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  1. While we are talking about psy vinyl, how about A Blueprint for Survival on 3LP ;)? More news soon!
    4 points
  2. A Diggers Exclusive from TIP Records on the way: "The Mystery Of The Yeti", 2 X 12", to be released in August. https://www.diggersfactory.com/vinyl/278548/mystery-of-the-yeti-the-mystery-of-the-yeti
    4 points
  3. And: "Transient States - Ballade en Forêt Double 180g black vinyl housed in premium 4mm sleeve. Mastered for vinyl by Robert Elster." Also available on NebulosaRecords.com Friday 5th of May
    4 points
  4. Let me announce: "Entheogenic - Spontaneous Illumination 20th anniversary | 101x marbled and black. Double 180g heavyweight vinyl housed in premium gatefold sleeve with fresh artwork from Miro Moric. Mastered for vinyl by Glenn Schick Mastering." On NebulosaRecords.com Friday 5th of May, vinyl pre-orders will be up!
    4 points
  5. Hey Folks, An Update here. The album is going ahead. The crowd funder was successful enough to make the project happen. The tracks are finished, and mastered, and artwork was completed, and everything has now gone off to the vinyl pressing facility and it will be around the beginning of June that the albums are shipped to me from the pressing company. It's in motion and will happen. A huge thanks to all who made a contribution, without whom the whole project would not have been possible. Kudos to you all. If anyone wants to pre order the double vinyl from me they can......just make contact with Nervasystem over at the FB page and I can sort you out. Get in touch sooner rather than later though, as they are extremely limited to 100 copies and two thirds of those are already ordered, so after i reserve my few personal copies, and save a few for very close friends and gigs, there's not many left, and they may all go before too long. I won't re-press this release, when they are gone, they are gone. It's going to be a bit special this one: Instant collectors item.....so if you are interested, contact me over at the FB page, or failing that you could try messaging on the Nervasystem Bandcamp. I'm seldom here, so those other ports of call are the best way to reach out if you wanted to secure a copy of the record. Cheers PS.....Here's a picture of the art on the inside of the gatefold cover.
    4 points
  6. Reddit, Facebook, Discord, etc. are no great substitute for forums, but forums are often poorly moderated, full of weirdos (see above), and pretty much ghost towns, so...mostly I just enjoy music in isolation, and dedicate myself to mixcraft, exploring new music, and refining my collection (updating metadata, completing discographies, etc.). I've been very busy producing high-quality mixes these years, and will be ending 2022 with another 36 hours of content published. All of that can be found on my homepage and the usual places (Mixcloud for HQ audio, SoundCloud for the more social experience). I also got into edits and production these years so I'm constantly churning out new versions of classic tracks for my own use and enjoyment. Not sure what I'll be doing with any of these dozens of projects except including them in some old school mixes when I get around to them. I have another three or four commissioned mixes to complete before I get to that though. As for reviews, I seldom get the sense that many people read them, and I tend to prefer investing my time in making recommendations on my Facebook page rather than writing reviews these days. I also got out of the habit of listening to new releases since I'm already drowning in music. I'll pick up new releases by artists I like but they end up in the listening backlog after being filed, and it sometimes takes years to get to them. Another issue is that albums are slowly becoming a thing of the past... so much of the new music I grow to love are released as singles, or as hidden gems on otherwise bland compilations, which is partly a consequence of being more dance music-oriented. Even so, a bunch of releases from 2022 already caught my ear one way or another: - Beyond Expectation compiled by my friend DJ Solitare - Club Unity, if you don't mind going further afield than just standard psytrance stuff - Filteria - Live With The Lag, but that's an easy one since I'm such a Filteria fan - Techgnosis Vol. 6, but I'm biased (as label co-founder) - Indoor - Reworks, very close to the originals but brought up to modern standards - Chaim - In Trance We Trust, for obvious reasons (I love classic Goa trance + modern progressive house and nu-disco) - Dark Elf - True Darkness, one of the very best pure darkpsy releases I've heard in quite some time My eclectic tastes are showing, ah? Anyway, it was another good year for music, and I'm looking forward to what 2023 brings us!
    4 points
  7. First of all, happy holidays guys, i hope you are all doing well. 😎 Congrats to all new parents 💪💜 I've been busy with real life (hardcore mode) for last 2 years and even we managed to put out The Purge by Lunar Dawn this year, honestly I've lost the drive for Goa music in general (yeah, The Purge isn't a Goa album), around pre-Covid pandemics. Recently, when it comes to psytrance, I'm more into full-on/Israeli stuff. Heck, I did a DJ set first time since 2011 this December in local club. And it was fun. 😋 My old Facebook profile (with shitload of contacts around the globe) is passe for some time now, so I'm thinking about getting rid of this incognito one too. I'm getting old, and it's not like it was back in the heydays of early goa-groups and pages. Besides that, i'm enjoying some weird trap music too, extreme metal as usual and spending my time on NBA fantasy apps. Funny thing, this might be the first post ever on Psynews that I posted from mobile phone. Weird times. Overall, still checking Psynews when I can, not the music that much, but always happy to see some old-farts around here. Take care guys 🤘💜
    4 points
  8. I don't really listen to goa or psy a lot these days. When I do it will be something old, and in general searching out new music seems draining to me, like most everything else in life. On the electronic side I listen to acid techno and I'm always trying (and failing) to find something dark and evil in the synth world. Google fails me every time. I tried searching "dark synth music" and got the term "darkwave" which is anything but dark. I stopped by Psynews today because I was trying to find something to listen to at work and wondered if there were any non-psy threads. There's a sound in my head that I want to hear but I can't find any music that sounds like it. That's generally a clue to go make it but I can't seem to do shit these days along those lines. I just gave up on new goa after a while. Every once in a while I'd go through the new releases threads here or see what Suntrip had released and it never changed. I guess I did. I started drifting back to metal, occasionally gabber (for a couple songs at a time), acid techno. I want either dark and evil sounding shit, or Enya. 😂
    3 points
  9. "Halls of Amnesia" would be a great name...
