Electronic Caveman

Electric Earth Music

Over the past two Summers, I visited a number of ancient rock art sites in Europe, including the famous caves of Chauvet, Lascaux, Font de Gaume, Peche-Merle, Grotte de Cougnac, Rouffignac, Les Combarelles, and Grand Roc in France, and more in Sweden and Norway.  I’ve had the opportunity to play my didgeridoo at many of these sites, and in the caves especially, the acoustics are quite extraordinary.  Many of these ancient art galleries are located deep in the earth, hundreds of meters from the cave entrance at the end of very narrow and treacherous passages.  One of the great mysteries of these sites is:  Why did people venture so deep into these caverns with only the flickering light of primitive fat lamps to penetrate the total darkness to paint and carve these masterpieces of prehistoric art.

Many people believe, and archeologists suspect, that the reason these deep chambers became so…

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Author: john hardin

Artist bio: The writer in me says: “Don’t tell them who you are, show them what you do.” The artist in me says: “It must be strong, simple, bold, yet rich with detail, but above all, original.” The filmmaker in me says: “We need to contextualize your work by weaving the roots of the Psychedelic Revolution, the Environmental Movement, Gaia Theory, Future Primitivism and musical influences from Iannis Xenakis to Bart Hopkin into a narrative that portrays an iconoclast's struggle for cultural relevance from the forested hinterlands of rural Northern California within the greater post-industrial, post-post-modern, post-reality mind-fuck of the 21st Century.” The critic in me says: “Will that guy ever shut up?” The comedian in me says: “It has to make me laugh at least once.” The engineer in me says: “Don’t forget to tell them that you do it all off-grid, with solar power, using recycled materials.” And the improvisational musician in me says: “Cut! Great job everybody!”

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