sound immersion

This traveling, interactive art installation provides a unique experience that combines music, technology, and a modern approach to shamanism. It is a sonic ritual with no religious affiliation other than a deep reverence for music.

We create a beautiful, warm, candle lit temple within an event. Participants are welcome into this enchanting space to experience the sound immersion individually. During the immersion participants will lay on their back. Headphones and 5 additional speakers will be placed on top of their;

    • throat
    • chest
    • lower abdomen
    • hands

Sound Immersion Music will begin, vibrating and traveling throughout the body. The experience creates sensations unique to each individual and can range from a feeling of calm relaxation and serenity, to intense euphoria and heightening of all the senses.

Some fall into a meditative, dreamlike trance. Some experience the sensation of swimming under water or traveling through lush forests. Others describe psychedelic journeys where time has no meaning and sounds become a kaleidoscope of vivid colors and shapes.

Some are induced with a profound sense of self realization, followed by an intense emotional release and inner peace.

Many feel as if they have been slowly carried into the sky, through space, and gently set back down to earth.

Each experience is as unique as the individual embarking on this once in a lifetime musical journey.

sound immersion

This traveling, interactive art installation provides a unique experience that combines music, technology, and a modern approach to shamanism. It is a sonic ritual with no religious affiliation other than a deep reverence for music.

We create a beautiful, warm, candle lit temple within an event. Participants are welcome into this enchanting space to experience the sound immersion individually. During the immersion participants will lay on their back. Headphones and 5 additional speakers will be placed on top of their;

    • throat
    • chest
    • lower abdomen
    • hands

Sound Immersion Music will begin, vibrating and traveling throughout the body. The experience creates sensations unique to each individual and can range from a feeling of calm relaxation and serenity, to intense euphoria and heightening of all the senses.

Some fall into a meditative, dreamlike trance. Some experience the sensation of swimming under water or traveling through lush forests. Others describe psychedelic journeys where time has no meaning and sounds become a kaleidoscope of vivid colors and shapes.

Some are induced with a profound sense of self realization, followed by an intense emotional release and inner peace.

Many feel as if they have been slowly carried into the sky, through space, and gently set back down to earth.

Each experience is as unique as the individual embarking on this once in a lifetime musical journey.

FAQ

 

What does the experience do?

This traveling art installation fully immerses your mind and body in sound, creating a once in a lifetime musical journey.

What does the experience feel like?

Psycho-acoustic sound immersion is a truly unique form of art not comparable to anything else that we or other participants have encountered. The approach is not unlike some forms of sensory deprivation. In this form, audible sounds and stimulating tactile sensations are delivered in a way in which the other senses melt away and the participant becomes fully immersed in sound. The impact is that of sounds and deep vibrations pulsing through and around you. Since your feelings are yours alone, the experience will be unique to you and may be challenging to describe. Feedback has always been overwhelmingly positive!

Why is it called the electric shaman?

Kyle, the inventor, is a sound engineer who had a life changing experience one festival evening when serendipity caused him to cross paths with a shaman. The shaman invited him into his space and performed a ritual involving drums and chanting, fully immersing him with sound and vibration. This inspired Kyle to create a modern version of a shamanic ritual. His art combines ancient tradition with modern technology, using his knowledge in sound engineering and psycho-acoustics to produce a once in a lifetime musical experience.

Is religion involved?

Music is an ancient and sacred form of expression. We sincerely believe anyone can have a religious experience, with or without religion, or a belief in the supernatural.

Who is this experience for?

Anyone intrigued and anyone skeptical, as long as you are open to experiencing the art of this unique musical journey.

What is involved during the experience?

Participants will lay on their back in a beautiful, intimate space we create specifically for this experience–designed for feeling cozy and comfortable.

A combination of speakers and headphones will be placed on your body, with the primary focus being your core and the palms of your hands.

After the speakers are set up, you will be left alone for a few minutes to close your eyes and relax. The sound immersion will begin. At this time, you will be fully immersed in music and vibration.

When the music has ended, you will feel deeply relaxed or in a trance-like state, and may need five to fifteen minutes to return to a normal state of consciousness.

It is best to keep your eyes closed and remain still, as the effects often continue even after the music ends.

You will continue to lie down during this period for about 5 minutes. The speakers and headphones will be gently removed. You will then get up slowly and be guided to a mellow space to contemplate your journey.

How can I participate in this experience?