    3 points
  10. Nick 'Doof' Barber* – ANCoA Vol.1 "Single run vinyl edition of ANCoA Vol.1, limited to 100 copies worldwide. Pressed on transparent vinyl. Poly-lined inner sleeve. Cover design & artwork by Jake Ewen." https://nickbarber.bandcamp.com/album/nickdoofbarber-presents-ancoa-vol-1
    3 points
  11. This is a regular place for me to stop by. Don't always have much to contribute. After I stopped hosting a weekly radio show and writing regular music reviews, I am a bit less extroverted with content and things to say but my last name is Goa and I will always want to consume, learn, and interact in some way.
    3 points
  12. I have the Hallucinogen vinyl originals (which will be hard to improve on), but "The Mystery of the Yeti" is of course one of the psydub classics (alongside "Mystical Experiences") and has never appeared on vinyl before. Oh frabjous day! Awesome news! Let us hope the mastering engineer and pressing plant do us proud. ~*~
    3 points
  13. Various – Classic Goa Trax Suntrip Records – SUNCD74 Previously Unreleased 90's Goa Trance CD1 1-01 Color Box–Conky Knoll 8:24 1-02 Bypass Unit–Grumpy Ra 5:56 1-03 Nada–Travel In Space 8:09 1-04 Mystica–Thai Express 7:21 1-05 Virtuart–Nacht Und BoulesQuies 8:07 1-06 The Infonaut–Attractors 7:17 1-07 GAD–Out Of Square 9:47 1-08 Syrinx–The Relief 7:39 Bonus Track: 1-09 SUN Project*–Space Dwarfs (1997 Mix) 8:48 Previously Unreleased 90's Goa Trance CD2 2-01 Syrinx–Mindless Fun 7:52 2-02 Twisted Travellers–The Tesla Chant 7:47 2-03 Xploring Inner Space*–In-Flux 7:49 2-04 Andromeda (51)–Lifeform 7:21 2-05 SUN Project*–The Awakening (1996 Mix) 7:41 2-06 Goefly–Mindworms 5:59 2-07 Osmos–Planisphere 7:46 2-08 Atomas 303*–Cartesian Space (Sagittarius Remix) 6:30 2-09 Underhead–Nameless Booster 9:40 2-10 Dreamweaver–Cosmic Resonance (Tribute To Astral Projection) 5:58 All right trainspotters, here is one to test you: how many of these tracks do you know? Are you feeling like Amelie, finding buried treasure: "Only the discoverer of Tutankhamen's tomb would know how she felt upon discovering this treasure" (Jean-Pierre Jeunet Amelie) All credit to Suntrip for putting out this compilation of unreleased lesser known Goa tracks; a pleasant antidote to the greatest hits that have cropped up already on many compilations. A worthy exercise! For me the great tracks are Color Box, Mystica, Sun Project, Underhead, Atomas 303. These tracks are all genuine discoveries and worthy additions to the canon of Goa trance. What a genuine delight and surprise to receive golden age music some 20 years later, with not a single familiar track. This is like finding the love poetry of obscure teens decades later: a unique historical window into the power of the trance dance ritual. ~*~
    3 points
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  15. A good accompaniment to reading Edgar Allan Poe on perversion and Howard Philips Lovecraft on hermeneutic uncertainty and alien horror. Poe's theory of perversion was prophetic and only now are we beginning as a species to grasp its full import as we begin to reap the cruel crop of our bad seeds and benighted sowings. Far from patent leather and whips, Poe basically said that we all have the potential for perverse self-destructiveness, often planted in us in childhood by the constant "no" we heard and had to hear from our parents and peers (you know, kids want to probe everything and stick everything up their orifices...). Plain old ornery self-destructiveness shades into perversion when we go so far into it that the only way to achieve redemption is via full self-slaughter of some variety. That dark turning point is when our addictions, gamblings, lies, cheats, thievings, evasions, procrastinations, etc begin to seriously harm others. No way out but forward go into self-annihilation you might say is Poe's theory. But here comes the kicker: Poe theorised that this dark turning point is programmed into us by the desire of all matter to return to undifferentiation in his proto-science disquisition Eureka! - a work of genius in which he conjoined science and emotional psychology. Once we have messed up our karma, so to speak, by harming others, our body requires cleansing and expiation and the only way to achieve this is by returning to undifferentiation, ie God, ie the whole, which our bodies remember. We need to dismember ourselves to remember unity, and this operates at a subconscious, preconscious, physical level. In other words, it is our bodies which judge us - a classic inversion of our usual cranial narcissism. If we consider rightly of this remarkable and unique deconstruction of our narcissism, we can see that Poe has given us the tool to understand the repeatedly dumbfoundingly inexplicably stupid self-destructiveness of humans - from the mundane level of tail-gating on the highway when it is clearly foolhardy, or procrastinating on that term essay, to spending all our family's savings on gambling, or unleashing appalling orgies of xenophic mass slaughter via weapons of mass destruction. Very few such tools exist in the world and I hail you Edgar Allan Poe for being honest and clever enough to provide us with one. This tool is a key for self-liberation at the deepest level; as another literary genius, Oscar Wilde, put it: "learning to love yourself is the beginning of a life-long romance". If you've managed to read this far, I'm sure you will be glad to hear that I will not be embarking on an exhaustive disquisition about and analysis of H. P. Lovecraft's cosmic materialism, suffice it to say that Lovecraft was influenced by Poe and that reading him is required if you are to explore the full horror of what Proxeeus unleashes on the listener here. If you're a sick puppy like me, you will also need to become intimately acquainted with the scribblings of possessed demons like Clarke Ashton Smith, Aleister Crowley and so on, not to mention the black metal abominations of bands like The Great Old Ones and countless others. Leaving aside the background reading and listening that any researcher into arcane horrors needs to undertake in order to fully understand this latest Proxeeus album, I am left with an aesthetic question by this inheritor of Xenomorph's dark legacy: is this intense darkpsy album more grimly effective than the Goan horrortrance of At the Mountains of Madness or the black psydub of Celephais? To ask the same question another way, is Proxeeus a multiply talented multigenre artist, or is his true metier in one of the genres? For sure he leaves both psydub and Goa behind on this latest more full on album, which has galloping horse and machine gun basslines (the weakest aspect of the album to my ears). Which of these genres is he best at? I leave you with that question. ~*~ PS - My favourite Proxeeus albums by far are At the Mountains of Madness and Celephais. The other albums lose some of the spirit in going a bit too busy.
