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    Ektoplazm is happy to present a new album by Swiss musician SubConsciousMind. Symphonies of Life, his fifth full-length release, explores different aspects of the human experience: Patience, Truth, Consciousness, Destruction, Love, Creation, Beauty, Humility, and Trust. This is an album that reveals its true intensity the more you listen to it. Every time you hear it another theme might resonate with your inner world, or new revelations may come to pass. One day a theme may not get through to you, another day it will open up an emotional world without description. Keep this in your playlist, let it be part of your life, and the beauty of this musical artwork will unfold even more over time. Just two clicks away for free: http://www.ektoplazm.com/free-music/subconsciousmind-symphonies-of-life http://www.subconsciousmind.ch
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    Furthermore, please read this: At DAT Records we constantly aim to provide a portal to the golden age of trance, when the music was new and a global scene was starting to emerge. While the ‘90s were seen as a halcyon age with creative music and a unique atmosphere at events, there were also a few challenging aspects to the scene. One was the frequent mislabeling of tracks on DAT tapes as music was being traded in various circumstances. DAT label DJ Solitare recalls many such situations, including a case a track by Avi circulating as a live mix by Hallucinogen in 1998 and several tracks inaccurately attributed to X-Dream, and in our recent transfer work of DAT tapes made in the ‘90s we regularly come across inaccurately identified tracks. Unfortunately this kind of situation could occur not only with amateur DJs but also amongst producing artists - and as a result of such a mislabeled DAT tape, our recent 3-disc Etnica release features a track that was inaccurately attributed to Etnica. The track ‘Party Druid’ circulated on DATs for decades and was dutifully copied from a DAT tape filled with Etnica productions by label manager Draeke when archiving the band’s output. It naturally made its way into DAT’s latest Etnica release covering their early compositions, with the artists having noted that while they didn’t recall the details of producing the track (as was the case with some of the experimental works on this release), they recognized it and recalled having played it. It has come to our attention that this track was indeed mislabeled and is in fact a track by the project Evolution entitled Alien Phenomenon - a longer mix than the version that appeared on his album, which was on the same High Society label as Etnica’s first album. Since learning of the error, we at DAT have been in contact with Andreas Roll, the artist behind the Evolution project, who was very understanding of the mishap. Andreas has been most gracious, with no expectation of the set being withdrawn and repressed, simply requesting that the error be addressed online. We are of course very regretful that this CD set dedicated to Etnica features a misattributed track produced by another artist - a completely unintentional and unanticipated throwback to ‘90s era of track distribution. We hope that DAT Records supporters will be as understanding of this unfortunate error as the producer of the track was, and will continue to enjoy what is still a remarkable release of a key cross-section of Etnica’s early productions.
  4. 3 points
    Coming Soon! Goa Madness Records is very proud to present you the new album of Ephedra: "What The Future Brings" After the success of his first 2 albums, Alexandre Cohen is back with 9 full length tracks filled with acid sounds, crazy melodies & groovy rhythm's. The album starts with some more twisted feelings. In Search Of Flying Saucers, Flowing Into The Night, Twisted Keys & Machiavellian will reveal some different atmospheres of what Alex showed us in the past. Expect deep atmospheres, weird lead sounds, growling acids & melodies. The album then introduces 2 collaborations: Savannah Monk trail (feat Imba) will reveal an atypical tribalistic track filled with groovy percussions and wicked samples, while Cosmic Collaboration (Feat Proxeeus) blends perfectly the acidic & twisted sounds of the French master Jerome Lesterps with some more mellow and floating melodies. The album then evolves into another dimension. Return To The N Life & Deep Inside Feelings will bring a very powerful groove with euphoric melodies. Floating souls will make sure you have a proper landing with some beautiful & deep sounds. We hope you will enjoy this album and if you ask yourself what the future brings... Well, the madness continues! Tracklist: 1: In Search Of Flying Saucers 2: Flowing Into The Night 3: Twisted Keys 4: Machiavellian 5: Savannah Monk Trail (Feat Imba) 6: Cosmic Collaboration (Feat Proxeeus) 7: Return To The N Life 8: Deep Inside Feelings 9: Floating Souls Artwork by: Sati Preview: Soundcloud
  5. 3 points
    This is a very good exsample for shitty psytrance with an stupid video clip. That shitty music sounds like crappy psytrance, who goes to popular music. And that bad animated video clip, what should it to cause or to be? It's really looking from the 90s, which included some stupid ugly looking aliens, who are also do some idiotic dance moves.
  6. 3 points
    @OopieBecause we don't think those tracks are on par with the rest of the album.We might release them somewhere else or on another reissue (maybe alien protein ?) but for now they will remain unreleased. Believe me, we chose the best of the best and speaking of which, the release is coming soon, pre orders will start next Monday, also on bandcamp for all the fanatics !!
