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The Making of Ektoplazm’s Greatest Trips

Blog | July 23, 2013 | Updated: September 3, 2014 | Posted by Basilisk

I prepared this post to provide some insight into the making of Ektoplazm’s Greatest Trips, a “best of” compilation highlighting some of the finest music I have had the pleasure of distributing via Ektoplazm, the free music portal I launched in the mid-2000s. The site has grown from humble beginnings to become a major focal point for psychedelic trance online with more than 50 million tracks served to music fans all over the world. (Not familiar with the background story? Check out this beginner’s guide to Ektoplazm.)

I began to lay the groundwork for a “greatest hits” project in 2011. I went about it methodically, working my way through every release on the site to identify some of the best tracks in every style I have made a home for on the site. I ended up with a huge pool of candidates, far more than I had imagined I would have to work with. It took countless hours of patient, considerate listening to reduce that initial pool to just a hundred songs or so. Eventually I arrived at a set of balanced and complementary set of songs that I feel faithfully represent the sound of Ektoplazm.

My intention is for Ektoplazm’s Greatest Trips to be, as the name implies, a real journey into sound, not just a disjointed collection of tracks. This required me to make some difficult decisions, some of which may prove to be unpopular. Not only are some of Ektoplazm’s most beloved labels and artists not featured here but entire styles are missing or underrepresented. It is my hope that most people understand the trade-offs involved in a project of this scope, or at least appreciate that I did my best to be inclusive. I encourage everyone to treat this particular tour of the site’s history as just a starting point. There is much more to discover by digging through the archives.

The musical progression of Ektoplazm’s Greatest Trips follows a classic model mirroring the passage of time through night and into morning. It begins with a downtempo introduction before building up through techno and techtrance into darkpsy and forest music. From there it shifts into full power psychedelic trance with twilight and Suomi influences. Next up is an exploration of the modern synthesis of old school Goa trance spirit and new production techniques. Quirky and unusual morning music follows, leading into deep trance, psy dub, glitch, and other forms of music at the deeper end of the spectrum to ground out the trip.

Each and every song included here is previously released on Ektoplazm but several have been fixed or remastered. This is noted in the full credits (available below).

Even though you may have heard many of these songs before I am very excited to share this project with the world. Ektoplazm has been incredibly fortunate to host so many brilliant artists, many of whom are featured here. I genuinely hope you enjoy every minute of this journey into the music of Ektoplazm!

Full Credits

Brujo’s Bowl - Healing With Sound [Arkona Creation] 2011
W&P by Saxon Higgs, U.K.

SeaMoon - Tricky Transients [Chillbasement] 2010
W&P by Simon Neumann, Germany

Sephira - Learning To Walk [MerKaBa Records] 2011
W&P by Matthew Crick, U.K.

Alic - Going Down In A Blaze Of Glory [Digital Diamonds] 2012
W&P by Volker Jakubzik & Adam Zawadzki, Germany

Trevor McGregor (Kalumet) - Elephant And Castle [Digital Diamonds] 2010
W&P by Zoltan Vajda, Hungary

Anakoluth - Delphic Haze [Ektoplazm] 2008
W&P by Roman Hunziker, Switzerland

Opsy - Her Ghost In The Fog [TesseracTstudio] 2008
W&P by Vladislav Radulovic AKA Kanc Cover, Serbia/Croatia

Excizen - Renesans 63 [Ektoplazm] 2011
W&P by Miroslav Bako, Serbia

Radioactive.Cake - Good Night [Uroboros Records] 2011
W&P by Robert Hundt, Germany

Kino Oko - Red Rose Flow [Digital Diamonds] 2009
W&P by Grzegorz Magnuszewski, Poland

Re-Horakhty - Dungeon Keeper [Forest Freaks] 2011
W&P by Saulius Trunce, Lithuania

DoHm - Sharange Varange [Ektoplazm] 2010
W&P by Domas Gudelis, Lithuania

Cenotes - Gnomadelic [Silent Existence] 2010
W&P by Domas Gudelis & Armantas Bakas, Lithuania

Farebi Jalebi - Who’s Who In The Zoo [Silent Existence] 2011
W&P by Adipraj Butalia, India/Australia

Invid Mind - Woogygoo [Alkhimia Records] 2011
W&P by Nancy E. Molina, Argentina

Mubali - The Other Way Around [Ektoplazm] 2012
W&P by Gregory Farley, U.S.A.

