- Hermetic Expanse

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DJ Basilisk emerges from a long period of esoteric theorizing, conceptual regeneration, and diligent crate-digging to present Hermetic Expanse, a five-hour odyssey into hypnotic realms of underground electronic music. Originally conceived as a vehicle for showcasing the sound of Techgnosis Records, the label he co-founded alongside Ben Rama in 2015, this mix features ten of his personal favorites from the label’s burgeoning catalog. Situating the Techgnosis vibe in a wider context, this mix also features numerous selections from Digital Diamonds, Digital Structures, Horns and Hoofs Entertainment, Anarkick Records, IbogaTech, Boshke Beats, Zenon Records, and other fellow travellers of the psychedelic techno and minimal psytrance movements. The central core of the mix, a three-hour dance floor workout, was released as Techgnosis Sessions 024, but this full-length and uncut version features an additional two hours of melancholic electro, intricate IDM, experimental breakbeat techno, and dark ambient.

Track List

  1. 01 The Future Sound of London - Magnox FSOLdigital, 2016
  2. 02 Multicast Dynamics - Ancient Circuits Denovali Records, 2019
  3. 03 Valanx - Dance of Death Ultimae Records, 2017
  4. 04 Mindspan - Awakening Silent Season, 2012
  5. 05 Alan Backdrop - Never Flown to the Philippines Ekar Records, 2014
  6. 06 Morphology - Tangent Spaces [Cultivated Electronics] (2012) {00:14:032}
  7. 07 The Bokanovsky Process - My Electroc​!​d (Fleck E.S.C. Remix) Bass Agenda Recordings, 2015
  8. 08 The Mover - Shadow Deception Boidae/Planet Phuture, 2018
  9. 09 Hardfloor - Neurobot Tangle Hardfloor, 2017
  10. 10 MYDÄ - Shedding Skin (Dr. Strangefunk Remix) , 2019
  11. 11 Ben Rama - Subversive Anarkick Records, 2017
  12. 12 Daäna - Little Animals (Trilingo Remix) , 2017
  13. 13 Blow & Zavor - Assolo 001 (Sebastian Mullaert Remix) Blow, 2017
  14. 14 Jitter - Source Dimension Digital Structures, 2019
  15. 15 LMX - Pototatek , 2019
  16. 16 Medular - Neuroluminescence , 2018
  17. 17 Extrawelt - Punch the Dragon Cocoon Recordings, 2017
  18. 18 Nocide - Digital Infection (DJ Basilisk's "Pandemic Year" Edit) , 2020
  19. 19 Robert Reuss - Relocate Anarkick Records, 2018
  20. 20 KUNI - Krakatoa , 2019
  21. 21 Fredrik Astevall - Block (Luis M Remix) , 2017
  22. 22 Redshift - Cash in Hand (DJ Basilisk Edit) Zenon Records, 2017
  23. 23 Rabbit in the Moon - Dark Lord (Feel It Mix) (DJ Basilisk Edit) Thumper Music, 2017
  24. 24 Cybered - Submarine Cry (X-Edition) Horns and Hoofs Entertainment, 2015
  25. 25 Pallida - Mondkraut (Sam Waller Remix) Boshke Beats, 2019
  26. 26 Miles From Mars - Red Eye Jedi Digital Structures, 2020
  27. 27 Grouch & Knobs - Quantumplation (Grouch Remix) (DJ Basilisk Edit) Zenon Records, 2016
  28. 28 - Playing With Fire (Jitter Remix) (DJ Basilisk Edit) Metropolis, 2015
  29. 29 Ben Rama - They Mostly Come at Night Horns and Hoofs Entertainment, 2017
  30. 30 MVMB - Twilight Iboga Records, 2017
  31. 31 MNGRM - Solaris (Trilingo Remix) , 2017
  32. 32 Luis M - Embrace the Fear (Electrypnose Remix) Digital Structures, 2020
  33. 33 Flembaz - Xalap (DJ Basilisk Edit) Horns and Hoofs Entertainment, 2016
  34. 34 Aleckat & Hynamo - Apollo , 2020
  35. 35 Sonic Jay - Artificial Intelligence (Arnold From Mumbai Remix) , 2018
  36. 36 Jossie Telch - Quatre Bones Electric Power Pole Records, 2018
  37. 37 Nozem - Lost , 2020
  38. 38 Tegma - Tribal Dancer (Solid Snake Remix) Tribal Vision Records, 2013
  39. 39 Boris Brejcha - The Troublemakerz (DJ Basilisk Edit) Ultra, 2020
  40. 40 Peter Groskreutz - Osmose Alula Tunes, 2019
  41. 41 Diamandy & OCB - Insanity Syndrome , 2019
  42. 42 MVMB & Emok - Pathfinders IbogaTech, 2019
  43. 43 JP Lantieri - Pinot Grigio (Stan Kolev Remix) Flemcy Music, 2019
  44. 44 Greg Tomaz - The Substance of Feeling (Ninesh Babu Remix) Juicebox Music, 2020
  45. 45 ANMA - Destiny Modern Agenda, 2020
  46. 46 Stan Kolev & Matan Caspi - Enigma Outta Limits, 2017
  47. 47 Synthetic & Valys - Space Out JOOF Records, 2015
  48. 48 Bongani - Weave , 2020
  49. 49 Sudhaus - Dusk Silk Music, 2016
  50. 50 Youth & Gaudi - Stars (Gabriel Le Mar Remix) Liquid Sound Design, 2020
  51. 51 L.S.G. - Netherworld (Oliver Lieb 2017 Main Mix) Bonzai Progressive, 2017
  52. 52 Flembaz - Orobas , 2015
  53. 53 Electric Kool Aid - Days Like This (Smith & Burns Remix) Deepdub Recordings, 2013
  54. 54 Joris Biesmans - DrumatiXL 17 Steps, 2019
  55. 55 Roel Funcken - Lewton Analogical Force, 2018
  56. 56 Dominik Eulberg - Die 3 Millionen Musketiere Traum Schallplatten, 2011
  57. 57 Alic - What Is (Ben Rama Remix) , 2015
  58. 58 Quadratschulz - Ring the Bell (Tribute) Shipwrec, 2017
  59. 59 James Shinra - Grainn Analogical Force, 2018
  60. 60 Arkajo - Zenit Aniara Recordings, 2019
  61. 61 Seph - Navi Aula Magna Records, 2012
  62. 62 Versalife - Chimaera Shipwrec, 2018
  63. 63 Zagrebacki Elektricni - MariSari Pulse Drift Recordings, 2017
  64. 64 Carl Finlow - Veiled Lone Romantic, 2018
  65. 65 Léonie Pernet feat. Hanaa Ouassim - Auaati (Acid Arab Remix) InFiné Music, 2018
  66. 66 Demdike Stare - Airborne Latency Modern Love, 2016
  67. 67 Dadub - Life Stroboscopic Artefacts, 2013
  68. 68 Cio D'or - Hecto (Electric Indigo & Monolake Remix) Semantica Records, 2016
  69. 69 Black Lung - The Trickle-Down Effect Ant-Zen, 2014
  70. 70 Synth Sense - RD-3579 (Widescreen Mix) Auxiliary, 2012
  71. 71 Funckarma - Emplixian Ambient (Yage Remix) Touched, 2015
  72. 72 ASC & Synkro - Sacred Moments Auxiliary, 2012
  73. 73 Carbon Based Lifeforms - MOS 6581 (Live Version) Leftfield Records, 2016
  74. 74 Inigo Kennedy - The Walker Neo Ouija, 2019
  75. 75 Saafi Brothers - Supervision (Ajja Remix) Liquid Sound Design, 2019
  76. 76 Wanderwelle - Ancestral Guidance Silent Season, 2018
  77. 77 Alva Noto - Xerrox Kirlian Noton, 2020
  78. 78 Solar Debris - Birth ANAØH, 2018
  79. 79 Oozeer - Depasag Lett Records, 2017
  80. 80 Mind Over MIDI - Perspektiv Berserk Fabrik, 2020
  81. 81 Monoloc - Revive Dystopian, 2015