This wandering art installation is available to travel to public and private events. We also host parties where we set up a sound immersion room. We would love to bring this experience to you! Contact us for more details.

What type of music is involved? Can I choose my own?

Kyle composes and arranges his own original electronic scores of varying styles. He is able to accommodate special requests as an additional service if time permits, as this custom arrangement will take approximately one calendar month to prepare.

What is Shamanism?

Traditionally, shamanism is a practice that involves reaching altered states of consciousness. The experience grants access to, and influence in, the world of magic or benevolent spirits, typically entering into a trance state during a ritual and practices divination and healing.

 

Benefits

  • Stress/anxiety relief
  • Deep relaxation
  • Sound meditation
  • Musical journeying
  • Groovy states
  • Sensation of being underwater

May cause

  • Elevated awareness
  • Improved focus
  • Concentration
  • Heightening of the senses
  • Emotional release
  • Increased body awareness

On the extreme end of the spectrum, you may experience

  • Altered states of consciousness
  • Out of body experiences
  • Musical godliness
  • Seriously trippy sh*t
  • Afterglow

Effects can resonate for days, weeks or a lifetime.

Testimonials

A journey that is solely yours Wandering at night through gold colored grass and the outline of ancient branches. Sheer tapestries glow by candle light, there is a door that is always open. A soft soul welcomes you, your oldest new friend. He is the Electric Shaman and your guide in this journey that is solely yours. Enter with an open heart and mind for you are about to connect deeper than you have ever known. Sound, ancient electrical rhythms of our existence, the language of our own heart. There you will find yourself.

Religious Experience I connected with my emotions on a level I’d never experienced. I felt right where I was supposed to be–like a religious experience. It’s hard to let your energy, spirit, and mind work together without controlling it. This allows you to do just that. Thank you!

Bathing the soul Sensory stimulating sounds, cascading hums, and body-spirit connection echo in the mind and through the bones. It is such an honor to be here. You’re bathing the soul in acoustic waves.

A meditative state This was like entering into a completely meditative state, completely immersed, lost in feeling. I could connect with my feelings and use that reflection. It put me in the state of mind to challenge myself.

Everything I needed Shut your mind off and let your body, spirit and soul do its own work–I was just along for the ride. It was everything I needed but didn’t know how to ask for. It helped to integrate so much recent healing and bring it into my body in a way I haven’t felt before.

glossary

Shaman 

An intermediary between the natural and supernatural worlds.


Somatic 

Of, or relating to the wall of the body.


Psychoacoustics  

Scientific study of sound perception.


Electric Shaman Psychoacoustic Sound Immersion Experience

The ritual experience-based art installation created to blend the ancient and modern by a festival-going musical engineer.
A homage to sacred spaces of the Fair.


Sound Immersion

Usually correlated with crystal bowls, this term is loosely referred to in a variety of explanations.

artist statement

There is no belief system attached to this experience.
It's art.

My love of music and sound goes back
as far as I can remember.

Marrying ancient and new techniques to create
unique forms of sonic expression.

  1. 01. Shamanism

    There is no belief system attached to this experience.
    It's art.

    I strongly believe that one doesn't need a belief system to have a religious experience. One festival walkabout, I encountered a shaman who invited me into his space. He performed rhythmic, Native American-style drumming and Tuvan throat singing within inches of my body. The combination of beautiful song and deeply resonating somatic vibrations put me in a trance-like state of bliss and tranquility. It was a life-changing experience that inspired me to create my own. Psycho-acoustic sound immersion is a modern form of shamanism which embraces these ancient rituals, yet requires no belief system. It's an experience for everyone. It is art.

  2. 02. Music

    My love of music and sound goes back
    as far as I can remember.

    My love of music and sound goes back as far as I can remember. It has been the sole driving force throughout my life. It is my religion; it connects me to nature and the universe in a profound way. My lifelong pursuit of spirituality through music and the science of sound guided me to this discovery.
    I have extensive training and experience in audio engineering, music theory, psychoacoustics, bioacoustics, sound synthesis, composition, and performance.
    My favorite forms of music are indigenous ritual music and modern electronic.

  3. 03. Technology

    Marrying ancient and new techniques to create
    unique forms of sonic expression.

