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  1. MP3.com is more likely 20 years. I got my start on there as well, although Analog Pussy was already an established act at the point. Even Infected Mushroom were on pretty active on there (among others).
  2. Old Dark Soho or even Xenomorph perhaps? As an aside, I was (am?) actually a metal musician first before I got into the electronic world and think it always permeated my own music, especially the last album. Jikkenteki 4 is actually turning into my first attempt to actually blend the two together, although it will be awhile before it’s ready. I might also suggest looking into drum n bass. I am still stuck in the old school stuff for the most part, but I can see metal heads with electronic interests liking artists like Gridlok.
  3. Quick note that a collection of all my compilation released tracks has just been put up here. In addition, the majority of the unreleased remixes made for a planned, but eventually abandoned remix album has also been included as well, so there is some "new" music in there too. Check it out at https://jikkenteki.bandcamp.com/album/comp-iled
  4. Part three of the "Jikkenteki Origins" series, the album "Ex-Para-Mental" is now up. This album shows the change from using live gear and sequencers, etc, to using an actual computer and software to make the majority of the music. Literally these are THE first tracks I made on a computer, warts and all. https://jikkenteki.bandcamp.com/album/ex-para-mental
  5. Too old Matsuri Productions in a world of Classical Mushroom. Honestly at the time is was just making and recording tracks for fun in my college dorm room and didn’t really see much in “releasing” them beyond the small community of artists on mp3.com. I can listen to these now, 20 years later with some hindsight and appreciate them, but at the time they were far from the music I was envisioning in my head. If I had made these like 6 years earlier, who knows.
  6. https://jikkenteki.bandcamp.com/album/organic-perfections Part 2 of the “Jikkenteki Origins” series, Organic Imperfections, has been put up. Again we are still dealing with live performances sequenced on the fly with minimal gear, but overall a step or three up from the O.R.E. material. Feel free to check it out if interested.
  7. Actually there are two more between O.R.E. and Long Walk. I never really brought them up for a reason but someone managed to find O.R.E. and list it on Discogs so might as well complete the origin story, as it were.
  8. https://jikkenteki.bandcamp.com/album/o-r-e Your wish is my command. Rather embarrassing really, but was literally making this stuff while really how to make electronic music. There were only two or three tracks I had made previous to these so its no joke to say I was maybe 1 or 2 months into making electronic music here when these were made. Anyways, here they are warts and all. (The next two "albums" will follow in the next few days).
  9. Small update after digging through files today, the weird situation I find myself in is I have all the wav files but none of the art for the second and third albums worth of stuff (Organic Imperfections and Ex-Para-Mental) but none of the files for the artwork, while with the first one (O.R.E.) I have the artwork but none of the full quality audio files seem to have survived. I can remake a cover easily enough but O.R.E. might be destined to survive in less than full quality (not that the quality was super to begin with).
  10. The first two “albums” were totally old school in that they were all hardware, no computer and were actual performances as it were. I think I saw cd-R’s with the wave files recently but I’d have to look again.
  11. For the first three starting with O.R.E., putting them up is something I’ve been considering. They are very rough and old school compared to Long Walk and afterwards, but as a long view of the evolution of an artist they might be vaguely interesting. The real problem is I have no idea where the files for the artwork are anymore...
  12. Well I suppose it’s about time to officially state that I’m back and making music again. While it will be awhile before I get anything new out there, I have started plugging away at some new tunes. In the meantime I have finally started a Bandcamp page at https://jikkenteki.bandcamp.com While all the material there is also at Ektoplazm, I am also in the process of consolidating some older stuff, compilation tracks and such to put up on Bandcamp as well until I’m ready to unleash some new stuff. As for the new stuff, well “jikkenteki” means “experimental” in Japanese and that name
  13. If I did comeback, I’d likely be doing a sort of hybrid of electronic, ambient and progressive metal and all the purists would be up in arms (not that such things have ever stopped me in the past).
