“The Psychedelic Years”
My music has always had a psychedelic or surrealist bent to it, but
from 1992 to 1997 I embraced a more overt politicized expression
of the consciousness culture that has woven through the counter-cultures
Island (1997), Tobias c. van Veen and I thought of making a video similar
to Pink Floyd’s “Live at Pompeii”, using the abandoned lodge structure
there as a “ruin” of sorts. We reflected upon the juncture in history
of “rave culture” and how we were in a similar space that Mason and
Gilmour speak of in that film. We were part of a psychedelic underground
but no longer wanted to have our identities limited by that movement.
Ultimately my aim was to promote a sense of always pushing boundaries, that
altered-states experimentation was one of many possibilities to explore
but it was never an end or lifestyle in and of itself. – Victoria, 2009
Unless noted, these mixes were all made as retrospectives in 1998.
The tracks used were mostly from the 1993-1996 period,
although some newer material is used to bridge.
Elder – Psychedelic techno, trance
Growth – psychedelic tribal techno
Hurdy Gurdy Ram Dass (1996) – progressive trance
Other Counter-Cultural Treats…
I was in touch with Leary from 1994 to 1996 via Genesis P-Orridge and
The University of Toronto’s (Marshall) McLuhan Program. This film was
premiered at the McLaughlin Planetarium on May 20, 1995 at an event I co-produced.
In autumn 1996 I worked at the Whole Life Expo, where I met
Terrence McKenna. We shared a sporatic email correspondence
for almost a year afterwards. He was an entertaining orator
with a good sense of humour about how he marketed himself.
Hakim Bey – “Temporary Autonomous Zone”
spoken word recordings:
At Stockholm – Excerpt 1
At Stockholm – Excerpt 2
At Stockholm – Excerpt 3