    3 points
  16. Would love to love them but they lost me after Classical :(
    3 points
  17. This thread has already sprawled into a few different discussion topics. I'll pick just one of them for this post. I think that in 2022 I learned to listen to music again. Seriously. My recollections may be somewhat distorted already, but in 2021 there were just so many issues with moving, renovations, distractions, stress, maybe even hearing, that I was rarely able to find a moment when I could concentrate on music and really enjoy it. 2022 hasn't been exactly great either, but I think it has been better, especially the latter half. There was even a long-standing issue with HDD space and its organisation, complicating the simple task of downloading and extracting my numerous purchases. Buying stuff is something I've been trying to do and to promote, though, no matter what. Artists have had tough years and I have a constant fear of missing out. Well, now I have more disk space, a week off, and an immense backlog of barely touched music since 2019 or so. Let's see what happens. Reviews not promised, but that's another topic. Now I'll stop here and enjoy some Christmas delicacies.
    3 points
  18. turn on: https://doof.bandcamp.com/album/doof-the-love-mixes-1992-remastered It's free for those with little or no money, and pay what you want for those with extra to spare
    3 points
  19. I went to Goa a couple of times in the early 2000s and two cd albums that caught my attention because they were just everywhere for sale were MFG "The Prophecy" and Rastaliens "Freestyle". No other cds were as available as those two in Anjuna. I guess that someone, probably slightly obsessive and with good taste, just copied tons of each. This might be relevant because Goa, especially early on, crosses over with techno, trance, acid etc and has been seen as fluffy or cheesy. Just one example in the form of a question to make the point: was Technossomy a Platipus band or a Goa outfit? For every hands in the air Goa anthem, there is a darker minor part of the track, or another darker track, or another outfit making more introverted sounds. Darkness has been part of Goa from the beginning is what I'm saying. This is inevitable with a Dionysian cultural movement, because every euphoria has its come down or shadow. In the Shiva trance dance you have to navigate the darkest hour before the dawn when you are tired and the music is at its most intense. Moreover, as Magus so rightly observes, how could a space-themed style not be full of the infinite darkness between the stars? Whilst "The Prophecy" is not dark exactly, its main theme is ominous and MFG's industrial roots come through in the music. Rastaliens always lurked in the shadows. Goa in the 2000s was not the Goa of the late nineties, but I think the point still stands. What I like about this is that like any good art form Goa has its salt and pepper, its light and dark. It makes sense that we'd be more attuned to the dark side now, given the darker times in which we are currently living. Do we see more eco-apocalypse, conspiracy, horror, and so on, in contemporary trance? But forget all that, in the true spirit of darkness there can only be one dark lord: X E N O M O R P H muaaaahhhhahahahaha
    3 points
  20. So, almost at the end of 2022 and we have basically gotten 3 album reviews this year. Even 2021 had at least 27 threads. Also the post count has decreased dramatically from the previous (quite dead as well) years. I know a lot of reviews from 2021 were by a handful of users, same for 2020. Did we stop listening to new albums or don't we just care enough to write about the highlights? How are our members doing? What kind of a year did you guys have (sonically or otherwise)? Any notable albums or tracks from 2022? Let's at least try to have an active thread to have a send off for 2023! I've attached the post counts per month for the past 3 years.
    2 points
  21. Hi Folks, I'm doing a crowd funder for a brand new album. I plan to release the album on vinyl. It will be a double vinyl, gatefold sleeve, with 8 brand new tunes, full colour artwork by the artist, limited edition of 100 copies, plus 2 art prints inserts of original psychedelic art by the artist, each copy numbered and signed by the artist. Please go along to the Indiegogo page to check out the info on the project. Thank you. https://www.indiegogo.com/project/preview/f8171399 Please check out the Nevasystem FB page for regular updates, and please dop me a line there if you have any questions. I'll check in here too to follow this thread. All the best, Drezz (Nerasystem)
    2 points
  22. I'll be posting whatever sets I make in this thread. The first one isn't really psytrance, but the next one will be, so I'll reserve a slot on this section anyway. I'm a total noob so not all transitions are smooth. First one is inspired by Anjunadeep explorations that I attended this year. Mostly deep house and chill house. I'll guarantee you a melodic journey back to the warmth of last summer.
