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From tradition to science – webcast with Michael Pollan, Rick Doblin, Robin Carthart-Harris and others.
A new virtual reality film by Lynette Wallworth showing at the Carriageworks in Sydney, AUS, until 9 December but soon coming to a cinema near you. Wait for it!
Ritmos del Sur
El Búho – Mix – Great Northern Forests Shambala Mixtape
Sounds of the rain forest, flutes, and melodious xylophone beats alternate to make for relaxing and inspiring tapestry with a touch of drum ’n base. More than 100 minutes of Andean dance & trance music, subtle and lovely.
Club rhythms, July 2018
Duduk Meditation – Memories of Caucasus (Armenian Flute)
Mediative music of the first order with the full sound of the duduk flute adding local color and sentiment. «Traditional Armenian folk music as well as Armenian church music is not based on the European tonal system but on a system of tetrachords. The last note of one tetrachord also serves as the first note of the next tetrachord – which makes a lot of Armenian folk music more or less based on a theoretically endless scale. The duduk is an ancient double-reed woodwind instrument made of apricot wood.» (Wikipidia) It sounds somewhat like a double horn. The earliest instruments similar to the duduk’s present form are made of bone or entirely of cane. Famous dudk players are Armen Grigoryan, Levon Minassian, Djivan Gasparyan or Arsen Petrosyan
Greenman Valley, September 2018
Aterciopelados – Dúo
Aterciopelados (The Velvety Ones) is made up of Andrea Echeverri and Héctor Buitrago, and one of the first Columbian bands to gain international success. Their music fuses rock with a variety of Colombian and Latin American musical traditions. Andrea, born 1965, is the lead singer and guitarrist of the group (and a ceramicist): «It’s possible to chart the development of Latin Alternative music by following the career of Andrea Echeverri.» (Felix Contreras) Héctor Buitrago came from a hard core rock band and played in Bogota’s sole rock venue where Andrea had been drawn by tips from art school friends. Their musical partnership is hugely succesful, and both artists have also produced solo albums.
National records, November 2018
The HU – Yuve Yuve Yu (How Strange)
This state of the art video by the folk rock band HU shows the vast expanse of the Mongolian landscape and is a testomony to band’s love of their country, as ist he Mongolian thoat singing this song is intersperced with. As so often in Mongolian music, horses are also present, and you can hear them in the beat. Unfortunately, I was unable to find any information about the band and its charismatic lead singer but Yuve Yuve Yu is definitely an exotic earworm!
Featuring singing cows and tingling bells, yodeling and alpine horns, all supported by an infectious Eighties disco-beat and a slightly spaced-out sense of humour, MUH! by Matterhorn Project is unique in pop history. The track stormed the Swiss and international charts in 1985 and got known and loved for its sense of comedy and tongue-in-cheek citing of Swiss clichés. MUH! is also known as the «moo song» in South Africa, Japan and other parts of the world and the French call it «meuh». In the same year musicians PJ & the late Stella Wassermann produced another album called Matterhorn Project, and it made the charts in Switzerland too and contained another top ten hit called Yo-Lollo-Diuh, the first yodeling disco track ever. The link leads to the remix.
PJ Wassermann, November 2018
Many things exist in the sacred realm of the holy. It starts with habits held high, followed by cows, mackerels, crap and rollers. For many nature is the holy grail though when it comes to being properly responsible for the holy and sublime, we think of God and his heavenly and earthly helpers, the angels and the saints. Then there are those to whom nothing is sacred and their meeker companions, the sanctimonious, who only act as if. Most of us would like to be at least a little holy, the holy and the whole being siblings. Except for a few libertines, who feel compelled to be as unholy as possible at every turn. Holiness cannot be purchased, wholeness only approached. Ultimately, we have to measure ourselves against ourselves: How whole am I? Will we ever know?
A reflective winter season to you!
Susanne G. Seiler
once a snowflake fell
on my brow and i loved
it so much and i kissed
it and it was happy and called its cousins
and brothers and a web
of snow engulfed me then
i reached to love them all
and i squeezed them and they became
a spring rain and i stood perfectly
still and was a flower
Magic Medicine: A Trip Through the Intoxicating History and Modern-Day Use of Psychedelic Plants and Substances
Did US Army Intelligence really use LSD as an enhanced military interrogation technique? Why does ayahuasca have such a long history of use in Peru? Science is beginning to research what traditional cultures have told us for years: psychedelics have transformative healing properties. Many psychedelic plants and substances have a long history of being incorporated into various healing traditions — such as cannabis and opium in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Magic Medicine explores the fascinating history of psychedelic substances and provides a contemporary update about their progressive inclusion in modern medicine, science, and culture. Cody Johnson balances historical knowledge with cutting-edge science.
