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Our Favorite Music in 2014

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The Polish Ambassador + Ayla Nereo at Beloved Festival, August 2014. Photo by Moontroll.

Destination Burning Man's Favorite Music of 2014

It's been an incredible year for high-quality electronic music, with several of the best producers on Planet Earth releasing full-length albums (usually for free!) that were painstakingly-produced, richly-layered, bursting with innovative sounds and interesting ideas and, last but not least, lovingly-crafted to enhance Bass Chakra Therapy via luscious low-end vibrations. We were lucky to catch many of our favorite musicians-producers-DJs as they took their new music out for a spin at festivals, gatherings and clubs in the Pacific Northwest ~ our favorites were Luminosity on Vancouver Island, Photosynthesis in the Cascade Range and Beloved in Tidewater, Oregon.

In many ways, it feels like the
Year of The Polish Ambassador, with the release of his most fully-realized album yet, Pushing Through the Pavement, his ground-breaking Permaculture Action Tour, his ongoing creative collaborations with Ayla Nereo, Wildlight, Mr. Lif and now Terra Bella and TPA's already-legendary Sunday afternoon set at Beloved ~ throwing down an epic afternoon danceparty at the end of an amazing weekend from the middle of the dancefloor, surrounded by thousands of blissed-out, funkafied, Left Coast bass-lovin' tribal hippies!

In addition to TPA ruling it in 2014, we were blessed with amazing releases from heavyweights like Apex Twin, Bonobo, Tipper, Thriftworks, Androcell and Kalya Scintilla. Also, lots of beautiful, deep music from lesser-known local NW-BC producers like Goopsteppa, Subaqueous, GUDA, Halo Refuser, ATYya and Erothyme.

Below is a list of what releases brought us the most joy in listening this year. You can share anything we missed
on our Facebook page. Here's to an abundant and joyful 2015!

TOP TEN

The Polish Ambassador "Pushing Through the Pavement"


Kalya Scintilla "Open Ancient Eyes"


Subaqueous "Tides of Twilight"


Thriftworks "Fade/Fader/Fadest"


Tipper "Forward Escape"


Aphex Twin "Syro"

ODESZA "In Return"



Skytree "Cirrus Sapiens"


SaQi "The Well"


Yaima "Pelucidity"


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Emancipator at Wanderlust Whistler, August 2014. Photo by Moontroll.


THE NEXT TEN

Androcell "Imbue"
Halo Refuser "Into Your Layers"
Bogtrotter "Jamais Vu"
Soulular "EvoLuminate"
Erothyme "Circadia"
AtyYa "Transendence"
GUDA "Tyromancy"
Soulacybin "Funkerpump"
Goopsteppa "Crystals"


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MC Yogi & DJ Drez at Wanderlust Whistler, August 2014. Photo by Moontroll.

You can hear all of these amazing musicians and many more in our dBMcast mixes, available to stream and download on our Music page. The most recent mixes are also up on our Soundcloud page.

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2014 Dancefloor Highlights







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Plantrae in Bellingham, Sacred Bass Session #4, March ~ photo by moontroll


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Rising Appalachia in Bellingham, with moontroll


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SaQi + DJ Playaduster in Seattle, November ~ photo by moontroll


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Bluetech + Plantrae in Seattle, December ~ photo by moontroll



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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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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The Cave Singers
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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….

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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.



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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!


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On the stage...


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

Out and about...


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

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Kidzbiosis:



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

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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.

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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.


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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.

For a look at the full line-up and day-to-day breakdown, visit
http://www.symbiosisgathering.com/lineup/daily.

Sun stage photo by Rafael Reynolds of MuchThumpPhoto.com.

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

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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."

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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.

As
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
http://www.symbiosisgathering.com.

dBM on Facebook

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Just a quick note to let y'all know that we're uploading photos, videos, articles, links and tons more from Burning Man 2013 over on our Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/destinationBM.

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


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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.

http://www.destinationburningman.com/stuff/podcasts/files/interdimensional-lounge-music.html


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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

http://www.destinationburningman.com/stuff/podcasts/files/lost-track-of-time.html



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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!

http://www.destinationburningman.com/stuff/podcasts/files/archive-2012.html



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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.

http://www.destinationburningman.com/stuff/podcasts/files/beautiful-world.html

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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.

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"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….