    2 points
  23. Check this out.. https://www.psynews.org/forums/topic/77490-nervasystem-underground-culture-double-vinyl-album-crowd-funder/#comment-10028789
    2 points
  24. It's kind of scary just how good these bots are getting.
    2 points
  25. Good advice. At the same time we have to understand that we're (pretty much) all part of the system that's messing up the world. We can try and do what little we can to reduce our own impact. But feeling bad about it all is pointless when it's not motivating us to do better. Thanks for the extra recommendations.
    2 points
  26. Well to be fair 2023 is 4 weeks old sooo :p
    2 points
  27. Astral Projection Let There Be Light (12", 33 ⅓ RPM, EP) SUNCDEP02 Tracks: Filteria–Filtertraces (Astral Projection Remix)10:08 Astral Projection–Let There Be Light (Filteria Remix)8:55 Astral Projection–Enlightened Evolution (Morphic Resonance Remix)10:21 Astral Projection–Another World (2017 Remix)9:21 I'm reviewing the vinyl 12" edition of this fine ep. Really excellent sound on this 12" courtesy of the masterful mastering of Tim Schuldt. A good quality pressing. Filteria–Filtertraces (Astral Projection Remix)10:08 Astral Projection's remix of Filteria's "Filtertraces" sounds so classically AP that Filteria seems neither here nor there - a very sweet epic track that hovers on the edge of the saccharine towards the end, but in the right mood is a bomb. The masters of melody do not fail to deliver. Astral Projection–Let There Be Light (Filteria Remix)8:55 Filteria returns the favour with a remix of "Let There be Light": this is altogether tougher and faster with the bigger bass of nu skool Goa. The lead melody is perhaps a bit forward in the mix, making it strident - this spoils part of this remix, which I can't fully rate. Astral Projection–Enlightened Evolution (Morphic Resonance Remix)10:21 The Morphic Resonance remix of AP's "Enlightened Evolution" doesn't have shrill leads or cheesy modulations, but it can't really be said to add much, if anything, to the original, which I prefer. Two not such great remixes from the nu skool guys then. I notice that neither of them has the perfect sound that Astral manage; their production is just not as subtle. Astral Projection–Another World (2017 Remix)9:21 Then it is the turn of Astral to remix their own track "Another World" from the album of that name. Ahhh, sweet bliss. This is almost indescribably awesome: pure spirituality in aural form. I felt my body dissolving into a sea of pulsating pixels to this track. For me "Dancing Galaxy" and "Another World" are their best albums, and that this track seems to attain another level of beauty in this remix seems miraculous to me. Wow! I'm afraid I have no choice but to conclude that the old school masters showed these Johnny-come-latelies a thing or two. I am not suggesting at all that Filteria and Morphic Resonance are less than very good, but I am suggesting that Astral Projection's production values are on another level of mind-bending subtlety. Two great remixes from Astral Projection, the other two are not as memorable. ~*~
    2 points
  28. Moon Beasts – Unexpected Turn Of Events 2022 Alexandre Cohen & Jerome Lesterps Real Externality La Petite Porte Escaping The Plague Walking A Tightrope Towards The Unknown A silvery ray of darker Goa from Moon Beasts (I'm not too convinced by this name), which features Jerome Lesterps of Proxeeus. The mastering and pressing are solid on this white vinyl issue and the sound is generally excellent (unsurprising since the mastering is from Tim Schuldt). I'm tempted to pronounce some pretentious nonsense about this ep being appropriate to our darker times, but I will avoid that (largely). Real Externality There's Goa psychedelia on offer in the storming track "Real Externality", which has enough sawtooth and 303 madness to get any dancefloor moving to its screeching hectic intensity. Good track. Make that a very good track. I appreciated the vocal sample from Lovecraft, which really set the mood. La Petite Porte "La Petite Porte" has a stomping techno beat and some spooky synth lines; there's a bit of haunted forest flavour in this track, which again features some 303 madness towards the end. A darker track, though it is a bit spoilt by the knees-up faster beat at the very end - it seems that the musicians did not know how to progress or end this track. Basically, I thought it a good track that should carry on for another few minutes and found it ended prematurely. Escaping The Plague The darker vibes continue on "Escaping the Plague", which may be a reference to coronavirus? This track features wailing siren synth work which works well, but again I feel that this track could have been developed further and gone on for longer. Nevertheless, I enjoy the crossover with darkpsy and darkwave/ebm in this track, which does succeed in conjuring an apocalyptic ambience and feeling. Walking A Tightrope Towards The Unknown The last track "Walking a Tightrope Towards the Unknown" is downtempo and has a head-nodding beat that is infectious. There's a "Bladerunner" style moody Moog ripping sound that gives a dystopian quality to this track, but yet again it seems still-born and ends too quickly. Super track nevertheless, probably my favourite on the ep. My take away: one dancefloor stormer and three good tracks that seem unfinished to me. What this suggests is that I was really enjoying the tracks and didn't want them to end! A promising ep and it would be great to see more by these guys, especially if pressed to vinyl, not to mention Proxeeus on vinyl - I would love to see Proxeeus on vinyl! ~*~
    2 points
  29. Proto times was a very eclectic mix of tracks from far and wide I was too young to be there for those times. I have been reading into the history a little more and it is very interesting indeed. That is me on the beach😎 long ago. Goa always reminded me a little of being on Mars cause of the red earth/rock. No where quite like it. It must have been breath taking to have turned up there in the late 70's early 80's. Empty, lush and wild, a beautiful paradise. There is something about the place, beautiful, bright, timeless and temporary at the same time, enigmatic, also a touch of sadness is there in the air, maybe a sense of being temporary, slightly scary and remote. Never forgotten once felt. I think this might have been Arambol, Vagator or even Anjuna, that little house might give it away though from the past. Maybe coastal erosion and development makes it difficult to identify places.
