ELECTRONIC AWAKENING is an ethnographic documentary film which investigates the spirituality and mysticism of Electronic Dance Music Culture (EDMC) and includes information about 2012 that hasn’t been released in the mainstream market as it relates to dance culture. Get DVD Now
In Electronic Awakening, director Andrew Johner lifts the veil on an underground spiritual movement that has developed within electronic music cultures worldwide. This close encounter with the mysticism of rave questions the origin of religion, and offers insight into future of man’s spirituality. It investigates this culture’s significance to the prophecies of 2012, how this bizarre and sacral relationship to electronic music has evolved the group overtime, and where it all seems to be leading them...
"In the summer of 2006 I traveled out West under a grant from my university to attend an assortment of parties and festivals investigating the mysticism of Electronic Music Culture. As an outsider to the scene, I was deeply intrigued to discover that such a deep spirituality existed within this community. Throughout the course of my initial field research I continuously encountered stories of life-changing experiences that were happening on the dance floor at these events. From my previous research into the subject of ancient religions, I questioned if what was being experienced at these parties were in fact tapping the same “sacred” source as shamans of the archaic past. I theorized that if there were some true and gnostic connection between ancient ritual and this contemporary youth phenomena, an intrinsic spirituality would have developed within this dance community. What I discovered was everything I could have imagined, but nothing at all what I expected... I hope that the inspiration and passion I received from my experience with this culture will prevail through this film, and that I may offer as much of the beauty of that ‘moment of oneness’ we all have in the music to those who have yet to experience it."
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A.C. Johner: Director/ Producer
A.C. Johner is a cultural journalist and documentary filmmaker. He is the published author of several novels, including "A Concise History of Heaven and Earth," and "The Singularity." As a journalist he has published several articles relating to 2012, and is currently finishing a book ethnography on the Mysticism of Electronic Music Culture. He is dedicated to producing visual and written ethnography having to do with the shifting paradigm of human culture.
Julian Reyes (Keyframe): Executive Producer/ Music Director
Julian Reyes’ creative pursuits reflect a lifelong dialogue with an array of art, music, and technology. Julian (Keyframe) is an artist manager, event promoter, and the San Francisco representative for the Ultra Music Festival. Keyframe's mission is to share the Bay Area's underground sound globally, and to create prosperity for the international electronic dance community.
Drew Martinez: Executive Editor / Music Director
Kalix Sky: Producer
Jeph Porter: Post Production
Philip M. Wood (Mouse): Post Production/Editor
Nick Saunders: Post Production/Editor
Satsi Jaquith: Associate Producer, Camera, Post-Production
Alli Gallixsee: Associate Producer, Camera
Mohammad Allabadidi: Motion Graphics
John Armstrong: Graphic Design
Travis Lickey: Graphic Design
Michael Belanger(Electric Cocoon): Web Development
Piskey: Associate Producer
Dominic Lispino: Associate Producer
From a very early age there was something about this particular sound / scene that drew me towards it and made me feel like it was the very thing that would define my life and allow me to grow... and Its has! After many years of listening to EDM I learned how to craft environments, emotions, and energy... bend them to my will or rather the cosmic will. I'm from Vancouver, BC, Canada and I am a local Trance DJ here.
My spiritual awakening started with EDM, which allowed me to question my reality and explore the true nature of things. Never have I seen someone try and bridge these two topics. Its a common understanding between my friends that being on the dance floor is like having a religious experience, losing yourself in inner thought but also embracing all that is around you. I am very excited and can't wait to see what your research shows.
Love and thank you!
I feel like this documentary is very well made... Like the audio visual experience of the dancing itself. I also like it is a necessary tool for opening people's minds to the truth about the culture that has been shrouded in so much undeserved negativity from the media. A lot of people could benifit from joining in the culture, and this movie being made public will find those people... the ones who are spiritually seeking.
This film definitely resonates with my experience in the San Francisco underground music scene, although I never thought of it as an awakening. Thank you for taking the time to explore the subject and presenting it as something more than just partying. Good luck to you.