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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.





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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.





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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
http://bit.ly/h60Ijk.



A report from Photosynthesis Festival

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!


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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….





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dBMcasts : free music mixes for Burning Man 2012

Here's a small sampling of the musical goodness that the Destination Burning Man crew —DJs Playduster, Edubious, GrapeNuts & P*DIZzle — have mixed and posted to share with all y'all. Download and stock yer iPod at http://www.destinationburningman.com/stuff/podcasts and http://soundcloud.com/moontrolling. Subscribe via iTunes at http://www.destinationburningman.com/stuff/podcasts. Support our efforts by donating via PayPal on our homepage at http://www.destinationburningman.com. We will be hanging out at Buddha Lounge, 8:45 & Esplanade, handing out free dBM stickers and hopefully DJing some afternoon sessions. Hope to see y'all in BRC!



Prepare yourself for an intergalactic soundwave excursion to the Indian subcontinent and choice African destinations with DJs Playaduster and Kaya Rainface. Originally inspired by my discovery of the amazing Desert Dwellers remix project and the new Dirtwire project from Beats Antique, this musical journey invokes caravans in the desert, mystical night wanderings, starlight, throngs of pilgrims seeking visions on the playa, uttered prayers and whispered secrets, meditation, tribal gatherings, tea ceremonies, transcendent dancing, spices and scents. With plenty of earthy bass tones to ground our seekings, the mix floats towards the heavens on the wings of sitar, violin, cello, tabla, kamel ngoini and voice.


An exploration of the alchemical/magikal energies of low-end frequencies for bass chakra therapy. Featuring excursions from the very best in sacred electro-space-bass-whomp adventurism. Inspired by meeting DJ Kaya Rainface, 11:11 and Burn Night magic. Featuring: Prelude: Hildur Guonadottir + Peter Van Hoesen * 123 Mrk * Beats Antique * Kalya Scintilla * Opuio * Nanda * Tipper * RLS * SUN:MONX * The Human Experience * Kaminanda * Grouch * Welder * Mount Kimbie * Four Tet * Radiohead * PhuturePrimitive * Coda: Hildur Guonadottir + Peter Van Hoesen




DJ Grapenuts digs deep. This time with some Electro Boogie Funk-packed full of bubbling basslines, percolating percussion, sexy synthesizers, and some velvety vocals. His exclusive mix is custom tailored to accompany you on your 2012 voyage to the place we all love to call home... Black Rock... Our Lovely City!


Featuring Love & Light * Griz * Opiuo * Sunmonx * Sugarpill * Russ Liquid * Thriftworks * Chris B. * Gladkill * Kraddy * Pretty Lights * Jamie Woon * MartyParty * Vibesquad * Nico Luminous * Bonobo remixed * Goldrush * Bassnectar // Art by Mugwort.


This mix drops into the sacred bass realm and was designed as a soundtrack for your Practice.  Find your flow with Kaminanda, Phuture Primative, Kayla Scintilla, Tipper, Nanda, Thriftworks and The Human Experience.  This mix is a sampling of some of the freshest, most deeply studied bass chakra masters.


Featuring Ehassan Karimi / Lilt / Cheb i Sabbah / eO / Kaminanda / MiMOSA / Nicholas Jaar / SUN:MOX / Mickey Hart / An-ten-ae / Low Ryderz / Schlomo / James Blake / Welder / Matt Shadetek / DJ/Rupture / Beats Antique... and field recordings of Camp Get Found on the road to the Black Rock desert in northwestern Nevada: moontroll, Hannah Tangerine, Maketa, DJ Grapenuts, Scotty G, Colby, Gabriella & others in Bend, Oregon; Summer Lake Hot Springs; and crossing the portal and Getting Found.


This heavy-duty slab of molten bass music is dropping less than 48 hours before the dBM crew and friends hit the road for Burning Man 2012. Featuring Sunmox * Jupit3r * Bassnectar * The Glitch Mob * Nico Luminous * Sugarpill * R/D * MartyParty * Opiuo * GRiZ * An-ten-ae * Paper Diamond * DATSIK * SBTRKT * Sleigh Bells * Rusko * Modeselektor * Pretty Lights * Grammatik * Holy Fuck * Florence & the Machine.