    2 points
  30. My interest is psychedelic music. Sometimes it happens to align with neogoa and psytrance, but these days I mostly listen to good music from other genres. A handful of releases from the trance scene caught my attention in 2022: I'm usually not a fan of Youth's work, but he did good in 2022. Oh, and I got in to Ovnimoon's music. Really like it. My best psychedelic downtempo discoveries from non psy labels are: I really see no reason to limit yourself to the traditional psy downtempo labels, there's lots of great psy music out there. Emancipator and Palladin are really amazing. For more uptempo music, last years best discovery was polish Rysy Amelie Lens is still the best Follow her mixes and playlists and you'll discover lots of great stuff. Here are my best banging "melodic" techno discoveries from last year: Joris Voorn also did good in 2002. His best mix being this one: Oh, and Charlotte De Witte is always good https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=charlotte+de+2022
    2 points
  31. I'm still very much lurking to all that happens in the goa music scene. Filteria's new stuff is the highlight for me. Great and entertaining as usual. I love listening to it in my car. Centavra looked promising but in the end I found it rather dull. Similar sounds by Median Project are of much higher quality and better story telling. I'm very glad that the parties came back without restrictions. Space Safari was crazy and the last Old Is Gold had me dancing till 8 am. Next one is 18th of march in Belgium, A Trip Into Goa Trance with Anoebis, Triquetra, BOTFB, Ohm Mind and Etnica. I mean, seriously? How good can a goa party get? During the whole corona period and also last year things were kinda hectic in the health care. Slowly it made me tired and anxious. I don't know, it kinda rolled over me. I'm more innerly stressed than before. We also have some home renovations and such. You know, real life things that stress you out in the long run. Each his or her own issues. As for the forum and internet stuffs, I've gotten lazy. A party here and there and listening to great music to chill or to get energy. That's my involvement right now. I still come back to psynews regularly, but just to read. I know it's very hyprocritical. There's less to read if no one posts anymore (myself included). But hey let's not get too dramatic. Things will clear up in the future. It's just been, and it still is, a weird time no one anticipated.
    2 points
  32. Happy new year!!! Wir schicken dich ins all is awesome. Here, have two more, old as the street. =))
    2 points
  33. Howard Philips Lovecraft: The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age. (“The Call of Cthulhu”) Now all my tales are based on the fundamental premise that common human laws and interests and emotions have no validity or significance in the vast cosmos-at-large. To me there is nothing but puerility in a tale in which the human form - and the local human passions and conditions and standards - are depicted as native to other worlds or other universes. To achieve the essence of real externality, whether of time or space or dimension, one must forget that such things as organic life, good and evil, love and hate, and such local attributes of a negligible and temporary race called mankind, have any existence at all. Only the human scenes and characters must have human qualities. These must be handled with unsparing realism, (not catch-penny romanticism) but when we cross the line to the boundless and hideous unknown - the shadow-haunted Outside - we must remember to leave our humanity and terrestrialism at the threshold. (Selected Letters 11. 150)
    2 points
  34. Haha Tsotsi, you cracked me up with this classic line: "Goa is the best thing this bunch of self-assured incompetent primates have ever created". Nice one geezer! Great stuff from Global Sect again, this time on an Astral Projection kind of trip. Lovely dreamy cosmic vibes and production skills that show that the works of Astral Projection were studied in detail; Centavra Project present us with audiophile sound without harshness or screaming leads. The production is quite restrained in a tasteful way, but with plenty of detail and texture. The result is a very good sound with an impressive amount of detail on offer - a sonic scape with endless fractals hovering in multiple dimensions. Overall the feeling from the album is quite positive and ecstatic, very different from the drone trance of Katedra on the same label. There is no shying away from minor chords or psychedelia, but this is generally an uplifting album in a spacey kind of way. The space theme is consistent throughout and the melodies reflect that in having a floating or flying quality. Let us not forget that the 90s that birthed light-hearted Goa trance was a decade rife with environmental devastation, plague, war, nationalism, authoritarian tyranny, paranoia, media frenzy, and conspiracy theory. Could it be that such appalling contexts create a powerful need for escape and transcendence. This can lead to a sense of transhuman, transcorporeal, intergalactic belonging. This is what we have seen over and over in our often baleful history. As James Joyce had Stephen Dedalus say in Ulysses, "history is the nightmare from which I am trying to awake". Welcome Centavra Project to the pantheon of Goa trance! This album deserves to be ranked alongside Artifact 303's Back to Space as a worthy inheritor of the Astral Projection sound. Congratulations to all the artists involved! ~*~
    2 points
