DJ Soma rocking the Diversity stage with some sweet Psychedelic sounds
I am enjoying all the extra time off at the moment as it is giving me some time to do some mixing. I’ve just uploaded a new downtempo demo mix Fluidity. You can find the details on the demo mixes page.
linkage: download via demo mix page
I have just uploaded a new full on Psytrance mix journeying into the Void that Binds. This was recorded the first time I mixed this set. It’s on the quirky side with a solid pace and nice and psychedelic. 144 – 149 BPM. The divshare player doesn’t seem to like it for some reason – but downloaded plays fine
linkage: download via demo page
There are a couple of phat psytrance festivals this year in Europe. Boom is on this year (it is only every second year) as well as O.z.o.r.a. Ozora is in Hungry from 6th to 8th of August and Boom from the 11th to 18th. If there was ever a month that’d be good to kick up some dust – it’d be August I reckon.
Here’s highlights from the line up for Ozora. (I can’t see one posted for Boom yet – but you know it’ll be even better)
Juno Reactor, Shpongle, Hallucinogen, Alpha, Talamasca, Ott, Asura, Aes Dana, Total Eclipse, Andromeda, Prometheus, Atmos, FREq, Nomad, Blue Planet Corporation, Jaia, Pleiadians, Logic Bomb, Tristan, Neuromotor, Naked Tourist, Doc, Cpc, Laughing Buddha, Horror Place, Allaby, ANS, Highcosmos, Mael, TrippyHippies, Star Sound Orchestra, Nanda, Simon B, Driss, Edoardo, Peter Didjital, Psychotrop, Dj Marios, Shane Gobi, Irgumburgum
update 10 April:
Tshitraka Project Open Air Festival – July 3 – 9 (Northern Germany)
With 7 days and 6 nights of non stop music and culture we are going to celebrate the festival with an enhanced and refreshed concept, bringing you a carefully selected balance of full on, psychedelic and progressive trance.
Live Acts: Astrix, Basic, Biotouch, Bitmonx, Chakra, Dualsnug, Earsugar, Freakshow, Freakulizer, Galactika, Gms, Klopfgeister, Krunch,Liquid Soul, Pralhad, Sun Control Species, Vaishiyas, Vibrasphere
If you are looking for something a bit more twisted you might want to think about heading to Russia for Khan Altay a solar eclipse festival with both Progressive and full power Psytrance
linkage: Tshitraka Festival
Khan Altay – Solar Eclipse Festival: 25th of July – 2nd of August, Altai mountains, Russia
Khan Altay is a space out of time, a festival of art and creation. We gather here with friends from around the world for the cosmic moment of the total solar eclipse.
In this planetary alignment, a way between worlds is opened in the ancient land of Altay. This moment is guarded by a dragon, whose fiery spirit watches over our dreams from the deep blue heavens.
