DJ Anomaly at the Atrium

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DJ Anomaly at the party without a name

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It was so underground that there weren’t any flyers and it didn’t even have a Facebook group. A tiny venue with headliners who we’ve seen at DNA Lounge and Barnevald, with DJ Anomaly opening and closing. The music was fantastic, amazing visuals, incredible depth, great colors. I heart psytrance.

I was in a great mood and totally had the “I’ve earned this” feeling. The latest skirmish in the fight to restore our civil liberties worked out far better than anybody had hoped. Yeah, who knows what’ll happen next…. For now, though, time for some well-deserved celebration. So we enjoyed the lava lamps and the glowsticks and the candles and the depth and the music and danced all night.

Back in 2004, I wrote “there is almost always a third option to ‘reject the choice’ or even ‘defer the choice’ which means there are many options.” Back then I didn’t really have the theory or lived experience to understand what it meant or the language to express it. Looks like I’ve learned some things over the last seven years. The big takeaways: harnessing imagination, focusing energy, getting beyond duality and artificial sources, working together, and transformation.

Sounds like a plan to me!

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June 2011


The mysterious voice of Ra

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Beyond rapture

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It was a new configuration at The Atrium last night. With the DJ moving to the other side of the room, it really opened up the dance floor; and there was some great new art on the walls too: infrared photography by Beverly Warns, steampunk by J Kovach. The space is really taking shape and DJ Anomaly did a great set. It was an early night, home by 2, but a good one.

My reflective mood continued as we wound down in the hot tub to to Art of Trance and Sun Project, once again flashing on nights from years ago and looking forward to the future. Mostly though, I turned my mind off and enjoyed a relaxing weekend. What a great way to recover from the month. I heart psytrance.

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Anomalous at the atrium

Tonight’s the Atrium’s official opening night, with DJ Anomaly headlining. The venue’s really taken shape over the last few months and it’s been great to be a part of it. There’s so much to like about it, including the way the lighting makes everybody look good. Four friends drove up from California, reminding us of other good times with friends coming to town for shows.

DJ Anomaly’s set was amazing, like great nights at (((thump))), bringing back all kinds of memories of the past. Space Tribe, Astral Project, X Dream, 1200 Mics … hey man, is this a dream? The density on the dance floor was perfect, there was a chill room with comfy couches and pillows, and everybody looked good under the light. The rhythm of DJ Anomaly’s set totally matched our journey. All together I probably danced for about six hours, much of the time with D. The lights reflecting off the Atrium’s roof and glass walls made it feel like we were in the middle of a kalleidoscope. Oooh! The night ended with Transformation, the Vision and Voice of Earth. Good times.

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Originally written June 4, 2011.

Revised November 27 2011.


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Anomalous


Deviating from the norm or from expectations,
Strange and difficult to identify or classify,
Difficult to explain using existing theory.

Many theories, societies, and people
Have a hard time dealing with anomalies,</br> Preferring those who fit existing norms or expectations

Others (like me!) find anomalies fascinating
Transcending the limits of current theories</br> What's that anomaly up to?


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What is blue?

The invisible becoming visible
Freedom from dimensions
Transparency and transformation
Unlimited possibilities

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The union of bliss and emptiness

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I was ready to dance, and DJ Anomaly once again obliged with a killer set at The Atrium. Once again the decor was great at the Atrium, candles and black light, reflections stretching out to infinity — and lighting that makes everybody look good — so for most of the night I was able to leave day-to-day concerns behind and get into the music and vibe.

“By means of penetrating the vital points of the external and internal body, bodhicitta melts. From that… you generate a special blissful feeling concordant with physical awareness. [Then] a mental awareness is generated possessing the nature of excellent bliss. And when that mental awareness recalls the meaning of reality that was previously ascertained, it becomes the union of bliss and emptiness.”
– Je Rinpoche, Illuminating Lamp, quoted in Kirti Tsenshap Rinpoche’s Principles of Buddhist Tantra

As the bodhicitta melts it first generates the four descending joys: joy, supreme joy, special joy, and innate joy. Next come the four ascending joys, which are said to be “far superior.” Oooh! Of course I’m still a long way from fully experiencing emptiness, let alone the union, but by around 3 a.m. I certainly felt like I was making a lot of progress.

