DJ Basilisk – The Colours of Ektoplazm

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Basilisk proudly presents The Colours of Ektoplazm, a 5-hour, 69-track midtempo and downtempo odyssey featuring 100% Creative Commons licensed content released through the Ektoplazm free music portal. This mix explores the incredible diversity of Ektoplazm’s electronic music catalogue, shifting seamlessly between intricate breakbeat patterns and pulsating four-by-four rhythms, touching on all points of the sonic spectrum from deep trance and psy dub to psybreaks, glitch, IDM, and beatless ambient.

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Tracklist

  1. Lauge – Snowflake (Oxya Remix) [Neurotrance Records] (2013)
  2. Brujo’s Bowl – Brujo’s Drift [Arkona Creation] (2011)
  3. Integer – Ventilation (Operon Remix) [Golden Orb Records] (2012)
  4. SeaMoon – Purple Juice [Chillbasement] (2010)
  5. Spectrum Vision – Sympotronic [Sentimony Records] (2010)
  6. Crossing Mind – The Last Breath [Underground Alien Factory Records] (2011)
  7. Phone Booth Robbers – DRTFM [Omnitropic] (2013)
  8. Radioactive Sandwich – Mango [Omnitropic] (2013)
  9. Easily Embarrassed – Little Match Sister [EE Records] (2011)
  10. Perfect Blind – Syncope (Remastered) [Ektoplazm] (2013)
  11. Harmonic Frequency – Fractions of Time [Psyderweb Records] (2013)
  12. Globular – This, Here, Now [Omnitropic] (2012)
  13. Kaminanda – Temple of De’Light [Independent] (2012)
  14. Tentura – Aurora [Sentimony Records] (2013)
  15. Specialmind – Soul Language [Sentimony Records] (2013)
  16. Specialmind – The Missing Particle [Sentimony Records] (2013)
  17. EurythmY – Not a Love Song [Independent] (2012)
  18. Messy Mass vs Baba Gnohm – Yes, I Like Shawarma (Remastered) [Independent] (2011)
  19. Phsiris – Spooky Seamen [Independent] (2012)
  20. Midiskibis – Searching For Pnakotic Manuscripts [Freudian Slip Records] (2011)
  21. Parus – Afterlife [Silent Existence] (2013)
  22. Mindex feat. Spinner – Across the Universe [Time Resonance Music] (2011)
  23. Hypnagog – Still Dreaming [UP Records] (2009)
  24. Spectrum Vision – Electro System [Sentimony Records] (2008)
  25. Sephira – Learning to Walk [Merkaba Records] (2011)
  26. Kurbeats – Sub Serum [Event Horizon] (2013)
  27. Ecometric – Dub Molecule [PsyberTribe Records] (2013)
  28. Hypnagog – Ontologicality [UP Records] (2011)
  29. Phobosphere – Serious Vacation [Ektoplazm] (2009)
  30. Raparuma – Three Worlds [Infinity Loop Music] (2012)
  31. Etnoscope – Freedom [Ektoplazm & Panzar Produktionz] (2011)
  32. Globular – Nahajai [Independent] (2011)
  33. Radioactive Sandwich – Drip Drop [Neurotrance Records] (2011)
  34. Wolfen Technologies – River Magic [Triple Drop Productions] (2013)
  35. Kurbeats – Lemming Leisures [Event Horizon] (2013)
  36. Supersillyus – Interabang [Independent] (2013)
  37. Globular – C-Happy [Gliese 581C] (2011)
  38. Xpirimint – Rain Dance [Neurotrance Records] (2013)
  39. Kaminanda – Subterranean Fountain [Independent] (2012)
  40. Radioactive Sandwich – Sigogglin [Omnitropic] (2012)
  41. Maharishi – Call of the Ancients [Space Baby Records & OUIM.net] (2011)
  42. Lunar Dawn – Blessings From Irij (Perfect Blind Remix) [Neogoa] (2013)
  43. IooN – Aes Drama [Psyderweb Records] (2013)
  44. By The Rain – Occulting Lights [Astronautic Records] (2013)
  45. Soulacybin – Soldier of Dub [Psyderweb Records] (2012)
  46. Tara Putra – Dubland Coastline [Gliese 581C] (2012)
  47. Hello Mellow – A Passage in Time [Gliese 581C] (2011)
  48. Wolfen Technologies – Caveman [Triple Drop Productions] (2011)
  49. Beatroots – Drawing Straws [Triple Drop Productions] (2013)
  50. Wolfen Technologies – Senses [Independent] (2013)
  51. SourOne – Beyond the Beyond [Glitchy.Tonic.Records] (2013)
  52. Sigil – Materialism [Glitchy.Tonic.Records] (2013)
  53. Globular – To the Other Side of Fractal Phase Space [Omnitropic] (2012)
  54. Supersillyus – Collide-O-Scope [Independent] (2013)
  55. Itsu – Monsoon [Independent] (2012)
  56. Brujo’s Bowl – Realization Dub [Arkona Creation] (2011)
  57. Quanta – The Passage [Enig’matik Records] (2012)
  58. Zebbler Encanti Experience – Psychic Projections (Bogtrotter Remix) [Gravitas Recordings] (2014)
  59. Lunar Vegetarian – Phoenix Down [Purple Hexagon Records] (2012)
  60. Quanta – Recept [Enig’matik Records] (2013)
  61. Phone Booth Robbers – Dangerous Creatures [Omnitropic] (2013)
  62. Globular – Dance of the Logarithm [Independent] (2013)
  63. Lauge & Baba Gnohm – Southern Hemisphere [Soundmute Recordings] (2009)
  64. Easily Embarrassed – Nothing But Spirit [EE Records] (2011)
  65. Interconnekted – Mystical Consciousness [Independent] (2013)
  66. Supersillyus – Palindromeda [Independent] (2013)
  67. Hinkstep – Moonwalk on Mushroom Street [Omnitropic] (2011)
  68. NeiRula – Approaching to Pulsar [Sentimony Records] (2012)
  69. Phobium – Crossing the Heliopause [Omnitropic] (2013)

