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A Beginner’s Guide To Ektoplazm

Blog | July 12, 2012 | Updated: January 8, 2014 | Posted by Basilisk

Welcome to Ektoplazm, the world’s #1 source of free and legal psytrance, techno, and downtempo music. I am the founder, commonly known as Basilisk, but you can call me Alexander. This post exists to introduce new visitors to the site—and to psytrance and electronic music in general. I will start with a brief explanation of what psytrance is, outline the history of Ektoplazm and my involvement in the scene, explore the question of why labels and artists choose to give their music away for free, and finish with a grand tour of a baker’s dozen of Ektoplazm’s finest releases—all yours to download in MP3, FLAC, or WAV format! (If you wish to skip straight to the music simply click here.)

To begin with, psytrance is a type of electronic dance music with its own distinct history and customs. Partly because of its unique origin on the beaches of Goa in the late 1980s, psytrance has developed in varying degrees of isolation from electronic music culture as a whole. This unusual situation fostered a great deal of creative experimentation; the music of psytrance culture is anything but homogeneous, encompassing a wide range of approaches from high-energy beats for the dance floor to chilled and relaxing sounds for deeper moments of contemplation and introspection. If you’ve never heard it before the best way to get a feel for the range and diversity of psytrance music is to explore the site and listen to whatever catches your ear.

My involvement in this culture began when I first encountered psytrance at a party in 1996. Not long afterwards I was browsing the web and discovered a web site offering illicit psytrance MP3 downloads. I was hooked by what I heard and rapidly became a devoted fan, record collector, and DJ. When I founded Ektoplazm in 2000 it followed that I would focus on my musical interests at the time, namely psytrance and several related styles of electronic music. Back then it was just a personal homepage for my activities in the local scene. Before long I decided to start a record label, naively settling on vinyl as my release medium of choice. My first (and only) release in 2002 was a total disaster but I learned a lot about the music industry in the process.

In the years that followed I became embroiled in the ongoing debate about file-sharing and music piracy. The Napster revolution had come and gone, forever changing how we consume music, but the recording industry was doing everything it could to resist progress. Apple launched the iTunes Store with major label support in 2003 but this didn’t do a lot of good for fans of an underground style like psytrance. Even if you actually wanted to pay money for digital media you were out of luck: there were no legal download shops offering a wide selection of psytrance releases (and perish the thought of being able to procure lossless/CD-quality audio files). Pirate sites had it all, of course.

At this point the labels and distributors of the psytrance scene could have joined forces to innovate and offer something better than free to combat rampant piracy and weakening sales. Instead, they took a cue from the major labels and sunk most of their effort into shaming potential customers with an anti-piracy campaign. Their dubious choice of slogans: “copy kills your music” (and no, I am not making this up). When a few emerging services began to offer legal psytrance MP3s they were always priced above the average per-unit cost of a song sold on physical media (e.g. the cost of the CD divided by the number of songs on it). This struck me as particularly insane: charging more than the cost of a CD for a lossy version of the music it contains? The selection in these shops was quite limited as well, though it wasn’t necessarily the fault of the shop itself. I suspect that a lot of label owners felt as if digital downloads would eat into their CD sales. They were probably right to be concerned—but their failure to adapt to changing listener habits did nothing to address piracy. Guilt trips and expensive, poorly-stocked MP3 shops appeared to be the extent of the underground establishment’s response.

I observed another issue, one that is somewhat specific to smaller musical subcultures: as sales figures dwindled labels were becoming increasingly risk-averse. Unconventional artists and newcomers were having a tough time getting their music released—and there was no way to reach listeners except through established distribution channels. No one paid much attention to anything else. The labels, then, were the gatekeepers—and they strongly preferred trendy, marketable music from known names. Meanwhile, many old-timers were griping about the creative bankruptcy of newer psytrance releases. This situation struck me as being antithetical to psytrance culture itself—after all, this culture values the unconventional and elevates “thinking outside the box” to a virtue. Unconventional artists were always welcome to start their own labels—and many did—but the distributors were not always helpful. Since the market was contracting every additional release forced existing label partners to accept a smaller slice of the pie. For a lot of artists the choice began to look like this: conformity or obscurity.

