BPM III is the third release by the British electro-acoustic group Fendahl, and the first in a four part series of albums inspired by the pioneering work of Czech psychiatrist Stanislav Grof. The series explores Grof’s cartography of the deep human psyche, in which he describes four experiential patterns which emerge at the boundary of the individual and the transpersonal, typically revolving around the physical experience of the birth process - the Basic Perinatal Matrices or BPM I-IV
It is recommended to experience this recording at moderate volume in an otherwise quiet, comfortable environment, marked by the absence of bright lights or other intrusive distractions, to encourage undisturbed and focussed listening. Individuals who have chosen to experience this work in its intended Compact Cassette format are advised to ensure that the auto-reverse function on their stereo component system is selected, to allow for uninterrupted playback of the material.
Listeners may experience an intensification of emergency and suffering to catastrophic and cosmic dimensions, where pleasure and pain are indistinguishable. Sadomasochistic orgiastic pleasure may surge through the entire body, in a purifying fire of volcanic type ecstasy. These are hallmark experiences reflecting the titanic struggle through the birth canal. Some listeners may imagine themselves to be in fierce battles, alien harems or exotic carnivals, where they might die or be ritually sacrificed and dismembered. This process cycles until annihilation is complete on every level - physical, emotional, intellectual, ethical and transcendental - a total failure often referred to as ego death.