  7. 2 points
    I just had a big "aha" moment to restore my faith in psytrance. Get me back on track so to say. Lately I dig nordic music, preferrably with folk instruments and a bit of an emphasis on voice. Preferrably female. Psytrance was off my radar, too much commerce lately, too many breaks, too little emphasis on actual trance, bunch of 17 year olds growling like a beer-laden shanty to some indian vocals (yes, saw that ... I can even tell you it was a song from Hilight Tribe) ... nothing for me ... but after I found this - oh boy how am I back in the front row. Traditional instruments and voice and ... this special touch, you may call it spirit, is what I miss in our music! And she has got it. Listen to this: If you liked it, you can listen to the whole piece aswell ... it's good, but the first half contains no psy Anyway, now I need your knowledge - all of you. I want something similar, because this is awesome. Do you know any? The term "Shamanic" never occurred to me ... but now it does. Is there anything in our music that has got these elements? It can even be a little less crazy I'm thankful for anything in this direction
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    Tracklist, artwork, exact release date will be posted in the upcoming days/weeks. You can already check out short (unmastered) preview at Veasna SoundCloud (linked below).
  9. 2 points
    Something about the album cover is just so epic.
  10. 2 points
    One of the few artists that connected the past with the present so skilfully. Instant buy for me. It is coming on CD, isn't it?
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    In this case, I don't see what's the big issue. Or, I guess I do see it, but it just doesn't bother me that much. I got into psytrance in 2010 and as the years went by I accepted the fact that there were albums I'd never own in any format (among others I.F.O. and The Juggeling Alchemists Under the Black Light), Draeke had other ideas and I'm definitely grateful for that. I would've been happy with just vanilla re-releases of the original albums, but instead we got so much more. I really hope Federico continues unearthing the gems of yesterday as DAT is among the few labels I follow.
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    This must be my most anticipated artist album this year I think... Can't wait to hear the goodness!
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    https://suntriprecords1.bandcamp.com/album/perplexity BTW, I'm really puzzled as to why is Suntrip giving Arabesque Dist. a head-start on announcing and opening pre-orders for their stuff? It's not the first time and it's bad for business, as I suspect label & artist(s) get much smaller cut from sales via intermediary. Add pre-orders finally to your Bandcamp page!
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    It's very difficult to say what we will release as hardly any material has survived from the 96-98 era that has not been published. We still are looking for alternate/live mixes of tracks from "alien protein", we know they exist (as a video footage from the era survived and the band has done those) but almost no tape has survived, they kept more the early material and there are other tracks from 94-95 that are unreleased. We will however try to release all that is left from 96, albeit is little now. We published that sound on the second cd of Live in Athens 96, that was the best we could find for the time frame you guys mention but still a few surprises will appear. I have to add however, that the taste for proto goa has grown on me a lot after listening for 20 years to the 96-98 sound and right now, I do prefer the early productions and the trance/proto goa sound. There are also a lot of people who danced in the late 80s and early 90s that simply love this sound and they are a huge part of the market as well, so expect other releases in this vein, without of course neglecting the goa sound of later years.
  16. 1 point
    UBARTMAR - EARLY FUSIONS (ZION604CD017) Dear friends and supporters, Ubartmar's critical seventh album EARLY FUSIONS will receive a proper tribute to the good old times of the 90's. The track list and cover for the album have just been announced by us, and it’s packed with incredible goa trance music . The track list goes to show that Ubartmar is not only a great artist: for us he represents a special moment in goa trance history. Beside 4 unreleased tracks and 3 early versions of famous hits, Two bonus tracks will be included in that album. These versions are totally live programmed, taken from the famous live act of Ubartmar @Shizuoka Izu Ohtaki Land (Japan 1996). Artwork – Taro Kc Tanaka Written-By, Producer, Engineer – Takeshi Isogai View the full track list below. 1. Mutant life forms (Unreleased, 1996) 2. E-talk (Unreleased, 1995) 3. I'm Shocked (Unreleased, 1996) 4. Another transform (Unreleased, 1995) 5. When The Light Is Gone (Early mix, 1997) 6. Eternal Return (Early mix, 1996) 7. Eejyanaika (Early mix, 1999) 8. 3D Heaven (LIVE mix, 1995) 9. Transformer synthesizer (LIVE mix, 1995) Please support us : https://zion604records.bandcamp.com
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    I mastered this album and wasn't satisfied at all how it turned out, but this is the best I could pull out of his mixdowns, after many hours, re-runs and tweaks. Unfortunately stuff often spiked out of balance, especially synth sweeps/fx, and lows were really deep down in the sub-area without a real punch in those places (freqs) where we expect them to shine. I tried to level all that as much as I could, no to hamper other stuff that was OK, in the process. Production-wise, Danny had much better albums in the past, don't know what changed at his studio for this change of sound. Or maybe he just wanted to reacreate that early-90s goa sound and production values. I apologize to all for not fully enabling you the listening pleasure of his music...