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“By means of penetrating the vital points of the external and internal body, bodhicitta melts. From that… you generate a special blissful feeling concordant with physical awareness. [Then] a mental awareness is generated possessing the nature of excellent bliss. And when that mental awareness recalls the meaning of reality that was previously ascertained, it becomes the union of bliss and emptiness.”

– Je Rinpoche, 'Illuminating Lamp', quoted in Kirti Tsenshap Rinpoche’s Principles of Buddhist Tantra

As the bodhicitta melts it first generates the four descending joys: joy, supreme joy, special joy, and innate joy. Next come the four ascending joys, which are said to be “far superior.” Oooh!

Originally written | July 10, 2011]; links added July 17.

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Perseids and Assimiliation

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Inoculation

Once again it had been a long week. Friday afternoon we went out to happy hour, then took a nap and danced for a few hours at Gibbous. And lucky us: Saturday night, DJ Anomaly was back at the Atrium for Inoculation. w00t!

Like a snake that simply uncoils itself form its own not, passion returns to its natural state independent of any external antidotes. It is self-liberated. It is already in the nature of transcendence.
(Dzogchen Ponlop, from Four Great Modes of Liberation)

It was pretty darn transcendent at Inoculation. The place looked amazing, there was a seemingly endless supply of strawberries and watermelon, and it was DJ Anomaly’s best set yet. By 3 a.m. we could see the waning gibbous moon over the dance floor — and Jupiter too, unusually bright!

Today’s been a lazy day after,sleeping late enjoying the sun and taking it easy. Who knows how long it’ll last, but for now I feel totally inoculated.

I heart psytrance.

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Inoculation

Inoculation
Making our own happiness
At the atrium.


for D, August 2011

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Midnight (2011 remix)


At midnight
In a club,
Or a party
At home

Hearing
And imagining
Voices
And memories

As we dance together,
Across the room,
Farther away,
Almost touching.

On a journey
By candlelight
With goddesses
And you ...


( Original version 2007, from Space of desire, revised May 2011 for The anomaly at the atrium)


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Darkness and Inflection

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When a corporation acquires great power, the use — or misuse — of that power is everything.
Will it be used for the greater good, or for selfish and destructive means?
Now this is a question we must all ask ourselves.
Why?
Because we are Google.
- Evolution (nymwars remix), Skyloops, remixed by anonymous

It was another week of nymwars, uncertainty,booking train tickets instead of flying, and helping friends deal with difficult emotional situations. Good thing I was inoculated!

And a good thing too that DJ Anomaly’s residency at the Atrium continued with Darkness Friday night followed by Inflection on Saturday.
The crowd and music were great both nights, and the food just keeps getting better and better. Jupiter is still bright, and with clear skies and a new moon the viewing was great. Everybody there seemed to be having a good time. Including me!

And when I woke up late on Sunday morning, an inflection point still seemed like a good idea to me.

I heart psytrance.

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<center> Clear skies

Beauty and magic
Stretch out to infinity
Clear skies. Shooting stars.

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Intention and Transition

Friday night, we dropped by Gibbous, DJ Anomaly’s bi-weekly, for a couple hours. Saturday was burn night on the playa; here in the Seattle area, it was Intention, again with DJ Anomaly. And then Sunday, while the Temple of Transition burned in Black Rock Desert, I was back at The Atrium one more time for Transition.

It was a sparse crowd and the DJs were okay but nothing out of the ordinary. D stayed home writing and I wound up running into a friend I used to hang out with a lot a few years ago. Fortunately the music got better and I shut up and danced. The food and drink specials were tasty as always, the light made everybody look great. D showed up at close to 3:30, and we hung out for a while before heading home. It was a fine evening ....