Fair Winds, June 2018
High Magick: A Guide to the Spiritual Practices That Saved My Life on Death Row
«Magick is not a path for followers; it is a path for questioners, seekers, and anyone who has trouble settling for dogma and pre-formulated answers. Magick is for those who feel the desire to peel away the surface of reality and see what lies beneath. Like various persecuted forms of mysticism, magick promotes direct contact with the source of creation.» At age 18, Damien Echols was sentenced to death for a crime he didn’t commit. With High Magick, the author shares his first teaching book on the powerful spiritual techniques that helped him survive and transcend his ordeal on death row. He brings you an engaging and highly accessible guide for bringing magick into your own life.
Sounds True, October 2018
How to Read a Protest: The Art of Organizing and Resistance
In this original and richly illustrated account, organiser and journalist LA Kauffman delves into the history of America’s major demonstrations, beginning with the legendary 1963 March on Washington, to reveal the ways protests work and how their character has shifted over time. Using the signs that demonstrators carry as clues to how protests are organized, Kauffman explores the nuanced relationship between the way movements are made and the impact they have. How to Read a Protest sheds new light on the catalytic power of collective action and the decentralised, bottom-up, women-led model for organising that has transformed what movements look like and what they can accomplish.
University of California Press, October 2018
Women of Visionary Art
David Jay Brown & Rebecca Ann Hill
In this full-color illustrated book, David Jay Brown and Rebecca Ann Hill examine the work and inspirations of eighteen of today’s leading female visionary artists, including Josephine Wall, Allyson Grey, Amanda Sage, Martina Hoffmann, Penny Slinger, and Carolyn Mary Kleefeld. They explore the creative process and the role that dreaming, psychedelic experiences, sexuality, and divine guidance play in the work of these women, alongside full-color examples of their art, and they discuss the future of visionary art and reveal how these artists have all been informed and inspired by deep inner experiences and seek to express non-ordinary visions of reality, often reminiscent of those encountered in shamanic trance, lucid dreams, psychedelic states, spiritually transcendent experiences, and other altered states.
Inner Traditions, November 2018
Coca Wine – Angelo Mariani’s Miraculous Elixir and the Birth of Modern Advertising
Aymon de Lestrange
One of the oldest and most potent natural stimulants, the leaves of the coca plant, are the organic source from which cocaine is synthesized. Fresh coca leaves and products made from them have verified medicinal and healing properties – and not the same addictive qualities or negative side effects as cocaine. In the late 19th century coca products became hugely successful in Europe and the United States. The most famous was Vin Mariani, a coca-based tonic wine developed by Corsican pharmacist Angelo Mariani (1838-1914). Many celebrities sang its praises, including Pope Benedict XV, Sarah Bernhardt, Thomas Edison, H. G. Wells, William McKinley, Emile Zola, and the doctors of Ulysses S. Grant, who credited Vin Mariani with giving him the strength to finish his memoirs before his death. A lavishly illustrated history of coca wine and the revolutionary advertising methods that made it a worldwide success.
Bear Company, December 2018
Crop Cycle Tourism
nature | National Geographic, 25 October 2018
A mystical world
life | BBC News, 26 October 2018
Virtual helper reduces fear of treatment
psychoactive | Guardian, 28 October 2018
Nevada: buy but don’t smoke
life | New York Times, 29 October 2018
science | Psychological Digest, 31 October 2018
Fear recalibrates the brain
life | Guardian, 6 November 2018
Wash ’n dry for the homeless
Wisdom & Enlightenment
life | Reality Sandwich, 7 November 2018
Essay on spiritual atheism by Nick Jankel
Fake but good
eco | Alternet, 13 November 2018
life | Collective Evolution, 13 November 2018
On sacred geometry & consciousness
science | Techly, 14 November 2018
The gigantic black hole at the center of the universe
life | DW, 14 November 2018
Breakfast against diabetes
nature | Mongabay, 14 November 2018
Whale songs for web users
psychoactive | Psychedelics daily, 17 November 2018
psychoactive | Federally | The Hill, 20 November 2018
Joe Kennedy calls for legalisation
East of the Mississippi
psychoactive | CBS, 20 November 2018
Massachusetts opens first two cannabis shops
psychoactive | New York Times, 20 November 2018
Research boom heralded
life | BBC, 22 November 2018
Buried in Wales
nature | Conservation | Nature, 22 November 2018
Population increase give rise to hope
science | Independent, 23 November 2018
All about the Nasa Mars landing
science | New Science, 23 November 2018
First plane without moving parts launched
Light of Existence is a blog in German and English by the musician and composer Marcel Levermann, featuring analyses, philosophical excursions, insights, poetry as well other texts related to philosophy, nonduality and art.
Ralph Abrahams, chaos mathematician, DMT explorer and Lindisfarne member