Shamanic Trance Groove

Photon Transport Theory from Shamanic Trance Groove by John Hardin

Our ancestors practiced Shamanism. Before Christ, Mohamed, Buddha or L. Ron Hubbard, humanity was guided, for tens of thousands of years, by the prophetic visions of certain, “touched” individuals. Some shamans experienced visions involuntarily, others sought these visions, sometimes through feats of extreme endurance, often by ingesting specific plant or fungal allies. In these altered states of consciousness, shamans communed with the gods directly, and they viewed these visions as their sacred guiding light, which they, literally, carved into stone.

Civilized people did their level best to exterminate shamans and shamanic people wherever they encountered them, and civilized people encountered shamanic cultures everywhere they went looking for new resources to exploit. Those efforts were largely successful. Today, laws prohibit most plant and fungal allies and the visions they induce are derided as “hallucinations,” “psychotic delusions,” and “madness.” Many people who consume these allies do so under the most profane of conditions, as a “good-time” party drug, without respect, understanding, or conviction for, of, or in, the validity, depth and relevance of their experience.

Civilization requires a hierarchical relationship, especially when it comes to important issues like religion and personal experience. Civilization does not allow people to communicate with God without a middle-man, nor does it give credence to the direct lived experience of an individual. Instead, civilization seeks to mediate and objectify every aspect of human experience so as to instill the values of civilization on every individual subjected to it. In this way, civilized people destroyed thousands of shamanistic cultures, and converted them to alcoholism.

Still, our affinity for plant and fungal allies remains strong, our dissatisfaction with mediated experience resurfaces, and our undeniable propensity for ineffable mystical experiences brings us back to our shamanic roots again and again. Many shamanic traditions involve dance and music. My shamanic trance music is inspired by all of them, and rooted in none of them. Instead, my music springs from my own experience with shamanic trance states, and reflects my rejection of civilized musical structures and instruments. The sound is entirely new, completely original, and totally timeless.

Pollination from Shamanic Trance Groove by John Hardin

This music is the result of my 17+ year musical journey of discovery with the didgeridoo, as well as my odd fascination with the exotic detritus of post-industrial consumerism. It combines my thirst for reverent dance music with my passion for finding interesting new sounds in the strange things I find abandoned around me. In Shamanic Trance Groove I offer a range of tempos and a variety of rhythms that you can you for your own self-guided trance work.

Blue Bovine Ballet from Shamanic Trance Groove by John Hardin

You’ll also find that Shamanic Trance Groove makes a great soundtrack to your physical workout. The sound of the didgeridoo intimately connects to the natural rhythms of the body through the act of breathing, so our bodies resonate deeply to the sound of it. However you choose to interact with this music and integrate it into your life, I hope you enjoy Shamanic Trance Groove and listen to it often.

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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