After digesting countless books and articles about free culture I relaunched Ektoplazm in 2006 with the intention of promoting free music licensed under the Creative Commons as a viable alternative to the traditional music distribution system in the psytrance scene. I meant to agitate for change, lead by example, and disrupt the status quo. I aimed to provide artists with another choice beyond conformity or obscurity: massive exposure, artistic freedom, and good karma. At first there wasn’t much of a response to the concept; no one—not even the free labels and artists—took free music seriously in those early days. “You get what you pay for” was a common refrain. To address this sentiment I became a tireless advocate for higher quality standards in free music. My vision: free releases every bit as good as what could be bought in stores. This called for high-resolution album artwork, lossless/CD-quality audio files, and proper mastering. Gradually this vision became a reality as more and more labels and artists came on board with the concept. Nowadays there are many examples of free albums that rival the quality of their commercial counterparts.

Ektoplazm fulfilled its primary mission to legitimize and popularize the distribution of free music in the psytrance scene sometime in 2010. Since then I’ve focused on adding more and more releases to the site to keep up with surging demand for new music—and for access to the platform. By now (summer 2012) Ektoplazm has served more than 6.7 million full releases and 30–35 million tracks to millions of listeners all around the planet. This is rather impressive given that Ektoplazm has catered to such an obscure niche market. To put this in perspective, Bandcamp, the most comparable distribution service for independent musicians of any genre, claims to have served up 34 million downloads to date. How can this be? I attribute the success of Ektoplazm to a number of things:

  • Ektoplazm is a curated resource. I pick and choose what I post on the site. It isn’t like YouTube where just anyone can upload music. I have a rather stringent process for demos and release submissions. I can’t promise that every release will appeal to every listener—but I can promise that the releases on the site will tend to meet a minimum quality standard.
  • Ektoplazm is committed to artistic expression. Commercial labels have to play it safe and keep an eye on the bottom line but I consider it my duty to take a chance on weird and unusual releases. This is the other side of “free”: not only are you welcome to download the music free of charge (gratis) but I also do my best to remove restrictions on artistic expression (libre). This benefits artists as well as music lovers everywhere.
  • Ektoplazm connects independent labels and artists with a massive audience. This is not just a happy accident; the site was designed to take advantage of the power of digital distribution. With no registration necessary the barriers to access have been lowered and individual releases are primed to go viral. Ektoplazm regularly facilitates 5,000–10,000 (or more) downloads per release. How does this stack up against the other options? Assuming Beatport, the largest commercial portal for electronic music downloads, has 1 million tracks in its catalog and 80 million sales. That’s about 80 sales per track, each earning less than a dollar. If an artist is keen to earn some cash for their work (and not everyone is) they might be better off giving their music away if it leads to even one paid booking. How about other free offerings? Bandcamp allocates 200 free downloads per account per month. Ektoplazm presently has no such limit thanks to Dreamhost (referral link; sign up for hosting and Ektoplazm will get a small kickback).
  • Ektoplazm is fanatical about lossless quality audio and kick-ass metadata. Why should we take a step back from the quality standards set in the 1980s? Bizarrely enough, some commercial shops still refuse to offer lossless/CD-quality downloads. The shops that do often impose frivolous “WAV handling fees” (I’m looking at you, Beatport). Here at Ektoplazm you have a choice between WAV, which is still useful for burning direct to CD, and FLAC, a newer, more compressed (yet still lossless) format that allows embedded metadata such as album artwork and track information. And that’s another thing—buy a song from one of the commercial shops and you’ll be stuck downloading some horribly-named file (e.g. “92809_The_Muddy_Morning_Hymn_Original_Mix.wav”) lacking any kind of useful metadata. Ektoplazm does it right: simple, standardized file names with all the obvious metadata embedded alongside album artwork and BPMs (for the DJs out there).
  • Ektoplazm feels good. Independent labels and artists share music here because they want to. Music lovers enjoy guilt-free downloads. Everyone wins!