A spacey soundtrack for lucid dreaming, chemical mindsurfing, mystical visions and intergalactic voyaging. Featuring: Four Tet / Tinariwen / Floating Points / Jamie Woon / Thriftworks / Bacan Acab / Mount Kimbie / Gadi Mizhradi / Tanner Ross / SBTRKT / Ellen Allien / Apparat / Zomby / Tim Hecker / Sepalcure / Kaminanda / Pink Floyd


Side one of What the Mixxtape?! features some of the artists I saw and danced my ass off to at What the Festival?! in Oregon the last weekend of July 2012, with a focus on the glitch-hop, dubstep, acid crunk, whomp and other soundz from the heavier end of the Bass Chakra spectrum, including Bonobo, Beats Antique, GRiZ, Gladkill, Ana Sia, MartyParty, Sugarpill, EPROM and Paper Diamond.


P*DAZzLE was conceived on the cold dark frontier of the deep Black Rock playa. "Traps Claps and Ratchet Straps" showcases his commitment to all things rude, nasty, and sinfully decadent that exist in bass music today. Prepare yourself for the audio assault you are about to receive at this year's Burning Man Festival with this mix of serious filth from one sick sound selector.


DJ Playaduster weaves a sonic tapestry designed to induce dream states and facilitate astral projections. With rumbling bass as our Earthly grounding, we float past nebuli, vortexes and voyaging spacecraft on the wings of violin, percussion, guitar, trumpet and more. Have a look around. Smell the colors. Feel the low-end textures massage the tender places in your Bass Chakra. Taste the salty stardust. Relax. Let go….There are no sharp edges or rough transitions here, so you can close your eyes, lay back and take the ride with full trust in the interstellar navigational skills of DJ Playaduster. Featuring
Liquid Stranger * Pantha du Prince * SexyTime * Sunmonx * Nicoluminous * MartyParty * Ganucheau * Shlomo * Filastine * Kalya Scintilla * GRiZ * Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros



Get yourself ready for a hour long mix of electronic music based on DJs and producers who played at What the Festival?! in Oregon the last weekend of July 2012. This was the best festival my PNW Get Found crew and I have ever experienced off the playa and the rush of inspiration we felt in the White River canyon has carried over in to this 2 side music mix tape project. We're going to explore some of the more experimental bass frequencies that What the Festival offered, including Sepalcure, Scuba and Sinjin Hawke, taste some acid crunk from Low Ryderz, get soothed with a long set from Emancipator and dabble in some forward-leaning low-end wavelengths from Gladkill, Bluetech, PhuturePrimitive and Sugarpill.


Download and these mixes and more at http://www.destinationburningman.com/stuff/podcasts (a few are available at http://soundcloud.com/moontrolling.)
Subscribe via iTunes at
http://www.destinationburningman.com/stuff/podcasts.
Support our efforts by donating via PayPal on our homepage at
http://www.destinationburningman.com.

Much love!