  14. I still float through on occasion.
  15. For my stuff it depends what you mean by "no voice". If you mean "no cheesy one shot here's a random guy saying something taken from a movie or lecture" then, outside of the complication released track "I.S.B." I am clean. If you mean "no human voice in any way shape or form" then I wouldn't qualify as I make pretty hefty use of sung voices, either programed in some of the earlier versions of Vocalic software (the main theme in the second half of "Running Start" on Flights of Infinity recommended above is a perfect example of that), or in some cases sung by myself. I'm also a major user of cho
  16. Upon first listen it was clear that Dancing with Kadafi was a downtempo psy-attempt to make a track like Dream Theater would have made if they worked in this genre. Anyone familiar with Dream Theater's music would recognize the influence right off the bat.In that context the sudden changes in direction, etc all "make sense".
  17. Outside of Filteria, I did remixes of tracks from the above mentioned artist who will remain unnamed, Sound Field (released), Optokoppler, Noise Anomalie, and one other artist who said I could use the remix for live performances, but preferred not to have it released at that time (instead of saving it for live use, I stripped that track of all the other artist's work and rewrote it into what became "Recon-Figure" on the last album). There was also a remix the late Symphonics of Phi did of my track "I.S.B." shortly before his death. Regarding retirement, as I have said in the past, I will
  18. To stir the proverbial pot a bit more, I've been sitting on a remix I did of Filteria's "Mind Expansion" since 2007. It was going to be on a remix cd I was working on that got trashed when a certain artist (not Filteria or anyone else I will ever publicly name) suddenly decided they wanted to be paid far more money than was initially agreed upon. Also the label for one of the other artists would never get back to me one way or the other regarding the use of my remix of a track by one of their artists (the artists were fully for it) and the overall b.s. factor made the release impractical. My r
  19. Regarding the Hallucinogen shifts from triplet to straight time, years ago I read an interview with Simon Posford where this was addressed. If memory serves me correctly I seem to recall comments about some sort of morph function in Logic (I didn't own logic at the time and never bothered to look into it) that shifted the triplets into straight 4 count notes or vis-versa. Also I know Principles of Flight did much the same thing on their first album, which I seem to recall was made in Cubase, so I know it is possible there too. Not much help, but I can say from personally experimenting with it
  20. The term "progressive" mixed with trance has redefined itself a number of times. Back in the late 90's early 2000's "progressive trance" wasn't really used by itself in the psy-circles I was involved in and almost always referred to the more popular flavor of trance with artists like Paul Van Dyk, Tiesto, etc. Around that period there was a trend in psy that many people called "minimal" which peaked, died out for a bit in the full on backlash against it, and then basically (at least in my view) came back with a few new influences as progressive psy-trance, which eventually worked itself into w
  21. I will make music again eventually, but at the moment I have no studio and a one year old running around to take care of, so between work, that and spending time swinging swords about, there isn't much time for making music. I do have two tracks nearly completely floating around, but when I will be able to get those finished is a mystery (As a rule I never start a new track without finishing the previous so having two unfinished is a huge breaking of my own rule and a bottle neck in regards to starting anything else)
  22. 12/8 as a time signature is just a way to write 4/4 with 16th note triplets without putting the term "triplet" into the notation. When I was in music school one of my instructors liked to say that 12/8 was basically the "musical snobs way to notate 4/4 16th note triplets". There are numerous alternative ways to notation just about anything time signature-wise, but I was taught that it makes more sense to go with the simplest and clearest version. I will guarantee that 99 out of a 100 dance music artists writing pieces like this in their software are using 4/4 with triplet quantization and not
  23. Check your inbox. There are two different versions of the CD with two different track listings. The original was a privately printed affair that the organizer of the event sold fairly well. They made a reprint with proper distribution and a few of the artists wanted out of that one and the track listing changed some. As for my track, it is actually one of my older tracks, pre-dating the first album, but it stayed in my live sets pretty much until I was forced to quit performing and always went down pretty well.
  24. I can understand both sides of the proverbial coin as I hate the waste factor as well. On the other hand, my closets are loaded with boxes of PAR-2 releases and while we might like to move them, the fact of the matter is that no one is buying. The only release that came close to selling out was our first compilation (I.E. the earliest one made). The next best seller was my first album but I still have 500 copies of that sitting in boxes next to me. Things progressively get worse with our last compilation selling almost nothing and being pretty much unsellable due to the "distribution" deal we
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