SP23 Marseille – 5 October 2013

What a storming night in Marseille last weekend. It was a massive, kicking party and we’d like to say a huge thanks to everyone who came down – the atmosphere was charged with pure electricity and the vibe was absolutely beautiful. Sorry to all the people who didn’t manage to get in, but we’ll be back in Marseille very soon – watch this space……

What a crowd, what a rave – here’s some wicked photos from the night………..

Next stop Bordeaux

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Les Rencontres Alternatives – Rennes – 31/08/2013

Huge thanks to everyone at Les Rencontres Alternatives in Rennes – the organisers, the volunteers, the sound systems and everyone who came down to create a wicked vibe. It was a massive buzz to see the free party spirit and the sense of community and unity in the scene so vibrant and alive. Special thanks to SOS Sound system and Hilutek for having us in to play on their rigs – respect. Here’s a great little article on the night and a slideshow of photos with more to follow

English Version – http://www.soif2rennes.fr/report-rencontres-alternatives-with-the-spiral-tribe/

Grand merci a tout le monde a Les Rencontres Alternatives a Rennes – les organisateurs, les son systems, les benevoles, et tout le monde qui a venu pour partager le soiree. Ca fait trop du bien de voir l’esprit free et l’espirit du ommunauté et unite si vivant. Surtout merci a S.O.S et Hilutek pour avoir mit leur sons a notre dispo – grande respect. Voici une petit reportage sympa et quelques photos en diaporama avec plus a suivre

Version Francais – http://www.soif2rennes.fr/report-rencontres-alternatives-avec-les-spiral-tribe/

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A Journey Into Sound, Silence and Dance. 17 – 21 April

Meditation retreatA Journey Into Sound, Silence and Dance A three day meditation retreat with a Techno dance finale, in the South of France – 17 – 21 April.

L’esprit de la retraite:

Durant cette retraite, nous allons nous immerger totalement dans le silence, afin de rentrer au mieux en contact avec nous-même, et éveiller notre sensibilité. Nos journées se dérouleront au fil de méditations silencieuses, parfois guidées, d’enseignements, de groupes de discutions,etc…

Il est important pour l’atmosphère de la retraite que chacun s’engage pleinement dans le programme proposé, respecte le silence, et conserve un esprit de curiosité et d’exploration enthousiaste.

69DB participera pleinement à cette expérience avec nous, et c’est de cet espace  de silence et de sensibilité intérieure qu’il démarrera sa performance Techno le dernier soir. Voici une examplaire pour bien reflechir – http://bit.ly/19nnEQv

Vous pouvez vous faire une idée du style de l’association Dharma Nature et de l’enseignement de Denis en écoutant la vidéo sur cette page: http://www.dharmanature.org

Le Lieu: Dans le sud de la France. Nous logerons dans le magnifique gîte La Terriade (www.terriade.com) à Grimone entre Drôme, hautes-Alpes et Isère. Un plan d’accès se trouve sur leur site. Les repas: Nos repas seront végétariens

Coût: C 154€ plus donation (dana) Ce prix comprend le logement, la nourriture, et couvre les frais directement liés à cette retraite. La rétribution de l’enseignement et le soutien de l’association est laissé sur participation libre. Vous pourrez y contribuer en fonction de vos moyen, à la fin de la retraite. Nous privilégeons ce système pour que les enseignements de méditation restent accessible à tous les budgets. Votre soitien est nécessaire pour nous permettre de continuer à fonctionner de cette manière.

Si vous êtes intéressé merci de renvoyer un mail à info@dharmanature.org et nous vous confirmerons qu’il reste bien de la place. Les places sont limitées, n’attendez pas si vous savez déjà que vous voulez participer.

En espérant de vous voir bientôt,

ENGLISH VERSION

The Spirit of the Retreat:

During the retreat we shall be immersed totally in silence in order to better enter into contact with ourselves and to awaken our senses. Our days will revolve around silent meditation sessions, sometimes guided, some teachings, group discussions etc. It is very important for the atmosphere of the retreat that everyone participates wholly in the proposed programme, respects the silence and keeps an open mind, full of curiosity and enthusiasm for the exploration.

