Guest Editors' Introduction to "Psychedelica and Electronica"



Author Biographies

Trace Reddell

Trace Reddell (PhD) is a writer, artist and educator. Trace’s first book, The Sound of Things to Come: An Audible History of the Science Fiction Film (U of Minnesota Press, 2018), offers new ways of construing sonic innovation in science fiction cinema. A forthcoming book, The Magic Circle: Sonic Substance in Psychedelic Music (MIT Press, 2024), develops a theory of sonic psychedelia. Trace is a Professor in the Emergent Digital Practices program at the University of Denver. Website: <>

Graham St John

As an anthropologist specialising in electronic dance music movements, event-cultures and entheogens, Graham has authored eight books, including Mystery School in Hyperspace: A Cultural History of DMT (North Atlantic Books 2015), Global Tribe: Technology, Spirituality and Psytrance (Equinox, 2012), and Technomad: Global Raving Countercultures (Equinox, 2009). Among his publications are the edited collections Weekend Societies: Electronic Dance Music Festivals and Event-Cultures (Bloomsbury 2017), Victor Turner and Contemporary Cultural Performance (Berghahn 2008) and Rave Culture and Religion (Routledge 2004). He has been awarded postdoctoral fellowships in Australia, the US, Canada and Switzerland, and was recently a Senior Researcher on the Swiss National Science Foundation project "Burning Progeny: The European Efflorescence of Burning Man" at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland (2016-2019). Graham is founding Executive Editor of Dancecult.