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    Thanks for sharing. They will come to Austria too and I'm definitely planning to go. Seen them already but so what, I am a big fan of them, so I think I'll go if the ticket prices are payable. I love their organized concerts and their professional approach ... no cheers, waves, not even many looks into the crowd. It differs a lot of the picture one nowadays has of artists, that they're always smiling and being communicative and taking selfies with the crowd ... oh well, f'ck that, Kraftwerk's not like that and I love them for being like they are. They bring back a little bit of the feeling like it was, also in our scene. Nobody gave such a big fuss about the artists ... cool to see them, but they're not the center of the universe. Now it's all hype ... don't need that. At Kraftwerk's concerts I can be in peace and concentrate on the music, I can also be there alone and feel not awkward (used to go alone to concerts frequently, nowadays not anymore so). I'm not even going for the visuals (the 3D visuals are in fact pretty poor if the'yre the same as last time, which I believe they will be - still got the glasses from last time) or to see them as persons, I'm rather just going because I want to hear their music in proper volume
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    If the thread starter says he "doesn't know much of that stuff" then I'll just have a go with some older stuff: Space Buddha's Acid Phophecy is the best Fullon I know and I have not yet found something more intense. If anyone knows, gimme. If you prefer the more gentle side that was the older fullon (in my opinion), I recommend you Silicon Sound. Mostly tracks of this type: like it, try the playlist https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLt-j8Op3VdjS1Nbk6iGajg3uuXXJK95eS you can also try S-Range...
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    First Impression of the "unknown und unreleased" tracks:they sound more like italian Disco/80`s Synpop than Etnica...but after some listenings I like them all! Nevertheless it seems that I like Etnica 96/97/98 more and i hope that DAT will release more tracks from that era soon. Hopefully an Alien Protein re-release with unknown live material and some unknown tracks (Merkaba!).
  24. 1 point
    great mix. dark & trippy .) btw, vinyl sounds good at high frequency ranges - more detail- (better than my cds
  25. 1 point
    A mix dedicated to the twilight hours with tunes that I feel are best enjoyed at night Turn the lights off, light a candle & enjoy.... Tracklist below: Darshan – Neuroscanner {Flying Rhino 1998} Xenomorph – Telepathic Combat {Koyote Records 1997} Space Tribe – Live What U Love {Spirit Zone 1997} Psyko Disko – Kondativita {Psy-Harmonics 1996} Rhythmystec – Cathexis {Matsuri Productions 1996} Slinky Wizard – The Wizard (KoxBox Remix) {Flying Rhino 1997} Prana – Boundless (Original Mix) {Matsuri Productions 1996} Bass Chakra – 230,000 Miles (Inspire Mix) {Matsuri Productions 1996} Etnica – Moon Influence {High Society 1995} Technossomy – The Joker {Flying Rhino 1995} X-Dream – Oscillator {Blue Room Released 1998} X.I.S. – Black Time {Nephilim Records 1998} U.X. – Master Of The Universe {Dragonfly Records 1997}
  26. 1 point
    Kids will often hate what their parents like.
  27. 1 point
    Etnica are legends in the Goa and Psychedelic Trance genre, and they should be known to everyone who has partied in the last 25 years. DAT are immensely proud to reissue their first original creation, "The Juggeling Alchemists Under The Black Light" album, including rare and unreleased tracks the band produced between 1993 and 1995. Cover: Released into a triple deluxe Digipak, it features a 16 page booklet with the history of the Etnica group. It is a stellar edition and a real collector’s item for whoever wants to own the first and incredibly beautiful album of the Italian Maestros. Tracklist CD1 - The Juggeling Alchemists Under The Black Light 01. Etnica - The Gili's Voyage 02. Etnica - Infinitive Dream 03. Etnica - The Gili's Voyage (Ketu Remix) 04. Etnica - Vicky's Dream 05. Etnica - Moon Influence 06. Etnica - Spheric Koncept 07. Etnica - Mystical Appearance In Goa 08. Etnica - A Tribute To Goa 09. Etnica - Intense Visitation (Visitation Of Energy Mix) CD2 - Mystical Vibes 01. Etnica - The Gili's Voyage (Early Mix) 02. Etnica - Mystical Appearance In Goa (Remix) 03. Etnica - Asian Code 7 04. Etnica - Still Botta 05. Etnica - Party Druid (Sonic Shaman) 06. Etnica - Synthesis (Shadow Of The Moog) 07. Etnica - Fractal Gates 08. Etnica - Acid Shell 09. Etnica - Chemical Trance (Original Mix) CD3 - The Early Years 01. Etnica - Fingers 02. Etnica - Gollum 03. Etnica - Big Dust In Chapora Fort 04. Etnica - Whales 05. Etnica - Bali Island 06. Etnica - 38° Parallelo 07. Etnica - Pacific Love 08. Etnica - J.H. Sound 09. Tribe - Gilligan's Island 10. Etnica - Evolis 11. Etnica - Big Dust In Chapora Fort (Piano Remix) The Juggeling Alchemists Under The Black Light is Etnica's first album, a seminal release in the history of Goa Trance music. It was first released in 1995 and has been sold out for a very long time now, so DAT Records searched the archives of the band and found some incredible tracks from the era which had never been released, including some very early demos and test tracks that the band has kept for all this time, since its inception and their first productions of 1993. This spectacular triple digipak will satisfy every fan of the band, and the music contained is really floating, magical, and very special. It also includes many trance and proto goa tracks that will be loved by everyone who danced in the 90s but will also be very appealing to the new generation, since every track has now been mastered for this epic release. We do hope you will support the hard work behind this release that took over 2 years to prepare for release. It is with great pleasure that we want you to once again dance and trance to the magical music of Etnica. Prepare for a tribal trip, you'll be teleported to a jungle of sounds and feel the mystical vibes of this marvellous album wrap all around you! Released: 6th April 2018 Pre-Orders: 26th March 2018 order your copy @ DAT Records http://www.datrecords.it/dat/online-shop-2.html About mastering: yes the original album was transfered from DAT to CD on high society, thus it was mastered for the first time on this release.
