Photosynthesis : Into the Dream Dome


dBMcast#129: Photosynthesis : Into the Dream Dome
Mixed by Kaya Rainface, August 2013

Cross-posted from our sister site Destination Burning Man!
Here's some Jedi Goddess Ninja Healer Mermaid Wizard music, inspired by the Photosynthesis Festival held at Hobuck Beach in the far northwestern corner of Washington State July 19-21, 2013 and mixed up by Kaya Rainface for Destination Burning Man. This set evokes the sacred bass celebrations held in the Dream Dome, tapping in to dream states, dream flights, subconscious massages & third eye galaktivations, a space where fantasies morph in to altered realities….let this musical sacrament take you to the places where you access your subliminal sides & express your secret powers!

Audio player works best in Chrome and Safari browsers.

Jon Hopkins "Sun Harmonics"
Subaqueous "Invoking"
Kaminanda "Liquid Sunrise"
Plantrae "Taiga Bloom"
Drumpyder remixes "Shiva Ntaraj > Bodhi Mandala" (Desert Dwellers)
Aligning Minds "In the Wake of Forever"
Osiris "Immersion > Sole Diver"
Kalpatura Tree "Naked Soul Dub"
Kalya Scintilla "From Day to Night and Back Again"
Elephant Revival "The Raven Song"
Russ Liquid "New Beginnings"

Photosynthesis began with a ritual. An elder from the Makah tribe—we were holding our gathering on their tribal lands, at their invitation—said prayers in his native tongue and then blessed the ground we would dance upon all weekend by sprinkling white puffs of eagle down from his medicine bag. It was an offering that galaktivated the Dream Dome. The line-up of DJs—combined with the visionary artists, VJs, tea servers, dancers and many wild, organic shrines—created a deep vibe that persisted over three long nights of ritual and dancing. The swollen moon waxed in the heavens above, ravens and eagles flew overhead and the hypnotic roar of the Pacific Ocean backdropped everything.

Plantrae playing violin and dropping botanical beats in the Dream Dome

In this mix, Jon Hopkins gives the opening invocation with "Sun Harmonics," appropriate for Photosynthesizers beneath a grey blanket of sea fog and salty mist. The rest of the artists contribute to the musical journey in more or less the order they performed in the Dream Dome over the weekend: amazing contributions from (mostly) West Coast/Pacific Northwest producers Subaqueous, Kaminanda, Plantrae, Drumspyder, Aligning Minds, Osiris, Kalpatura Tree and Kalya Scintilla. Elephant Revival shares a closing prayer with "Raven Song" and, as we drift off from the Dream Dome at dawn, the sounds of Russ Liquid coming from the Mandala Dome carry us home to our tents in the trees….

I should note that Hopkins and Elephant Revival did not play at Photosynthesis, but their opening and closing mantras to the mix are in alignment with the Dream Dome vibe and we're happy to have them!

Visionary art in the Dream Dome

The vocals are Makah elders speaking in their indigenous language, including a whaling chant. They are incorporated in Kaya Rainface's mix in the spirit of respect for their culture and gratitude for letting us gather to dance, celebrate, commune and heal on their ancestral land. You'll also hear elements of the land: waves crashing, birds calling, winds blowing…it was an overcast and somewhat chilly weekend, though we were spared rain, and the chill brought us closer together around campfires.

Kalya Scintilla closes the weekend ritual Sunday night in the Dream Dome

Gratitude. We are grateful to the DJs, artists, dancers, temple builders and festival organizers. See you back at Hobuck next year!


To download, and receive future dBMcasts delivered automatically,
subscribe to the dBMcast feed via iTunes.
Join the dBM tribe at


Sacred Bass Sessions Vol. 1 : Beyond the Dream Dome (for Sabbahji)


Mixed by Kaya Rainface at the Purple Palace, November 2013

The Podcast Cafe is excited to introduce The Sacred Bass Sessions, a new series of intentional gatherings in Bellingham / Cascadia. Produced in partnership with Boogie Universal and Destination Burning Man, these sessions are envisioned to be a series of transformational events based around electronic music, community engagement and freedom of expression.

This musical mix by
dBM's Kaya Rainface is a soundtrack for our vision of Sacred Bass Sessions, like a mission statement, as well as a map to the subconscious nooks and crannies of your mind. It features music from the West Coast's finest DJs, producers and sound shamans, artists we either have already booked to play an upcoming SBS or are actively pursuing. The low-end mystical flow is deeply inspired by Rainface's time spent in the DreamDome at Photosynthesis 6 this past summer.

