Burner Service Announcement: A Message From the Man


Halcyon's "Gratitude, Gifting and Grandpa" TEDtalk!

John Halcyon Styn frequently speaks to audiences about Gratitude but he has been exploring the edges of online expression for over 17 years. Today, while still flamboyant and addicted to over-sharing, Halcyon's path has gone towards self-growth and spirituality. His second Webby award came in 2007 for the video podcast "Hug Nation," originally co-hosted with his grandfather, Rev. Caleb Shikles. HugNation.com is in its 10th year of weekly live broadcasts and archived "Love on Demand."

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2012 Burning Man videos

Here are some of our favorite videos from 2012 Burning Man so far…

Ahmed's 2011 Burn, by day and by night

A short glimpse of a Burning Man experience by Ahmed. Shot in August/September 2011 using a (very dusty) Canon 7D with 70-200 f.40L, a 50mm 1.8, and a 10-24mm Tamron. If you are interested in checking out more of his work, visit ahmedelhusseiny.com

"Profiles in Dust" Part 3: The Art of Burning Man 2011

“Profiles in Dust” Crew:
Justin Gunn—Supervising Producer/ Editor Terry Pratt—Producer/ Director of Photography Gregory Sklar—Co-Executive Producer, Management & Logistics Michael Fasman—Producer Tom Greene—Producer Noelle Charles—Producer Christopher Breedlove—Producer Mike Hedge—Additional Camera Ben Page—GoPro Cameraman Timothy Palmer—Motion Graphics Design Robert Gibbs—Logistics and Artist Relations Colin “Donkeyboy” Creveling—Graphic Design Atom Smith—Music Shpongle—Music Transcenders—Music Tom LaPorte—Executive Producer

"Profiles in Dust" Part 2: The Art of Burning Man 2011

"Profiles in Dust" Part 1: The Art of Burning Man 2011

“At the 2011 Burn, a small group of talented video producers and friends got generous. As part of a public relations gift initiative, they undertook to produce video treatments of selected art projects. The idea was to give Burning Man artists the benefit of what Media Team members do well, and to give the artists new tools to promote their work, their teams and their dreams.

The videos on this blog have all been gifted to the artists, and are beingsimultaneously made available to you. They are an example of how unexpected generosity serves new friends in original ways, just as it serves art in new ways. These “Profiles in Dust” are a gift from the Burning Man Media Team to all artists and Burners, whether depicted in this collection of films or not….It’s truly amazing what happens when talent and inspiration unite with the spirit of gifting.

The Fertile Desert

“The advent of knowing. The lovers and dreamers. The laser connections. These are what bring life out of light while energy dances out of desolate dust. All that is familiar and foreign comes together in who we are and what we want to be... challenging nature and inviting more of ourselves :) --Artist’s statement ”

This is THE BEST Burning Man video I have yet seen. It most closely captures, for me, what it is like to be on the playa, communing and expanding with our people, freaking out in Black Rock City amongst beauty, variety and freedom.

Oh! The Place You'll Go : Dr. Seuss goes to Burning Man

In the Dust

One of the more cinematic playa videos we’ve seen...a real joy to watch, striking a fine balance between the sacred and the ridiculousness of Burning Man!

Dust to Dust: A BRC timelapse

Playa Tips from Halycon

A response to Burning Man selling out by Halycon

WOW! Burning Man is
sold out this year for the first time ever. Hard to believe. And crazy to be witnessing the panic on the interwebs as people who didn’t take care of their ticket needs are scrambling to find one. Burning Man’s Facebook wall & ePlaya are crazed with pleas for tickets and arguments about whether or not Burning Man has somehow “sold out” by selling out. I don’t see the logic in this at all, nor in the claims that Burning Man is now an “exclusive club” or shouldn’t have closed gates at all. Whatever. Tickets have been on sale in plentitude for over 6 months now, and the BMorg has been warning people monthly through Jackrabbit Speaks that the event will likely sell out for just as long. The huge frenzy for tickets on the day they went on sale in January, when the first two tiers of less-expensive sold out in a record 24 hours, was a clear sign that demand was going to be off the charts this year. So. So?

As someone posted on the BM wall, in response to some of the whining going on about “exclusivity”: “Burning Man is not a playground for the rich now...it is a playground for the organized.”

Halycon sums it up nicely at the end of this video: “If you want to go to Burning Man, keep picturing yourself going to Burning Man...If you are meant to be there this year, then you will be there.”

Lastly, this blog post is well worth reading for thoughts on abundance vs. scarcity:
http://blog.burningman.com/2011/07/participate/abundanceorscarcity/. I like this:

Reaching the attendance limit for ticket sales is not an existential threat to Burning Man, but it is an existential crisis.  It forces both the organization and its attendees to ask:  who are we, and what do we value?
Does Burning Man become an organization with a closed gate – or does it become something else? Right now I don’t get the impression that it knows.  All options are … theoretically … on the table.  What do we do? My advice, for what it’s worth:  believe in abundance.”
The majority of Camp Get Found has had their tickets for many months now and we’ve long moved on to camp planning, coordinating and building, though I know of at least 3 Foundlings in search of their Golden Ticket.....here’s hoping that the universe provides for them.