The wonderful thing about working on this project is that I don’t have to simply talk about the music—you can hear it yourself! To start you off on the right track I’ve selected thirteen releases reflecting the creative and stylistic diversity of Ektoplazm’s offerings from 2006–2012. I’ve also written a short blurb about each release, sometimes about the style and other times about its historic importance. Most of the releases featured here are crowd favourites chosen by Ektoplazm’s visitors in one of our year-end polls but I slipped a few of my own personal favourites into the mix to spice things up. Flash is required for streaming previews; click on the big arrow beneath each release blurb to listen to the release while you browse. Click on the album artwork to find out more about each release—and to leave comments of your own. Direct download links are also available in the text below.


Globular – A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

I am opening this list with one of the most accessible and all-round awesome releases I have had the pleasure of promoting here on Ektoplazm. Globular is a hugely talented chap from Bristol, U.K., who writes deep dubby downtempo influenced by the likes of Shpongle and Ott, some of the biggest names in electronic music. This isn’t psytrance in the conventional sense; this is “psychedelic dub” or simply psy dub, a creative offshoot that traces its origins back to the mid-1990s. Download, crank the bass, and let these lovely tunes sprawl across your stereo for awhile—I’m betting you’ll enjoy the experience.

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Electrocado – The Hass Effect

This album from the land down under is a creative mish-mash of influences reflecting the electronic music zeitgeist of 2011. Built on a backbone of progressive psytrance, it features a healthy amount of cross-genre experimentation, integrating glitch and electro into the mix of styles. The resulting style is accessible, fun, and hugely popular with Ektoplazm’s visitors; The Hass Effect was voted the #1 album of 2011 in last year’s site-wide poll. Take a bite of this avocado sandwich and you’ll hear for yourself what the commotion is all about. For more like this I’d suggest taking a gander at the discographies of the Electrocado duo, Mr. Bill and Ryanosaurus, both of whom have a strong following for their solo efforts.

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Etnoscope – Way Over Deadline

Tribal progressive trance at its finest! Sweden’s Etnoscope is a big name from way back; the group was founded in 2000 and made a huge splash with their massive debut album Drums From The Dawn Of Time on Son Kite’s infamous Digital Structures imprint in 2003. Work on a follow-up album continued for years but the album never materialized; the psytrance industry had, along with the major labels, gone into decline, and the the nascent album only narrowly avoided being chopped up into little bits for release on various compilations. With the help of Panzar Produktionz the album received the release it deserves: whole and uncut. In acknowledgement of the awesomeness of this release it was voted the #2 album of 2010 by Ektoplazm visitors.

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Ekoplex – Creatures Of The Forest

My friend Ekoplex (Ray Vincent) is one of the most successful artists to ever grace the pages of Ektoplazm. He’s been at it for a long time—longer than any other artist, in fact! I’ve been posting Ray’s music on Ektoplazm since 2002 or so, back when I hosted a few MP3 samples of his early work. Ekoplex’s sound has come a long way since then. In 2008 he burst onto the world stage with his magnificent debut album Journey Of The Turtle, the first big release from the in-house Ektoplazm record label, which has now been downloaded an astounding 46,000 times! Since then Ekoplex has polished and refined his organic brand of full-on morning psytrance, culminating with the release of Creatures Of The Forest which was later voted the #3 album of 2010. The story continues with Discovering The Ancient, a tribal downtempo epic released in 2012.

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SubConsciousMind – Intermezzo Extended

SubConsciousMind is an independent Swiss artist whose sophomore effort was voted the #1 album of 2009. His style is an emotive mix of modern full-on psytrance and old school Goa trance with a highly personal touch. This is music straight from the heart: nostalgic and even melancholic at times, but also uplifting, energetic, and life-affirming. To this day it remains one of the most eminently listenable albums in my collection.