Notes

  • Special thanks to Rob Aldred (of Cosmic Soundwaves, Protean Soundwaves, and The Psychedelic Muse) for his creative input, inspiration, and patronage. If you enjoy the sounds of this mix you are also invited to check out the Psybient community on Reddit!
  • Recorded at Hexing Studio, Taipei, with Traktor and a Korg Nanokontrol. I recorded it in two sessions with about a week in between. I didn’t actually know how the mix would end until about halfway through the second session (though I could visualize the “story arc” after finishing the first recording). Most of my work in composition was on the setup, building things from the ground up to really get the music flowing. The last third or so came together really quickly.
  • For the cover design my aim was to capture something of the diversity and otherworldliness of sound reflected in the mix. To start with I pulled up some of my own photos of the east coast of Taiwan to use as a base. From there I desaturated most elements apart from the buttercream clouds. The spectral gradient is an obvious allusion to the “colours” motif and a field of stars completes the picture.
  • The name of the mix is a tribute to TIP Records, one of the seminal Goa trance record labels, who put out a series of “colours” compilations to kickstart the movement. Actually, their work was later recompiled into a CD series named The Colours of Shiva. These were among the first trance CDs I ever purchased.
  • Released under a Creative Commons license for noncommercial usage. (Since all material used in the mix is Creative Commons-licensed it is possible to also apply this license to the mix itself!)
  • In an amusing twist, this mix was removed from YouTube for copyright violation solely because one song samples something mainstream.
  • This mix was officially released on both Ektoplazm and Omnitropic with catalog codes EKTMX01 and OMNI MX01.
  • Tagline: a 5-hour, 69-track midtempo and downtempo odyssey mixed by Ektoplazm’s founder, Basilisk.