Sam Ashley has devoted his life to the development of an experimental, non-religious mysticism, one rooted in a “find out for yourself” attitude, an attitude that he advocates in direct opposition to so many traditions. At an early age Sam Ashley began a study of trance. That study has continued without interruption up to the present. Authentic mysticism as a creative process is Sam Ashley’s signature statement as a composer and as an
artist. Sam’s pieces are mostly about luck, hallucination and coincidence. Usually they include direct presentations of magic events, objects or phenomena. Sam’s sound art work is frequently about finding ways to amplify imaginary sound. Sam’s performed pieces often feature the use of authentic spirit possession, a phenomenon he has been working with for more than 40 years. All of what Sam does relates directly to trance. He offers simple windows onto things that occur in-between the real world and that which transcends it. With almost a half century of experience, Sam Ashley has become a role model, inspiration and teacher to younger generations of musicians and artists seeking to bring trance into their work.