Buddha Lounge, 8:45 & Esplanade



  • Black Rock City - 8:45 and Esplanade

    Music:
  • ---MONDAY PM INTO TUESDAY AM [Bass Music]---
  • 2:00pm Chill + Bass with DJ Free
  • 7:00pm Buddha Lounge VIP
  • 12:00am Chris B
  • 2:00am Jobot
  • ---TUESDAY PM INTO WEDNESDAY AM [House/Electro]---
  • 2:00pm Chill + Bass with Buddha Lounge VIP
  • 7:00pm Knotty Boy
  • 8:30pm Krista Richards
  • 10:00pm Nicolatron
  • 11:30pm Micheal Friedman
  • 1:00am Jesus Juice
  • 2:30am DJ BTru of Sex Pixels
  • 4:00am Shawna
  • 5:30am Terra
  • 7:00am Zia Zombie
  • ---WEDNESDAY PM INTO THURSDAY AM [Bass Music]---
  • 2:00pm Chill + Bass with Soulfood
  • 8:00pm J Brave
  • 9:30pm Satya Turqwise
  • 11:00pm Emancipator
  • 1:00am Dela Moontribe
  • 2:30am DJedi
  • 4:00am Boolean
  • 6:00am DJ Free
  • ---THURSDAY PM INTO FRIDAY AM [Pocket Underground]---
  • 2:00pm Chill + Bass with Buddha Lounge VIP
  • 7:00pm Black Ass
  • 9:00pm Nasty Nate
  • 10:30pm Jerad Hioki
  • 12:00am Justin Levi
  • 1:00am Grant Kaye
  • 2:00am Ron Levy (Idiot Savant)
  • 3:30am Wobs
  • 5:00am Gravity
  • 6:00am Pumpkin
  • 7:30am Sex Pixles
  • ---FRIDAY PM INTO SATURDAY AM [Global Bass/Deep Bass]--
  • 2:00pm Chill + Bass with Soulfood
  • 6:00pm Dave Decible
  • 8:00pm Desert Dwellers DJ Ste by Treavor Moontribe
  • 11:00pm Zia Zombie
  • 12:30am Jef Stott
  • 2:00am Dub Virus
  • 3:30am Conscious Kalling
  • 5:00am Brendagerous
  • 6:30am Lux Moderna
  • --SATURDAY PM INTO SUNDAY AM [Bass Music/Global Bass]-
  • 2:00pm Chill + Bass with Buddha Lounge VIP
  • 7:30pm Jesus Juice (special pre-burn sunset performance)
  • ---------THE MAN BURNS-----------------------------
  • 10:00pm Brendangerous
  • 11:30pm Boolean
  • 1:00am Random Rab
  • 2:30am Ilya
  • 4:00am Kalya Scintilla
  • 6:00am Soulfood and Zia Zombie
  • Seed Dome Yoga and Events:
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    DJs, soundsystems, sources of bass










    Kalya's Burning Man Sonic Heart Activations
    Wednesday 7:30ish-pm - Abraxis Art Car (Pick up from Fractal) Wednesday 9pm - Camp 'Want it' 9:15ish & Esp Kalya + Merkaba Thursday 2am (Wed night) - Sacred Spaces - 4:20 esplanade Thursday 9:30 am Abraxis Art Car near the Temple
    Friday 12am (Thurs night) Red Lightning (9:30&E) Friday Sunrise - 6:30-8am - Jabba Barge Saturday 5am - Fractal Nation Saturday 9-10:30pm - Synesthesia Sunday Morning 4am - Buddha Lounge 8:45 & Esplanade



    Soundtracks for the journey home

    While everyone is scurrying about like crazy getting ready to hit the road for Rites of Passage, here’s a reminder that there are dozens of free, kick-ass, basstastic musical mixes ready to be downloaded to your iPod for soundtracks for the journey home! Visit our dBMcast webpage for recent offerings from DJ Playaduster, DJ Edubious, DJ Fundiduster and lots of Guest DJs like Eskmo, Opiuo, Bassnectar, Random Rab, Ooah, David Starfire, Ana Sia and others. Radio dBM has created 2011-specific mixes too, including Pathways to the Portal, The Larry Harvey Dub Experience, Rites of Bassage, and Bass Cadet.

    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).

    And many of these same playa-friendly music mixes can also be streamed and downloaded from
    DJ Playaduster's SoundCloud page and DJ Edubious' Soundcloud page.

    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!


    For best results, click here to subscribe to dBMcasts via iTunes and download the mixes you want from there, while simultaneously setting yerself up for new episodes to automatically be delivered to you when they're posted.

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    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

    Part one "Light It Up", part two "Burn It Down" and part three "Afterburn".


    DJ Playaduster's Green Man trilogy -- Fall 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".


    DJs Playaduster + Edubious' Darwinian Experimentations -- June/July 2009

    "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."

    "Darwin's Weird Beard" and "Darwin's Furrowed Brow"


    DJs Playaduster's Tangled Path Trilogy -- 2008-2009

    "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."

    "Loose Ends" and "Convergence"

    Other non-multi-part dBMcasts of worthy note:

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    DJ Edubious looks back, part 1

    So I'm takin' it back.  

    How far we goin' back?  

    Way back.  

    It goes a little somethin' like this.


    Destination Burning Man was born in 2007 from
    the Green Man. A way to hype up the party for anyone who would listen - our party and theirs.  Podcasts for the people. The stories of an evolving idea that turned into a plan to get to Burning Man. Music mixed with our mysterious, and often confusing, creative revelations captured in the hazy moments when no was paying attention. "What did he say?" Exactly. Keep listening. It's all in there.

