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Progressive Chart: 2009/10

October was an incredibly busy month for me—with more major gigs in a single month than I’ve ever had before—and November isn’t likely to be any less hectic! I missed out on posting a monthly progressive/techno chart but it’s never too late, is it? Here are 20 cuts that really worked wonders on my stereo in the month of October:…

Rather Than Embracing the Potential of the Internet

Rather than embracing the potential of the internet and taking the lead in developing convenient, affordable, easy-to-use methods of downloading music, the music industry has concentrated instead on protecting a business model whose core business revolves around the manufacture, sale, ownership, and possession of physical property. Reebee Garofalo, I Want My MP3: Who Owns Internet Music?, 2003…

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Progressive Chart: 2009/09

Summer is almost gone and I’m in school again. This hasn’t restrained my explorations of new music, however, and I continue to dig deep into the emerging fusion of psytrance and techno that I’ve been so excited about recently. So here you have it: a set of 20 tunes that have been circulating on my stereo this month. As with…

Techno Is the Perfect Travelling Music

Techno is the perfect travelling music, being all about speed: its repetitive rhythms, minimal melodies, and textural modulations are perfect for the constantly shifting perspectives offered by high-speed travel. Alternatively, the fizzing electronic sounds all too accurately reproduce the snap of synapses forced to process a relentless, swelling flood of electronic information. If there is one central idea…

The Job of a DJ

The job of a DJ is to take individual tunes out of the collective whirlpool, data flow, and create an information chain-reaction-statement out of it. And when the artists hear their music reinterpreted in a mix, their tunes take on a life of their own. One tune can have magnificent bearing and influence upon the direction of a…

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Progressive Chart: 2009/08

After playing four festivals this season—Sacred Earth, Entheos, Eclipse, and All Stars—I am gearing up for my fifth and final open air event of the season: Harvest. Barring any unforeseen changes to the schedule I will be playing the closing set at the psytrance stage, a perfect time for the techno/psytrance crossover style that I have been so into this…

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DJ Basilisk - Live at Eclipse 2009

This set was recorded live at Eclipse 2009, a psytrance festival held at the Bonnet Rouge campground in Ste-Thérèse-de-la-Gatineau, Québec. My time slot was 9pm to 11pm on Friday, the opening night. Since people were just arriving I opted to play a deep and driving blend of techno and progressive psytrance to warm up the crowd and get everyone excited…

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Progressive Chart: 2009/07

I return again to share a 25 recommendations from the progressive side of psytrance–where the genre bleeds into cutting edge techno. “Progressive” is a word with several meanings; it describes a specific sound as well as an approach to writing music. Truly progressive music must integrate new ideas and influences to remain viable. Consequently, there is little in the way…

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Auxiliary Magazine Interview

Auxiliary Magazine is an alternative fashion, music, and lifestyle publication based in the United States. Back in March both Ekoplex and I were interviewed by Digitalgeist (Alex Kourelis) for an article entitled “My Label is the Internet,” a feature on netlabels. You can find the finished article on page 27 of the April 2009 issue. Additionally, Auxiliary…

The Activity of Making and Listening to Music

The activity of making and listening to music involves in something that is never merely personal. In this sense, music is like a language; when we ‘speak’ or ‘listen’ in musical language, we participate in a signifying system that is communally shared and defined, something that is larger than our own use of it and that we enter…