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Early in 2012, Redefine proprietor Vivian Hua and I decided to do a series of interviews focusing on musicians who drew from esoteric spiritual pursuits for inspiration. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but what we ran into is that we don’t actually know of, or personally know too many of these musicians, so it didn’t get very far. The other thing we ran into was that a few people agreed to talk to us and then completely bailed when they saw the weird shit we were going to ask them. What the fuck are you going to do?
Fortunately for us, we did manage to chat with Brooklyn’s Prince Rama, whose Taraka Larson used to intern with Paul Laffoley strangely enough, and they pretty much knocked the ball out of the park. It was also another one of those odd witchery situations, because I talked to them after their show, but the recording was mysteriously inaudible.… Read the rest
The BBC on those who believe that radio and tape recording devices offer a window to the realm of the dead:
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In 1969, a mysterious middle-aged Latvian doctor turned up in Gerrards Cross with a large collection of tape recordings…he had established contact with Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini and many other deceased 20th Century statesmen. The recordings – 72,000 of them – contained their voices. His name was Konstantin Raudive, and he called his technique Electronic Voice Projection, or EVP.
It wasn’t real-time interactive communication. You asked your questions, and then left the tape running, recording silence. But listening back, through the mush and static, you could sometimes just about make out people speaking.
Nowadays, EVP is a standard tool of ghost hunters worldwide. There are hundreds of internet EVP forums and many serious and well-educated people who see it as proof positive that the dead are trying to talk to us.
The question is, to where did her consciousness migrate during that time? Biblical heaven? A flying saucer? The black lodge from Twin Peaks? The BBC reports that she does not recall:
A 63-year-old woman who was expected to die after her heart stopped for 45 minutes is recovering well. Carol Brothers, from Easterton near Devizes, collapsed outside her home from a heart attack, last month.
Mrs. Brothers was returning home from a shopping trip with her daughter when she collapsed, said her husband David: “She was flat out on the floor, just changing colour – a horrible colour and basically I panicked.”
Paramedics managed to restart her heart after 45 minutes and she was airlifted to hospital. Mrs. Brothers is now recovering at home but says she has no memory of her ordeal.
The FBI took a slew of Cold War-era paranormal sightings near Mount Hayes quite seriously. Some claim that UFOs spotted in the sky are only the tip of the iceberg, Mysterious Universe writes:
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[Former CIA remote viewer] Pat Price was of the opinion that “Alaska’s Mount Hayes, the jewel of a glacial range northeast of Anchorage, housed one of the aliens’ largest bases.”
According to Pat Price, the aliens that lived deep inside Mount Hayes were very human looking. Ominously, he added that the aliens use “thought transfer for motor control of us.” Price added: “The site has also been responsible for strange activity and malfunction of U.S. and Soviet space objects.”
Rather notably, the U.S. military took a great deal of interest in tales of UFO activity in Alaska in the formative years of the subject. In August 1947 a highly impressive account of a UFO incident involving two serving members of the military was supplied to the FBI at Anchorage.
Just because you’re dead and rotting doesn’t mean you can’t be a hot ticket as a bride or groom. The Global Post reports:
Four men in northwest China have been sentenced for digging up the corpses of women and selling them for “ghost marriages” to families whose sons died as bachelors. The remains of ten “brides” were sold for a total of $38,000, according to court reports.
Ritual ghost marriages, which is believed to date back to the 17th century BC, is a custom in which parents find “spouses” for their unmarried, deceased children so that they can have a family in the afterlife. The tradition is rare in contemporary China, but still practiced in rural [areas].
Families often employ a matchmaker to help find a suitable spouse for their deceased loved ones. Chinese media have reported cases of brokers murdering women and selling their bodies. In 2006, a man from northern Hebei province murdered six women and sold them as “ghost brides.”
Would you dare tamper with other realms in return for three credits? From Roanoke’s WDBJ7:
Radford University students are taking part in an independent study course that’s quite different – learning about the afterlife by reaching out to the dead.
There is a bedroom on campus that has been converted into a chamber, where students have been calling up the dead, for class credit. It’s almost always dark inside, with black drapes. Two large black sheets hang from the ceiling, and a lamp is on the floor.
“For people who are coming in here they are using an ancient ecstatic teaching that’s been used in ancient Greece and elsewhere to contact the dead,” Susan Kwilescki, a professor of religious studies.
Students built the chamber, which they call the psychomanteum, on the cheap. Ran Waide, a junior who helped build it, says the chamber works: “I’ve had a ghost encounter in here.”
In addition to writing and podcasting about fringe subjects, I also love making music. My old pal J.P. Lilliston and I have played together for years, and his guitar can be heard all over Blue Turns Black. Now that Lilliston’s moved back to Nashville from Chicago we’ll hope to complete a project we’ve been working on long distance for some time: a full-length CD entitled The Wicked.
It always takes a long time to record my music and I’m always off onto the next project before the first one even gets to its feet. After The Wicked, I plan to do a self-recorded psych/garage project tentatively called Emits Showers of Sparks. I’ve been listening to lots of music in preparation and I’m developing plans for extensive notes that will seek to explain my own ideas regarding psychedelic music. I’m not interested in merely aping a style as much as I’m interested in thinking about how music can emulate the experience/reflect the cultural landscape of psychedelics and psychedelic people.… Read the rest
Live Science reports on a horrifying case of multiple personality disorder:
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Doctors in Turkey have described what they claim to be a real-life vampire with multiple personalities and an addiction to drinking blood. The case study was published last fall.
The 23-year-old apparently started out slicing his own arms, chest and belly with razor blades, letting the blood drip into a cup so he could drink it. But when he experienced compulsions to drink blood “as urgent as breathing,” he started turning to other sources, the doctors said. The man was arrested several times after stabbing and biting others to collect and drink their blood. He apparently even got his father to get him bags from blood banks.
“Possibly due to ‘switching’ to another personality state, he was losing track during the ‘bloody’ events, did not care who the victim was anymore, and remained amnesic to this part of his act,” the report said.
Well, this seems more reasonable than belief in the tenets of mainstream religion. The Huffington Post reports:
A HuffPost/YouGov poll shows that 45 percent of Americans believe in ghosts, or that the spirits of dead people can come back in certain places and situations.
The idea of ghosts as evidence of life after death goes back to ancient Egypt, where it was commonly believed that death was merely a transition to some mysterious netherworld of another existence. While skeptics deny the existence of ghosts, claiming there’s no real evidence, polls have shown the public strongly disagrees.
“There are still many hardcore scientists who regard it as superstition and a residual fear of our past,” said paranormal author Brad Steiger. “I put ghosts in what I call a psychic residue category. In environments where human drama has taken place — a murder, suffering — that emotional energy is somehow impressed in the environment.”