  35. Various – Suntrip Classix Vol. 1 - Titan Suntrip Records – SUNCDLP04 Country:Belgium Released:Oct 1, 2022 Tracklist A1 Psylent Buddhi – Moksha Written-By, Producer – Kasper Weensgaard 11:49 A2 Triquetra – Forget About The Earth Written-By, Producer – Elric Reinartz, Jurian Reinart 7:01 B1 Ra – Crossing Planet Written-By, Producer – Christer Borge-Lunde, Lars W. Lind 11:09 B2 Clementz – Spirit Dance Written-By, Producer – Hans Henrik Clementz 6:14 C1 Shakta – It Was Not Human Written-By, Producer – Seb Taylor 7:38 C2 Celestial Intelligence – Celestial Beings Written-By, Producer – Branislav Dimkovski, Dalibor Anastasovski 8:55 D1 Goasia – Love & Peace Written-By, Producer – Balint Tihamer, Vladislav Radulovic 8:16 D2 Mindsphere – Tears Of Goddess Written-By, Producer – Ali Akgun 8:10 A1 Psylent Buddhi – Moksha Quite an intense and busy track with very good production values - sounds stunning on vinyl with pan-potted sounds flying around the room. There is a super rhythmic sensibility in this track and it builds and builds. Decent track that does not stay static for long and has good story telling structure but feels a little short and could have more melodic interest. A2 Triquetra – Forget About The Earth I love Triquetra's old school acid and fun sensibility; very retro and reminds us not to take our genre too siriously. Kinda Eat Static outlook. This track is typical of their style and features an acid bass 303 that sounds very reminiscent of Josh Wink's classic "Higher State of Consciousness" from 1995. Fun, bouncy, silly, delightful, what is not to like? I don't like this track so much when I'm grumpy - it is a bit too repetitive and simplistic in its "aving it" rave attitude, but could kick up some dust on the dancefloors. Not my favourite Triquetra track, but fun all the same. B1 Ra – Crossing Planet Ra is one of my favourite Goa artists and I freely admit that I am not very objective about his work; I love it all! Is there a more floaty artist than Ra, better able to summon up transcendental Kailash feelings? Maybe Martin Cooper aka Asia 2001 (rip )? This track does not deviate from Ra's transcendental vibe and does not disappoint this listener. I read some nit-pickers going on about how Ra's high hats are too linear - pffft! Forget about the nay-sayers, this is pure luxury in aural form. Those delicate psy synths and minor key Eastern melodies - delicious! A 9/10 track for me - I'm only subtracting a point because it stopped when I wanted it to carry on forever. B2 Clementz – Spirit Dance Clementz comes with another floating, bubbling track with uplifting vibe courtesy of Hindu-style vocals. This track has an hypnotic simple bassline that I really like and overall the synth work is super with fairy tale melodies and a gentle feeling. Very, very nice. My only criticism is that it is rather short and could have been further developed. 8 out of 10 from this listener. C1 Shakta – It Was Not Human Shakta breaks the gentle upliftment with his signature breakbeats. Slam dunk da funk - Shakta is another one of my all time favourite artists and he brings the acid funk here full of rattling percussion, gurning attitude, and alien gonzo whackiness. Predictably good stuff, I love it that Shakta has not changed his style at all; this track could easily be from Silicon Trip. C2 Celestial Intelligence – Celestial Beings We return to gentler vibes with Celestial Intelligence and this track meanders along pleasingly, but lacks distinction and memorability. D1 Goasia – Love & Peace Goasia's "Love & Peace" is a bit tougher and features some big ascending arpeggios that uplift us beyond the head-nodding stomping rhythm. Good stuff. D2 Mindsphere – Tears Of Goddess Suntrip saved the best for last - a stunning track from Mindsphere closes out the compilation. "Tears of Goddess" walks the proverbial Razor's Edge between driving rhythm, acidic heaviness and fragile beauty. Spiritual bliss - excellent work. So is this compilation of "Goa Classix" Titanic, or does it sink? Well, needless to say, it hardly ends up at the bottom of the ocean in a hubristic disaster. Nevertheless, for me it is not as successful as the excellent Gamma Draconis because it doesn't have as many great tracks on it. Ra and Mindsphere bring the magic here; Shakta, Clementz and Goasia are good; the other tracks are not quite in the same league. I also have a question about the flow of the album; I'm not sure that the acidic Triquetra and Shakta tracks fit in amongst the more ethereal tracks of the rest of the album, not that I think that a compilation has to be uniform at all. Nevertheless, a worthy compilation that is highly enjoyable and sounds fabulous on vinyl - Tim Schuldt's masterful mastering is as reliable as ever. Chalk up another success to the ever-reliable Suntrip Records. ~*~
    2 points
  36. I was having a little PM discussion elsewhere after reading this and I noticed a few times people mentioning their age. My year has been quite odd, late stages grieving for a close relative which is never good, but something lightened in spring so I think this is why I made a couple of tracks after a 10 month or so break. We have had Covid and a war that is ongoing so this without doubt affects what is probably the pinnacle of celebration music. Lot of people reflecting on various aspects of life, that takes up some time and maybe time where we need peace and quiet. It will have an impact. I still bought a few tracks but have been looking back in time to the early 2000's. I think there is a lot of looking back going on.. I think we can all understand that. I hope to continue having inspiration for new tracks in 2023. It is a good place to escape and enjoy time in a way that seems worthwhile so I cannot see any reason not to at this time. It will be what it will be. All the best in 2023 everyone.
