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The Sirens is an exclusive sensory experience in Asteroseismology, taking place at the Integratron on March 1, 2018. Piloting the sonic journey will be special guest, Geologist (Animal Collective’s Brian Weitz). 

After an introduction to the history of the Integratron, audience members will be led in a time travel boot camp by Los Angeles-based performance duo DANyDANY. A telescope, custom built by Simon, will rotate through the night sky, converting light waves of celestial objects into audible frequencies. Conducted by Geologist, the music of the stars will echo within the Integratron, amplifying the sound to spectacular effect, vibrating the space and creating a nearly psychotropic experience in the audience’s brains. A light installation by Abbey Luck (Meow Wolf, Jeff and some Aliens) will illuminate the interior.

“For me,” Kyle muses, “contemplation of the universe and the future, with all its philosophical questions, can feel like Homer’s siren’s song leading to madness. The Sirens is about our journey as humans in the search for hidden truths on a universal scale, and the difficulty inherent in confronting these truths. As we continue to evolve as a species, we devise new methods for solving problems and interpreting the unknown, but our perspective remains extremely limited. The Sirens is meant to be a humbling reminder that as a species, we must continue on our journey without becoming paralyzed in the face of the increasing complexity of an ever-expanding universe.”

The Integratron was built in 1959 by UFOlogist George Van Tassel. Inspired by free energy theories first put forth by Nikola Tesla, Van Tassel believed the building would establish communication with extraterrestrials and achieve time travel. The dome is supported by a central spine of gigantic wooden beams sourced and delivered from a shipyard in Seattle, WA. It holds tremendous acoustic properties; like being inside the body of a guitar. Built in the middle of the arid Mojave Desert, it is a ship that will never touch water. It is Ulysses’ vessel, an early experiment in exploring distant planets.