- Moonshadow

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Moonshadow is a classic psytrance mix originally composed for the Global Goa Party, a virtual event conceived to “create the soundtrack for a full night (and morning) of old-school Goa trance by ten DJs from all over the world.” The rules were simple: record a mix with music that would have been heard on the dance floor in 1999. I snapped up the 12:30 to 2:00am time slot and spent weeks scouring my collection for the right stuff to hasten the journey into darkness and lunacy. Naturally, this exercise aroused great nostalgia for my own initiation into psytrance culture sometime in 1997 or 1998. Since many of my earliest memories of partying in Toronto were formed at events thrown by the Moonshadow collective I decided to dedicate this mix to DJ Dam, Cyber G, Yohimbe, John Dee, and everyone else who was there in the beginning.

Track List

  1. 01 Tim Schuldt - Absurd Aurinko Records, 1998
  2. 02 - Cactus , 1999
  3. 03 Semsis - Heroes & Madmen Atomic Records, 1999
  4. 04 X-Dream - Psychomachine , 1998
  5. 05 Tarsis - Atomic Children (Remix) , 1998
  6. 06 Spiral Active Project & DJ Goblin - Grounded Krembo Records, 1999
  7. 07 Mino - 2000 Compatible Phantasm Records, 1999
  8. 08 Astronomikx - After Life Flying Rhino Records, 1999
  9. 09 Haldolium - ฯ€-Symptom Free Form Records, 1999
  10. 10 - Mind Altering Drugs , 1999
  11. 11 XV Kilist - Gummi Spiral Trax, 1999
  12. 12 Growling Mad Scientists - Tentacles of a Jellyfish , 1998
  13. 13 Hux Flux - Idiot Transient Records, 1999
  14. 14 - Life is a Gas (X-Dream Remix) , 1997
  15. 15 Children of the Doc - Impossible Vortex HOM-Mega Productions, 1999
  16. 16 Deedrah - Signรฉ Furax Question Mark ?ecords, 1997
  17. 17 Infected Mushroom - Return of the Shadows YoYo Records, 1999
  18. 18 The Delta - Travelling at the Speed of Thought , 1998
  19. 19 Growling Mad Scientists - Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? , 1997
  20. 20 Sandman - End of the World HOM-Mega Productions, 1998

Notes

  • Photo credit: full moon by Thom Rains.
  • Recorded with Traktor and a Korg Nanokontrol at Ilum Studios, Gibsons, B.C.
  • This was my first studio recording after switching to an all-digital DJing setup in 2009. I was still getting the hang of Traktor and figuring out what worked and what didn’t.
  • I spent about four straight days arranging and practising with the material until finally getting down to business.
  • 25,000 downloads and 3,500 listens as of April 2021.

Global Goa Party

Global Goa Party is a series of virtual events organized by Marsh at the Goat Ranch, a blog dedicated to old school Goa trance. Each event is broadcast live on web radio, transporting listeners to some point in the past, while challenging DJs to produce a mix suitable for their time slot using only music available at that time. I assembled night-time sets for the years 1996, 1997, and 1999, which are all available here in their uncut, full-length versions.

  1. Moonshadow
  2. In Exile
  3. Blacklight Metropolis

28 Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing man – caught it while it was playing, loved it. So many great tracks, gonna be listening to this all week ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I started listening to psy in ’99, so this is really a trip back to the beginning for me. Thanks a lot!

  3. Wonderful, i thought Shakta and hallucinogen would be perfect for the old night twisting but this is great too.

  4. Hey Basilisk, where can I get the time slots for the entire mix, like the hours and minutes when each set starts in that one big 2GB file?

  5. This is a really great mix Alexander. Keep these coming! Brings back memories. Hard to believe this music was being made so long and yet is so amazingly intelligent with really great sound structure. I miss these days so much.

  6. Thx a lot for this wicked mix. It reminds me to the times when Iยดve organized my own Parties here in Germany and I met almost every artist . Thx so much for this timecapsule that takes me back.

  7. @Rf: I’ve got those timestamps in a text file at home, I simply forgot to post ’em! I’ll post another comment here when I put them up on the Goat Ranch.

  8. Great DJ set.. ehhh, memories back to ’98 and ’99

    thanks for this masterpiece .. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Love the mix, so many memories especially the final track! Had so many amazing trips to this track back in the hazey 90’s!

  10. This mix is AMAZING! Such a phenomenal selection of classic tracks! HOORAY!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Please forgive me, but I must point out that the Electric Sheep GMS track was actually released from Hadshot Haheizar, and not TIP… hahaha I am obsessive compulsive, please don’t mind me!

  11. Ah, the Goa Gods. I came a bit late (1999) but I remember these guys when I pounded dance floors from Japan to Australia until late 2001. Why isn’t Space Cat in there somewhere? Oh well. Great mix!!

  12. DJ Basilisk is amazing…….his mix a really god…..thanks for creating Ektoplazm….luv the website

  13. very good music you mixing there!! thanks youu!!! will tray that one mix , im sure it will be very powerfull dance musix

  14. Yo Basilisk, just heard the tail-end of this on DI.FM, and found this page. You got timings for this set? Trying to make a cue sheet. Any love? Even if you’ve made a cuesheet yourself, that would be quite awesome! Psy ON!!!!

  15. The word is “AWESOME”. “Ektoplazm” is a gateway to Psychedelic trance. Hat’s off ๐Ÿ™‚

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