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Dimensional Gateway

Neogoa began as a web portal dedicated to modern or “new school” Goa trance, an ongoing revival of the classic 1990s style using new production techniques and an emphasis on cosmic sounds and exotic melodic scales. This compilation, the first from the newly born Neogoa netlabel, gathers some of the rising stars of this vibrant movement. Label founder Richpa’s focus on quality bore fruit: Dimensional Gateway was named the best compilation of 2010 by Ektoplazm’s visitors. If you enjoy this taste of new school Goa trance be sure to check out the sequel, Dimensional Gateway 2.

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Jikkenteki – Flights Of Infinity

Jikkenteki is another old friend of mine from the very early days of Ektoplazm. His story was hugely influential on my thinking when I first got into free music distribution. Jikkenteki followed a somewhat standard course for an independent musician in the mid-2000s: he worked hard to develop an original style, sent demos to many labels, and was met with rejection time and again. The issue was simply that Jikkenteki’s style was too original; risk-averse label owners weren’t interested in taking a chance on new artists, particularly not when their music failed to conform to an existing formula with proven marketability. As a music lover I was outraged—isn’t psytrance all about brazen creative experimentation and breaking the rules? Jikkenteki did his best to work within the traditional distribution system by founding his own independent label, PAR-2 Productions, but did not manage to sell many CDs. Eventually he ported his entire discography to Ektoplazm and released Flights Of Infinity, an absolute gem of an album and a stellar example of psytrance at its most inventive and expressive. We later collaborated on his final album, The Beginning Is At The End, a haunting album that brought his time in the psytrance world to a conclusion.

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Cybernetika – The Scythe Of Orion

Cybernetika is an enigmatic and reclusive German producer with a long history of releasing science fiction-influenced music for free via hobbyist forums. I lobbied hard to have his independently released album Neural Network Expansion added to the site in early 2007 and went on to host Nanospheric (2008) and Atropos (2009), an experimental fusion of psytrance and drum ‘n bass. For his next pure psytrance album, The Scythe Of Orion, I offered some help with professional mastering and design, and in 2010 the album was released to widespread acclaim, earning the best album of the year award in our annual visitor survey. Evidently I am not alone in considering it to be a masterpiece of modern psytrance! What makes this album so irresistible? Cybernetika has a way with storytelling: his music manifests thoughts and images in the mind of the listener exactly as good psychedelic (“mind-manifesting”) music should. Not only that, but he really captures the mood of hard sci-fi, with its ritualistic descriptions of far future events, galaxy-spanning empires, lost relics of vanished alien civilizations, man–machine hybrids, and the vast, inhuman emptiness of interstellar space.

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Under The Moss Vol. 2

Darkpsy and forest music are two of the most popular styles of psytrance on Ektoplazm—and also two of the most challenging for new listeners. The distinction between darkpsy and forest music is subtle. Generally speaking, darkpsy is harder and more aggressive and often concerned with very dark and sinister themes (hence the name) whereas forest music, which often sounds superficially similar or even indistinguishable to the untrained ear, is in fact more involved in organic and biological themes, and will tend to sound more enchanting with time. To ease beginners into such an acquired taste I’ve selected this excellent release by Forest Freaks, a Lithuanian collective, which exhibits a wide variety of approaches to night-time psychedelia without sliding too far into the darkness. For more in this vein check out DoHm – Swampology, Schizoid Bears – Bearsky Dreams, the Voices Of The Trees compilation, the original Under The Moss, and Cycle Of Secrets. Trust me: there is a lot more to explore once you begin to appreciate the dark side of psytrance! This guide contains few examples of the more extreme forms of psytrance; I don’t want to scare anyone off!