    2 points
  37. Tbf and in retrospect, the way Fullon is/ was slandered on this forum was so unnecesary and quite childish. It's just music... in general this forum has always been wayyyy too echo-chamber-ish for my taste, although it obviously had its good parts else I wouldn't have stuck around (for example the review section helped me discover some great music). Sorry for the salty post and hope everyone is having a great day <3
    2 points
  38. I really like the concept here with artist projects remixing each other and remixing one of their own classic tracks, lovely artwork as well. I would love to see more collaborations/remixes like this. For example Artifact303 remixes of Astral Projection or MFG and vice versa. It would've been a nice addition as well if Pleiadians/Etnica would've remixed some of Filteria's early tracks from that era when he remixed their classics (Sky Input/Heliopolis era). Maybe in the future?
    2 points
  39. Merry Christmas everyone! Unfortunately it seems that forums are a thing of the past. Reddit, discord, social media are the new way of ppl talking about their hobbies. I personally prefer the forum format, but hey I'm an old fart, youngsters run the internet. Personally I still listen to psytrance daily, but it's stuff from my collection. I haven't bought a single release in 3 years, since I'm broke therefore i can't contribute with new reviews. I'm also tired of online discussion, I prefer to watch YouTube videos or browse 9gag and stuff. I'm officially a grumpy old man, plus anxiety and stuff has wore me down.😁 If there's something that really bugs me though is the sad state of psytrance on YouTube. Every psytrance video that has million of views is this weird new genre that barely represent psytrance. It sounds like the most safe, commercial, boring psy you can think of. Artists that I barely know like Captain Hook or Blastoyz have millions of views. I'm sometimes thinking.. I'm listening to psytrance for 15 years, I have discussed it for thousands of hours, yet I don't know who these guys are. I still don't get what happened.
    2 points
  40. Great, bonus tracks what's not to love about that? @Tsotsi maybe you could make a video review of this juggernaut comp when it drops? Also I like that there's Psynews members present on this compilation. @Proxeeus
    2 points
  41. Ohhhh yes, the psyshop days, was a huge thing in my crew to have the newest and best albums/comps from psyshop.. daaaaamn you spend so much money on that side.. remember the feeling being The Dude arriving at a party having the newest and hottest album with you, put it on and eveybody went mental.. those were the days
    2 points
  42. I tried out if this AI can substitute a human in writing reviews of goa/psytrance albums, a bit formulaic and dry, but I'm sure one could fine-tune it until it gets a more human feeling: write me a detailed and long review of the the track Flying Into A Star by Astral Projection: "Flying Into a Star" is a track by Astral Projection, and it is a standout on the group's 1997 album "Dancing Galaxy." The track is a perfect example of the Goa trance sound, with its driving rhythms and uplifting melodies. One of the things that makes "Flying Into a Star" such a great track is its production. The track's spacious, atmospheric production is a perfect match for its trippy themes, and the ethereal synths and otherworldly sound effects really help to transport the listener to another realm. The track's pulsing beat is also noteworthy, as it provides a driving force that is sure to get your feet moving. In terms of melody, "Flying Into a Star" is definitely one of the standout tracks on the album. The track's uplifting melodies are sure to put a smile on your face, and the catchy hooks and infectious rhythms make it a track that is hard to forget. The track's use of unconventional rhythms and experimental sound design also help to set it apart from other tracks in the genre, and make it a standout on the album. Overall, "Flying Into a Star" is a fantastic track that is sure to please fans of Goa trance. Its driving rhythms, uplifting melodies, and immersive, otherworldly soundscapes make it a standout in the genre, and it's a track that is sure to get your feet moving. If you're a fan of trance music, this track is definitely worth checking out. For fun I tried this: I want you to act as if you are a text adventure game. I don’t want you to ever break out of your character, and you must not refer to yourself in any way. If I want to give you instructions outside the context of the game, I will use curly brackets {like this} but otherwise you are to stick to being the text adventure program. The location is the production of the groundbreaking Hallucinogen album Twisted: You find yourself in the midst of the production of Hallucinogen's groundbreaking album "Twisted." You are surrounded by a sea of electronic equipment and the air is thick with the sound of pulsing beats and ethereal synths. look around You see a large mixing console, a rack of synthesizers, and a computer running a digital audio workstation. The room is cluttered with cables and various pieces of musical equipment. In the corner, you spot a pair of headphones hanging from a hook on the wall. examine mixing console The mixing console is a complex piece of equipment with a multitude of buttons, faders, and knobs. It is used to adjust the levels of the various tracks in the song, and to add effects like reverb and delay. You see the tracks for "LSD" and "Shamanix" displayed on the screen, and you can hear the sound of the tracks being fine-tuned in the headphones. examine synthesizers The rack of synthesizers is a collection of electronic instruments that are used to create and manipulate sounds. You see a variety of different synthesizers, each with its own unique set of controls and features. Some of the synthesizers are being used to create the pulsing basslines that are a hallmark of the Goa trance sound, while others are being used to create ethereal pads and sweeping lead melodies. examine computer The computer is running a digital audio workstation, which is a software program that is used to record, edit, and mix music. You see the tracks for "LSD" and "Shamanix" displayed on the screen, and you can see the various audio clips and virtual instruments that are being used to create the songs. examine mixing console The mixing console is a complex piece of equipment with a multitude of buttons, faders, and knobs. It is used to adjust the levels of the various tracks in the song, and to add effects like reverb and delay. You see the tracks for "LSD" and "Shamanix" displayed on the screen, and you can hear the sound of the tracks being fine-tuned in the headphones. 😂