Live Acts: Astropilot, Bluetech, Electripnose, Fragletrollet, Kraft, Liquid Cristal Fait, Noises of Russia, Ocelot, Reality Pixie, Sattel Battle, Sensient (TBC), Shadow Fx (TBC), Troll Scientists, Tsabeat, Utro-Tra-Tru
linkage: Khan Altay Festival
Psychedelic Circus Open Air Festival Part 10 – 06 June – Mon, 09 June, Strohkirchen, Germany
Live Acts: Rinkadink, Fatali, Penta, Magoon, U-Recken, Day.Din, Nizzel, Midimal, Naked Tourist, Philter, Timedrained, Deeper, Lightsphere, Slackjoint, Audiomatic, Ski Fi, Magnetrixx
linkage: Psychedelic Circus
update 9 May 2008:
Glade Festival – July 18-20 Berkshire (1 hour from London, UK)
The Glade festival originates from a renegade stage at Glastonbury. It has evolved into one of the UK’s finest electronica festivals. You’ll have to be open to other music styles to really get the most out of the event as it isn’t really a Psytrance festival. There are a load of stages and some interesting acts however and I even saw that Pitch Black from NZ’ll be there. If you are in the area and into Electronica – it’ll be worth a listen I’m sure
photo borrowed without permission from Graham Joys photostream on flickr (thanks Graham)
linkage: full details for Glade Festival
Hadra Trance Festival – 25 -27 July, Pontcharra, Isere (France)
There are some nice full on live acts booked for Hadra Trance festival as well as some sublime downtempo acts:
Space Tribe, Cpu, Parasense, Gaudium, The Commercial Hippies, Ldb System,Barak, Reality Grid, Shotu, Psymmetrix, Kularis, Solar Fields, Sine Die, Pirated Machines, Fluid, D_Root, Lunarave, Lumin Feat. Irina Mikhailova, Solar Fields, H.U.V.A Network, Slackbaba, Asura, Terra Nine, Orchid Star, Kick Bong, Secret Vibes, Lipo
linkage: full line up and more info here
update May 13
Fullmoon Festival – 16 – 21st July Wittstock (1 hr from Berlin, Germany)
A long running and well supported and large festival. Expect German precision and some of spectacular deco, sound and lighting.
Seperate stages for full on and progressive psytrance as well as chill out area. Another impressive line up – here’s the list for the full on stage which will cover the lighter melodic sound through the dark nasty stuff for the night time fanatics. Yum Yum:
Star Sounds Orchestra, Juno Reactor, Sun Project, Etnica, Cosmosis, Protoculture, Bizzare Contact, Vibe Tribe, Deedrah, Absolum, Transwave, Space Buddha, Shanti, Electro Sun, Atomic Pulse, Aquatica, Slug, Polaris, Digicult, Atomiculture, D-Maniac, Sick Addiction, Tryambaka, Kindzadza, Electrypnose, Yab Yum, Atriohm, Drury Nevil, Mubali, Noise Gust, Whicked Hayo, Irgum Burgum, Stereographic, Gappeq, Shagma, Slackjoint, Hyperion, Digital Efx
Borrowed without permission from Hotterra.de
linkage: full details at Fullmoon website
Antaris Project – 11 – 14 July (Rhinow, West of Berlin, Germany)
You want to go back to the roots? Well Antairs have been around since the early nineties and this is their 14th festival. The Antiris crew promise an evolved concept and some new deco! Hoo ra!
“Laugh & Dance, it is for your eyes, your ears and your heart !”
Come and be enchanted by the delicious Antaris mix of spiritual ambience, tribal psychedelic music, superfriendly audience, awesome location and a crew devoted to make the festival a magical experience for everyone.
Live Acts: Ace Ventura, Ajja, Braincell, Commercial Hippies, Flooting Grooves, Ganga Giri, Headroom, South Africa Hilight Tribe, Hyper Frequencies, Genepool, Irland Kalyug, Klangstrahler & Tarzan , Master Margherita, Lars Lee, Parasense , Psymmetrix, Sangeet,
Whicked Hayo feat. Hilight Tribe, Yab Yum
linkage: antaris project (english)
Sky Gravity Festival – 30th July – 3 Aug, Sudak, Crimea (Ukraine)
Sky Gravity enters it’s fourth year – with a new venue near Sudak City, Ukraine close to the Black Sea and the warm micro climate. Expect a smaller more intimate gathering
Live Acts: Penta, Ajja, Yab-Yum, Goasia, fungus Funk, Histeria, SynSUN, Overdream, Kadasarva, Saikosarus, Cifroteca, SOM, Madgentel, Liquid Mind Project, Spirit Medicine Project, Nimb, Roof Raiser
“First of all, we would like to mention, that it’s not only event for fans of psytrance, goa, full on, suomi, progressive and break trance, but also for chillout crew, who like such music as ambient, dub, downtempo, idm, electronica, experimental, raggey”
linkage: Sky Gravity festival (english)
Psytasia Castle Festival – 6 – 8th June, Schloss Leiben (Austria)
As far as I can tell you’ll be partying in a Castle over a couple of night on three different stages at this new festival from the BassIsland collective.
