Guest Editors' Introduction to "Psychedelica and Electronica"



Author Biographies

Trace Reddell

Trace Reddell is a writer, digital media artist and theorist exploring the interactions of sound and the cosmological imagination. Publications include articles in Leonardo Music Journal, Leonardo Electronic Almanac, the Contemporary Music Review, the Electronic Book Review, Cybersounds: Essays on Virtual Music Culture (Peter Lang Publishing, 2006), “Cyborg Ritual and Sentic Technology in the Vortex Concerts” in The Poetics of Space: Spatial Explorations in Art, Science, Music & Technology (Sonic Acts Press, Paradiso, 2010), and Sonic Science Fiction: Technicians of Space, Vol. 1 (University of Minnesota, forthcoming). Trace’s fiction has appeared in journals, Fiction International, Sniper Logic, American Goat, and Black Ice, and the anthologies, Midsummer Night’s Dreams (Rhinoceros), and Alter Egos 2 (Source Point Press). Trace's live cinema performances and video works have screened at over thirty international venues including galleries and new media festivals in New York, London, Glasgow, Amsterdam, Berlin, Zurich, Sao Paolo, Seoul, Hong Kong, and Tehran. His and audio projects have appeared on the Web since 1999. Trace is Associate Professor of Digital Media Studies at the University of Denver, where he teaches in the interdisciplinary program in Emergent Digital Practices.

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.