11 February 2011
As we mentioned in a previous post, this blog is on hiatus until further notice. However, we would be remiss if we did not acknowledge the passing yesterday of Rik Sharaj, a longtime member of both the Burning Man and Moontribe communities.
Rik was a master sitarist that performed at many events including the Glastonbury Festival, Burning Man, Mountain Air, LearningParty, Zenfest and Moontribe. He's played and recorded alongside stars like Stuart Copeland, Micky Hart, George Clinton, Michael Franti and Spearhead, and Zakir Hussain. Rik has also worked with some of Southern California's best underground deejays such as Lorin, Solar Angel, and Odysseus.
BURNcast caught up with Rik just a month ago in Los Angeles at a party on 01/11/11. In that that brief reconnection Sharaj mentioned he was having health issues but he did not let on that it was life threatening. It's sad to realize that it would be our last time we would see him on this plane of existence.
Namaste, Rik. Thank you for the music.
Posted by DaBomb at 01:10
08 February 2011
This video was submitted to us months ago and we thought it would be perfect for wrapping up this season of BURNcast. It's from Glenn Lym who says he shot it on his iPhone 4 and that most of the audio is live.
BURNcast still has more videos in our line-up thanks to all the submissions from readers like you. But the thing is, we're gonna go on hiatus until spring so those submissions will start our new season then. Those of you who have been with us from the beginning know that we usually take a break sometime after Christmas for a couple months but there was so much cool stuff to share this year that we decided to push our break until the beginning of February.
Now don't be bummed 'cause there are still many ways to stay connected with BURNcast while we're on hiatus. You can follow us on Twitter, join us on Facebook or become a contributor or even a guest blogger.
If you have an essay to share (or a video, mixtape, or slideshow) about the art, culture and community (drink!) of Burning Man send it to us here and we'll take a look at it. Also, if you want to be a regular contributing blogger, pitch us your idea. We'd love more party-cipants! Finally, if you have any tips to share about breaking stories about people or projects within the community (drink!) shoot us an email. We love it when you dish us the dirt! :)
So f*ck yer day, everbody. We'll be back. And if there is any breaking news that absolutely can't wait until we return, you can be sure we'll post something here in the interim.
Posted by DaBomb at 10:30
01 February 2011
Back in 1999 before there even was a thing called BURNcast we had the supreme pleasure of camping near Julian Cash aka "Super Snail" as well as Dr. Megavolt at Burning Man. Oh, yes, those were the good old days when tickets were less than $60 and attendance was under 10k. Burning Man was better last century!
That year Julian would take photos -- sometimes even nekkid photos -- of people in his tent that he lit like a ginormous softbox. This year he's trying to Kickstart a book out of it. Here's his official word on the project:
This video was created to explain a Kickstarter funding project to publish a photography book entitled "The People of Burning Man" and give a sample of the other world than can be found inside. Currently the book is about 200 pages and includes many thousands of images. We will be doing an offset print run of several thousand copies of the book. By funding this project, you are helping us to create the world where a book like this can exist. For more information:
We spent about a decade documenting the people and culture of Burning Man.
Many of the images celebrate joy and life. Others were created to confront social rules that need to be challenged. Many of the photographs grew from this simple conversation: "How do you want the world to be different?" which was followed with "Let's create an image which will help bring forth that change."
Any nudity shown is part of the artistic expression of Burning Man and not intended in any erotic context.
All photo subjects have signed a image release.
Posted by DaBomb at 09:00