PSYTRANCE AND THE INTERNET: HOW A SMALL MARGINAL COMMUNITY WEBBED THE EARTH
Goa Trance & Psytrance culture emerged in a very exciting time in human history, right when the Internet came into being. It was an esoteric rebel culture, started by a small changing international group of people in a place far away from their homes and under very special conditions. But those people took it back home with them, and formed small scattered communities around the globe. Barred from mainstream media and means of communication, psytrancers took to the Internet, a world of anonymity, without laws, borders and restrictions. And suddenly they were not scattered and alone anymore. Therefore Psytrance culture developed and grew hand in hand with the Internet and the new social alternatives it presented, until today when it is everywhere.
In this presentation Shahar will explore this process and dwell on the inherent opposites to our culture that are part of it: Primitive vs. Modern, Tribal vs. Individual, Primordial vs. Technological. He will also raise some points concerning the influence of the Internet’s into our lives and culture – its use and abuse - knowledge and awareness, and ask how can it affect our culture and how can we utilize that influence.
Shahar Bar-Itzhak stumbled upon his first party in 1990. In a way, he never left it. An avid music lover he started collecting everything connected with this culture: experiences, people, music and knowledge. He found a lot of those on The Internet. Shahar was involved in almost every aspect of Psytrance culture: DJing, running 2 labels (Aleph Zero, Beats & Pieces), writing articles & music reviews, founded the legendary isratrance.com website & forum, and today stands behind Trancentral and manages social media within the scene. He really enjoys all that, but some claim it’s just an excuse to keep partying.