Michael Garfield – How To Live in the Future: May 2013

28 May 2013

...So Begins Another Epic Festival Summer! Live in SF, New Mindfolds, & The Lost Painting

"I think of mythology as a function of biology, a statement of the impulse system of the body and the organs. Not something that’s made up in the head. What’s made up in the head is fiction. What comes out of the heart is myth."
Joseph Campbell

"The history of the song is based on the ballad, and the ballad is based on the narrative, and the narrative is based on the epic, and the epic is based on the anecdote.  It's all very interrelated."

We start with the dissolution of boundaries, and a new complex space opens up between us...


When The Orbit Curtain Falls

My ode to the day we meet our extraterrestrial neighbors and learn to sit at the galactic Adult's Table.  Inspired by half a dozen UFO sightings at Clinton Lake, just outside of Lawrence, Kansas, in 2006 - 2007. What's not to love about our initiation into a vaster cosmic understanding than we currently imagine?
Live at The Center SF

So, I played this amazingly fun show during the solar eclipse at The Center SF on Fillmore with Cello Joe and eitch.  We were blessed with live painting by Randal Roberts and Dela and Scott Ferguson, and dancing by Cressie Mae.  If you weren't there you can download this and pretend like you were – and if you were, you can get all sentimental while we're waiting on the next one.

Also, I found out that someone recorded my entire set opening for Papadosio in Lawrence on May 1st!  (Not a bad set, either...see video above.)

And the love is still going strong for my latest EP, Yellow Leaves.  Go grab yourself a free copy of that one if you haven't already; definitely one of the most inspired instrumental sets I've ever played.

If you're curious about what inspires me:

From my recent interview on UniTiger:

"The reason I call it 'cyberacoustic' music, and the reason I understand it as a performance of a Unity paradigm, is because of how this music is inspired by my study of cybernetics, nondual spirituality, and the evolution of consciousness. Cybernetics is all about feedback loops and understanding a living organism more as a pattern of relationships with the environment – a dynamic nexus of energies – than as a discrete individual living 'in' and acting 'on' the world. By using a live microphone and a magnetic soundhole pickup my musical inputs are open to the sound coming through the speakers, so there is a chaotic sensitivity to the environment that weaves all of these unplanned variables into the creative act. Just as 99% of our decisions are not made by the conscious mind and the pursuit of a deeper-lived Unity calls us to integrate what we consider self with what we consider other, I invite the unexpected and the audience and the mechanical and architectural context of the performance into its actual musical expression as much as possible.

It’s also a way of saying that we have no clear boundary between organic/born and artificial/made, the analog and the digital, producers and consumers, past/present/future…it’s a way of preserving these distinctions while still pointing to the arch-reality in which you and I and all of this equipment are here together, now, participating as polarities within one phenomenal event. Looking at us as interpenetrating fields of influence that are also harmonics within a greater unified field. Nature and Culture, Inner and Outer worlds in an alchemical wedding."


The Lost Painting:
Tunnel of Glass & Ferns
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Started in Deerfields, North Carolina at Trinumeral 888 (and made of 8s, if you look) for EOTO and Conspirator on the day that Beijing opened the Olympics; compounded and layered in Denver, Colorado in a DIY gallery weekend throwdown in 2010; rounded out in spring of 2011 in New Orleans, where I was on a streak of working over old pieces.  Lost in New Orleans for a while.  Rediscovered.  Gifted away.

Custom Mind Folds

I'm pleased with this development, let me tell you.  Email me if you'd like to order one and I'll send you the details.  (Hats are still an option, of course.  As is pretty much anything else.)



Wow, That Happened Fast...

The festivals I'm delighted to be romping with, this summer – including a few promising upstarts:

(View my full calendar on the left sidebar here.)


Thank you for your time and your support.  We nourish each other!

13 May 2013

Cyber-Transcendence, New Writing for SolPurpose, Mind Folds, & Festival Announcements

“The present is a freely given canvas.”
Annie Dillard

New Video – "A Love That We Built"


Watch a song come together from scratch in this video...the latest in my Rainbows at Night series.

Recorded live while opening for Papadosio at The Granada Theater in Lawrence, KS.  I was lucky enough to play two shows with them, in Austin and Lawrence, two weeks ago...if you don't know who they are yet, look them up, because not only are they redeeming live electronic music, they throw one of the best small festivals of the summer, Rootwire.

In somewhat related news, if you haven't heard it already, please go grab yourself a free download of Yellow Leaves.  People are reporting all manner of numinous open-sky release experiences with it.  :)

My talk with scholar-practitioner Marc Gafni
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Check out this great conversation I had with Marc Gafni, Kabbalah scholar and author of the new book Your Unique Self.  We discussed evolutionary spirituality in The Age of Google; the innate dignity of our unique selfhood and the importance of embracing the ego as part of the spiritual path; what the end of privacy and the encroachment of a universal surveillance society means to the spiritual practitioner; and, ultimately, how to live in a digital world with heart.

Direct listening link is here.  If you'd also like to subscribe to more talks from this series, click here.

"Dont try to become a Buddha and dont try to become a Christ.  No imitation is going to help.  Whatsoever you do, try to do it in a new way.  Try to bring some individuality into it, bring some authentic signature.  Even cleaning a floor, you can do it in your own way; even cooking food, you can do it in your own way."
– Osho

Custom Painted Hats & Mind Folds
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I still have a few of my latest Grassroots California Artist Signature flatbills in every size except 7 3/4 and 8.  If you'd like one for $50 (plus s/h), just give me the word – custom painting on the hat's intentional negative space is available on a pay-what-you-like basis.


My first hat collaboration with painter Alicia Rockafellow.  Very happy with how this came out...

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Alex Grey invented the "Mind Fold" to allow total darkness with your eyes open.  These are all commissioned and sold, but I have more blank Mind Folds ready for painting if you'd like to order one, starting at $75.

New Articles for SolPurpose

Every once in a while I get worked up and write something truly meaningful.  Luckily, I was just appointed the Editor-in-Chief of SolPurpose.com, an amazing website covering festivals and visionary culture, so now I have a good place to publish those inspired rants...

"'Transformational Festivals' Are A Symptom of Dissociation"
"It is my hope in this accelerating age that we all become more comfortable with the discomfort needed to merely keep pace – that we become master transformers, all of us, ever learning, ever discovering, never settled fully into who we think we are. Our idea of doing in the world must move from one of control to one of collaboration in something always-greater-than. It is ironic that we must realize how a-part we are in order to feel complete; but it seems to me here now that this is our only chance at the wholeness we build festivals to seek."


"Reviewing Lisa Wimberger's New Beliefs, New Brain"
"Imagine for a moment a world in which our soldiers and emergency first responders are taught to manage their stress so they don’t escalate violent situations or suffer from untreated lifelong trauma.  Imagine a world in which our politicians and judges learn to ground themselves and view their thoughts from a place of neutrality.  Imagine how much healthier this world would be..."

Read more at SolPurpose.  (And if you'd like to write for us, drop me a line with your pitch.)

"Seraphim" Merchandise
iPhone 4 Case | iPhone 5 Case | Samsung Galaxy S3 Case

You can read about "Seraphim" and its connections to electromagnetism and ancient religions here.

Festival Appearances This Summer

More to be announced!  For now here are the big islands rising from an ocean of summer fun...


Thanks for reading!  I love you.