  28. 1 point
    Digital release out as well.
  29. 1 point
    Thanks for the heads up! I loved Intermezzo XT and I'm off to d/l and listen to this one. If @SubConsciousMind you'd consider putting your music on Bandcamp, I'd gladly purchase it <3
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    Try out this compilations: https://www.discogs.com/de/Various-The-History-Of-Trance-Part-1-91-96/release/45895 https://www.discogs.com/de/Various-The-History-Of-Trance-Part-2-91-96/release/158592 https://www.discogs.com/de/Various-Behind-The-Eye-Eye-Q-Compilation-Vol-1/release/53011?ev=rr https://www.discogs.com/Various-Behind-The-Eye-Vol-II/master/44262 https://www.discogs.com/de/label/386535-Harthouse-Compilation :-)
  31. 1 point
    When I read your heading from your topic, than I get more things in my mind like Eye Q Records (Sven Väth, Earth Nation, Cygnus X, B-Zet, etc.), Oliver Lieb's projects like L.S.G.,Paragliders, Spicelab and The Ambush. Than I have also to think to Resistance D, Cosmic Baby, Dance 2 Trance, Paul Van Dyk, Humate, Microglobe and various stuff on the labels Harthouse, MFS, Superstition, Noom Records, Suck Me Plasma etc.
  32. 1 point
    Quality stuff ! Can't wait to hear the full album =)
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    No clear winner indeed. It's all over the place really. Might wait a little bit to gather more votes, what do you think?
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    Artist: Ray Castle & Collaborators Title: Mystique of the Metaverse Label: Suntrip Records Date: February, 2018 1. Insectoid - Tribadelic Nomads (Feral mix) 2. Insectoid - Astrotrekker 3. Rhythmystec - Plutonica 4. Rhythmystec - Plasmatik 5. Rhythmystec - Cathexis 6. Rhythmystec - Stellium 7. Masaray - Time Traveler of Trance (Joyfull Natives Mix) 8. Insectoid - Omniscient 9. Sonic Sufi - Optimum Flux "Follow your bliss and don't be afraid." Ok. Like most of you I am a fan of Suntrip Records, but as a reviewer of their music I have to put aside my fangirling ways and immerse myself into the artist's work. And most of the time I come away with a positive experience. Allow me to introduce the first hiccup of 2018. There are a lot of things wrong with this release which seems more like a history lesson than a Suntrip album offering. I don't own the label or have any say in what they release and I surely don't want to offend the artist, but... was there a lot of demand for a Ray Castle album? This is a definite niche album that to me is attempting to capitalize on the everything old is gold momentum. Ray Castle worked under several project names and according to the headache inducing word salad album blurb found on the bandcamp page he was "one of the most distinguished trail-blazing legends of the nineties Goa movement.." Really? Ok I don't have a masters degree in goa trance history so I'll accept that on its face. The head of this fine label are in a way better position than I to determine that. So let's just talk about the music because I am one of those that appreciate music from the past finding its way to the present day. This label did a remarkable job with the Shakta, Prana, and Denshi Danshi releases. The Rhythmystec tracks were released in 95-96 and are decent if not dated. Different time, technology, yadda yadda yadda. I was excited about the Insectoid tracks because unlike the stuff from Rhythmystec I had never heard of this project. Two tracks from that project take up the first 17 minutes of this album and to say they were underwhelming would be an understatement. Omniscient would also fall into this category regrettably as did the Sonic Sufi track. They have the sound of early goa without many layers to give it depth. The best track for me was the Time Traveler of Trance remix as it sounded more like the goa trance I like. Personal preference of course. So for me I cannot recommend this album. If you're looking for blasting old school goa trance with crazy melodies you will come away from this disappointed. As I mentioned I see this as a niche album (which I will still be purchasing to support the label) appealing to fans of this project and the early goa sound. Suntrip Bandcamp Psyshop Beatspace
  36. 1 point
    I don't listen to much techno but the Digital Family compilations have always been nice
  37. 1 point
    Uptempo 1. You'll Never Know - You'll Never Know EP Downtempo 1. Dubsahara - Geonosis 2. Shpongle - Codex VI 3. Globular - The Context 4. The Irresistible Force - Kira Kira 5. Eat Static ‎– Last Ship To Paradise 6. Saafi Brothers ‎– The Quality Of Being One 7. Dub Trees - Celtic Vedic In Dub 8. Cosmic Trigger ‎– The Hallucinatory Mountain
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    I have never cried listening to psy trance. I am a stable genius.