Halycon's Tips for the Playa v1

Halycon's Tips for the Playa v1

Introducing Moontroll's 2010 Burning Man/Get Found 2010 videos (double-feature!)

We're back....

We have succeeded in upgrading our website software and restoring the past 4 years of blog posts here on dBM. Hooray! Working on this fix, I realized how much good storytelling this dBM blog does of the past several burns: who we camped with, what projects we worked on, hurdles we faced and conquered and the larger Burner culture that informs and inspires us. Glad to have it working again, and with the new software, we’re going to be able to do some cool redesigning and adding new features over the coming months. Thanks for tuning in friends -- join us on our new group page on Facebook, drop us a line at [email protected] and feel free to make a donation to the ongoing development of dBM via Paypal in the sidebar.

Will it be hot? Will it be dusty?

Painting on the Playa

Painting on Location with Roger Bansemer - Burning Man from Roger Bansemer on Vimeo.

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

DJ Grapenuts presents "Hektervision : Glacial Facial at Burning Man 2009"

HektorVision Presents: Glacial Facial pt.1 from Grapenuts on Vimeo.

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

Hekter McElliott in Hawaii

Hekter done and gone headed off for the islands of Hawaii this winter, and he came across a bunch of Burners. Fancy that! Here's the latest from Hektervision...

The Source Festival, Maui 2009 from Hekter McElliot on Vimeo.

Mystic Garden Festival, Maui 2009 from Hekter McElliot on Vimeo.
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Boogie Universal Pyramid Project 2007 : World Premier of Moontroll's documentary video!

In 2007, Boogie Universal, a volunteer collective based in Bellingham, Washington dedicated to "building better community through music," decided to take their good music, good vibes and good peoples to Burning Man. The project that we organized around was the construction of the Boogie Pyramid, a 40 foot-tall performance/gathering space made of recycled billboard vinyl, rivets, grommets, cable and a galvanized steel mast. There was much amateur engineering and high school math skills involved as we tried to figure out how this prototype would work. Over 30 people pitched in with dozens of hours of labor, free welding work, generous use of a secret farm field construction site and good cheer.

But building the Boogie Pyramid was only one part of the story. Boogie Universal also met weekly to plan a myriad of camp logistics: food, Leave No Trace, transportation, camp theme, entertainment in the Pyramid, camping, furniture, costumage, generators and power production, booze, camp wellness, showers and grey water evaporation â the list goes on and on and then on some more. We hash through all this for hours -- impossible to say how many hours went in to this project, this dream, this folly â actually, we probably don't even want to know.

But many of us found an odd sense of satisfaction in focusing our free time on an endeavor that is ridiculous, a mission that that made no sense. I got a surprising jolt of inspiration in spending precious time, resources and energy on a project with aspirations that lie outside of normal boundaries: we won't make any money doing this. There is no fame and glory to be earned in all of this, no job promotion nor merit badge.

So why did we do it? Why work to set up an enormous 35,000 watt sound installation in a 3,600 square-foot pyramid a thousand miles away from home in the middle of a desiccated lake bed in Nevada? Hard to pin down the reasons, and I'm sure each member of the Boogie Universal collective would provide a different answer.

What is it that draws one to Burning Man anyways? An infinite amount of answers, all correct.

Anyways, this 19-minute movie documents much of the process, from backyard brainstorm to construction to transportation, erection and execution. Things didn't turn out exactly like we had planned, but that was part of the magic of our experience, and I hope this video succeeds in sharing the love we had for the Boogie Universal Pyramid Project at Burning Man 2007!

More videos from DJ Playaduster at www.destinationburningman.com. Feedback: [email protected]

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Re: )*( Your Center Camp Cafe Video

Hey Moontrolling,

I just wanted to say hey and thank you for
the Center Camp Cirumnambulation beautiful video (with some Bassnectar to boot!). My name is Heloise Ladyslipper and I'm the 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!!!click for more…

Burning Man 2007 : Film is Truth

Scene from "Center Camp Circumbulation" * photo by moontroll

Burning Man 2007 movies now showing at the dBM Films page!

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Best Burning Video of 2007

Saturday Sunrise at the Temple

Moontroll's second movie, built from video footage, photos and audio field recordings gathered on-playa at Burning Man 2007, is complete and ready for your eyeballs!

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dust storms & rainbows

moontroll's short film celebrating the extreme weather events of Burning Man 2007 now showing!

This is the movie I made from scraps of film footage and fotos and playa field recordings from the Green Man. I just got a new video editing program and this was my first time playing around with it. Right now it is being hosted at YouTube, though I plan on posting a higher resolution version over on the Films section of this site soon -- it is much more impressive and enjoyable to watch it at full screen with decent res & sound.

If you like it, please share your feedback in the dBm comments feed.