Despite all the challenges, I’m in a great frame of mind. As I danced, I found myself thinking about a handful of my closest friends — in keeping with the theme of pseudonymity, I’ll call Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Space and Consciousness [not their real names]. It was another clear night, and once again Jupiter shone brightly over the dance floor.

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Intention and transition

Warm light and psytrance
Intention and transition
Jupiter above


For the elements who transform my world
September 2011


Interim

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DJ Anomaly kicked off Interim with One World One Sky, of all things, but after that it turned into some serious psytrance and another great night. The name struck a chord: we were both in something of an interim mood, enjoying a brief respite as the summer wraps up before heading into what’s looking like a packed fall. And with 9/11 and Constitution Day coming up, my thoughts were as usual on social networks and civil liberties.

A lot’s happened in 10 years.

there’s power in unleashing fantasy. there’s power in connecting people and finding shared fantasies… is it possible to construct fantasies that are liberating instead of repressive?
Can fantasy stand against hegemony? from Rationality’s not looking too good these days, 2003

Do I know how to have a good time at a psytrance party or what?

After a while though my mind turned off and I got into the music. We danced almost non-stop from 11 until 2:30 and there were once again cupcakes — so tasty at 3 a.m.!

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<center> The moon smiling down through the trees


Sunny days and warm nights
Appreciating good friends
The moon smiling down


Lights dancing above
Jupiter high in the sky
The moon through the trees


(August 2011)


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Equinox+One and Solitude

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Summer ended quickly in Seattle this year. One day it was sunny and 80 degrees; the next it was cloudy and 60. DJ Anomaly’s Thursday night Equinox+One marked the official start of fall with a great set — and some familiar faces. “Hey, I remember seeing you years ago at Infected Mushroom and Astral Projection at Premiere … what’s new?” Good times!

D was out of town over the weekend, so after a long day of work on Saturday, instead of going out I decided to stay home, put on a DJ Anomaly mix, and enjoy the solitude. At first I was thinking it would be a night filled with introspection, checking out old journals and photos and blog posts and reflecting on what’s happened and where I’m going next.

But as I listened to the music, my mind wound up turning off …

So instead I just enjoyed myself.

I heart psytrance.

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Solitude (2011 remix)

Candles
Grounding
Sacred space
Seduction
Goddesses

I look at the candles
And experience you
Magic illumination
In my mind
Throughout my being

I remember
The moments we've spent together
Grounded and sacred
Seduction, fantasy, reality
And you

And then I realize
I'm thinking too much
Calm my mind
Watch the candles
And experience you

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-- December 15, 2006; remixed June 4, September 24, and December 17 2011

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Transition II

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It had been a tough week, but fortunately it was another great weekend at The Atrium: stompy darkwave on Friday, and then psytrance last night at Crescent. DJ Anomaly was in the zone, and just as I was really getting into the flow, the really cute woman with the blue hair who I met at Anomalous showed up. Oooh!

The music and vibe were good enough that I drifted off into a mental space of my own. As usual, specific songs triggered memories: Astral Projection’s The Nexus and the times we saw them at Barneveld and in Seattle, 1200 Mics’ “Hashish” and the first time I heard it at DNA Lounge (Shiva! Shiva! Shiva!), Cortex’ “Heading to the promised land” and New Years Night 2010 in Oakland … so many wonderful times with friends old and new.

ideas matter.
sometimes strong enough ideas can shape reality.
every now and then art and beauty and philosophy and theory matter.
and maybe this is a time when bliss does too
– Ideas Matter, July 2004

Let’s hope so!

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<center>Rainy night

New moon. Rainy night.
Fantasy. Reality.
Transporting our souls.

