Marshstepper recording in the Kofa Mountain Desert
Sasha Shulgin explaining why he made the advances he made.
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I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOUR TROUBLED EYES: AN INTERVIEW WITH BODY OF LIGHT AND A NEW VIDEO
Alex: I once took four hits of what was really strong acid at a forest rave in France. It was thrown by some Eastern Europeans, most of them Russian I think. The whole thing was bizarre and slightly unsettling. When we got there, wooden signs were posted all over the place that read “Cops, stay out!” and all of the Russians had these big white vans they were sitting in all night with their pit bulls, girls, and booze. Everyone was either speaking French or Russian, and they would just hound you relentlessly about Arizona. When you’re tripping, you know, things like that will turn your trip into a nightmare. I ended up running into the forest, completely out of my mind. I called the police on my phone, asking them to save me, and they laughed straight into the receiver and hung up. I called my parents. It was just bad shit, you know? It was the quintessential bad acid trip. But there was this abandoned bridge that was covered in rich moss, and a moment of peace occurred when the lights turned on underneath it. It was next to this big open wheat field and the sun was setting. Euro club music started pounding in our eardrums and everyone was dancing. I wasn’t too familiar with techno and electronic music back then, and I remember dancing nervously, trying to act normal, but instead I caught a glimpse of these half naked Italian fire breathers that were wearing leather and showing off their tricks behind us. Before I knew it, I had turned around and everyone had seemed to leave the dance floor. I wasn’t sure if it was something I did or what, but the only person left was this guy who looked exactly like Rasputin, and I mean exactly like him. He had his shirt off and was sweating profusely, smiling this huge crazy smile, and rubbing his beard and stomach on the pulsating subs/speakers. He was in complete ecstasy. He was a magician. It was exhilarating watching him because I was half out of my mind too. I felt like I knew what he was getting at and suddenly felt really safe. He really gave me comfort when I was stuck in such a bizarre world, having the worst time of my life. I think we captured some of that vibe in our video.