69DB will be participating fully in this experience with us and it is from this space of silence and inner awareness that he will begin his techno ‘performance’ the last night. Here’s an example to reflect on – http://bit.ly/19nnEQv

You can get an idea of the style of the Dharma nature association and of Denis’ teachings in the video on this page:  http://www.dharmanature.org/eng/ We will be staying at the magnificent La Terriade (www.terriade.com) in Grimone between the Drome, Hautes Alpes et Isère. The meals will be vegetarian.

Cost: 154€ plus a donation (dana). The price includes board, lodging and other expenses incurred. At the end of the retreat there will be the opportunity to make a donation to express gratitude to the teacher whose participation is offered freely, plus support for the association Dharma Nature. This method helps us to avoid having a ‘fixed price’ therefore giving the opportunity for those in financial difficulty to attend, and is thus considered ‘open’ and not as ‘cheap’.

If you are interested in participating please send an email to info@dharmanature.org et we will confirm that there is space available. Places are limited so don’t delay if you know that you want to come. Hoping to see you soon.

BACKGROUND 

“For the last twelve years I have practised silent meditation. And for the last twenty-five years I have worked as a video artist and designer in the rave scene. It was through going to raves that I first got interested in meditation. Dancing for hours in front of the speaker stacks can stimulate those all important moments of connectedness. While dancing, everything slots into place and one can get glimpses of an underlying truth that normally remains tantalisingly out of reach.

This summer I met Denis from the association Dharma Nature (www.dharmanature.org). We both share a love of meditation and dance music. We discussed how Techno music, often in combination with chemicals, can open the door to unexplored inner worlds and spirituality. There has been a lot written about the connection between the psychedelic experience and meditation, but much less is known about the connection between pure meditation and pure dance music. We feel that there is some interesting, and as yet unexplored, common ground between the two. The inspiration for Sound, Silence and Dance, came from these discussions.

We want to explore, in a drug-free environment, the different qualities of silence and sound, to develop our sensitivity and quality of listening, and to introduce silent meditation to ravers and non ravers alike. The form would be a three day retreat with guided and silent meditation sessions, and, on the last evening, live Techno music from the renowned 69DB. Are you interested in joining our exploration?”

( Debbie/ Feenix13)

“Durant les douze dernières années j’ai pratiqué la méditation silencieuse. Et pendant les vingt-cinq dernières années j’ai travaillé en tant qu’artiste vidéaste et graphiste dans le monde de la ‘rave’. C’est en allant à des ‘raves’ que j’ai commencé à m’intéresser à la méditation. Danser pendant des heures devant des piles de haut-parleurs peut stimuler ces instants si significatifs de connexion. Au sein de la danse, tout rentre en place et on peut avoir des aperçus d’une réalité sous-jacente, normalement hors de portée.

Cet été j’ai rencontré Denis de l’association Dharma Nature (www.dharmanature.org). Nous partageons tous les deux un amour pour la méditation et la ‘dance music’. Ensemble nous avons discuté de comment la musique Techno, souvent combinée aux drogues chimiques, pouvait ouvrir la porte à des mondes intérieurs inexplorés, et à la spiritualité. Beaucoup a été écrit sur le lien entre l’expérience psychédélique et la méditation, mais on connait bien peu au sujet de la relation entre la méditation pure et la ‘dance music’ pure. Nous sentons qu’il y a là des points communs intéressants et une rencontre possible de ces deux mondes, qui ont peu été explorés pour l’instant.  L’inspiration pour la retraite Son, Silence et Danse vient de ces discussions ensemble.

Nous souhaitons explorer dans un environnement exempt de drogues, les différentes qualités du silence et du son, afin de développer notre sensibilité et qualité d’écoute, et introduire la méditation aussi bien aux ‘ravers’ qu’aux ‘non-ravers’. La retraite se déroulera sur 3 jours avec des méditations à la fois guidées et en silence et, le dernier soir, de la musique Techno live du renommé 69DB. Etes-vous intéressés de vous joindre à notre exploration ?”

( Debbie/ Feenix13)

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Regaining and reshaping the Commons.