    'Light It Up'
    'Burn It Down'
    DJ Edubious 2007



    I can measure my musical evolution by these two mixes.  They highlight the funky, groovin, beats that I was rockin' before I experienced Burning Man - Prince, Up, Bustle & Out, Farid, Groove Armada, Ammoncontact, Michael Franti, Miguel Migs. The musings of DJ Playaduster peppered with Burncast samples carry the story - t
    he creation of the Boogie Pyramid and setting intentions for our pole position on the 9:00 keyhole on the Esplanade. The flow is never interrupted by a heavy, teeth rattling bass drop or glitched out wobble. Just good, clean, funky beats here.

    Keep listening.

    Sun.  Dust Storms.  The Man Burns.  Exodus.  Default World.  Reintegration.  Reorientation.  

    The music that we experienced that year on playa changed it all. We saw Bassnectar slay the crowd at Cirque Berserk; The Glitch Mob blew our minds - 4 guys on laptops at Enthion Village; Freq Nasty was exactly that;  and the
    DIS[orient] mobile unit rewired our musical synapses with deep bass in deep playa.

    Coming home to my stereo sauna, the music didn't feel, quite right anymore.  
    WHERE'S THE BASS??!!   



    The story told by Moontroll and I is accompanied by the ever present sounds of Black Rock City. Field recorders capturing our attempts to make sense of what was happening all around us. THIS is Burning Man (at least how experienced it). The music and the madness. The syncronicity and the profane beauty. The grimy beats, the low bass, the laser sounds. This is
    After Burn. An early precursor to recent bass heavy dBM mixes like Kung Fu Jedi and Bass Cadet.  It all started here.

    Keep listening.

    ~ Edubious

    Mixes for the road....

    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.

    And most of these same playa-friendly music mixes can also be streamed and downloaded from
    DJ Playaduster's SoundCloud page and DJ Edubious' Soundcloud page.

    Happy travels!

    dBM listener feedback

    Happy Burnal Equnox! Here at the midway point, tipping over in to the long 6 month countdown until Burning Man 2010, we'd like to take a moment and share some of the feedback we've received over the past months from our listeners and readers. We rarely hear from any of you out there -- and our web stats tell us there are thousands of you -- so when we do get a little bit of love via email, it really makes us shine. Here are some of our favorites. We'd love to hear from you too: [email protected]

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    Hey man,

    I am sure people write you all the time but I wanted to let you know how much I have been enjoying your mixes. I was a first time burner last year and have got my ticket for Metropolis in the mail. I hope to catch you playing either up in SF or out on the Playa. Either way I just wanted to send you thanks for some really amazing tunes. They help me get through the work day and make great for great driving music.

    I have definitely been spreading the word. I got some tables a few years ago and have been working on getting some tunes together. Do you mostly mix on decks/cd turntables or do you use software?

    Whatever you are doing, its awesome. I work for a company called T-- Shoes and am usually in charge of the overhead music. They've been getting the whomp whether they like it or not. most of them do!

    All the best,

    P.

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    Hey there - I'm finally settling back into normal life after one of the most memorable experiences I could have possibly had.  This year was my first burn, and it was everything I hoped and needed it to be.  During our preparations to head out to Black rock city, a buddy introduced me to your
    dBM podcasts.  We listened to several on our trek from New Mexico up to Black Rock City.  Once there, we listened to even more incredible music and talented DJ's the world over.  I was deeply inspired by what I hear which is difficult, as I have been a DJ going on 14 years now.  When I came back, I went to work immediately the next day on trying to share some of my musical experiences with friends and my new family.  I completed an hour long mix based on my experiences to share, and I'd love for you to take a listen.  :)

    Thanks so much for what you are doing, I can't wait to get back out there and meet you guys next year.

    --DD

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    Hey Hekter "Chapstrap" McElliott, Moontroll/DJ Playaduster, and Edubious. Your podcasts fucking rule!@!!!!!! I especially love the
    Michael Jackson tribute series. And I was never a fan. Totally great. The other ones are great too. I love how you made a series of ones leading up to the Burn all themed around Evolution. I played a few of them at our camp, Mystikal Misfits (430 and B) late at night, and it was great. Keep it up!!!!

    M.