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    Normally I do not reply to reviews, but I have to do it now (please take no offence in my words, it is just my humble opinion after listening to this 'genre' for 20 years and numerous talks with Ray and many other psychedelic trance artists in the past decades). I'm not talking about the quality, style or what ever of these tracks, just about what they are and do (imo). These things are up to everyone to decide Apart from that, if you would take even more time to dig deep into the history of this 'genre', you'd realise a few things: a ) goa isn't a genre, it was called 'goa trance' by party organizers in the mid 90's in Goa (India) to attract people; so it was a pure commercial move to call it 'goa trance'. Detail: at that time all sorts of 'weird' electronic music was played at those beaches - info by Ray Castle himself. It is an illusion to pose goa trance started to exist only at the mid 90's, nope, the sounds capes we so adore came a live gradually (listen to some 'proto goa' sets from the early 90's and you'll hear what I mean). b ) That is why 'goa trance' could better be called 'avant garde trance' (quote by Ray Castle), and he is right: that is exactly what this music is all about. Fucking avant garde and out of the box: challenging the mind in a musical way. Goa therefore is a mind set to rethink electronic music to re-invent itself and NOT get stuck into a certain formula or sound scape. c ) So that taken in consideration the term(s) 'old skool goa' (and new skool goa) is (are) far from correct and is (are) utterly useless to determine what has been released here. (my personnel) Conclusion: this CD/album should be for everyone who wants to know about avant garde trance and wants to buy and support a wonderful project/artist/music! -Our minds are polluted with the idea goa is a genre and the fact that goa should sound a certain way: guess again Ray proves goa is a fluent, organic and non deterministic way to make psychedelic electronic dance music. Good thing to wake that up again Ray (and Suntrip): may it inspire more new artists to be more unique and utterly avant garde <3 ...and not just copy a existing sound without searching and using the 'basic' ingredients. -Our minds are polluted with the idea this 'goa trance' has to be melodic and that these (well distinguished) melodies should lay 'on top' of the music. No, melodies are found also here in Rays music, but in a more non obvious way we hear nowadays. Again, Rays music is about being unique, psychedelic and avant garde, and - surprise - this is what (how we call it today) 'goa trance' is all about. -Rays melodies are blasting and crazy...plus: this sound is far from 'early goa sound', it is the 'goa sound' from a certain period. Without the intention to be smart or arrogant...yours truly
  40. 1 point
    Some random few recommendations that might interest you (trying to stay within 93-98). Planet B.E.N. - Trippy Future Garden X-Dream - Radio (German artist / UK label) Morphem - Out Of Focus Xenomorph - Cassandra's Nightmare (German artist / UK label) Mittelstandskinder Ohne Strom - Bug The Delta - Scizoeffective S.U.N. Project - Drosophila S.U.N. Project - Macrophage Montauk P - Def=Lim (German artist / UK label) Noosphere - Radiated (German artist / UK label) Children Of Paradise - Urban Alien Of course there's more to the type of sound I at least think you're after, if you want to stray outside of Germany
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    You could check my music It's definitelly not the "most craziest, out-there goa/psy that exists", but surelly it is not classic and it's always somewhere in between styles! http://www.ektoplazm.com/free-music/xamanist-7 http://www.ektoplazm.com/free-music/xamanist-initiation
  42. 1 point
    The guy himself said: " I use the computer instead of going all old school on it. I know folks who go this way, and YES, the sound of analogue is awesome, theres a magic there, but thats not to say the digital sound is worse or anything, its not but it is different, and that took me a while to get used to when I came back to writing again, but its interesting again. I love the environment, or lack of one, in the DAW and using software. I thought about going modular at one point, and still have a hankering after it, but I think it would only be really useful for me if I was to get some kind of live thing going on, and at this point Im just happy to write and explore the options available Maybe I will go modular at some point, Ive certainly enjoyed using other peoples and I sometimes miss analogue synths, but theres so much scope to do all that they used to and more now, and the sound of the new generation of software is extremely good now." There are some virtual synths exploiting the same concepts as hardware modular stuff and they sound extremelly good, like U-He Bazille and Softube Modular. I believe analogue modelling is current software really nails it and "more organic sound" is just a matter how you program the synths in your DAW.
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    I think the latest "next level" thing happening in psytrance - one that I appreciate, because I couldn't care less for e.g. triplets or cowbells - is growing inclusion of modular gear, to make the sound more organic, alive and 'random' instead of the pristine, surgical clarity that is/was preferred usually. Artists like Eat Static, Martian Arts or Nervasystem do that incredibly well: https://youtu.be/OjrorKbJrws?t=8m10s (I believe he doesn't use modular gear, but makes he's music sound like he would)
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    I´m keeping a close ear to this brother, he´s one half of Empirikal formed in 2013, but recently started his solo works Also like quite much that bsf track Hector Stuardo imo is also trying to bring kinda oldschool back with his Goa sound
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    Yup, what Penzo said, mostly artists who were active on Metapsychic had that dominant oriental sounding Goa, so give a chance to early Travma, Amithaba Buddha/Lost Buddha and Sky Technology.
