Just a short post – these are the parties I’ll be playing during this year’s openair season. I don’t think you’ll meet me elsewhere, because just as every other routine, psytrance parties get boring after a while.
Oh, yea, I’ll probably be at european Rainbow gathering, but that doesn’t need any further info.
So if you want to hear me, see me, talk to me, you’re welcome.
Uroboros was quite a good party – it ended twice even before it began, and twice it came back. Perhaps it should have been named Phoenix. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed playing there, from first light of dawn to first rays of sun. Perhaps for the first time it happened so that I could play almost all the music I planned to play – at other times, I have to change the plans, because what I wanted to play just doesn’t match the mood of the party. Not this time, and since I also wanted to create a new mix for quite a long time, I used a lot of what I played at Uroboros to create the following psychedelic trance set: Kerray – Uroboros set (182MB, 100 min., local mirror [Play]
) Cover is by Donald E. Davis, playlist after the click.
After two years, another Boom Festival takes place on the usual spot in Portugal, and we’re leaving by car on Sunday after tomorrow, for cca three weeks. On one hand, I’m really looking forward to the whole incredible experience and at the same time I’m interested in seeing how the global “psy” subculture has shifted further from the psychedelic roots and how the organizers take that into account. Besides the additional world music stage, introduced last time, there should be a new stage with breaks, dub etc.
Originally, I aimed to prepare some interesting content, kind of a psychedelic reality game like I did at last two -bio- festivals, but it didn’t quite work out. I’m still working on the script, as the writing turned out to be a lot more demanding then I expected, particularly when combined with a full time programming job. However, as it’s going to be something that can be set up for many times in different places, I’ll continue working on it, make it really special, beta test it at some other events, and who knows – perhaps in two years, it will be at Boom.
Anyway, have you seen my report from the last Boom Festival in 2006?
The MöBio psytrance festival last weekend was very good – again. The reactions are overwhelmingly positive. All the work put into past years increasingly starts to pay off – the -bio- parties are among the most significant psytrance events in Czech republic, but they also attract a lot of people, who don’t otherwise visit “regular” psytrance parties. The positive word of mouth has grown quite strong. People know that they’ll get relaxed and have a pretty good time. I heard that the festival paid itself off for the first time – after all these years. As usual, we came to prepare the party in advance, although this time we only had roughly two days, instead of three or more in previous years. So there wasn’t that much time to prepare as many varied decorations and gizmos, but there was still enough to look at and interact with – for example ‘Ještěd’ from CDs was pretty impressive. Overall, the preparations were quite entertaining, but also meant a lot of exhausting work. The festival itself was easy. Sun came just in time after a cold, rainy week. Every year, there are more people who don’t just come for the night, but also stay for the whole day – since as everyone who likes psytrance openairs will tell you, morning and day are the best parts. So on MöBio, a lot was happening throughout the day – the place was full of people catching sun, throwing frisbee, engaging in highly intellectual discussions about things like philosophy, or just wandering around the central square, visiting various “families” in their small cottages. Many of the cottages were visually enhanced by their tenants, and in between them were other attractions – screen printing, possibility to create a collective collage etc. The whole place was just inviting you to go check what’s playing at the main stage (and several people mentioned that what they’d liked a lot was the fact that there was no “bad” music playing at all), then get a tea from the yurt, talk to long-time-no-see friends, let yourself be entertained by some spontaneous performance (or with the afternoon number of circus Ubrousek), then perhaps go to the chillout, and have some excellent macrobiotic food and again a cup of tea, and then a walk into the woods… Some brave people event went to swim in the nearby pond. I mean, the easy atmosphere was just oozing out of the whole place entire weekend. So thanks to all who organized this or came to help with the preparations, and thanks to all who came to enjoy it for co-creating such an experience, and see you next year. I prepared a game, similar to the one last year, although shorter this time, which you can read here.
