie Pyramid at 9 o'clock and Esplanade, Torsten was working like a monkey on the epic Crude Awakening installation on Open Playa. Needless to say, he too was looking to gear down in 2009 and experiment with a smaller, tightly-knit camp existing on the fringes. It was also suggested to Torsten that he might know of some fellow Bay Area Burners, carefully selected, that might add good ju-ju to Camp dBM.

There are rumors that Grapenuts has found two more friends enthusiastic to join the camp -- including a childhood chum and rumored Burning Man virgin -- and there is secretive campaigning going on for another brother in Taos, New Mexico, underemployed and newly single, to commit to the amorphous tribe, a tribe that is slowly but perfectly converging intentions, mapping out possibilities, and counting down the weeks and days until the Man burns...

Over the next 50 days, Camp dBM intends to chronicle with some regularity the evolution of their journey to Black Rock City. First step: this dBM blog will begin to introduce each camp member, starting with a spicy dose of Doobsauce. Check back frequently and get yo'self ready to rumble!

Hekter's Field Report

Of the two DMV's I have been in contact with this last week, BM's DMV Hotties win my award for "Fuck Yeah!".  California's DMV.... not so much! I will always choose a name "Purple Koosh" over "Bonnie" and BM's questionnaire is much more dynamic and flirtatious. 

So.... the "Glacial Facial" has the green light to be built!  This will be a completely solar powered electric iceberg.... really - no generator.  And yes there will be loud music, led lighting, miscellaneous mojito materials and a giant trailer.  Wolfie & I (my solar bear partner) will be putting in some late night hours in the upcoming month in order to get the rig ready for Reggae Rising in late July. The electric 4-wheeler has been bought by Reggae's land owner and fortunately, he is into our mission.  We build this for him and in return we take it to the burn for the betterment of all.

Nightime Polar bear suit is in the mail... daytime version will be handcrafted out of scraps. Just a fuzzy banana hammock really... maybe some matching smittens?  

Single White Polar Bear Male seeks HWP penguins & arctic foxes!  Looking for a place to chill. Maybe I'll get online dating going with this shit? 

Portable assault unit, silent but friendly, misting machines, commercial spray gun... I'm getting all wet just thinking about it.  Hope UR2 ;)

~ Hekter McElliott