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    My buddy has been listening to your podcasts for a while now -- this was his 5th Burn. I remember sitting in the car on the way up asking him to play what he had on his iPod and it put a smile on my face. The mix that got me all pumped was as we were driving out from Vegas in the middle of the desert
    the mix by DJ Grapenuts.  We pulled off to the side of the road to fix the straps from the trailer, and we all got out of the car and started dancing.  A few minutes of being crazy later, 2 RV's on the way to BRC pulled up behind us and they started partying too to the groove too.  :)

    D.

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    Hey dBM crew: I’m was at a BBQ yesterday for a friend’s birthday. Suffice to say I had a few drunken conversations, the one I remember was about karma. I realized that there was this huge disconnect between some of oldest friends and a very small band of merry burners (all of whom don’t know it).

    Anyway I woke up this morning, checked out of my friends place and got on the Docklands Light Railway back to Stratford, East London. This is a cool little above ground train that runs really slowly through the docks, the business districts and finally the post industrial heartland of London’s eastend.

    I’ve had your Destination Burning Man Trilogy on my pod for a while but just haven’t been at the time and place. But trust me this was perfect. I put on
    Reintegration, as this train wound through equally beautiful business and residential districts. Most are deprived but on this sunny Sunday morning everything took on a new light. Particularly with the perfectly judged, wonderfully paced mix that you’ve created. I could go on about how I loved your choice of tracks (which I did) but that would be missing the main point. I got back from SF to London in Feb and I thought I had that playa feeling all the time. Yeah I was receptive but damn your mix has brought it all back. Not reintegration into the world but reintegration back into the fold. Back to feeling the power of potential. Good shit, my friend. Good shit. Keep it up.

    Our camp this year is going that bit larger. Finally a theme camp. We’ll have a DJ rig with some decent soundpressure. It’d be a total pleasure if you could drop by, spin or just hang out.

    Peace.

    Wanobi of Ohmland

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    I just wanted to say hey and thank you for
    the beautiful video (with some Bassnectar to boot!). I'm a volunteer coordinator to decorate Center Camp Cafe. Your video was just what I needed today. I am a bit stressed out and behind on my Burning Man work but seeing this totally brought me back to why I volunteer for this position and spend a great portion of my free time on it. I love the sense of community that CCCafe brings and I really think you captured it in your video. I love the brightness of the color too. I love that you captured to flags because they are my (and the vols that sew them here at BMHQ at craft parties) babies and I was super proud of them last year! Plus the rags to flags pennant flags in the 3 rings and just seeing all the people in there having a blast. it made me heart happy. love the smiles!!!

    So thank you again from the bottom of my sparkly heart! You have inspired me and brought me back to where i needed to be. I am going to send it out to my cafe crew so they can see their work again. seeing this video makes me super excited to get on the playa and set her up!!!

    dusty dreamin' kisses and thanks to you

    H.

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    BBC in BRC

    While dBM has produced and then offered up for viewing many videos over the past several years, it is always great for us to see somebody else's take on trying to interpret Burning Man through video. We were especially tickled by this heartfelt report from BBC Radio 1 and Booby Friction. From Burning Man 2009 Evolution :









    Have to admit that any hesitations I've been holding towards going to BRC this year were pretty much erased as soon as I saw the scrub brush desert road leading up to the city and remembered the feeling one get when one's tires hit the playa and you pass through the portal...

    Get Found in the Default World : Keeping the Flame Lit

    From Seattle to San Francisco to Samish Island to Bellingham to the Oregon Coast, Camp Get Found has found a way to keep the love flowing post-Black Rock City. Keeping the flame lit indeed! So many good times, unforgettable, big lovins. Here are some highlights of our months since Burning Man 2009...many more when you click below (photos by Moontroll & Maketa). Viva la Team Love!





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    Hot Links for BRC '09


    Photo by John Curley; Center Camp 2009.

    Required reading: The 2009 Survival Guide. The Evolution theme. First-time's Guide. FAQ. The Ten Principles. 2009 Honorarium Art Installations. An audio art tour of the playa.

    Building Black Rock City, including Center Camp and Temple construction and the landing of the Raygun Gothic Rocketship. An awesome interactive map to this year's theme camps.

    The Arctic Monkey's
    Completely Unofficial Burning Man Guide & Packing List. Matt's guide to photography at Burning Man. Stoke-enhancing playa videos. Downloadable soundtracks for playa explorations. Da'Bomb's Best of Burncast reports and BurncastTV episodes on Vimeo, including an emotional tribute to Burners Who Have Passed On. The "Go Bag."

