The Cognitive Awakening

by Tara on June 29, 2012

Conscious, forward-thinking minds will meet to join forces in Northern California’s Paradise, CA for The Cognitive Awakening. Held on July 13-16, it will be a much needed cool-down from the mayhem that is July 4th weekend. The location looks to be nothing short of spectacular, on a 90-acre ranch on a bluff in Northern California. Combine the majestic setting with top-notch electronic DJs, mind-expanding art, and our open-minded bass community, and you are guaranteed to have a kick-ass weekend! The aim for The Cognitive Awakening is quality over quantity. It is a participatory event and those contributing are considering each and every detail that will make the gathering unforgettable. I can already imagine drifting around the blessed space through different soundscapes, meeting and learning from vibrant souls, and witnessing the multitude of visual stimuli offered at the gathering.

First off, Nexus is bringing the Funktion Ones so you know no matter what your soul will be shaken and your ears tickled with auditory delight. The lineup is incredible and features some of my all-time favorites such as Love & Light, Random Rab, Heyoka, Ill.Gates, Russ Liquid, Gladkill, Kalya Scintilla, Mihkal, and Nicoluminous. I absolutely love the focus on thought-provoking, melodic bass… you won’t be finding any brostep here, that’s for sure. Some awesome Tahoe kids are playing which will make for great family time! And of course I can’t wait to wander and discover some new amazing music while there.

The interactive and visual installations sound out-of-this-world. Giant water balloon slingshot? Yes, please. There will be a Love Tech Digital Jam Dome which will provide an immersive multi-sensory experience. We have Erin Branwell’s awe-inspiring and complex yet massive jellyfish-like structures which are sure to inspire. Michael Heltebrake’s art is always mind-warping and I am excited to see what he brings to the table. Then we have a Nexus fire cauldron, portals, mutant vehicles, and a huge laughing yoga circle. Sounds like way too much fun! I can’t wait to release my inhibitions and open my senses to new possibilities. Come join me on the bluffs!


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