Notes

  • This mix marks the first time I’ve featured edits in any of my DJ work. I experimented with Ableton Live in the summer of 2020 while recuperating from an accident and eventually got the hang of it. Most of these edits are relatively minor, mainly involving rearrangement or remastering, but several are more extensive, and one in particular (the “Pandemic Year” edit) is significantly different from the original.
  • Based on a set performed on November 27th, 2020. The original version is only about an hour and a half long and starts from Neurobot Tangle. All tracks played that night were included in the final mix except for Start Trying by Nick Höppner & Gonno, which did not make the cut. Several of my edits were based on feedback gathered at this event.
  • A three-hour version of this mix featuring only the techno-trance dance floor tunes was published as Techgnosis Sessions 024 in January 2021.
  • Slightly longer than my longest mix released to date, The Colours of Ektoplazm, which clocks in just shy of 5 hours.
  • Black Lung’s The Trickle-Down Effect is a somewhat rare example of 3/4 time signature in electronic music. The transition out of this tune is also tricky, as it shifts from approximately 126 BPM to 85 BPM while keeping the beats synchronized at a 2:3 ratio.
  • Most of the nominally beatless ambient tunes are also beatmatched. I invested a lot of time figuring out a methodology to identify regular patterns in such music as it sounds much nicer when doing long blends rather than the usual fades (although there are also a few of those where necessary).
  • The final track, Revive, samples Ephemeral Rift.
  • Recorded using Traktor 3 and a Korg Nanokontrol in three sessions; stitched together using Audacity.
  • Mastered in Ableton Live using TDR Nova and LoudMax.
  • The cover design features a photo by Brian Wiemer edited in Photoshop with some glitch artwork generated using Photomosh and type set in Officina.
  • Dedicated to Ben Rama, for your enduring support and commitment to the mission.

Expanse

The Expanse series features longer mixes emphasizing diversity of style and tone. Every mix in this series has a long introduction and comedown, building up from silence and eventually returning to the void.

  1. DJ Basilisk – Hermetic Expanse
  2. DJ Basilisk – Radiant Expanse

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