    Rideshare. Driving directions. Black Rock City weather forecast. 24-7 Live Gerlach webcam. And BMIR 94.5 FM should start broadcasting any day now.

    Fuckin'
    3G cell phone service on the playa?

    Bassnectar's
    on-playa WHOMP schedule. Disorient's new Art Car Wash (and the return of Dex!). Unverified Sound Camp DJ programmes at Root Society and Opulent Temple, Simpler Times (The Do-Lab + Cirque Bezerk=SICKNESS), Basscamp, Bootie, False Profit, Rock Bottom, Space Cowboys, Shift Camp and Disorient. PleasureSean's Playa Party Guide. Or, skip all the preceding links and take it straight to Rockstar Librarian's essential 4-page schedule of DJs and dance parties at Burning Man 2009.

    The Onion is reporting that nobody made it to Burning Man this year.

    Love and dust, moontroll --
    see you in a few days!

    PS. Apparently, some people take drugs at Burning Man. That what
    some blogger claims anyway:

    click for more…

    dBMcasts Compendium: load up yer iPod for the road!


    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!


    For best results, click here to subscribe to dBMcasts via iTunes and download the mixes you want from there, while simultaneously setting yerself up for new episodes to automatically be delivered to you when they're posted.

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    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

    Part one "Light It Up", part two "Burn It Down" and part three "Afterburn".


    DJ Playaduster's Green Man trilogy -- Fall 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".


    DJs Playaduster + Edubious' Darwinian Experimentations -- June/July 2009

    "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."

    "Darwin's Weird Beard" and "Darwin's Furrowed Brow"


    DJs Playaduster's Tangled Path Trilogy -- 2008-2009

    "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."

    "Loose Ends" and "Convergence"

    Other non-multi-part dBMcasts of worthy note:

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    Hearts of Flame Trilogy : Burning Man tributecasts reposted



    23 days.

    In a little over three weeks, the Man will burn. Over 50,000 revelers, seekers and freaks will gather around the effigy on a remote, desolate, dry lake bed in a forgotten corner of Nevada to drum, dance with fire and lose their minds to the magic of the moment.

    Though I've long decided that I won't be returning to participate in
    The Event in the Desert in 2008, I have to admit that with the arrival of August, Black Rock City's invisible, inevitable gravitational pull is agitating my soul. I have other projects and efforts I am dedicated to this year, namely establishing a relationship and a new home with an amazing woman and very special 7 year-old boy, but that doesn't negate my natural affinity for ritual, for community gatherings in sacred spaces, for ecstatic release, for psychedelic sojourning, for intense life-reflection and inward reorientation and for creative pranksterism.

    My Burn brother
    Edubious and I have hatched alternative plans for the Burn weekend, and we plan on some deep-delving and freestyle soul-expression in the land above tree line in Washington's North Cascades. We'll be with all y'all, if not geographically, surely in spirit. More on that journey later...

    As the days lean in closer to the gathering, I feel all kinds of emotions bubbling up, all kinds of personal needs I recognize as neglected, and an intense desire to create and share with friends. The most I can muster together for now is sharing music with the listeners dialed in to this dBM network. To that end, I'm reposting my Hearts of Flame, a Burning Man tribute-trilology in a podcast formulation.
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    Praises from Wanobi of Ohmland

    Hey Playaduster:
     
    I’m was at a BBQ yesterday for a friend’s birthday. Suffice to say I had a few drunken conversations, the one I remember was about karma. I realized that there was this huge disconnect between some of oldest friends and a very small band of merry burners (all of whom don’t know it).
     
    Anyway I woke up this morning, checked out of my friends place and got on the Docklands Light Railway back to Stratford, East London. This is a cool little above ground train that runs really slowly through the docks, the business districts and finally the post industrial heartland of London’s eastend.
     
    I’ve had your Destination Burning Man Trilogy  on my pod for a while but just haven’t been at the time and place. But trust me this was perfect. I put on
    Reintegration, as this train wound through equally beautiful business and residential districts. Most are deprived but on this sunny Sunday morning everything took on a new light. Particularly with the perfectly judged, wonderfully paced mix that you’ve created. I could go on about how I loved your choice of tracks (which I did) but that would be missing the main point. I got back from SF to London in Feb and I thought I had that playa feeling all the time. Yeah I was receptive but damn your mix has brought it all back. Not reintegration into the world but reintegration back into the fold. Back to feeling the power of potential. Good shit, my friend. Good shit. Keep it up.
     
