Synaptic FX - Year of the Snake

Year of the Snake is a vocal-heavy set oscillating from dark and moody to bright and funky, blending deep and dirty house beats with pop techno and indie dance. Smooth and catchy, it has something for every fan of 80s-influenced underground dance music.


Synaptic FX - Fear of Fours

Fear of Fours represents another foray into deep house and pop techno with vocals, always with a balance of darkness and light, groove and sensibility. These selections were completely unscripted, as usual.


The Making of Ektoplazm’s Greatest Trips

I prepared this post to provide some insight into the making of Ektoplazm’s Greatest Trips, a “best of” compilation highlighting some of the finest music I’ve had the pleasure of distributing via Ektoplazm, the free music portal I launched in the mid-2000s. The site grew from humble beginnings to become a major focal point for psychedelic trance culture…


Summer’s Coming Soon

Summer’s coming soon. And as we’re moving through the hallways of existence I am constantly being reminded about impending reality… Koxbox, Doppelgänger, 1999…


Synaptic FX - Earthfest 2013

I performed on the second stage at Earthfest 2013 just after noon on Saturday and treated it as a golden opportunity to share my evolving interest in deep and funky daytime house music. As usual, I did not plan any mixes in advance; I had one track in mind to start with and built a story from there based the…


A Consensual Hallucination

Cyberspace. A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation, by children being taught mathematical concepts. A graphic representation of data abstracted from the banks of every computer in the human system. Unthinkable complexity. Lines of light ranged in the nonspace of the mind, clusters and constellations of data. Like city lights, receding… William…


The Beginner’s Guide to Ektoplazm

This post exists to introduce outsiders to Ektoplazm, the free music portal I founded back in 2006. Over the years it grew to be the world’s #1 source of free and legal psytrance, techno, and downtempo music, a niche market in which I inadvertently became tremendously influential. I will begin with a brief explanation of what psytrance is, outline…


DJ Basilisk - In Exile

In Exile is a special mix composed by Basilisk for Global Goa Party 2, a virtual party organized by Marsh at the Goat Ranch, a flashpoint for old school Goa trance fandom. The concept is simple enough: gather up a bunch of seasoned old school veterans and have them mix up a full night of music just as…


DJ Basilisk - Circadian Rhythms

Circadian Rhythms is a meditation on the passage of time and an exercise in musical archeology. Mixing live on four decks, DJ Basilisk skillfully blends some of the finest mid-tempo Goa trance classics of the 1990s with hints of dub techno, deep trance, progressive house, psychedelic breakbeats, and more. Holding steady in the vicinity of 120 beats per minute,…


Your Thoughts Construct Patterns

Your thoughts construct patterns like scaffolding in your mind. You are really etching chemical patterns. In most cases, people get stuck in those patterns, just like grooves in a record, and they never get out of them. If you want to live your life in a creative way, as an artist, you have to not look back too…