  46. 1 point
    Yeah this is some solid and wicked death metal, with rockin' blastbeats! -R
  47. 1 point
    Im not a grumpy old goa trancer, but I am a grumpy goa trancer in general. Im almost militant sometimes. Nothing is as good as true goa is. For some reason when someone posts Talamasca or some pay-trance on FB for an example, I feel the need to tell them that they're listening to shit and that I can teach them the true way. I contain myself most of the time but yeah.
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    There, fixed that for you.
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    It's albums like this that make me love this community so much. I have not taken the time to figure out the artists yet, but I don't even want to at this point. I would prefer to think this thing was just sort of discovered one day and if it was created out of design, then I have nothing but the greatest appreciation for everyone who made it happen. That includes, the artists who created the tracks (probably with a preconceived idea in mind), Richpa who planted the seeds, Basilisk who had to make the exception for it on ektoplazm, and the listeners who cared and still do care. The World Beyond is a wonderful thing of beauty that I have a hard time describing. Thank you. So uh yea, the review... Go listen to it. Now.
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    CROP CIRCLES - TETRAHEDRON DAT RECORDS 2008 Track list 1. Lunar Civilization (Pleiadians rmx) 2. Antonomasia (Lotus Omega rmx) 3. Daffy Duck (On the Comet) 4. Cerealogy 5. Pentagon 6. Classic Process (Hale-Bop) 7. Full Mental Jackpot (Etnica rmx II) 8. No more Single Dat Records has officially released one of the most wanted albums in Psytrance ever. Finally after 10 years, cult classic and rare Pleiadian side project Crop Circles - Tetrahedron gets an official release! Re-Mastered by Tim Schuldt in 2008 and produced by 6 members: Andrea Rizzo, Carlo Paternò, Filippo Scrimizzi, Francesco D'Amato, Maurizio Begotti, Max Lanfranconi. These are the artists from Etnica, Pleiadians, and Lotus Omega in their prime, and they produced one of the sickest, most elaborate forms of psychedelic trance ever. Yes this is it. Tetrahedron has a cult following throughout the world. This is an album for those who love old school Pleiadian’s and maximal and/or high octane Psy/Goa trance/dance music in general. For those who like Pleiadian's and never heard this, you are in for a surprise, as samples seldom give justice to the whole peaces of the tasty pie that makes up Tetrahedron. The album appears more abstract than I.F.O., though less elegant and harmonious; it's more abrasive and appears just as layered. Actually, the album is aggressive, chaotic, bombastic, adrenaline inducing, and at times over-the-top. The following includes tracks I’ve never even heard before until this official release. The question is: How golden is the long awaited album from the golden days of Goa? A track-per-track review analysis ensues. 1. Lunar Civilization (Pleiadians rmx) launches the album with a strong remix of a famous psytrance super song. I’ve heard the original including Filteria’s fierce remix in 2006. This rare remix by the Pleiadian’s is excellent. Psy details are often in the background to the melody leads. They're creatively pulled to the front here, splashing around the melody leads like enhanced lights on a magical trip to wonderland. The main melody is great; it runs through numerous sections of development like a ninja cutting through bodies with an impenetrable sword. From an altered sound variation around 2:45 to key changes into the third minute, to a voice bit around 4:50, the song comes equipped with the classic Pleiadian influenced machine gun spinning melody from 5:42 into the sixth minute as well. The song is continuously involving. An interesting interlude takes place around 6:50 followed by a strong, echoing female voice; this is my favorite part of song. I love the combination of the music along with the mysterious, echoed female voice. I think the voice part should have been extended, as it’s quite catchy. Loaded with climax and intensity, the drums climb over a music vanishing moment in the final third, opening the door to streaming melodies that carry the vehicle to the closing finish. Monster track. A 2. Antonomasia (Lotus Omega rmx) introduces a deeper bass line and percussion than before; the melody/sound work is present behind the beat. Around 2:30, an infectious melody stream develops. Hi hats change up, echo and clatter, pan shifting across the speakers as fresh sounds emerge; the effect is startling, like cars moving out of the way for a more dynamic vehicle. A strong, non intense stream of euphoric sound compliments the atmosphere around 4:32. What’s great about this track is its ability to remain strong and catchy, without being chaotic and intense. Antonomasia is more elegant Goa/Psytrance than the previous fireball. I don’t find its leads or synth work as infectious. But the song’s structure and direction is innovative, interesting. More elaborate sound paragraphs are spotlighted over the sixth minute; the song becomes richer, more textured and layered as it progresses. By the seventh minute, several songs appear to be playing simultaneously, through innovative correlation; they’re all connected. They flow together extremely well. While the track isn’t as high octane, dance rocket as the previous number, it’s groovy, complex, intellectual, articulative, and a strong follow up to the previous, more ADD-styled number. Excellent track. A- 3. Daffy Duck (On the Comet) is a breather after the previous two weapons of destruction. The song isn’t bad but overall one of the less compelling colors of paint here. I find it missing a strong, infectious melody/sound rhythm or lead(s) to capture my senses. It starts out interesting, spacey and atmospheric, with