    Our camp this year is going that bit larger. Finally a theme camp. We’ll have a DJ rig with some decent soundpressure. It’d be a total pleasure if you could drop by, spin or just hang out.
     
    Peace.
     
    Wanobi of Ohmland


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    Hey Edubious:

    All I can say is stupendous…
     
    Damn. Your guys sound is fantastic. Right on the money. I just  sent some feedback to the destinationburningman address (about reintegration) but then listened to
    East to West as well just after. In awe. Literally. And this is from someone with a fair chunk of worldy vibes and a long interest in electronica and organica.
     
    Currently hailing from East London having just left SF but will be joining up with the merry crew this summer.  This year we’re going to haul a sound rig up there. Fairly small by soundcamp standard* but we promise to have more love. A set like this would banish inhibitions and just get it going. Get some organic beats going and anything could happen.
     
    Nice one my friend. Nice one.
     
    International vibes from sunny Landan Taaan,
     
    Let me know what you think,
     
    Wanobiclick for more…

    The Green Man Trilogy and reflections at the Burnal Equinox


    DJ Playaduster just posted the third and final installment in The Green Man Trilogy podcast series -- you can stream it over at the podcast page right this very moment!

    The story starts with the mix entitled
    DISORIENTATION, a sonic sound collage made up of DJ sets, conversations and weird late night soundings that were wild-harvested from Black Rock City and the open playa using a digital soundstick during Burning Man 2007. The piece represents the blissful confusion and spun-out enlightenment that can occur when one travels the city, on foot or bike, through the night until daybreak. It attempts to recreate the mad mash-up of noise that engulfs you everywhere you travel.

    REORIENTATION follows, naturally, and it charts a musical course meant to symbolize the soul-navigation that must occur when one leaves the playa, with dust in one's pockets and new fire in one's heart, and begins to reassimilate back in to your daily life at home, work and in relationships. Featuring sporadic commentary from Hekter McElliott, as he attempts to explain his Yvonda version 2.0/Marsupial Thumbdrive theories, this mix also reflects the musical evolution that Playaduster underwent at Burning Man (to sample the range of influences, see DISORIENTATION!)

    And so, finally, we arrive at the third chapter,
    REINTEGRATION. While careful listening will reveal the musical landscape to be in kinship with the groove of REORIENTATION, the tone and tenor of the conversations and philosophizing takes a distinct turn as Playaduster and Edubious look back and reflect upon the crucible experiences of the Burn.click for more…

    Podcast Cafe open for bidness!



    Join DJ Playaduster's alter egos DJ Fundi & DJ Christafari at the new home of the Podcast Cafe, now featuring three different podcast channels with three different flavors for your listening pleasure: the Podcast Cafe, the Live Archive and Radio Free Fundi. The website just launched, and it'd be in your best interest to go have a look around and subscribe to all three streams of free-flowing intergalactic musical mixes:
    www.podcastcafe.org

    (If you want a shortcut to subscribing to the Podcast Cafe via iTunes,
    click right here.)

    See you at the cafe!
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    get disoriented



    New podcast from DJ Playaduster, wildcrafted from audio field recordings taken live from Black Rock City 2007, available for download or stream over at the Podcast page!click for more…

    Bassnectar in Bellingham, Nov. 17

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    new post-playa podcast posted!


    DJ Edubious has posted a new mix over on the podcast page -- it is the first musical response to what went down on the playa this summer, and it complete the groove trilogy Edubious started with Light It Up and furthered with Burn It Down. Listen carefully for the drifting observations of Hekter and Moontroll recorded from deep within their Burning experiences....dig it!

    Sunnyland Soundsytem Meltdown

    “Fundi down!  I repeat, Fundi is down!”  What?! click for more…

    first podcast good for the gettin'

    One of the primary missions of the three broke dudes is to share the groove with the masses on playa this year. DJ Edubious and DJ Fundi have begun work on crafting musical mixes, which they hope to spread across Black Rock City on a mobile soundsystem unit. You can listen to a sneak preview of their first DJ set over at the Podcast page.