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Phluff last won the day on January 18

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    Goa makes the cake. Everything else is just icing.

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  1. I don't know what to say. I can't say how sorry I am that this has caused your wife pain. I guess this is a conversation that not everyone wants to have who is affected by it. It's the number one conversation taking place in the States right now, so I thought it might be one that it would benefit this board to have.
  2. @Tsotsi Yeah, that's the kind of stuff I'm talking about. It's pedestrian here. I live in a pretty insular community, composed primarily of progressives, so I don't hear that much at all compared with when I lived in the city. But our little oasis is surrounded by rural towns, so we get a lot of Trump supporters and Confederate flag-wavers coming into town for work and stuff. What I was meaning to say was that the author of this book, Reni Eddo-Lodge, says that in Britain, racism is a big problem and nationalism as well. British nationalists are just as afraid of immigrants as the American ones, just as racist, and just as shameless.
  3. That's interesting. I've read one book by a black American woman since the killing of George Floyd, and I'm currently reading one by a black British woman. So it's interesting that you say the UK is an exception to the general rule of nationalism over racism in Europe. Not to say that Britain doesn't have its own nationalism problem, because it does, but the narrative given by this author is that racism is still very much a factor in the way she leads her daily life. It is such an unhealthy big problem here, and I sadly hear so little about other parts of the world sometimes, so that my conception of racism around the world may not be as truly representative as I thought. I still don't think it's easy to be black anywhere other than Africa, and even then you have places like South Africa and a bunch of colonies where there's that intense strain.
  4. No, you hit the nail on the head. It can be an awkward topic in some ways, but I would say it still needs to be had, because it affects every person of color. Also, sorry for writing/deleting/writing again the part about LGBT producers, as noted above I didn't want to attract any negative attention to people who might be put at risk. I hope this conversation about race doesn't do that, either... And Chi-A.D. was the soundtrack for my second and most influential Goawakening.
  5. I'm looking for any and all people of color, Israelis included. Basically anyone who's the target of racial discrimination in the States and in Britain, at least. I would also extend this to include LGBT producers, but I wouldn't want to invite the ire of any homophobes.
  6. I corrected my statement to acknowledge that sharing the names of black and brown members of the trance community necessarily involves talking about people who are not white. But that's where I intended the conversation to end. And skin color is an issue. It is on account of non-white skin color that a good portion and in some cases the majority of many countries' populations are treated as second-class citizens to the dominant culture, which is mostly comprised of white people. In the States and in most predominantly white countries, black and brown people are disproportionately targeted by the legal and other social systems and bear a large burden that goes underacknowledged by society at large. I hope that you understand that I only wanted to acknowledge the contributions of certain people who face varying levels of obstacles in succeeding or even surviving in a lot of areas of life. Theirs is a unique burden to bear in general society. I hope that isn't the case in this diverse community of hippies.
  7. Now that this has become one of "those" conversations on race, I must reply on behalf of the people of color who may or may not be watching in on this conversation, hoping to find representation in an overwhelmingly white community. "People of color" is a term applied to non-white people, who are the target of personal and institutional racism in most of the world. Racism is discrimination plus power.
  8. I understand the irony of bringing up a discussion on race and then saying that I don't want to have a conversation on race, but what I mean is I don't want to have one of those toxic internet conversations on race.
  9. Please don't make this a conversation about race. But does anybody know who among goa trance producers are people of color?
  10. I first heard Goa in 2005 with Hallucinogen's Twisted, and started listening to The Lone Deranger every day on my bike ride to and from work in 2008. I started listening to a whole lot more albums. But my real love affair with Goa wasn't until 2009 when I turned on Chi-A.D. -- Earth Crossing and spent several hours listening to Book of Eden and Hammerhead, trying to follow the changes from the start to the end. It took me a long time to make it through each track. That's when I decided that Goa was my thing and not psy. Some of the other early artists I started listening to were Pigs in Space, Color Box, MFG, Astral Projection, and soon Filteria. From there on, it was no looking back.
  11. 1. Celestial Intelligence - Incandescent (!) 2. Psylent Buddhi - Secrets of the Atom 3. Katedra - We Are Not Alone 4. Sykespico - Perspective 5. Ultimate Xperience - Realm of a New Dawn 6. Pete & Pan - Return of the Goddess 7. E-Mantra - Tartarus 8. Median Project - Constellation 9. Xamanist - Out of Time 10. Sky Technology - Rainbow Spirit
  12. Happy New Year! Now I just can't wait for the best of 2019 and the best of the 2010s polls to get going...
  13. I can not wait for round 2. Funk. Nasty, groovy, space-funk. Cosmic musicball dance party with melodic hors d'oeuvres and little hi-hat dental floss thingies to clean out your teeth in between bites. No, wait, make that mental floss. Go in hungry for musical caviar and come back sated. Seriously, these melodies are some earworms. Like others said, these are not your below-average, wandering, listless melodies, but actual melodic statements with intention and purpose. This is fun music. It has its corollaries to Space-era S>Range in the space-funk, Alien Protein-era Etnica in the theme-building, Dragon Tales-era Koxbox in the cosmic joker cameo, and more Koxbox in the melodic matrix everything unfolds within. The latter may be the best comparison I can come up with -- just updated. Not better, because that's really hard to do, but just with a chrome finish where Dragon Tales had 80s-era solid stainless construction. I'm not a party-goer, since I live in small-town America, but I can only imagine this BIG sick sound could only result in orgiastic, twirling, pulsating dancefloors. On headphones, it's got my neck bobbing up and down like a chicken at feeding time. Or a cheerleader after the big game. Buy it. You WILL need at least five hands to count the number of full listens you get out of it.
  14. Meh. Worse things have happened. It doesn't really bother me. I was brought up in a diverse city (Indianapolis, Indiana) and I'm happy to accommodate conversations about race, gender, sexuality, and similar topics if it means that I can facilitate the reduction of suffering. But I don't think this is the time or place to pick a battle. Maybe this isn't a conversation we want to have here if we want to keep it civil. I've noticed a lot of the forum veterans haven't engaged this discussion, presumably because they understand that it isn't likely to go anywhere. I'm disengaging now, not weaseling out, but acknowledging that it isn't going to make anything better. Peace out.
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