My photo gallery from Sunday, other galleries from Alef, Ondrada, Eridani, Grassroot, Todzo, C23H28O8, Plech, Wopice, Miris, MagicM Next station – the ultimate openair experience – Boom Festival.
MöBio (info in English) is the 7th instance of probably the best Czech psytrance festival. The date is 23rd to 25th May 2008, and the place is a children’s summer camp Tišina, near Kožlany and Rakovník (map), just as in past few years, and just as in past few years, there will be lots of other interesting things besides just a dancefloor with incredible, trance-inducing psychedelic music played incredibly loud on some incredible speakers. Anyway, if you’ll be in Czech republic at that time, visiting Prague or something, you won’t regret dropping by. And yeah, there will be another Boom Festival in Portugal this August, another “not just a party by far” place worth visiting. If you don’t know what to expect, you can read my report from Boom 2006. With a few friends from Výtvarný kroužek čtvereček, we’re hoping to arrange a kind of game there – it’s not yet approved (and far from finished) though, so keep your fingers crossed. And yeah, there should be another one at MöBio, so that’s also a reason to come – it will be in both Czech and English.
This year’s Bios party wasn’t (at least from the viewpoint of our psychedelic decorations crew Vytvarny Krouzek Ctverecek) as hectic and full of work as previous years, and so I used the time to prepare a slightly different kind of project.
The party was in the middle of beautiful woods, but most people tend to spend the whole day around the camp, drinking beer and socializing. Not that there’s something bad about it, I just thought they could like a change. So I prepared a game, a “treasure hunt”, like those played in summer camps for kids. The goal was to introduce a story, which would engage people a bit and give them a challenge, and take them for a walk. I also wanted the story to help with a proper set & setting for the night, so it’s in my favorite “psy-fi” (psychedelic fiction :) style.
Only a fragment of people went for the walk – I knew about 6 groups, but perhaps a few more went too. But this was expected, and I was curious whether someone would like the idea at all. The reactions were “OK” to “very good”, just one team complained that the “walk” was actually quite long (about 2 hours) and not trivial – however, that was the point, and it seems that I managed to strike the balance quite well – it wasn’t too easy, but it wasn’t hard either. Most of the game was about following colored-paper marks, and I was pleased when I was told that it was quite possible to use intuition to find the next mark.
The story itself was composed of two parts. First, there were messages and comments left by someone, who went ahead of the players. The second part was information, leaking from the “Information Artifact”, which advanced the story itself.
First comment was available in the camp, together with the key to first cypher, which was placed on a rock above the camp valley and contained first part of the actual story.
Those are the messages as you would meet them on the way. By the way, if anyone has photos from the game, please let me know.
I’m probably not going to write much about the party. For me, it was everything I hoped it would be, and there are lots of (almost exclusively) positive reactions from other people. I didn’t participate in taking pictures or shooting vids this year, so I’ll just link to whatever I’ve seen passing through the forum… And oh, there’s another interesting event coming – check out the Kruh festival.
