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1. Title Title of document Spiritual technology: transition and its prosthetics - Global Tribe
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Graham St John; University of Queensland; Australia
3. Subject Discipline(s) Popular Music; Anthropology
4. Subject Keyword(s) psychedelic trance music; consciousness
5. Subject Subject classification Dance Music; ML3400-3465; Popular Music;ML3469-3541; Ethnology;GN301-674
6. Description Abstract In its exploration of Goa/psytrance music, Chapter 4 regards this music as an assemblage of technics that have been sampled, remixed and repurposed to the variable transit of the self in reflexive modernity. The assemblages I call spiritechnics are guided by differing modalities of “consciousness”, shaping practices with varying means and ends: progressive and transgressive, nihilistic and gnostic, self-directed and planetary. Using a spectrum of sampled content programmed within psytrance releases and promotions, the chapter demonstrates how its sonic fiction orchestrates the departure from, connection with, and evolution of, consciousness. Whether concerned with the unconscious, outer space, virtual reality or the wilderness, re-mediated liminality is adapted by the psychedelic mystics and media shamans of psytrance to facilitate these conditions of transit. Popular culture, psychoactive (or more accurately “entheogenic”) compounds, and the experience of revelation are the media and the means  emixed by the technicians of transition.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Nov-2012
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
11. Type Type ethnographic study
12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.20088
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Global Tribe
16. Language English=en en
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) Goa,
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