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

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

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...

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Title:Strange Frequencies: The Extraordinary Story of the Technological Quest for the Supernatural
Author:Peter Bebergal
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Strange Frequencies: The Extraordinary Story of the Technological Quest for the Supernatural Reviews

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Thomm Quackenbush

    This book only loses a star because I feel it could have been much longer with more experiments and I would have eagerly read it all. I appreciate his blend of skepticism and willingness. He has a compelling written voice and this provided some useful leads for a future book I am writing (have written).

  • Evelyn Eve

    This was a very interesting read, covering the subject of how technology (or ingenuity in general) to some degree is essentially a religious experience for human beings. From the earliest stories of sorcerers trying to make golems from dirt and mud, to clockwork automatons; the early days of electric radio serving as a means of divination; and right up to modern Transhumanism's quest to transcend human limitations not unlike alchemists of yesteryear...this book touches on a great deal of these s

    This was a very interesting read, covering the subject of how technology (or ingenuity in general) to some degree is essentially a religious experience for human beings. From the earliest stories of sorcerers trying to make golems from dirt and mud, to clockwork automatons; the early days of electric radio serving as a means of divination; and right up to modern Transhumanism's quest to transcend human limitations not unlike alchemists of yesteryear...this book touches on a great deal of these subjects. While it never really goes deep enough (in my opinion) into any one subject, it does an excellent job of giving the inquisitive reader plenty of leads to follow if diving into these topics further is what one desires.

  • 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.

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