Becoming the Birdsong

The  Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki Roshi gives a playful teaching on meditating with sound as a pathway into deeper conscious connection of being.

 

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The Ocean Within

Deep-beat lyrical meditations on the how the inner worlds relate to the outer – from two seminal figures in hip-hop…

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A Room Full of Two Hundred Friends

clubsClubbing and dance music have always ridden the edges between catalysing liberation and commercialising escapism, existing in a kind of subcultural tug-of-war between soul and money. 2014 was a bad year for quality clubs, with a number of legendary venues across Europe closing and others being squeezed by gentrification and property speculation.

Adam Bychawski explores the issues currently facing clubbing communities while Ade Fakile and Sam Shepherd reminisce about the unique experience that was the recently closed Plastic People.

[Photograph: Ben Williams]

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Post-Colonial Streets: Carnival in London

c77605ff-4721-45ca-8cc4-6ba0a2777805-1020x681The annual Notting Hill Carnival in London has spanned the full spectrum of the post-colonial experience, from multicultural street parties to race riots and back again.

Josy Forsdike takes a photographic review of the early days >>
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Make Your Transition

The PfB Sound Blog and Soundcloud page are in development. We’ll be presenting a curated flow of DJ mixes and original productions, all produced or offered as musical responses to the PfB invitation: “What’s going on out there? What’s your journey? And how can we be free?

While you’re waiting, check out Polarone’s ‘medicine wave’ for deep listening and embodied journeying. Make a a little space to move, turn the lights down and the sound up, and see what happens…

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Shamanism and the Transformative Power of Drum Meditation

Shamanism and the Transformative Power of Drum Meditation

All around the world, indigenous and traditional cultures have used rhythm as both the catalyst and container for the transformation of consciousness.  Introduction to shamanism and the power of the drum by Gary McGee.Read >>
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“It’s Always a Spiritual Thing…”

“It’s always a spiritual thing…” – DJ Deep speaking about Techno, the genre he has embraced after many years as a respected figure playing and producing soulful deep house.
Take a nocturnal journey into a Parisian warehouse rave with this deep, driving live mix from the underground…

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TranceFusions

BoilerRoom_Gnawa_v2cropped Many western electronic music-makers creating deeper, rhythm-based music have sought to connect and work with indigenous musical traditions that share a focus for trance states and spiritual awareness.

This meeting of Morrocan Gnawa musicians and Ambient & Techno music-makers brings a sometimes harmonious, sometimes uneasy, sonic dialogue between the ancient and the modern. 21st-century cultural evolution explored through sound:
Listen & watch Biosphere playing with Maalem Mohamed Kouyou >>
Read the overview & see the other sessions >>
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Chant Down Babylon

Sending out the rootical sounds of the Burning Spear to launch the PfB Stream…

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