Bitkit, Cos Cos, Delysid, Kajola, Khopat, Klopfgeister, Lagun, Luap, Manju, Noise Hunter, Psysex, Rinkadink, Soth, Sun Collector, The Alchemists Dream, The Path, Visionautica, Volu-men
linkage: Psytasia Castle Festival
Spirit Base Festival – 19 – 23 June, Sand Quarry, Rauchenwarth (15 km from Vienna, Austria)
This is Austria’s largest trance festival and 2008 will be the sixth successful year with the motto for this year “Desert Journey to Ancient Cultures”
The multimedia journey of Austria ’s biggest festival of electronic music in 2008 leads us back to the ancient cultures of the South American continent before the cultures of Olmecs, Aztecs, Mayas and Incas
The main stage will be constructed as a Maya temple, from where the magicians of psytrance will fill the dance floor with sound. Four decoration teams are already working on huge presentationsof the pre-Columbian cultures which will enframe the dance floor. Projections up to ten metres high will create fantastic worlds of colour and light. Videoshows by the video artists El Geko, Fade X, The Funny Astronaut and a new act by Visionautica will create a background setting „beaming” the visitors into the fantastic world of Stargate. During the festival there will be fire shows, performances, workshops and further surprises.
Talamasca , Pixel , Fatali , Rocky , Phanatic , Digicult , Tranan , Alternative , Perplex , Sangeet , Pop , Delysid , Combinations , Slider , Shiva , Ibojima , S , Neelix , True , SKI , Jey , Nizzel , Odiseo , Ix-Lam-At , Trancemission , Human , Klopfgeister , Feuerhake , Vaishiyas , Day.Din , Symphonix , V-tunes , Brisker , Materia , Desert , Visionautica
linkage: Spirit Base Festival
Summer End Festival III – 31 July – 3 August, Tinizong–Rona (Switzerland)
The Summer End festival enters it’s third season and promises an interesting and varied line up. Some very good acts playing on the chill stage as well.
Silent Hill, Freq, DNA, Injection, Freakulizer, Atma, Liquid Sunshine, Pitch black, KUBA, Slackbaba, Chilled Cquence, Dymons, Flooting Grooves, COSMOSOPHY, Kukan Dub Lagan, Dubrizona, Argaman, Eastern Spirit, Spectral Paradisis, Mercury Fall, Chill Devil, Big Fish Little Fish, Etnomorph
linkage: Summers End Festival
all linkage: Boom Festival, O.z.o.r.a Festival, Tshitraka Festival, Khan Altay Festival, Psychedelic Circus, Hadra Festival, Glade Festival, Fullmoon Festival, Antaris Project, Sky Gravity festival, Psytasia Castle Festival, Spirit Base Festival, Summers End Festival
Hang drums are a relatively new comer to the percussion scene developed by a couple of clever Swiss in 2000 and derive their name from the Burmese dialect for hand. Hang drums are capable of producing a wide array of sounds and in this video clip you can hear what can be achieved with a mic and some simple delay effects. Beautiful.
The media browsers and database collections of most digital DJ mixing systems can be a bit painful to use (e.g. Virtual DJ). I have found that accurately tagging my collection in another program like Media Monkey and then copying the collection over in bulk to the mixing laptop is the best method of managing my collection.
Every incoming file on my computer automatically ends up in a folder called _untested. The _untested folder is further divided into sub folders Completed Torrents, From People, GetRight, and Soul Seek . In each root folder there will be individual files like in the picture below
Whenever I have the time I troll through all the folders and clean them out. All the software gets deleted or moved to the Software Drive (S:), same for the Watching Pleasure (W:). All the music I extract and play next in Media Monkey. I quickly skip through a few tracks to get a feel for genre of the album. I’ll delete the whole album fairly ruthlessly if it sounds at all cheesy or not really my style.