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Everything posted by thanosp81

  1. I remember Lambada as well (was in love with the girl obviously) but I find it very difficult to believe it "pushed" you towards Goa
  2. All right then, here is my story. Mostly accurate give or take a year, it's been a long time since I had no interest in music until the age of 13-14 (94-95) when my father bought me a Sony compact Hi-Fi for getting a degree in English language. It had a lot of buttons and shiny displays so I had to use it. So I opened my sister's drawer (2 years older) where she kept her cassettes and started playing them one after another. Mostly pop and rock of the time but also some rave and house played that time on the radio. I didn't pay much attention then, I could only hear a bang bang anyway However she also had a cassette of MJ's Bad. I really liked it but I remember thinking "it would be much better if there were no vocals, just the music". And after a while I realised that there was some music with no vocals, the bang bang thing. So I started re-listening those tapes with a bit more interest. One of those tapes had Scooter's Back In The UK. I used that track to wake up every morning for months. I guess that's the point where I was hooked in electronic music. Soon after I found out those genres were called Rave and it's harder sibling, Trance. So, as a teenager, I started looking for Trance (because, you know, harder). I went to my city's biggest record store (Musical, Patra, Greece) and bought my first vinyl. Titled N-Trance - Electronic pleasure with computer generated cover art. It was obviously trance. Well, no. What the F*** was that? Tried to return it the next day, but in vain, no returns accepted. So this time I go to another record store, smaller, run by the daughter of the Musical's owner. Although I didn't know back then , I got lucky. She knew about electronic music. I asked for a recommendation. It was between Trust In Trance 3 or X-Mix - Electronic Storm. She said get X-Mix, much deeper stuff. And it was. But I don't think I was ready for the subtleties of Techno music back then. But I was getting closer. And then it happened, goosebumps all over my body with the opening track of Goa-Trance Vol. 3. Struck gold. This was music I knew it. Goa Trance. Soon after I also purchased Chakra & Edi Mis - The Promised Land and The Truth Of Communication. Thank you for ever (I don't remember your name). It was diificult to get Goa Trance vinyl so after those buys I turned to cds. My first purchase was Goa-Head Vol. 1. I had payed back then 10,000 drachmas, equivalent back then to 30 euros. How much do you pay now for your music? The rest is history. For a couple of years I was purchasing alongside Goa some Jungle, Drum & Bass and Rave but I had found my lifelong companion. I was happy.
  3. I wonder if we had Newschool tracks mastered the old way. Would they sound more Goa???
  4. Entry #61 My latest addition to the React catalogue. One of the defining Trance anthems (I hate that word) which still sounds interesting today. 2 singles that you bought separately....but you could combine together.....with the radio edit appearing in both of them (for chart purposes I guess). The 90's Excellent, excellent addition to my collection. Trance could actually put you into trance back then.
  5. Entry #60 The last cds of Lemon magazine. An era comes to end (soon to be followed by another one, Freeze magazine :)). And the last cd offered was actually an album by Spacegoblins. Half of it is mediocre, slightly dark Psychedelic Trance tracks and the other half more goaish sounds (and slightly better). If this was a proper release probably you wouldn't care much to purchase but being a magazine offering it adds a bot more weight to it, especially for collectors.
  6. Of course they did, I was wondering how no one had mentioned yet. I just don't know how back they go.
  7. Entry #59 Let's skip the rest of the cds and go to the real stuff here. The compilation from Ceiba Records is a real beauty. They never released much stuff but I reckon this little disc is their best release ever. Honestly. If you only need one release from them this is the one to get. Available on Discogs
  8. I disagree. Pleiadians sound is more structures and well thought out, whereas Crop Circles is more chaotic and random, just like NeoGoa
  9. I would find very interesting the comments and thoughts of someone younger than us Someone that grew up with the NeoGoa and later found out about the oldschool Goa. See if they think there are differences and if yes what which exactly.
  10. I just had a revelation. The first proto-NeoGoa album is.......Crop Circles - Tetrahedron.
  11. Wouldn't you prefer an album with no fillers? Instead of an 80 mins album do you think it would be better to have a 50 min album full of good tracks though?
  12. Interesting. Why different durations fir different genres? Is it because of the typical Goa track length?
  13. I recently acquired a record player that will allow me after many years to listen to my (miniscule) LP collection. In conjuction with a chat I had with Greg, it got me thinking. How long should an album or compilation be? What is the golden ratio for quality/quantity? And more importanly for how long can a listener stay focused in order to appreciate the whole album/comp in one continous journey and stay focused to the music? In my case, I was finding difficult why a cd shoudln't be packed with over 70min of music. If the total time was less I thought it wasn't value for money. But with years, and becoming a more experienced listener, I realised that this is not the case. It is not about how many (or how long) tracks there are, but how sucessfull are to invoke emotions to you. Growing older and getting a family, it is even more difficult to find the time needed to listen to a whole album in one go. 45 to 60 min is by now a duration that I feell comfortable with. So what about you? What are your thoughts?
  14. I wouldn't call them nerds but that is another important topic. Goa producers back then were inventing the genre as they were going along. They had no Goa sounds to draw inspiration from, their inspiration was coming from all different genres. And another thing, because they relied mostly on hardware they couldn't have everything. So they adjusted their music signature depending on the hardware they had. That's why you have Miranda, MFG, Asia 2001 etc etc. All Goa but still distinct to each other. But with software...there are no limits. And that, ironically, is the limiting factor to inspiration.
  15. It would be really interesting if some producers jumped in the subject and share their thoughts with us. How do they feel about their music? Do they accept the labels we try to put on their music? Is the music they make how they want it to sound? Or are they struggling for something else but not quite there yet? What about the mastering? Are they happy with it or do they just go the flow? (same goes for their music, is it what they want or they just choose what is easier to sell?)
  16. Too close I would say....near to proper Goa era Another thing I've been missing from the Goa era (maybe I;m wrong, my knowledge of New Goa is not extensive) are the samples. 60's and 70's sci-fi movies or spiritual/religious spoken words that were interwoven into the tracks and being a major component of the music. Who can forget quotes like "You will be robotised" or "People Can Fly" and so many more. Pick one. Is that a hint of New School Goa? Back then i called it Club Goa "He was the last best hope..."
  17. Entry #58 Only interesting part is the Technoforms compilation that will develop into a series with Freeze magazine. Also very good selection of Jungle/Drum & Bass tracks.
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