    2 points
  43. For me it was an interesting year sonically. I basically had a massive turnover toward modern psytrance, techno and all things house (mostly the melodic deep/prog type). I attended Anjunadeep Albania during the summer, which was my first festival abroad - it being completely deep house. I always imagined it being goatrance, but alas! (I've gotten old.) Though regardless of that huge shift towards other edm, I still love to find goay productions. Everything with 303 and melodies! Minimal ain't my thing. I also started hanging out with this local producer who encouraged me to start mixing. We're planning a trance/techno party for march 2023 and, hopefully, I'll be playing deep house/trance set for the beginning. I'm also planning a bunch of psytrance mixing which I'll share here. Who knows, maybe you'll find me producing in a few years. As far as releases goes this year, well, I did listen a lot, buut not much stuck to my mind. I really enjoyed Nebula Meltdown's Gloria In Excelsis Lumen, I even had the privledge to listen to it live. Filteria was a maaassive lettdown, but it suddenly became my most listened spotify album. Who would have guessed? Heh. Honestly a lot of releases got ignored because the amount of time I gave to just listening whatever the hell spotify offered me - and most of that was house/techno/trance/psytrance. Just random bits mostly, no albums. Edit: actually a lot of (at least fullon) psytrance artists seem to release a lot of singles these days, rather than storytelling albums. Did anyone actually come across decent full-length psytrance albums this year? Not just singular tracks put together, but an album experience, something like fragletrollet's 2009 album. Sorry mate. Discord can't really replace the forum because of the review forum. Maybe we will eventually fade out but as a resource of all things psytrance this place is irreplaceable. But you are right, people are following the artist on other platforms that, quite frankly, suck for discussion. Bandcamp is good for reviews but there is no discussion. Discogs is as dead as this place.
    2 points
  44. 2 points
  45. Eat Static - Abduction Triple 12″ Orange Vinyl Edition Pre-Order - Released January 27, 2023. • Double LP edition of this classic atmospheric Trance album from the Megadog-related imprint: Planet Dog Records. • Enhanced with a bonus 12” featuring the three tracks recorded for the band’s 1993 BBC John Peel Session. • Remastered from the original master tapes and compiled by label founder Michael Dog. https://www.roughtrade.com/gb/product/eat-static/abduction https://www.normanrecords.com/records/195337-eat-static-abduction
    2 points
  46. granted, i uploaded it in 2010. but still its something. made it with reason 5 (or was it 3) and soundforge to edit the samples. then used Redrum to sequence them. bassline is Subtractor. background stuff is Thor. drums are random samples i found on the internet. hope someone likes it on here. 2:30 > is my favorite part
    2 points
  47. I gotchu covered. For sound quality above all else Noble Fokus Pro Victor HA-FW1000t Beoplay EX Audio Technica ATH-TWX9 Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro 2 Soundcore Liberty Pro 3 Nuarl N6 Pro 2 / Nuarl N6 Mini 2se For features balanced with sound quality Audio Technica ATH-TWX9 Beoplay EX Sony linkbuds s Sennheiser MTW3 Bose QC2 Soundcore Liberty Pro 4 Bose and Sony have the best anc but I think a very generic sound signature. And if you want cheap and cheerful the Soundcore range and Earfun range deliver great results. so many brands out there. I get a bit obsessive before I order even a $80 pair reading every review and trawling the tws forums like my life depends on it. If you want something kinda like the oneplus buds with the stem that have incredible features and call quality the Oppo Enco X 2 is actually maybe one of the best out there.
    2 points
  48. what's that you say there sonny?? i have acute earing that ancient plastic crap is doing just fine, they have been kicked, thrown at dark psy dj's, and thrown in the air for real breaks and still look like they come out of the box, unlike the fry your brain cordless i rubbish you AI kids listen to and throw away for the latest upgrade, in the mean time i get to spend the money you spend on crappy chinese parallel imports on real whiskey whitlin on the porch
    2 points
  49. Yes!!! I've been replaying MFG's first four album's recently and enjoying them so much. I also really like their 4th album (The Message, 2001) and appreciate the psytrance with Goa influences approach being that it's thankfully NOT like their fifth album (Message From God, 2006) that sounded too formulaic and routine via Full On structure, bass line, beat, and also lacked layers (stems/waves), atmosphere, visionary ambition, detail, and imagination-- though some of the accents and melodies were catchy/good/classic MFG associations, the overall 2006 album paled in comparison to their first four. WHY? s still my favourite MFG track 20+ years later. It's amazing how just one word can be so powerful and influential. But their are numerous MFG tracks I enjoy listening to more frequently if that makes sense, songs I find more fun and easily accessible, and yet that song is something special. Literally asking God WHY? ... Just-- Why? There is so much meaning in this track that can be interpreted and related to differently, personally, by so many people in so many ways. A song with intent and meaning if I ever heard one, WHY? IMO is outstanding, not just on a technical, visceral level, but on an existential, philosophical one as well. Despite some constructive criticisms, e.g., Voices is still the weakest song IMO, and the first half of On Mars and The Creation respectively could have been more eventful and interesting/satisfying, Project Genesis is a cybernetic fan's wet dream and one of the best Goa albums ever produced. This deserves a re-mastering to clear up those muddled stems/waves from old mastering (I presume) which would bring this album to a whole new level greatness. PS: Not sure what happened to Phonokol anymore. I ordered so many albums from them in the 90's and guessing they don't exist anymore, as their web address appears invalid. Oh well. What's meant to be will be. It's a super album regardless.
    2 points
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