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Radioactive.Cake – Subatomic Disco

Robert Hundt is a machine. Apart from operating Glitchy.Tonic.Records, an acclaimed label responsible for numerous high-quality releases over the years, he is also the man behind the unconventional Radioactive.Cake and Zeitgeist projects, both of which explore different aspects of experimental progressive psytrance. This particular album, the #2 album of 2011, is a minimalistic monster loaded with chewy grooves and mental atmospheres. This particular style is heavily influenced by the pioneering work of Sensient and Zenon Records—hence why you will sometimes see the term Zenonesque bandied about when describing releases like this one. To be honest, this is one of those cases where yours truly got involved in popularizing a name for a style that had previously aggravated my attempt at neatly organizing the music of Ektoplazm, though not without controversy (some people are very opposed to my cavalier attitude toward assigning styles around here). I feel as if I am justified, however: Zenonesque isn’t exactly techtrance, which is generally more cold and mechanical, nor is it straight-up progressive, which often carries connotations of lighter and more airy productions. No, it is somewhere in between—and it has something original going on, that curious emphasis on jazz and funk influences. Confused yet? Just give it a listen and you’ll hear! If you’d like more in this vein I encourage you to rifle through the Glitchy.Tonic.Records discography; it’s loaded with thrillers like this.

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Deto & Gleam – Archives

A captivating work of moody, futuristic techno music from Hungary. Released in 2010 on the Digital Diamonds advanced audio netlabel, one of Ektoplazm’s oldest and most reliable partners, this “space age fairy tale” is filled with subtle details that reward patient and attentive listening. This is not an album that gives up its secrets easily, nor is it designed for prime time dance floors. Instead, the rich panoramic atmospheres and emotional nuances create an immersive and enchanting listening experience that is great on headphones and excellent for coding and other background tasks. Be sure to pick up Kisses & Tears, a companion piece released earlier in 2010, which contains a stunning 24-minute epic.

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ManMadeMan – Free To Listen

This guide would not be complete without the free album that started it all! ManMadeMan, a legendary project formed in 1994, are rightfully considered to be some of the original pioneers of psytrance music. In 2007 they independently released Free To Listen on their own web site and I jumped at the chance to help cross-promote. This was the first major free release from a veteran act in the psytrance scene—and it was, musically speaking, an unusually creative album that the group might have had some trouble releasing through traditional distribution channels. So, what have we here? An extremely diverse journey through many different styles of psytrance and downtempo. ManMadeMan went on to release a second free album with Ektoplazm, Children Of The Light, in 2010. Give it a try; this is history!

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Hinkstep – Sunrise From The Treetops

The journey concludes with another dazzling downtempo album, the remarkable debut of Hinkstep, a talented musician from Sweden. I was completely unfamiliar with his music before a long-time fan and supporter passed on his contact info. When I first heard the demo for this album I knew it was something special—but it took some time before I realized just how special it is. Much like Globular’s debut, this album is loaded with psy dub bass lines, but with a very different approach. The use of real-world instrumentation and vocals sets it apart from other releases in this style. Try it out; I hope you fall in love.

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That about wraps it up! If you have any general questions about the site please refer to the help page. For more recommendations check out the best of Ektoplazm (as voted by visitors like you) for 2011, 2010, 2009. For the veterans out there: did I miss any of the essentials? Feel free to make additional recommendations in the comments.

Thanks for reading and enjoy the music!


56 Comments

  • Lars says:

    Great guide and an awesome selection of albums. I think this will work great for the site

  • Yepp…I actually can’t even imagine a world without Ektoplazm and I believe many can’t ! It has served its followers greatly and working with you, Ektoplazm, has always been and will remain to be a pleasure, I’m sure of that :)

    Big thanx to Basilisk !

  • Floaty says:

    True That !!!

  • agree a very readable story and nice collection of tracks .. and as said above Big thanks to Basilisk and Ektoplazm crew !!

  • alien says:

    where are the psycores?

  • William says:

    I’m very happy this is happening, many people could listen quality songs and free of charge!
    This is musical freedom!
    ॐ NAMASTE

  • prateep says:

    perfect web page for those who respect psychedelic nd who knws abt psy musik……thumbs up…..

  • Arronax says:

    Wow, I’m so happy to see Dimensional Gateway here. The other releases are also amazing. The whole concept of Ektoplazm is just great :D

  • Tomb says:

    Oh, I got a mention at the end of the post! :O Thanks <3
    Ektoplazm has always been a great website for me. Not only because of the great music but because of the learning experience. By listening to releases here, I have learned a lot about genres I didn't really know anything about. Thanks for everything and I will support you with this new venture. :)

  • Phonexx says:

    The Liberty -a paradise!

  • DJ Bloodsugar says:

    the best page in the web! :D

  • My love and support for this great Love for Music….Although still struggling to make something from my music (so i could support this great cause financially as well)….my undying love and support……A Big BooM from Nepal.

  • Tchud Trance says:

    Awesome explanation and history. Good to see how you refreshed the site and got the albums rolling. Big props to you, brother!

  • DJ Thiago Boca says:

    Awsome post. This is why I love visiting this website everyday. Not only free music, but free culture. Congrats from Brazil!!!

  • mangasource says:

    Hi, i’m French, and i use Ektoplazm since few years :)

    Thx for all your work !

  • Daniel says:

    At last! Soenmoe with the insight to solve the problem!

  • sandeep sen says:

    This site has become one of my most fav sites and I’m spell-bounded by the collection of Psytrances…lovely…<3

  • mehrdad says:

    this is something i always loved,a peace of great high quality electronic music and sharing with trance society

  • Midnight says:

    Most excellent site. Funny that I’m 60 years old and can’t get enough of this stuff but my adult kids don’t get this.

  • Dj D.st says:

    Dudes, just keep on doing what you do coz it’s mega
    and loved by all !!!
    many many thanks from uk

  • kitrinos says:

    Ευχαριστώ…

  • Benny from Portugal says:

    Great Job! Big thank you!

  • xoomi says:

    Digitalisation and the internet have provided a spectacular array of opportunities.

    On the one hand, governmental agencies can gain tighter control and wider surveillance, corporate bodies can gain more and better entry routes for their insidious methods to encourage mindless consumption and conformity, and individuals are presented with easier and more satisfying ways of giving away their privacy in preparation for future assaults on their freedom.

    On the other, sites such as Ektoplazm see the same collection of technological opportunities and use them to enlarge and strengthen the collectivities and concentrations of creative human spirit that refuse to be swept along with this tide of destruction, and provide us all with hope. Here, technology is harnessed in order to give and to share, not to take and control.

    Thank you so much for the difference you are making.

  • Does your blog have a contact page? I’m having trouble locating it but, I’d like to shoot you an email.
    I’ve got some suggestions for your blog you might be interested in hearing. Either way, great blog and I look forward to seeing it improve over time.

  • Jacqui Smith says:

    Alexander, you’re a poet! The selection of music is mind-boggling: your description of each album release, on the other hand, is another story! Thank you! Peace and light from a nomadic Sri Lankan traipsing through India :-)

  • LucasFlyByNight says:

    Thanks Alexander,you will be included on my meditation, for you selfless spirit by contributing for the propagation of good musics. The layout ,background, and webplayers of this site is pefect! Congrats!
    All the good vibes to you! Greetings from Brazil

  • sumit says:

    I need some psychoactive music. please …..

  • pablito says:

    what a great website, just found it!

  • LeVinXVA says:

    just happen to run across this site and im glad i did. thanks for the guide. i didnt know where to start

  • dario says:

    gracias bazilic gracias y te digo gracias de vrdad te aprecio mucho como persona como lo q hiciste posible te agradeco aca y en la otra vid y en todas las vidas GRACIAS POR EXISTIR.. HACE MUCHO Q CONOSCO ESTA PAGINA DESDE Q COMENS¿ZA A ESCUCHAR PSYTRANCE Y TE QUIERO MUCHO HERMANO..

  • AMNeSia says:

    I ran first across this site when trying to search for psychedelic trance (PT). Never looked back since. Before, I used to not know what music I liked…now PT has become an integral part of my life. Can’t ever live without music like this. I feel psychedelic trance is the real music. Songs from films and such albums touch your body and move you physically…spiritual songs touch your heart and move you from the inside…but PT touches the mind, body, heart and soul. Day starts with Afgin’s Aden Prayers, continues with many tracks found on the site and ends with the prayers again. Really can’t live without the music.

    A real good thanks to Basilisk for making this site and giving everyone access to this musical treasure. Apologies for not being able to financially support the site, but always appreciate the work done by all. Whenever I listen to the music I downloaded from here, I always am grateful to Ektoplazm and the site staff for making it available in the first place.

    And yes…this site is a real example of how the world should be…’free’ as in free beer and not as in free speech. This is the freedom that every aspect in the world needs to have.

  • diegoahead says:

    There are no words to describe how happy I am to discover the EKtoplam. Already knew some artists and they took me to the site, I will take time to listen to both quality work, but it has no price, that will bring me satisfaction. Thank EKtoplasm!!

  • psyeagle says:

    namaste ahoura shanti boo0m shanka we live in life with love in forest*** boo0m love ektoplazm to connect us with music talk boo0m time****

  • Malanos says:

    Enlightening, high quality music, always. The universe and I are at peace, thank you Ektoplazm (and all the artists featured as well).

  • Shaker says:

    Ektoplazm is great, I am amazed since I discovered it. Thank you Basilisk.

  • Jonathan King says:

    Hi Basilisk (Alexander).

    Like the name stipulates, a giant serpent, with many facets, writhing around in the conscious and sub-conscious mind and universe. Creating an ambience of dramatic consequences from the slow relaxed beats, to the intense mind blowing/changing fast beats. I stumbled upon this impressive site some years ago when I was googling Trance Music, from then onwards there was no going back.

    This exceptional site has changed my life in ways that I am unable to manifest in words. I practice the art of Wicca/Witchcraft, and the music/albums have been beyond beneficial to my meditation and spiritual path.

    The quality of the albums/music are way above High Quality, they are stupendous. I have with this site been able to build up an impressive personal music collection, to which I an forever indebted to you. Once my finances improve, I will most certainly be making a donation to keep this site going.

    I just do not know how you are going to make what is the best music site on the web any better than the perfection personified that it is already. Keep up the exemplary outstanding work and look forward to new music as it becomes available.

    Kind Regards Jon :-)

  • Lewis says:

    Just stumbled across this website looking for an elusive Highpersonic Whomen album. Thank you so much!

  • Maeric9 says:

    I first stepped into this site last year when searching for an artist I had read about elsewhere (Radioactive Sandwich.) But only this week have I truly explored the depth of Ektoplazm and downloaded several albums to try out the various genres. I’m a bit overwhelmed by the depth of talent here and the range of styles. For example, I’m listening to the first offering in this blog by Globular and its fantastic dubbiness… I was expecting only psytrance or psyambient but here is electro-dub, which is an equally favorite genre of mine (with the likes Pitch Black and OTT from the commercial side.)

    Reading your Introduction, I get it! In fact, I am truly impressed by your mission and success all these years. Congratulations are due but also the high level of production values these artists are holding too. I always felt that psy-musician’s have a shamanic spirituality to preach; it’s transforming music for these crazy days and times. Hey, I’m 60 years old this year and have a background of progressive/space rock from the 70’s as my musical core but without a doubt, I have found the music that touches my soul!

  • ripkernby says:

    Thank you for sharing great music, even in high quality format, a big respect for your mission and work.

  • bluegarou says:

    I’m impressed with it all, nice business model. i’m over 60 but still like the music. nice job will follow your site

  • pranz says:

    great website and also great musics.and one thing i should know please tell me..
    I am using fl studio cracked version i do compose my musics in it.. my query is to know is it illegal to compose music in pirated or cracker version . and also can i upload my musics (composed in cracked version) on web or online?