Perplex – http://www.psytrance.cz/clanek.php?ret=in&pos=1&id=1005
Rodrixxs – http://rapidshare.com/files/32735672/BIOS_01.zip.html – http://rapidshare.com/files/32738620/BIOS_02.zip.html
Boti – http://vitos.tv/bios.zip
Dude – http://dude.rajce.idnes.cz/BIOS/
Kussanda – http://kussanda.rajce.idnes.cz/Bios_07/
Neuro – http://flickr.com/photos/8064739@N05/sets/72157600234340172/
Ambra/Hacecko – http://hacecko.rajce.idnes.cz/BIOS_O7/
Zahrada – http://www.mysticalwaves.com/photos07-3.htm
Youtube playlist – http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=7A5BB877625B0095
Bios (in previous years Biolest, Bioles, Bioples, Bioplex, Plexus Solaris) is an exceptional event, an open air music festival in its sixth year. Although it is largely about being able to enjoy some good music, there are other ingredients, that are at least just as important – venue in nature, nice people… After party update – photos, videos… As I said, Bios is not as much a party as it is an event. It has that specific “somehow started happening almost all by itself” feeling, dragging all the people who take care of preparations with itself. It somehow has to happen. Which I guess tells more about Bio- and its spirit then explaining what a great party it has always been. But I’ll explain anyway – it is not just another party or music happening. In its previous incarnations it was exceptional and quite significant. The most intense year was probably Bioplex – the venue was on a small peninsula in a lake. The whole time there was magical, and what the fog did in the morning, after it boiled and slithered on the surface of water for most of the night, was just indescribable beauty – how it rose in shapes, then fell down, sun shining at it all the time, and still it had enough power to, after a few hours of theatrical show, rise over and creep through the whole peninsula. Well, that was great, but it’s been great every single time, so I guess it will be pretty good once again. Update: There will be more interesting stuff. A collaborative collage will be available, so bring some magazines with pictures/photos, and perhaps also scissors – although there will be some equipment available. Last time we did this, it was quite unexpected how much fun it actually provides, even for people, who at first didn’t want to join. Moreover, I’m preparing a game for Saturday. It should be something like a classic summer camp game “treasure hunt”, groups of people following a lead of clues, walking around for a while, solving some puzzles and other tasks, and although I’m not sure yet what the “treasure” will be, it should definitely be pretty psychedelic :) Update 2: Short vids from preparations http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvBI73hUhgQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcydQeIkjSM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VryOPhEd1g Photos from previous years:
– Bioples 2004 [archive] – Bioles 2005 [archive] – Biolest 2006 [archive] Youtube playlist of videos from last year http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=5021E229585DA959 It doesn’t matter at all whether you know the “psychedelic trance” (psytrance) kind of electronic dance music or not, whether you already like it, hate it or don’t care about it at all. As long as you stumble upon a decent DJ on just the right occasion, you can come from any musical background and you’ll enjoy it. Moreover, even if this musical enjoyment doesn’t come on your first psychedelic trance party, the possibility that you’ll meet new people you’ll like is high above average, whatever that is for you. Of course, you could ask, what is meant by “the right occassion”. I’m simply counting on the fact here that there will be significantly-better-then-decent DJs aplenty at Bios, so this part of the party enjoyment formula is taken care of. Otherwise the right occassion depends on how the whole party works out. Bio- series of festivals is held at a beautiful forest valley for the third year, which has all the infrastructure and comfort you could want. Also, most of the people who come regularly are quite openminded – you’ll probably meet friendly smiles unless you do things like shooting heroin and passing out cold, or bothering people with clenched jaws and dish-sized pupils. Actually, we don’t like to see this kind of people at parties like this, and luckily, they almost don’t visit, so you can feel safe – you can even bring children. So in short, Bios will be at the same place as last two years, again there will be some twists, making it not your usual, 4×4-bouncing-all-day-and-night party – perhaps some band(s), or even theater, and more musical variation later during the day. If you want to experience a psychedelic trance event with a truly psychedelic potential, one of the few bigger parties in CZ, meet friendly people and so on, you’re welcome. 18.-20.5.2007, camp Tišina near Kožlany, Rakovník (1.5 hour from Prague) Czech Republic ( 50°0’21.07″N, 13°33’17.37″E)
During slightly more than three weeks, we went with two cars from Prague to Hannover in Germany, then through France, around Spain to the Boom Festival in Portugal and back – 7500 km with all the surrounding journey branches. This is the description of our journey – full of unpleasant surprises and despite that, full of sun and relaxation. The blue icons in text are hyperlinks to Google Earth data, which will take you to the spots I’m mentioning. UPDATE: I’ve added photos. I was too lazy to make a gallery, so it’s a kind of all-in-one report. The photos were taken with Panasonic Lumix FZ20 and Nokia N70, panoramas made by AutoPano. Don’t mind the ghosts please.