altered/alien voices. It sounds like an ET ship is undergoing maintenance, attempting to charge up. The beginning is most certainly curious, and as the beat arrives into the first minute, things are pretty good. A streaming melody and various other sounds support relatively dance friendly beat. As the track progresses however, with a monotonous beat, percussion, and bass line, the melody alterations just don’t seem to do any cool tricks; they remain rather bland, as if they’re going through the motions as opposed to reinventing them, as previous tracks did. Several interludes drop the beat, lasting seconds before the general sound from before returns. Occasional melodies arrive. I must have heard this track at least ten times, when driving, exercising, home listening and more. It’s isn’t bad. It just doesn’t seem to have a star moment in its ten minute quest. Sure there’s some build up from 6:45 to 6:55. But the delivery doesn’t lift the music to new heights. Overall a decent track, my least favorite here so far. B- 4. Cerealogy is less intense than the first two numbers. It is however brooding, moody and strong, danceable. Beginning with an abundance of atmospheric psy sounds. The beat kicks in around 1:07. Within this upcoming jungle, a strong and deep melody carries the vehicle across numerous soundscapes as various sound bits trail the main melody lead. I find this number far more delectable, interesting, and gripping than the previous track. Loaded with sound sentences developing paragraphs so to speak. They come and go, often overlapping each other at times. The song’s only weakness may be its inability to climax. Nonetheless, I find the track more effective and roaming, groovy this way. Around 6:00 is the first major change up in sound; it’s as if a new track has begun. Sounds come into view more clear than before; the tempo seems to pick up. The rhythm feels more charged, aggressive as a loud booming sound rumbles through the noise via 6:57. By now several melody leads, none too loaded nor heavy lead the path through sn intriguing interlude, and an additional evolution around 7:35. Cerealogy becomes more driving, energetic, and absorbing as it progresses. It begins like a slow wind and develops into a debree wielding tornado, consuming everything in its path. The gradual development of this song is strong. While the execution isn’t spectacular to me, the end result is imaginative and catchy nonetheless. This is arguably the best not super intense track on the album. Great work! B+ 5. Pentagon is one of, if not the most favored track here by general consensus. Personally I find it the best here along with the opening. But it will be interesting to see what others think. The original (non-mastered) version is no different here with exception to what appears to be improved mastering. The entire song has had a face lift so to speak. Taking place in a stormy, dystopian, though eclectic future, the craft rides into the darker, more atmospheric reaches of space or whatever mysterious world and/or environment this appears to take place on. The song takes a minute to dissolve its intro into groovy textures and bass lines. Hi hats are activated around 1:25. But this vehicle is just warming up. A rumbling, vibrating sound permeates throughout the land, a unique enhancement, like engines firing up. The first two minutes create build up. By 2:40 an infectious and powerful, driving sound rhythm begins. The vehicle's moving at a healthy speed; then suddenly decides to acquire a power pack around 3:22. Here, listeners are introduced to a super, cybernetic melody lead. It’s not ultra fast, but strong, screamingly infectious, quite literally, and abrasive! This pissed off, electrical current is soon joined by a more delightful melody lead, quite bubbly and colorful via 3:45. Both leads play off each other incredibly well until the more euphoric sound disappears in order to enhance the cybernetic capital. From 4:17 to 6:20 is quite possibly my favorite part of the song and the album. The abundance of Pleiadian melodies support the razor edge melody as it cuts through the atmosphere like a blade of death. The rest of the song is great, excellent. The atmospheric, melody/sound work and direction is refreshing throughout. This is my favorite track here if I had to pick one. It’s dark, innovative, and exciting, catchy. A 6. Classic Process (Hale-Bop) is a less intense driver after the previous beast. It’s interesting to hear a richly layered song that isn’t climax driven by these artists. The track takes some time to pick up; the organic, gargling voice effects I never found appealing or catchy. They become less present by 2:20 as the first strong melody lead and rhythm lifts off the vehicle around 3:30. The song isn’t overloaded with ideas, executions. A sweet tempo change up around 4:20 instigates a less linear structure; the song remains danceable. By 5:28 a fusion of melodies returns with additional Goa support, key changes, and more. Classic Process is less risky and over the top than super songs before it. However it maintains a strong, healthy boost of adrenaline without over stimulating the senses. Excellent track. A- 7. Full Mental Jackpot (Etnica rmx II) is another track with a history of remixes. The Pleiadian’s remix is stronger in my opinion, beginning very emotive and ethereal before engaging into a heavy and intense number; it's really the same track with more sounds, intensity. The Etnica remix here begins interesting enough. Many elements appear remixed and in some ways the song is more building, less intense and over-the-top climax dependent than the Pleiadian remix. This version gradually develops, evolving quite well and picking up some serious energy into the third minute, especially around 3:42. Here the vehicle shifts into high gear; it’s excellent. The song becomes a strong and fierce, driving rhythm, as little alien and/or animalistic