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Here we discuss easing… as you change direction of your motion, ease out slowing down and then ease back into the return motion speeding up. This makes for less wear and tear on the joints, bones and muscles and gives your dancing a more fluid and organic feel. We also talk about hand and wrist movement for combatting computer strain, etc.

The song is Spencer Davis Group’s Waltz for Lamumba or something like that from Here we go ’round the Mulberry Bush. The same kind of groove can be found in Bitches Brew by Miles Davis and a host of tribal rythmic songs from the late 60’s. Love the heavy organ, maracas, cow bells, etc. Very Groovy!

The mix was made with the Zen Mix vlogging tool at http://www.zenmix.com. The foreground features Focuso – see the Dan Zen Blog Entry on Focuso!

Get dancing people! Loosen up – no steps to follow – you can’t go wrong and it feels great – puts you in touch with your body and nobody has to know! Unless… you start vlogging it with Zen Mix!

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A single mix of Psychedelic Dancing as exercise to the Who’s City in the Sky from the 1967 Sellout album.  The mix was made with the Zen Mix vlogging tool at http://www.zenmix.com.  The background was made in the upcoming Dan Zen tool called Zen Pan and features blurred photos of Opartica the online op art tool at http://www.opartica.com.   Add things up and this production took about an hour to do – and I got some great exercise!

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Here is a mash of two mixes – psychedelic dancing as exercise to Gomper by the Rolling Stones.   Here we look at the fingers and how we can use them to represent energy through waves and photonic motion. 

Psychedelic dancing helps with carple tunnel syndrom for those of you who sit at a computer a lot.  It also gives a good cardio workout even just sitting in your chair.  Try it instead of traditional stretching and amuse your co-workers at the same time!

Both these mixes make use of the fact that Zen Mix can use a previously made Zen Mix in place of a picture.  http://www.zenmix.com!  The background picture is from a series on Bokeh under the set called energy posted on my Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/danzen.  The pictures are of leaves out of focus.

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Here is a mash of two mixes – psychedelic dancing as exercise to Inagadadavida by Iron Butterfly. The song (not the mash) is a 17 minutes and makes for a great work-out without a dull moment – try it at home! If you can dance to the whole song as I have done many times, then guaranteed you will improve your physic, your balance and control of your body – all without the monotony or difficulties of other exercises.

The first mix shows a controlled feedback where a video camera is pointed at television that shows its signal – the video camera is set to black and white and inverse so light is dark and dark is light. The triangles come from the corners of the television. Just a slight shake, sends quakes down to the infinite center. Moving closer to the TV effects differences in spoke smoothness.

The second mix is a view of infinity itself broken up as the edge of chaos is traversed. An awesome effect! Please note that the feedback video is a 15 year old VHS video played on the TV and video’d with my camera. So the quality certainly could be better…

Both these mixes make use of the fact that Zen Mix can use a previously made Zen Mix in place of a picture. So you can superimpose flv video on flv video – here is how:

  • 1. Upload your videos to Vimeo.com or Blip.tv (not YouTube). Then open Zen Mix and paste the URL to the flv (it must have .flv on the end not .swf) into the flv field in Zen Mix. Zen Mix will not play without a graphic so just use http://www.danzen.com/graphics/s.gif – an invisible little graphic. Continue to set the size and position of the video by following Zen Mix instructions.
  • 2. Save your Zen Mix and continue until it gives you the HTML code. Copy the HTML code into a text editor (for instance notepad) and copy the URL to the .swf file. It will be something like: http://www.zenmix.com/zenmix/mix.swf?danzen/psychefeedback01. Save this URL for the second part of the next step
  • 3. Refresh Zen Mix, create a new Zen Mix and paste the URL to your second Vimeo flv file into the flv field. Then paste the URL from step 2 into the picture field.
  • 4. Press continue to position and resize the videos and then continue again to set the blend effects. Save your file as the final mix.
  • 5. Note that control of the first video will not work if the video controllers for both videos are in the same place.
  • All this sounds complicated but once you do it once or twice it only takes five minutes. Hope you enjoy the mash! Remember that you can make them too at http://www.zenmix.com!

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    Here is a next example of Psychedelic Dancing for Exercise this time featuring surf music. Surf is often instrumental allowing more imagination as you listen. It has groove, extended guitar and drum solos, and in this case, wicked feedback! Feedback is a quest for eternity and is great for psychedelic inspiration.

    This Mash of three mixes discusses where groove comes from and how you can get tribal! The music is from the Mermen and includes one of the greatest feedback songs called Honeybomb. I have another version of the song too on CD that rocks! The one you are hearing here is live and is certainly good enough.

    I hope you are getting on the tunes and trying out some of this psychedelic dancing for exercise! Spread the word peaceful people!

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    Please see our Psychedelic Dancing as Exercise on YouTube
    http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9691A8BBCBFBE99E

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    For years, mad inventor Dan Zen has been psychedelic and digging psychedelic dancing. Now after trying Thai Chi and Yoga and Belly Dancing, he has come to realize that psychedelic dancing is a fantastic free form exercise.

    “We are not limited to the structure and monotony of Thai Chi” explains Dan Zen, “nor even the structured story telling of Indian Dances or the Hula. Psychedelic dancing is the story of energy – of freedom and groove!” This makes the dance ideal for exercise as you can go from simple sway to frantic flip outs!

    This vlog – click the vlog link above will introduce you to some of the concepts of psychedelic dancing as exercise and we’ll be posting ongoing samples with different psychedelic songs as we go. The feature song in this vlog is Neu’s Hallogallo – some early 70’s German electric mood psychedelia – introduced to me by two people at once – Gaven Dianda and Sam Lades.

    Peace groovy people!

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