Just before releasing this mix, we synthesized a spur-of-the-moment tribute to Cheb i Sabbah at the conclusion of the audio journey, in honor of his passing on November 7. As we listened to this mix that evening, we could clearly hear Sabbahji's influence in every track, his musical legacy informing the current crop of Sacred Bass DJs who carry forward his global-galactic grooves for the next leg of the journey.

track list // itom lab "Galactic Mantra" + The Bells of Sh'ang Sh'ung / Subaqueous "Invoking (eO remix) > In Spire > Cryptic (Michael Manahan remix) / Osiris "Immersion > Soul Diver" / Drumspyder "Caduceus" / itom lab "Brahmin" / Plantrae "Primary Decomposers" / GUDA "Riparian Toadschool" / eO "Lilt" / Kyrstyn Pixton "Dolphin's Pipe" / Cheb i Sabbah "Durga Puja" (Rainface Redub) / eO "Sussurus" / Bass Chakra Therapy outro //

dedicated to the memory of
Cheb i Sabbah


Autumanal Equinox III

The rains have returned in a big way to the wet side of the Cascades mountain range this week, signaling the definitive end of another gorgeous, carefree, playful summer in Ish River Country. We've been keeping summer hours here at the Podcast Cafe, releasing a couple of kick-ass bootleg concerts from the Dead and Panic but otherwise focused on outdoor pursuits.

As the season shifts, the Cafe springs back to life, with customers coming back around looking for steaming bowls of soup, hot toddies, spruce tip martinis and a place next to our blazing hearth. We're excited to welcome the winter weather back, and along with it all things cozy and good.

Here's a mix we've been tinkering with off and on for a month, full of new/recent songs from many of our standby favorites, but with a twist: our buddy
DJ Playaduster from Destination Burning dropped in midway through our mixing and we decided to let him share some new music from the Realms of Elektronika to spice up the mix. He eases his entry in with the familiar voice of Bon Iver before launching off in to a half-hour journey that makes our heads spin and feet move….before we take back the controls and land the Fundiship back on Planet Earth just in time for dessert at the Cafe with amazing new songs from Mazzy Star (!!!), Pearl Jam and, finally, the sweet strains of Sam Beam.

Hope you all enjoy!

Audio player works best in Chrome and Safari browsers.

Track list // Phosphorescent "Ride on Right On" / Local Natives "Wooly Mammoth" / Michael Menert "CHI cago" / CocoRosie "Gravedigress"/ The Cave Singers "It's a Crime > Evergreens" / Elephant Revival "Drop" / The xx "Together" / Laura Veirs "Ten Briges / Neko Case "Calling Cards" / Local Natives "Three Months" / Xavier Rudd "Lionness Eye > Bow Down" / Bon Iver "Wolves" (Kill Them With Color remix) / Saqi "Explode Into Clouds" / Jupit3r "1226" / Russ Liquid "The Ocean See" / Phaeleh "Make You Feel" / Timonkey "Sooner or Later" / Laura Mvula "She" (Shlomo remix) / Pearl Jam "Sirens" / Mazzy Star "California" / Iron & Wine "Joy" //


Like what yer hearing? Help keep the lights on at the Podcast Cafe by becoming a monthly subscriber or making a one-time donation. Links to Paypal in the sidebar—big thanks in advance for the show of support!


Download: Enhanced M4A / MP3. For best results, subscribe to the Podcast Cafe via iTunes or enter this RSS Feed in to iTunes: File > Subscribe to Podcast: feed://

Open Channels : new elektrogrooves 2013

87-openchannelsA guest DJ set from our friend DJ Playaduster, courtesy of Destination Burning Man — a user-friendly survey of the best electronic music cuts of 2013, including house, nu disco, sacred bass, ambient, electrofunk, dub and a good dose of whomp!

Track list:
DJ Koze "Amygdala" (ft. Milosh)
Wolf + Lamb "Real Love"
Scuba "Hardbody"
Claude VonStroke "TurboStepper"
Herbaliser "Welcome to Extravagance"
Emancipator "Valhalla"
The Polish Ambassador "Live Inside a Dream"
Bonobo North Border tryptich
Pantha Du Prince "Quantum / Photon"
Little People "M.N.O.P.Q."
James Blake "Voyeur"
The xx "Sunset" (Jamie xx remix)
Russ Liquid "Zappa Darling"
Thriftworks "Housesitter"
Nosaj Thing "Eclipse/Blue"
Kalya Scintilla "Open Channel"
Kaminanda "Optimal Trajecstasy"
Sugarpill "Space Foray"
Andreilien "Tafoni"
jOBOT "Be You Auto"
jOBOT & ChrisB "Sevens on the Out"
The xx "Together"

A joint production of and

Like what yer hearing? Help keep the lights on at the Podcast Cafe by becoming a monthly subscriber or making a one-time donation. Links to Paypal in the sidebar—big thanks in advance for the show of support!


