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Remixticism: DMT, Psychedelic Electronica and Mystical Experience
This presentation illustrates how the sonic mythography and visionary artistry of our times has been cultivated with the assistance of DMT. I focus specifically on the influence of DMT on psychedelic electronic music and culture, using vocal and visual samples. The story begins with a gift Terence McKenna bestowed upon key figures in the early Goatrance development, which inspired a transnational techno-mystical movement with distinct music aesthetics and festival culture. I explore how DMT consciousness has infiltrated psychedelic trance, where the sampledelic artifice of electronic music production and the sampling of entheogens afford mystical experience--or what I call remixticism. The works of Shpongle, Alex Grey, Carey Thompson and other artists are investigated as multi-mediations of the gnostic payload of hyperspacial transit. I discuss the smokeable DMT blend changa and its influence in Australia and elsewhere. Finally I offer insights on how the use of DMT has become an increasingly popular route into the mystical experience.
Dr. Graham St John
Dr. Graham St John is an Australian cultural anthropologist researching electronic dance music cultures and visionary arts festivals. Graham has held postdoctoral research fellowships at such far-flung posts as the University of Queensland's Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies, Brisbane Australia, The School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Interactive Media and Performance at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. He is author of six books including Global Tribe: Spirituality, Technology and Psytrance (Equinox 2012), and Technomad: Global Raving Countercultures (Equinox 2009), and he is currently writing a book on the cultural history of DMT. He is founding Executive Editor of the peer review open-access journal Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture.