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San Fran Psychos 1 - Phantasmagoria ( Geomagnetic.tv, jan. 2006)

full_on
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Posted : Jan 19, 2006 00:45
This is the third release of the San Francisco based label Geomagnetic.TV, whose owner is the compiler of this night compilation. Dr. Spook (Nathan Vogel) is man of many talents: he is famous worldwide as a VJ, but he's also a digital video producer, DJ, music producer, label owner, teacher of computer animation and works with the creation of 3D interactive games and special effects for movies... He's melting down the audio visual frontiers at parties and this compilation is a gathering of the psychedelic artists of the San Francisco area.

The definition of the album's name is given in the CD booklet.

Phantasmagoria:
1. A shifting series of succession of things seen or imagined or experienced, as in a dream.
2. Any constantly changing scene.
3. A dark or disturbing vision or nightmare.

The album was mastered by Chromatone.

Cover: The cover was designed by Doctor Spook and shows a "Pumpkin beast", I must admit it fits perfectly with the music inside.
http://www.geomagnetic.tv/releases/SanFranPsychos.htm

Geomagnetic.TV will release a DVD with an special VJ mix for the whole CD and it will surely be an interesting tool for all psyheads and VJs.
http://www.geomagnetic.tv/releases/vmx1.htm

Track List:

1. Deeper In Zen - X-Ider - 143 bpm
2. Aeon - Amorphous - 145 bpm
3. Chromatone & Random - Empty Oaths - 145 bpm
4. Mubali - Standard Deviation - 147 bpm
5. Quasar - Lum Bought A Me - 149 bpm
6. Ocelot vs Vector Selector - The Bridge - 146 bpm
7. Random vs Viral - Digital Downgrade - 145 bpm
8. MegaDrop (Random & Helios) - Frank-N-Stuff - 145 bpm
9. Mindstorm (Dr. Spook) - Evil Jack (Is Back)- 145 bpm
10. Penta - Frankenstein 2001 - 145 bpm


Track by track:

1. Deeper In Zen - X-Ider --> This album begins with its slowest track. 143 bpm, a deep bass line and psychedelic effects form the recipe for this nice opening track. The sample: "Let's go" make me keep going as the beat goes on.


2. Aeon - Amorphous --> This track starts with a distorted sample which I can't understand. It's faster than the previous track and a bit more energetic, the album is lifting off... The bass line, the uplifting effects and specially the surrounding atmosphere makes me dance. Damn it, that sample again, I'm craving to know it! The track come back in a funnier way, this is a nice track!


3. Chromatone & Random - Empty Oaths --> Next track is darker... This collaboration between Lawrence and Ross (Chromatone and Random) is a well crafted night track. One more sample I can't understand... If I wasn't so scared I would sue these guys. This music has a deep night feeling, what I miss here is a bit more work on the bass, but the way it is it's already good.


4. Mubali - Standard Deviation --> Reverend Greg (Mubali) brings something faster and darker. The bass is thick and psychedelia is two Standard Deviations above the default, which means it's high. The second part of this track makes me feel a bit paranoid... Nice track.


5. Quasar - Lum Bought a Me --> "Yes, that's illegal to have Alien bodies..." This track confirms what we all already know, these San Francisco guys are crazy. This dark tune has a nice kick job, but the 149 bpm are just too fast for me.


6. Ocelot vs Vector Selector - The Bridge --> Both Ocelot and Vector Selector released their debut albums recently. These guys are cooking some real good stuff these days and this track is no exception. Starts in a kinda hypnotic way, but quickly develop its dark side with a different bass line and the end is full night power with many psychedelic sound layers. An intense and deep track!!


7. Random vs Viral - Digital Downgrade --> Random is back, this time with Viral that bring us some happy and funny effects and YES, different basslines! An interesting and different night track. Thumbs up for making something different.


8. MegaDrop (Random & Helios) - Frank-N-Stuff --> This track is more danceable than the previous track. It has a nice synth work and the guys managed to squeese some nice effects in the track. One more time a sample I can't understand... Surely it works on the dance floor, what I miss is an additional bass line, but it works pretty fine without it. Good job.


9. Mindstorm (Dr. Spook) - Evil Jack (Is Back) --> What we have here? The Doctor himself decided to prescribe some madness to the dance floor. With an hypnotic touch, fat bass and interesting synth, this track is something different. Not an energetic dance floor bomb, but rather a sonic tool powered by a continuous brain melting wave. I really liked it, the sample "Evil Jack is back" adds a nightly touch to this peculiar track. Keep being original Doctor.


10. Penta - Frankenstein 2001 --> This track is an instant classic. I heard it before somewhere, I can't remember where it was right now, I was probably too busy dancing. Penta my favorite night act and this track show you why: many bass lines, crazy and mind tricking psychedelic noises, good taste in the effect choices and tasty samples: "...you think rest of the world gonna find out about it. Dr. Igor fuckin' frankenstein there..." Perfect track to close this night case.

Geomagnetic.TV confirms with this release its will to push the psychedelic frontiers of psytrance. This peculiar selection of night tracks is far from being mainstream having its roots on the underground side of dance music.

Don't forget to check my interview with Doctor Spook:
http://www.fullonline.net/archives/2005/12/doctor_spook.html

Also: http://www.isratrance.com/www/reviews/show_review_details.php?show=820

Favorites: 4, 6 (!!), 7, 9 (!), 10 (!!).

Verdict: Never go to San Francisco without your crucifix and holy water.

Recommendation: I recommend this release for anyone who likes night music, this album has different styles of danceable night music inside it, from the dark side to more hypnotic and experimental side. This CD is packed with 10 previously unreleased track providing more than 72 minutes of music.

Buy it here:
http://www.saikosounds.com/english/display_release.asp?id=5309
http://www.geomagnetic.tv/releases/SanFranPsychos.htm

Respect!
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...Dance like nobody's watching...
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Rah
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Posted : Jan 19, 2006 06:39
i was under the impression Ocelot and Vector Selector where the guy (Aaron), no?           elementoftime.net
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Posted : Jan 19, 2006 08:33
Quote:

On 2006-01-19 06:39, Rah wrote:
i was under the impression Ocelot and Vector Selector where the guy (Aaron), no?




I reckon you're right, Ocelot = Vector Selector and he has two albums out. The more recent one is called 'Vector Selector'. hehe.. confushun.

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Syntax442
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Posted : Jan 19, 2006 18:27
Hey! This is really something interesting!
TheSupreme
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Posted : Jan 23, 2006 03:19
Yes Ocelot and Vector Selector are the same guy Aaron and yes he has alsow 2 albums and many other releases on different VA.

By the way his music is one of the best ehehehe


Keep up the great job Aaron ....


BOOM
Meta
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Posted : Jan 23, 2006 21:50
These people have severe psychological problems and are in desperate need of help and attention.

Send money.

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DiMiTry
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Posted : Jan 24, 2006 10:09
hehe, that Quasar guy is a little out of control!!

also really dig the Ocelot track and the Random vs. Viral choon is different and groovy.

nice comp

cheers!
          ..it's just another party..
Geomagnetic Records
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Posted : Jan 26, 2006 09:53
since the release of this compilation,

Mubali (Trishula Rec, Germany)
http://forum.isratrance.com/viewtopic.php/topic/79327/forum/41
Quasar (Mistress Of Evil, SF)

and

Random (Geomagnetic.tv, SF)
http://forum.isratrance.com/viewtopic.php/topic/79332/forum/41

have all sent their debut artist albums off to press! An incredible batch of amazing San Fran Psycho talent is hitting the world from 4 directions!
ocelot
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Posted : Feb 6, 2006 15:06
but i don't think this comp is dark at all!
really- its got some great tracks on it but many are for the morning i feel! my track is totally melodic for example! its a trick! don't let the pumpkin fool you!
its maybe dark for "full-on" club style-
but for psychedelic trance its pure uplifting light i swear!
full_on
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Posted : Feb 7, 2006 05:20
ocelot, I understand what you mean, that's why my review uses the word "night" more than the word "dark".

Surely it's not a dark/evil 148+ bpm, but IMHO fits much better the night than the day.
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Posted : Feb 7, 2006 06:31
i really enjoyed this compilation ,, tracks from Aeon and Deeper in Zen have so much emotions ..Mubali ,Quasar and Ocelot show us the tru psyche experience from USA , all in all enjoyed the entire tracklist
Meta
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Posted : Feb 7, 2006 08:43
Don't listen to Ocelot... it's a trick!!! He's very sneaky and quite cheeky.

Thanks for the kind words VV...


This compilation is finally back in stock on Saikosounds...
http://saikosounds.com/english/display_release.asp?id=5309
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Mute
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Posted : Feb 7, 2006 11:26
Quote:

On 2006-02-07 08:43, Aeon wrote:
Don't listen to Ocelot... it's a trick!!! He's very sneaky and quite cheeky.

Thanks for the kind words VV...


This compilation is finally back in stock on Saikosounds...
http://saikosounds.com/english/display_release.asp?id=5309



yes aeon i really enjoyed your track cuz the bass has a very uniqe pattern , the up and down bass notes after every bar is really nice and psychedelic !!
a3k
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Posted : Feb 14, 2006 16:28
i agree with ocelot, in the way he says morning music..the track bridge, i feel it, goa melodies on it
i would defenetly mix this one during the day..i rather listen 2 this sonorotie in the morning, than at night.
i think this music is morning orientated, night music has more dark elements on it.
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baba


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Posted : Feb 16, 2006 15:33
Intresting reviews           -=ReSpEcT=-
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