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Nanoevolution

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DJ Anomaly keeps getting better and better, the crowd was totally into it, the lighting made everybody look good, and at 5 a.m. cinnamon rolls appeared as if by magic … epic indeed!

We had both spent most of the week sitting and working so had a lot of pent-up energy. D had hit her milestone and had that “I’ve earned it” feel. By the time we got to the Atrium I wasn’t thinking about technology.

Instead, I was in a reflective mood. Over the last 48 hours I had talked with several friends from the past — well, they’re still friends, I just don’t see them as often as I did about five years ago, so it brought back a lot of stuff. And as always, the music triggered memories: Astral Projection and being a scientist in an irrational world, S.U.N. Project at the DNA Lounge, Penta and Cortex and Dutch and New Years Eves, the Pesky Neutrinos and Nymwars remixes from earlier this year …

When I woke up this morning I realized that I was focusing much more on the opportunities for 2012. Which leaves me in a much better frame of mind! Not to sound like a broken record or anything: I heart psytrance.

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Eclipse

December 10 2011. Eclipse has more.


After a gruelling Thursday evening shmoozefest at the GeekWire gala and a couple of big meetings Friday morning, I was ready for the weekend. Friday afternoon was sunny, so I knocked off early and went for a walk in the woods. After dinner I took a short nap and a good thing too.

The walk in the woods, dinner, and nap had all helped me get to a different place — relaxing, instead of thinking about work. A friend sent me an email with some insights from Vedic astrology. This eclipse is in the Mrigashīrsha nakshakra and so relates to the power of fulfillment and desire. “A good time for retrospection and introspection. Look at how you fulfill your desires and reflect on that.” Makes sense to me!

We got to The Atrium around 11 for Eclipse just as things were getting going. There were some problems in the kitchen so the usual “tasty snacks” weren’t around but nobody cared: DJ Anomaly was on a roll and the crowd was totally into it. I introspected and reflected, on fulfillment and desire and many other pleasurable topics. Things were still in high gear when we left around 2:30.

It was surprisingly clear and by around 4:00 a.m. the moon started to disappear. I took this at 5:30 or so. The fog came in just before totality at 6 a.m., so I didn’t get to experience it turning red. Still, quite a treat!

Intermittent moon

Intermittent moon.
Smiling down coquettishly
Through trees, fog, and mist.


Warmth and A Journey

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Warmth

A long winter night
The skylight adds percussion
Unexpected rain

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It was DJ Anomaly’s last weekend at The Atrium for 2011, and we hated to miss Stompy on Friday night but we had planned a holiday party. Alas a lot of people had conflicts … their loss: not only did we have a great time talking about privacy, static analysis, flight simulators, Occupy, zombies, past times at Microsoft and Qworky, but my vegan mushroom risotto came out well, if I do say so myself, and so did the sangria and D’s spaghetti. DJ Anomaly even came by briefly and left us an unreleaesd mix CD as a holiday present … how cool is that?

It was DJ Anomaly’s last weekend at The Atrium for 2011, and we hated to miss Stompy on Friday night but we had planned a holiday party. Alas a lot of people had conflicts … their loss: not only did we have a great time talking about privacy, static analysis, flight simulators, Occupy, zombies, past times at Microsoft and Qworky, but my vegan mushroom risotto came out well, if I do say so myself, and so did the sangria and D’s spaghetti. DJ Anomaly even came by briefly and left us an unreleaesd mix CD as a holiday present … how cool is that?

And after missing Stompy, it was a great long weekend at the Atrium: Saturday night was Warmth, Sunday night was Darkness, and Monday was A Journey. The place looked amazing, a different feel each night. The music was great too, and so was the crowd.

I heart DJ Anomaly, I heart darkwave, I heart psytrance.

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There are many paths,
To the many destinations
In the space of desire.

Many patterns,
Many lenses
For the patterns
And paths
And destinations.

And goddesses
For company
As we journey down the paths
Together.


April - November, 2007, originally from Space of desire

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