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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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All Stars 2011

This set was recorded live at All Stars 2011, a festival held near Fenelon Falls, Ontario, on August 28th, 2011. My time slot was in the late morning, sometime close to noon, and there was a curious haze all around, for we were situated beneath the outflow clouds of the deadly but distant Hurricane Irene. Unscripted as always, the…

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Not a Sensible Person

I’m just some irritating, lying, ginger kid from Cornwall who should have been locked up in some youth detention centre. I just managed to escape and blag it into music. [If I hadn’t] I’d have gone to jail for computer hacking. I’m a really good hacker, but I’m not a sensible person. Richard D. James…

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Re:Generate 2011

This set was recorded live at Re:Generate 2011, the name chosen by the Om Reunion Project to set the mood for their summer solstice gathering that year. I was scheduled to play on Sunday morning at the Moon Bass stage, a great little setup in a forest clearing on a beautiful piece of land in Southern Ontario. It felt…

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New Music Digest: Spring 2011

The seasons turn and spring has come to Canada once again. As is my custom, I have annotated a list of thought-provoking articles about the state of the music industry. If you would like to learn a little more about what the future might hold, read on. Everything popular is wrong: Making it in electronic music, despite democratization is…