    For me, it is fascinating to connect the ancient and the new by using modern technology to recreate the shamanic experience. Good psychoacoustics puts you into a non-body state where you'll feel as though you are fully immersed in sound; neutrally buoyant, swimming through the cascade of colors and sounds which surround you. It becomes the only stimuli that your mind and body respond to. While in this trance-like state the visual cortex sometimes begins to process audio stimuli. This produces the sensation of seeing sounds and may induce involuntary eye movements as your mind responds to this new sensation. You will experience music in a way that can't be achieved by any other means. Technology makes it possible.

Events

The Electric Shaman Psycho-acoustic Sound Immersion is a wandering art installation that provides truly unique interactive entertainment.

We will provide stunning ambience to facilitate this one of a kind art installation. Our beautiful, intimate space attracts the attention of guests and provides a private area for participants to experience this once in a lifetime musical journey.

This interactive art installation will surely leave your guests amazed. It is suitable for festivals, private events, and celebrations in which hosts seek to provide an experience that will leave a lasting impression on guests. Due to the unique qualities of this installation, we are happy to set up a private sound immersion experience for event planners to help you decide if the Electric Shaman experience is appropriate for your event. Call or e-mail us to discuss.

Upcoming Events

 

Upcoming Events

2016 Summer Tour

NEW DATES

Applications are out and we will be posting dates soon. Stay tuned.

September 22-25 | Alchemy Village Healing Sanctuary
(Symbiosis Gathering)

Woodward Reservoir, CA


PAST EVENTS

2015

July 8-10 | Darling Reunion (Oregon Country Fair)

Veneta, OR @ The Electric Shaman Temple

2015

April 30 | Berkeley Arts Festival

Berkeley, CA

May 21-25 | Lightning in a Bottle Festival

San Antonio Recreation Area, Bradley, CA @ The Healing Sanctuary

June 23-26 | Cascadia NW Arts & Music Festival

Granite Falls, WA, @ The Electric Shaman Temple (Mythica Village)

July 9-12 | Darling Reunion (Oregon Country Fair)

Veneta, OR @ The Electric Shaman Temple

August 7-10 | Beloved Sacred Art and Music Festival

Tidewater, OR @ The Electric Shaman Temple

The Temple

3 LIB temple exterior

The Electric Shaman temple is a 400 sq. ft. boutique-style tent perfect for medium to large events. The spacious common area can accommodate up to twelve guests comfortably. The temple features elegant décor with a candle-lit altar and tea serving station. At the heart of the temple is a glass tube spiral-flame heater providing stunning ambience and warmth for those chilly summer nights. The sheer curtains and ventilation fans keep it shady and cool during the day. Sound immersion sessions are performed in a private room in the back of the temple.

Our temple is waterproof and can withstand high winds and freezing temperatures. We use only radiant and contained fire heaters equipped with tilt and oxygen sensors and automatic shut off. CO levels are continuously monitored using smoke and CO meters/alarms. All electronics are equipped with fault alarms and automatic shut off. Fire extinguishers and a first aid kit are kept on hand at all times. We comply with all OSHA safety regulations.

Prices vary depending on our client’s needs and travel costs. We also have a 10’x10’ temple suitable for smaller gatherings or our more budget-minded clients.

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Team

Music resonates within each of us as a priority in life, and we have all been touched by our magical experiences at festivals, in the woods, during those long summer evenings. We are driven by inspiration to create a live art experience for others to embark on a once in a lifetime musical journey. This art is our gift to the world.


Kyle

Kyle

Inventor, Sound Artist

Kyle is a friendly music geek, sound engineer and artist. He has been experimenting with soundcraft through technology since the age of 7, when he discovered a reel-to-reel tape machine in his father’s closet. His favorite part of creating this project is meeting and connecting with other creative people.

Leah

Leah

Ambience and Client Services

Leah is a compassionate soul who loves helping others. She is there to provide a bright smile and welcome people into the sound immersion space with soothing words and a cup of tea. She is the heart of the electric shaman temple and Kyle’s biggest supporter.

Abby

Abby

Events and Community Services

Abby wandered into Kyle’s temple one night wandering about at a festival and wishes there was appropriate language to describe to others why this experience should be on everyone’s bucket list. Being one who considers music to be her first love, she considers this to be the perfect magic to bring to people’s lives.

Tony

Tony

Art Direction and Web Design

Tony also found Kyle one summer evening wandering through the woods and is honored to create the artwork for this amazing experience. He thrives when caring for others and is always happy to lend a helping hand.

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