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Q&A with Travis Egedy of Pictureplane

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Westword (Tom Murphy): Why did you call your new album Dark Rift?

Travis Egedy: It's a term that describes a finite area within our Milky Way galaxy that our planet cycles during our long cycle of 26,000 years.

WW: One cycle of precession, right?

TE:
Right. Ancient cultures would talk about this being an enormous event with implications for our planet in terms of gravitation, consciousness and transformation of DNA and crazy things. The album was about that but in a positive way. Going through this dark rift is a cleansing period of time when we remember who we truly are. There's a simple lyric in the song "Dark Rift": "Black world, they've got your girl tonight/enter into the dark rift so I can feel alright." It's about coming back the real.

WW: How did you first become familiar with these types of ideas?

TE:  I feel like I've always had a natural inclination toward the mystical side. Even before I knew what that meant, I was drawn toward it. Over the past few years, I've been introduced to 2012 and spirituality and reading books on the occult. I've been really fascinated with everything like that. I've always been attracted to the alternative of everything, especially history. Even in high school, I wasn't buying what they were giving me. The specific book that changed my life [in that regard] was 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl by Daniel Pinchbeck. It's his personal story of becoming aware of these things.

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.