DJ Basilisk - Celestial Expanse

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DJ Basilisk charts a course to the outer reaches of space and sound with Celestial Expanse, the sixth in an ambitious series of mixes devoted to sonic world-building and cross-genre experimentation. This epic journey spans more than 4 hours and features 62 tracks ranging from the abyssal depths of ambient to high octane psychedelic trance. Abstract and glitchy IDM set the mood, evolving into cybernetic electro and modular techno as the pace quickens, eventually breaking through to mind-melting darkpsy and the eerie gloom of forest music. Engines reverse after reaching a peak at 155 BPM, beginning a tumultuous descent through bewitching twilight, energetic full-on, and new school Goa trance, finally grounding out with wispy traces of tech house and dub techno, experimental bass music, and ice-cold ambient.

Track Listing

  1. 01 Versalife - Autocatalytic Reactions Djak-Up-Bitch (DUB), 2017
  2. 02 Vril & Rødhåd - Geomantic WSNWG, 2020
  3. 03 214 - Figments Klakson, 2020
  4. 04 Daed - H2FSbF6 Analogical Force, 2019
  5. 05 SAAH - Engage Typeless, 2019
  6. 06 Reptant - March of the Repazoids LKR Records, 2020
  7. 07 Sonar Base - The Storms of Uranus Cultivated Electronics, 2012
  8. 08 Volruptus - Juggernaut Cosmonaut bbbbbb recors, 2020
  9. 09 Sansibar - Caller of the Storms Radiant Love, 2021
  10. 10 Blawan - Spooky Fingers Ternesc, 2021
  11. 11 Electrypnose - Tricotage Dans Ma Tête 2to6 Records, 2020
  12. 12 Kalumet - Parittya 16 Sangoma Records, 2017
  13. 13 Disobedient Perception - Tung Bass Parvati Records, 2020
  14. 14 Third Eye of Monkey - Onorestis Oniris Purple Hexagon Records, 2016
  15. 15 Mapa Pandiga & Nicr - Whispering Glade Another Dimension Music, 2019
  16. 16 Babagoon - Bong Monk Sangoma Records, 2015
  17. 17 Kluster - Gringo Bingo Stoneage Records, 2021
  18. 18 Ghostscent & Inzect - Ojsan Real Vision Music, 2018
  19. 19 The Verge - Quantum Cipher Parvati Records, 2018
  20. 20 Nobot - Milchmau5 Parvati Records, 2016
  21. 21 Dark Elf - The Last Envoy Pralayah Records, 2021
  22. 22 Purist - Junglekarma Forestdelic Records, 2018
  23. 23 Cyk & Gahara - Devious Artistry Woo-Dog Recordings, 2021
  24. 24 Psique & MPF - Hot Swap Hypnotique Recordings, 2018
  25. 25 Ataro - Follow The Memories Freak Records, 2018
  26. 26 Digitalist & Sator Arepo - Illoominated Sonic Loom, 2013
  27. 27 Gappeq - The Fish of the Mirror Parvati Records, 2013
  28. 28 Ataro & Mysterion - New Era Part 2 DarkWeb Records, 2021
  29. 29 Tromo - Awaken Humanoid Insomnia Records, 2016
  30. 30 Anarkick - Interstellar Overdrive StoneAge Records, 2020
  31. 31 Yerba Divina - Atokirina Brahmasutra Records, 2021
  32. 32 Ion Vader - S19 Timewarp, 2021
  33. 33 Trold & Teorema - Forever Campinas Forestdelic Records, 2018
  34. 34 Dimmitrion - Lost in the Woods Patronas Records, 2021
  35. 35 Render - Groovology Reversible Records, 2020
  36. 36 Tripswitch - Shamanic Tea (Ajja Remix) Superfluid Sound, 2021
  37. 37 Wizack Twizack - Phase Five StoneAge Records, 2020
  38. 38 Solitary Shell - Treasure Planet Dacru Records, 2021
  39. 39 Spectra Sonics - Crome Transcape Records, 2022
  40. 40 Electric Universe - Mystical Experiences Dacru Records, 2016
  41. 41 The Muses Rapt vs Power Source vs Innerzone - Galactic Wilderness Dacru Records, 2017
  42. 42 Cosmic Dimension - Different Species Global Sect Music, 2021
  43. 43 Celestial Intelligence - Owl Suntrip Records, 2019
  44. 44 Stellar Force - Astral Dive Neogoa, 2016
  45. 45 Hypnoxock - Doubling Time Suntrip Records, 2020
  46. 46 K.O.B. - Folie À Deux Suntrip Records, 2017
  47. 47 Globox - Spooky Action at a Distance Cronomi Records, 2021
  48. 48 Roy Sasson - Mentalogue Suntrip Records, 2020
  49. 49 Elysium - Into The Void The Hypnotic LFO Room, 2020
  50. 50 Roza Terenzi - Cosmology Step Ball Chain, 2020
  51. 51 Sansibar - S1 Type Beat Avoidance, 2020
  52. 52 Pitch Black - One Ton Skank Dubmission Records, 2019
  53. 53 Soela - Hold On Dial, 2020
  54. 54 Borealis - Womb Origami Sound, 2012
  55. 55 Hexagon - Cerebral Trauma Shipwrec, 2017
  56. 56 Cristian Vogel - Dreams of Apolonia (Trying For Your Love) Shitkatapult, 2012
  57. 57 Objekt - Shuttered Bleep, 2013
  58. 58 Anna Homler & Alessio Capovilla - De'la Cocce Gang of Ducks, 2020
  59. 59 VC-118A - Shift Register Tabernacle Records, 2016
  60. 60 Central Industrial - The Wheeler Boundary Auxiliary, 2013
  61. 61 Answer Code Request - An Unattainable Distance Ostgut Ton, 2018
  62. 62 HuuHaa - Kryos Zero Full Sound, 2018