  • Alexander says:

    Hello i have only posted a few comments on the site but have been a huge fan for at least six years now. Some releases that I would definitely like to add to this list would be the Mainspring Motion compilation, Dreamshadow compilation, both Anakoluth eps, Ben Rama – The Invisible Kingdom, Clone – Real Eyes, both Disco Hooligan albums and Everything released by Jikkenteki and Amygdala. I honestly consider the music of Jikkenteki and Amygdala to rival the music put out by Simon Posoford, Infected Mushroom and the rest of the huge names in psytrance. Timeless music that we are blessed to have for free!

  • Alexander says:

    PS. I miss the basilisk essential selections which were a big part of my musical education. I haven’t been able to find anything else like them and feel lost in a sea of psytrance which has come out since their demise.

  • shyam shah says:

    heavy page bro!!!! gud sounds !! Gud vibes <3

  • Egyptian Gods says:

    just like many others, was just passing by and i found ( Ektoplazm ) and here i am in heaven ,,, never thought that heaven exist, but after that i found ( Ektoplazm ) ,, i am sure it do exist ,

    the huge amount of knowledge that i could learn from Ektoplazm is priceless, lots of great music ,, been hard to find them and been confused to make a difference between each one of this type ,,,

    thank youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu Alexander for your great hard work,,

    LOVE and Respect from ( EGYPT )

  • Sam says:

    Great website, Exclusive Music.
    Thanks for your time & energy spent in bringing all these gems to us.

    More power, God bless.

  • ANAND says:

    thank you ektoplazm for opening the minds eye with music!!!!! boom!! god bless team ektoplazm .

    regards love n light!!!!!!

  • Ektolazm is the best website to have free psytrance music. Period.

  • Heidi says:

    THANK YOU FB!! I met someone on FB today that stays in another province in South Africa (than I), which was telling me that the trance festivals are really big there…

    I was on my first trance festival a week ago and had soooooooooooooo much fun! No club will see me again!

    I was telling this person that I needed to find some good psychedelic music to play with (as I’ve recently started DJing, July 2013) – and he referred me to your site! I have been playing progressive psytrance but am so excited to download some new tunes and play around with it!

    This is absolutely amazing and what you are doing for the industry – I get it! I don’t have a paypal account but will be setting one up to help you achieve your dream! You deserve it!

  • cia666 says:

    just found your site, excellent, good philosophy, awesome quality of tracks.
    Very great thanks for continuing your master piece.

  • Mrudu says:

    Thank you Alexander, I have been an avid fan of Ektoplazm since 2010. Downloaded so many albums that have gifted me amazing moments in life. Keep it strong. :)

  • stenzel says:

    ektoplazm ma permis de voyager a travers un monde éblouissant ! un choix de musique très pointu et très bon !
    merci a basilik ektoplazm et ceux qu’il l’on aider !

  • Full Ohm says:

    I discovered ektoplazm some years ago by chance and was amazed with what i had found. The fact that all the music is free to anyone is just out of this world and the music itself is always top quality. Full props go to all the artists labels DJs and producers for constantly providing us with such good music time after time. I am on the site pretty much daily and have amassed a fantastic library courtesy of this great site. I will continue to be a regular and spread the word of ektoplazm far and wide. Peace Love Unity and Light to everyone. Thankyou so much :)

  • junglewizz says:

    Thanks for everything, brother Basilisk, this is beyond any imaginable goldmines, both regarding the whole concept and loads of quality content … I was always a kind of a random stranger to these vibes, but on the other hand, I’ve been into this music since mid 90’s, and this is a blessing and a gift I cannot be thankful enough for. The meticulous quality of sound and art, all broken down into styles, I can’t get enough of this … No matter how deep I go I always end someplace else in the morphing vastness of ektoplazm soundspace … Peace on, Love & Power ! ;)

  • gold says:

    Basilisk, ありがとうございます, 谢谢, thank you! Exemplary post, superbly articulated. I went through so many phases of music — from producing early renaissance a capella CDs to ancient art music of China to Balinese gamelan to Bartok, Vaughan Williams, et al. Though I still love all that stuff, I have found myself enjoying high quality electronica, specifically psy trance more than almost any genre. And ektoplazm sets the gold standard, it’s par excellence!


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