SP23’s Mark Harrison in conversation about free access to space, land and common resources. Broadcast on Soundart Radio on the 31 July 2013. With Jenny Wellwood and G. Rant. The last track is dedicated to the memory of Gary DS

Mark Harrison SP23Reclaiming the land

The music in this clip is

1. – Spiral Tribe – Forward The Revolution

2. – Gary DS and DJ G. Rant – Dirty Squatters

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TWENTYTEK

MAY 2012 – NOISE CONTROL AUDIO TECHNICAL LABS – SOUTH WEST FRANCE – An idea begins to work its way through the circuitry and amplify. Steve and Tim, the creators of NCA are hatching a plan to take a huge sound system to the 2013 Teknival. None of us had been to a teknival in France for over a decade. But suddenly… it was all coming together for the 20th anniversary

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Teknival may no longer be the idealistic, entirely free space that we helped found and develop in the 1990’s, and its relationship with authority is deeply uncomfortable, but as a soundclash, it is unparalleled. Nowhere else in Europe can sound systems thunder for 3 days outdoors with no noise limits whatsoever.  It has developed into a friendly battle for the biggest systems, the most ambitious link ups and the most extraordinary walls of sound and has proved a fascinating evolution from the original Jamaican understanding of soundclash. The idea of Teknival itself has mutated.

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Noise Control Audio design and build the highest quality sound systems. Founded by Tim of the Spiral Tribe Sound System and Steve of the Bedlam Sound System, they took all the expertise they had honed at the razor’s edge of all terrain operations within the rave scene and decided to professionalise it, building the finest systems they could imagine.

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They rapidly developed a position of industry wide respect, equipping stages at Glastonbury and the Notting Hill Carnival as well as being brought in for major international events at Wembley Arena and huge reggae soundclashes at venues like the Roundhouse.

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As they laid down their idea to get a system together for 20Tek, they were well aware of the support and logistics it would take to put a crew, an area and a vibe together. In the same way that they had taken their passions and their skills from the rave scene and built it into a profession, so too had many of the people they were now opening discussions with.

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Marc, formerly of Teknokrates sound system who had developed his Wavefarm project and was now an events manager for major international acts. Ourselves as a creative collective who performed regularly across Europe.  And Wango Riley’s travelling stage – an iconic symbol of UK festival folklore.

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There was no question. We were all in. As time ticked towards May and Noise Control worked tirelessly to slide every last element into place, a core team of motivated, skilled and spirited volunteers came aboard. And the next thing we knew we were pulling onto a runway at the Cambrai military airbase.

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As we took our area, Steve measured off a defined space to lock the dancefloor into a quadraphonic setup of 123 kw of sound. Teknivals had become renowned for exponentially increasing walls of speakers, and instantly, the knowledge that we wouldn’t be going down that road but concentrating on shaping a space through sound inspired us.

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Tim and Marc hoisted the structure that Marc had built and designed himself, that would both house the bar and provide shade if we were lucky with the weather. Matt green speaker boxes slid out of an Arctic lorry that seemed almost like a Tardis at times as the bass bins kept emerging.  

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As the four corner stacks were mounted like primal stones, the amp racks were heaved onto Wango’s stage and the gorgeously thick cabling snaked across steel. Monumental in its green camouflage – there was only one word for it – Heavyweight.

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We looked on at this with a wellspring of emotion. It had been many years since we had an actual sound system. We had performed as individual artists and as a collective on hundreds, but the profound rush of being part of a real, physical sound system again, with all the blood, sweat, tears, and perpetual laughter was overwhelming. And not just any sound system.

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We were reunited as a family once more, working towards the same goal. It was the same crew as it had been all those years ago, but this time the sound system wasn’t 4 k and held together by love and gaffa tape. No, this time the sound system was of awesome quality and every last speaker box had been hand built by Tim. We were back in the area.

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Thanks to Cara Smyth, Fubar Sounds, Veephoto and le 3è Oeil for some of the images

Here’s a short video from the Saturday night

Thanks to Cator for the video

And one from the Sunday dawn

Thanks to Fred Organik for the video