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A journey through the attempts artists, scientists, and tinkerers have made to imagine and communicate with the otherworldly using various technologies, from cameras to radiowaves. Strange Frequencies takes readers on an extraordinary narrative and historical journey to discover how people have used technology in an effort to search for our own immortality. Bebergal builds A journey through the attempts artists, scientists, and tinkerers have made to imagine and communicate with the otherworldly using various technologies, from cameras to radiowaves. Strange Frequencies takes readers on an extraordinary narrative and historical journey to discover how people have used technology in an effort to search for our own immortality. Bebergal builds his own ghostly gadgets to reach the other side, too, and follows the path of famous inventors, engineers, seekers, and seers who attempted to answer life's ultimate mysteries. He finds that not only are technological innovations potent metaphors keeping our spiritual explorations alive, but literal tools through which to experiment the boundaries of the physical world and our own psyches. Peter takes the reader alongside as he explores: * the legend of the golem and the strange history of automata; * a photographer who is trying to capture the physical manifestation of spirits; * a homemaker who has recorded voicemails from the dead; * a stage magician who combines magic and technology to alter his audience's consciousness; * and more.


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A journey through the attempts artists, scientists, and tinkerers have made to imagine and communicate with the otherworldly using various technologies, from cameras to radiowaves. Strange Frequencies takes readers on an extraordinary narrative and historical journey to discover how people have used technology in an effort to search for our own immortality. Bebergal builds A journey through the attempts artists, scientists, and tinkerers have made to imagine and communicate with the otherworldly using various technologies, from cameras to radiowaves. Strange Frequencies takes readers on an extraordinary narrative and historical journey to discover how people have used technology in an effort to search for our own immortality. Bebergal builds his own ghostly gadgets to reach the other side, too, and follows the path of famous inventors, engineers, seekers, and seers who attempted to answer life's ultimate mysteries. He finds that not only are technological innovations potent metaphors keeping our spiritual explorations alive, but literal tools through which to experiment the boundaries of the physical world and our own psyches. Peter takes the reader alongside as he explores: * the legend of the golem and the strange history of automata; * a photographer who is trying to capture the physical manifestation of spirits; * a homemaker who has recorded voicemails from the dead; * a stage magician who combines magic and technology to alter his audience's consciousness; * and more.

39 review for Strange Frequencies: The Extraordinary Story of the Technological Quest for the Supernatural

  1. 4 out of 5

    Janaka

    A both fascinating and personal exploration of how technology and the supernatural have interacted for centuries, STRANGE FREQUENCIES is a deserving follow-up to Bebergals' previous book, SEASON OF THE WITCH: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll. I highly recommend this to artists, thinkers, and extra-dimensional enthusiasts of all kinds, whether or not you believe in any Great Beyond.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Elson

    This review originally appeared on The Magical Buffet website on 11/14/2018. Can you build a golem such as the ones found in Jewish folklore? That’s the question that launches Peter Bebergal’s new book “Strange Frequencies: The Extraordinary Story of the Technological Quest for the Supernatural”. “Strange Frequencies” follows Bebergal as he travels to Seattle to learn about and build automatons. He spends time in Cambridge to discuss stage magic with actor/magician Nate Dendy who plays Ariel in th This review originally appeared on The Magical Buffet website on 11/14/2018. Can you build a golem such as the ones found in Jewish folklore? That’s the question that launches Peter Bebergal’s new book “Strange Frequencies: The Extraordinary Story of the Technological Quest for the Supernatural”. “Strange Frequencies” follows Bebergal as he travels to Seattle to learn about and build automatons. He spends time in Cambridge to discuss stage magic with actor/magician Nate Dendy who plays Ariel in the American Repertory Theater’s production of “The Tempest”. He attends a traditional Spiritualist séance in Lily Dale, NY with photographer Shannon Taggart. Bebergal explores EVP (electronic voice phenomena) and experiences machines designed to facilitate enlightenment. Throughout these adventures Bebergal explores the origins of the DIY/Maker movement and the effect it has had on the exploration of the spiritual. “Strange Frequencies” is an amazing exploration of the technological influencing the spiritual and the spiritual inspiring the technological. This is a must read.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Steve Erickson

    This is a short book covering the overlap between the paranormal (though Bebergal dislikes that word) and technology. Whole books have been written about its chapters, but this author distinguishes himself by a stance that suggests the impact of the subjects he studies (such as EVP) without making a case that he knows they're supernatural. One key sentence says that altered states of consciousness have a real impact on the people who they experience them, whatever their source (his chapter on Br This is a short book covering the overlap between the paranormal (though Bebergal dislikes that word) and technology. Whole books have been written about its chapters, but this author distinguishes himself by a stance that suggests the impact of the subjects he studies (such as EVP) without making a case that he knows they're supernatural. One key sentence says that altered states of consciousness have a real impact on the people who they experience them, whatever their source (his chapter on Brian Gysin's "dream machines" keeps mentioning psychedelic drugs, but is more interested in the former as a means of invoking similar experiences.) But it feels like it could've been twice as long and delved far further, especially into the political implications of technology. Bebergal gives too easy a pass to the hippie-libertarian side of Silicon Valley to my taste. Still, it's worth reading.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Edward

    Amazingly good book! Peter takes the reader on a truly magical journey as the roles of hacker and shaman mix. Exceptionally good because it takes a skeptical/scientific view to these phenomena and teases out the true value to be gained by these various forms of technomancy. Highly recommended.

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