Friday, June 15, 2012

AUDIO: Barrie Konicov - Subliminal Astral Projection

When I'm scanning the shelves at my local Goodwill thrift store, as I so often do, I look for two things. The first is stuff which I legitimately want to read, watch or listen to, and the second are items that make me scratch my head and ask, "What the fuck is this?" So over the years I've added many great albums and books to my collection, but I've also accrued quite a few oddities; strange, unloved and forgotten pieces of media which deserve to be heard and shared if for no other reason than how unusual they are.

One such find is Barrie Konicov's Subliminal Astral Projection. For those of you who are unaware, astral projection is the practice separating your consciousness from its physical form so that it can go traipsing across the universe, visiting other dimensions and whatnot. This tape promises to teach you how to achieve this via hypnotic suggestions, which on side one are presented subliminally, woven into the fabric of some new age-y music. Personally, I was unable to accomplish this feat (which is a shame because I was so looking forward to transcending the planes of existence), but to be fair, I did not commit to listening to it every day for two weeks as the case advises.

Creator Barrie Konicov is not only the president and chief hypnotherapist of Potentials Unlimited, who released the tape, he's also listed at number four on The Atlantic magazine's list of the top ten tax scofflaws of the 20th century. The libertarian Konicov, it seems, felt no need to pay his due to the IRS, and what's more, encouraged others to follow suit through a series of seminars. All told, 138 people took his advice, depriving the federal government of $3.3 million in revenue. Konicov was sentenced to 87 months in prison for his trouble.

I can't promise you'll have an out-of-body experience, but this is a pretty fun listen nonetheless, and Konicov's blissed-out ramblings are just begging to be sampled. And who knows, maybe you'll get lucky and attain enlightenment or something. Enjoy!  

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