sounds fly by and chirp past the beat like a conscious missile passing through a psychedelic rainforest. Both the fourth and fifth minute nail the build/climax petal after sustaining buildup. Energy is gained around 5:05. These parts are catchy; they're a pleasure to listen to. Past 5:30 however, numerous musical segment’s take place that are less rocket boosting. Sure there’s a sweet build up from 6:28 to 6:40, but the end result leaves a lot to be desired when compared to the Pleiadian remix. Nonetheless, those who appreciate less intense and/or climax driven songs may appreciate this remix more. Furthermore, the version here was remixed in Etnica's prime; a group known for producing some of the best electronic music of all time, at least around the time they produced two Pleiadian albums, this one, the cult classic Alien Protein release, and a little super something/album called The Juggling Alchemist Under the Blacklight. While this isn't my favorite Full Mental Jackpot version, I feel that is one of the better Crop Circles remixes and an overall strong, dance friendly track. Great work. A- 8. No more Singles is my second to least favorite track on the album after Daffy Duck. But this is far more interesting and unique in architecture, design. It’s a relatively slow, non-intense mid-tempo number. Produced with a different, mechanical sound than previous songs. I initially found that it lacked a hook, a stand out element to carry it strong. The more I listened, and over time, the more I began to feel less uptight with the experimental style and approach that had me feeling uncertain. By focusing on that emotion I simply amplified it, thus remaining in a confused, self-absorbed and unclear state. For starters, the spiraling melody and rhythm around 1:31 is catchy. A second strength is the evolution from 4:01 forward, and the new moves acquired as the vehicle moves into its fifth minute. Eventually the high pitched melody approach is a hit-and-miss for me; sometimes I find it too much as the track progresses, other times it's alright. But the driving rhythm and speed, especially up into the eighth minute forward is pretty sweet. The song could have used some real atmosphere to give it more of a surreal, planetary identity; Crop Circles seemed intent on making a real unemotional and futuristic number when producing No More Singles. Currently I prefer Celeano and Seven Sisters, the closing tracks on both old school Pleiadian albums over the closing track here. But it will be interesting to see what others think. You decide! B In conclusion, Tetrahedron is the rare and re-mastered, finally released side project by the artists behind one of the greatest album’s ever produced in psytrance by general consensus: I.F.O. Those who’ve heard I.F.O. and/or F.O.L. will be familiar with the crazy, psychedelic style of Crop Circles. The album takes time to process and absorb due to its heavy amount of details and layers. Tetrahedron is extremely psychedelic, intricate, developed, atmospheric, powerful, and more or less dark and/or intense depending on the track. Super songs include Lunar Civilization, Pentagon, and more. This is quite possibly the biggest and overall most nostalgic surprise of Psy/Goa-Trance, 2008. If I were to compare it to Pleiadian’s I.F.O., I’d say that I.F.O. was more elegant and fluid in transitions, for starters; this is more rough and chaotic overall. Personally I like I.F.O. more. Nonetheless, this is a super extension from two landmarks albums in electronica: I.F.O. and F.O.L respectively. I don’t care for Daffy Duck very much, a breather in a sense before stronger track Cerealogy. I prefer Cerealogy and Classic Process in that regard. Naturally it will be interesting to see what other people think of every track here, who favors what, etc. Tetrahedron is one of the most labyrinthine, maximal Psytrance album’s ever produced. It took six members to complete and has won a plethora of praise and desire to attain over the years for its distinct sound/style and intermediate sound engineering, production and imagination. Furthermore, it’s extremely danceable. I’m surprised that this album was never officially released before. If I were to note two weaknesses, I’d say the album has its non superb tracks and after hearing I.F.O., I thought that anything these artists touched would turn to gold, though this album is considered golden, classic by many listeners. Second, a remix or two here I find very entertaining, but I don’t love them as much as other variations, i.e: Full Mental Jackpot (Etnica Remix II) for instance. But that’s me. Fortunately, the remixes are strong and remixed by the same artists who created the originals, Pleiadian’s and Etnica. Tetrahedron has been one of the most wanted albums in Psytrance; if we were to say “never released” it would probably be number one. Overall this is a great album with several of the best Psytrance songs ever made on it. I want to add that this is a nighttime album; it’s good to dance, drive, and exercise too, or just listen to on good head phones, etc, shutting the eyes and getting lost in, visualizing, whatever. Starring at the computer screen while listening to this is probably a bad idea and will distract from the greatness and fun, as the album is super energetic. I want to thank Dat Records, DJ Draeke, and everyone else involved for giving this a proper release after all these years. Favorite tracks - 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7. A- Sample / Order Psyshop: http://www.psyshop.com/shop/CDs/dat/dat1cd001.html Saikosounds: http://www.saikosounds.com/english/display...ase.asp?id=7678 Beatspace: http://www.beatspace.com/dettagli/dettaglio.asp?id=4665 Wirikuta: http://www.wirikuta.at/web66/product_detai...owDetail=213009 Tower: http://www.tower.com/tetrahedron-crop-circ.../wapi/113079183 Goastore: http://www.goastore.ch/product_info.php?products_id=2784