The Great Train Wreck and ANAHAD

Super Suz goes to Reno and meets up with two great build crews that are bringing out great stuff to BRC, 2018.  The GREAT TRAIN WRECK is a shared project of the Sacramento and Reno Regionals. Expect to see two wood trains crashing into each other on Friday at 9 p.m.  They need help on Friday.  Burner, CNC,  tells us how to get involved in this awesome, spectacular burn.

There are two projects in this podcast and the second one is ANAHAD.  It creates sound from the desert wind.  Stefano Casati and couple of his crew members tell us about how it’s made and how burners can still contribute to this art build’s expense.  If you are involved in a civil or private arts commission for a windy city, then contact Stefano about placement after BRC.


From Beijing to Black Rock City, 2018 comes Desert Guard

From the Gobi Desert to the Black Rock Desert

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Beijing Burner Club mingling with EBB and Glow Camp at Unscruz, 2018

Meet artist Ming Lu, the artist of Desert Guard or Fenghaizhen 风海镇  (pronounced ‘fung high gen’) as is its original Chinese name. Desert Guard is 49 ft high and weighs 12 tons of  heavy steel. With the support of the Beijing Burner Club, two members (Jay Chen and Martin Butz) you meet in this podcast, they ship it all the way from China’s Gobi Desert to Black Rock Desert, 2018.

Many of the art installation team have not been to Burning Man yet. Influenced by meeting burners who participate in their local communities both in Beijing and in San Francisco Bay Area, Lu and his installation team have been learning as they go.

Part of this podcast was recorded in early June and the second conversation was recorded at the end of July at a critical time with about 24 days before the BRC Build Week.   The extraordinary journey includes shipping from China, securing placement on the Playa, arranging a build crew for early setup, etc. How is he and his fellow crew members planning on pulling this off? With our help, of course! Are you in?

Links associated with this podcast

Beijing Burner Club on FB

Photography by Ming Lu

Intro music by OFIER on Alkaline Podcast, episode number A0451.  Find it at Burner Podcast and our Soundcloud channel.

Bobzilla  from BMIR, Information and Music on the Playa



From BMIR, Burning Man Information and Music on the Playa

Have you tuned in to BMIR while pulsing in line to get in or out of Black Rock City?  Have you tuned in to find out about a looming thunderstorm or what’s happening on a Tuesday night in your city?  BMIR is Burning Man Information Radio, the BMORGS radio, with a collective of DJ’s and behind-the-tower volunteers who  provide information and music to the citizens of Black Rock City and burners worldwide. In this podcast, meet Bobzilla, Co-Project Manager at BMIR. He shares with us how burners can capture the essence of BMIR all year long.

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Links associated with this podcast


Shouting Fire

Photographs by Eye Fl Eye

Intro music by Scottie Scribbles on Alkaline Podcast, episode number A048.  Find it at Burner Podcast.




The Golden Guy at Black Rock City

The Golden Guy at Black Rock City

A new destination hot-spot


Graphic by Graham Linn

You’re in the city of Black Rock City and you come across an unlikely scene: an alleyway straight out of Tokyo’s Shinjuku Golden Gai district. It’s full of tiny bars and micro spaces, each serving just a few patrons, each with its own unique theme and character.  Welcome to The Golden Guy. Established at Burning Man, 2017, Golden Guy Alley is loosely based on the neighborhood in Tokyo called “The Golden Gai”. I talk with MacGyver, aka Graham Linn, and Kitty, aka Elizabeth Jackson, about how Golden Guy is fostering community and deep conversation in small spaces.  

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Links associated with this podcast



2017,  Introduction to Golden Guy

2017, video of BRC 2017 highlights

Photograph by Elizabeth Jackson

Intro music by DJ Kafa and found on Alkaline Podcast, episode number A049.  Find it at Burner Podcast.



Baba Yaga’s Book Club comes to BRC in 2018


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Who is Baba Yaga anyway? She is from Slavick folklore and lives in the forest in a hut that has chicken legs.  And her hut is coming to Black Rock City in 2018. Meet Sprocket, Art Lead for Baba Yaga’s Book Club. Her hut is full of surprises that incorporate the many stories that have been touched by Baba Yaga’s character.  Learn more about Baba Yaga and the city of Reno’s The Generator art space. If you like this podcast, share it with your friends so they don’t miss out on the two sides of Baba Yaga- the vile side that is terribly ruthless, and her benevolent side that shares wondrous gifts to the most worthy.  

Links associated with this podcast

Vasalisa the Beautiful

History of Baba Yaga (internet goody)

Baba Yaga’s Patreon with pictures

Introduction music by Jaime James (The Beat Sentinals), guest of Alaline Podcast, episode A047.   

Original rendering created for this project by Matthew Schultz.

24 Hours of Mark Day in One Hour

24 Hours of Mark Day

in One Hour

You may know Mark Day from his online video content.  Starting out in 1997 – the early years, he donned a VCR and started shooting footage of his time at Burning Man.  Well all that is vintage now but it did spawn even more great, online video content. His latest years have been his “24 Hours of Burning Man”.  He talks about how he hope people love to watch his burn as much as he does.

Links associated with this podcast

Photograph by Leori Gill Photography

Music brought to you by Alkaline Podcast, part of Burner Podcast.  Intro music is  guest, Symonne from Episode 046.

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David Piller, Millenaissance Man & BRC Project Builder

Meet David Piller, aka “Piller” of the Playa.  He’s a self-proclaimed Millenaissance Man and Black Rock City project builder.  He talks about all the projects that he has worked on and what happened in his life that lead him up to his first project.  His outlook on all of this is if you don’t have a “Hell Yeah” feeling about a build project, then wait for one to come or look for it and the magic will come.   We talk about temple builds, Grand Canyon, Space Whale, hemp advocacy and hearing loss plus a whole bunch more.

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Photo by Tony Nolley


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Introduction music by Gina Calderoni of Dirty Beatles  Episode A044 of Alkaline Podcast at Burner Podcast.  

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Photo by Matthew Schultz