Notes

  • Conceived, designed, mixed, and mastered by DJ Basilisk in Taipei, Taiwan, and Vancouver, Canada, from August to October 2022.
  • Recorded in several sessions using Traktor 3 and a Korg Nanokontrol.
  • Mastered in Ableton Live using TDR Nova and LoudMax; wave surgery conducted with Audacity.
  • Source material for the artwork includes public domain imagery by Tanaka Juuyoh (3D rendering) and NASA (background).
  • This mix began as an experiment in mixing electro into darkpsy.
  • Tempos range from 140 BPM to 155 BPM, dropping back down to the 130s before dissolving into beatless ambient.
  • SAAH’s killer tune Engage is also available for free download from Bandcamp.
  • Much of the darkpsy segment of the mix features music from Brazil or Greece.
  • Quirky pop music references can be heard in Milchmau5. I suspect this is something of an in-joke referencing the foot in the logo of Parvati Records.
  • Dipping into full-on territory required some restraint; due to the exceedingly rich production value of modern full-on psytrance it is rather easy to get stuck there, as little else mixes into it. More modern new school Goa trance provided a sensible exit to keep the cavalcade of substyles flowing.
  • This mix eschews nostalgia for futurism; almost no references to past music were included apart from Ajja’s crowd-pleasing remix of Shamanic Tea, originally released on Mana Medicine in 2001.
  • I ended up cutting a lot of candidates in the full-on psytrance and new school Goa trance segments for having tacky samples about drugs or whatever. Carl Sagan samples though? Sign me up!

Time Periods

Series: The Expanse Cycle

The Expanse Cycle features long mixes exploring diverse styles centered on individual musical worlds, but also including other sounds in their outer haloes. Every mix in this series is programmed with long introductions and comedowns, building from silence and eventually returning to the void.

  1. Hermetic Expanse
  2. Radiant Expanse
  3. Tellurian Expanse
  4. Saturnine Expanse
  5. Cytherean Expanse
  6. Celestial Expanse

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