For best results, subscribe to the Podcast Cafe via iTunes or enter this RSS Feed in to iTunes: File > Subscribe to Podcast: feed://

What the Mixtape?! (Side Two)

Cross-posted from our sister site Destination Burning Man — an intriguing and delicious mix of EDM from DJ Playaduster originally posted 8/12/12!

Greetings friends near and far, met and unmet, DJ Playaduster here representing Destination Burning Man with Side Two of What the Mixtape?!

Get yourself ready for a hour long mix of electronic music based on DJs and producers who played at
What the Festival?! in Oregon the last weekend of July 2012. This was the best festival my PNW Get Found crew and I have ever experienced off the playa and the rush of inspiration we felt in the White River canyon has carried over in to this 2 side music mix tape project. From the environment to the art to the people to the lighting to the vibes to the splash pool and ESPECIALLY to the expertly curated schedule of to-notch DJs, the organizers did it right. We can't thank them enough for all the special touches, large and small.

We're going to explore some of the more experimental bass frequencies that What the Festival offered, including Sepalcure, Scuba and Sinjin Hawke, taste some acid crunk from Low Ryderz, get soothed with a long set from Emancipator and dabble in some forward-leaning low-end wavelengths from Gladkill, Bluetech, PhuturePrimitive and Sugarpill.

<< Have dBMcasts automatically delivered to you hot & fresh by subscribing via iTunes >>

You can find Side One here.

20 days until the Man burns!
Love, DJ Playaduster

Photo by Daniel ZetterstromMore...

What the Mixtape?! (Side One)

Cross-posted from our sister site Destination Burning Man — an intriguing and delicious mix of EDM from DJ Playaduster originally posted 8/3/12!

We're just back from the first-ever
What the Festival?! in the White River Canyon of Oregon and are so incredibly inspired by what went down there: an eclectic roster of top-shelf DJ talent dropping their jams through Function One soundsystems, the gorgeous landscape accentuated by art and light installations, lots of chill spaces full of kind and creative people, good food, minimal security and hilarious pool parties during the heat of the day – we can’t say enough good things about this gathering and the team that put it on. Big ups to the Zanzibar crew for pulling this off so flawlessly, and to my own Get Found family for representing the love.

<< Have dBMcasts automatically delivered to you hot & fresh by subscribing via iTunes >>

Side one of What the Mixxtape?! features some of the artists I saw and danced my ass off to, with a focus on the glitch-hop, dubstep, acid crunk, whomp and other soundz from the heavier end of the Bass Chakra spectrum, including Bonobo, Beats Antique, GRiZ, Gladkill, Ana Sia, MartyParty, Sugarpill, EPROM and Paper Diamond. Next week I’ll put out Side 2 with sounds trending house, ambient, experimental and sacred bass.

With 29 days until the Man burns, fevered excitement is in the air. I hope this What the Mixxtape?!, along with other recent episodes like
Desert Dreamers and Shimmer, provide you the ultimate soundtrack for your playa preparations.

DJ Playaduster
Photo by Kyer Wiltshire


Sliding Down Rainbows : Favorite Electrojams of 2010

Here's a musical mix fresh from the astral plane that explores some of our favorite electrojams of the past year. The sounds come from whomp, hip-hop, funk, glitch, freakbeat and other undeclared genres. DJs Playaduster & Fundi provide the amorphous soundtrack to the journey...

Bonobo * Jneiro Janel * Flying Lotus * The Great Mundane * Eskmo * Tipper * The Roots * Sufjan Stevens * Nosaj Thing * Boreta * Fever Ray * R/d * Ratatat * Missy Elliott * Big Boi * Mimosa * Erykah Badu * Thriftworks * The xx * Dubtronix * Cee-Lo * Kid Cudi * Pretty Lights * Bassnectar * Zero 7

To download,
subscribe to the Podcast Cafe via iTunes or enter this RSS Feed in to iTunes: Advanced > Subscribe to Podcast: feed://