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Johan is a young German producer who looks like Anthony Kiedis with a brain. He lives in a huge house in a small inland village, his room containing little more than a bed, a bhatik print and his gear: Macintosh PowerBook, Akai sampler, keyboard, DAT deck. I'd heard two of Johan's intense tracks on the Dragonfly label's _Project II Trance_ (under the name Mandra Gora), which along with Juno Reactor's _Transmissions_ and the _Ethnotechno_ and _Concept in Dance_ compilations, is the best stateside introduction to Goan trance. But Johan doesn't like to DJ—he's one of those hardcore power dancers who treat the night as one long track. "With a combination of good music, a good spot and good dancing, it's like a cosmic trigger goes off," he says of Goa's greatest rites. After a night of cosmic gyration, Johan would return to his studio, download his vibes, dump the bytes onto DAT, and slap the tape onto his DJ friends. "It was like a perfect feedback loop."
- Erik Davis - _Sampling Paradise_
As captured so well in Robert Anton Wilson's classic counter-cultural wild ride _Cosmic Trigger: Final Secret of the Illuminati_—which connects meddling Sirians with Aleister Crowley, Tim Leary's Starseed prison visions, and the strange recurrence of the number23—catching the eye of the pyramid has a lot to do with your attention, with consciously tuning into coincidences and weird information sources (odd books, dreams, drugs, incantations) until glittering patterns emerge. The challenge is that unless you want to get slurped into what Wilson calls a "reality tunnel" and wind up carrying a sandwich board, you must adopt a kind of a bemused schizophrenia, a yin/yang of skepticism and lucid madness. About the only concrete thing Whitley Streiber's doctors could suggest to him was that he learn to live with a high degree of uncertainty. Not a bad postmodern prayer.
- Erik Davis - _My Favorite Martians - A UFO Epistemology_