Seasoned exodus: the exile mosaic of psyculture

St John, Graham (2012) Seasoned exodus: the exile mosaic of psyculture. Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture, 4 1: 4-37.

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Author St John, Graham
Title Seasoned exodus: the exile mosaic of psyculture
Journal name Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1947-5403
Publication date 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
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Volume 4
Issue 1
Start page 4
End page 37
Total pages 34
Place of publication College Park, MD, United States
Publisher Dancecult
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract Psychedelic trance music and culture (psyculture) is explored as a culture of exodus rooted in the seasonal dance party culture evolving in Goa, India, over the 1970s/1980s, and revealing a heterogeneous exile sensibility shaping Goa trance and psyculture from the 1990s/2000s. That is, diverse transgressive and transcendent expatriations would shape the music and aesthetics of Goa/psytrance. Thus, resisting circumscription under singular heuristic formulas, Goa trance and its progeny are shown to be internally diverse. This freak mosaic was seasoned by expatriates and bohemians in exile from many countries, experienced in world cosmopolitan conurbations, with the seasonal DJ-led trance dance culture of Goa absorbing innovations in EDM productions, performance and aesthetics throughout the 1980s before the Goa sound and subsequent festival culture emerged in the mid-1990s. Rooted in an experimental freak community host to the conscious realisation and ecstatic abandonment of the self, psyculture is heir to this diverse exile experience.
Keyword Goa trance
Cultural exile
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