Dissociactive - Extrasensorica [Sun Station Records] 2009
W&P by Vyacheslav Iskanyan, Russia

Wizack Twizack - Expanding [Independent] 2010
W&P by Tommy Axelsson, Sweden

The 1134 - Ghost Train [Independent] 2011
W&P by Aeon La France & Etienne Grunenwald, U.S.A.

Cybernetika - Molecular Probe [Ektoplazm] 2011
W&P by Lars G., Germany

Oxya - Mindhunter (Remastered) [Ektoplazm] 2010
W&P by Joey Dianos, Greece; remastered by the artist in 2012

Sienis - West Meets East [People Of The Butterflies] 2011
W&P by Eki Jokisalo, Sweden

Escape Into - Ooze In My Eyes [Enlight Records] 2012
W&P by Dan Flict & Werther Azevedo, Brazil

Talpa - Unusual Chair [Pyrethrum Records] 2011
W&P by Goran Juric, Serbia

Faradize - Darknight Castle [Ektoplazm] 2009
W&P by Maxim Kucher, Israel

Overdream - Land Of Carnivore Plants [Sun Station Records] 2011
W&P by Maxim Kurushyn, Ukraine

Artha - Astral Body [Cronomi Records] 2010
W&P by Michal Baczek, Poland

Kadasarva - Cybermind [Sun Station Records] 2011
W&P by Alex Volkov, Ukraine

SubConsciousMind - iRemberem oGa [Ektoplazm] 2009
W&P by Raphael H., Switzerland

Screw Loose - From Fear To Eternity [Neogoa] 2010
W&P by Saša Dukić, Croatia

Trinodia - Human History [Underground Alien Factory Records] 2010
W&P by Daniel Eldström, Sweden

Amygdala - Wintermute [Ektoplazm] 2011
W&P by Andreas Riemer Christensen, Denmark

Jikkenteki - Another Kick In The Head (Remastered) [PAR-2 Productions] 2008
W&P by Rennis Buchner, Japan/U.S.A; remastered by Colin Bennun (OOOD)

Ekoplex - Twisted Root (Uncut) [Ektoplazm] 2010
W&P by Ray Vincent, Canada

Theobroma - Thinking Like Dolphins [Yo Soy Records] 2010
W&P by Pablo Herbon, Argentina

Magic & Witchcraft - Spiral [Ektoplazm] 2008
W&P by Pauli Komonen, Finland

Clone - Inside The Grove [Ektoplazm] 2008
W&P by Gordon Brown, Canada

M.E.E.O. - Wildebeest (Remastered) [Mental Sauce] 2010
W&P by Mathias Eriksson, Sweden; fixed and remastered by the artist

Etnoscope - Odin’s Kraft [Ektoplazm & Panzar Produktionz] 2010
W&P by Rasmus Alanne; vocals by Linda Jonsson; voice fx by Ludvig Engelbert, Sweden

Maharishi - Call Of The Ancients [OUIM.net & Space Baby Records] 2011
W&P by Borislav Lazarov, Bulgaria

Perfect Blind - Syncope (Remastered) [Akashic Records] 2010
W&P by Igor Čeranić, Croatia; remastered by the artist

Easily Embarrassed - Moon People [EE Records] 2011
W&P by Jeffrey van der Schilden & Nick van der Schilden & Peter Spaargaren, The Netherlands

Radioactive Sandwich - Chongo (Remastered) [Radioactive Sandwich Records] 2011
W&P by Slice One & Slice Two, U.S.A.; fixed and remastered by the artist

Globular - Squabbling Gods [Gliese 581C] 2011
W&P by Morison Bennett, U.K.

S.E.T.H - Flight Of The Igloo [Fish ‘n Trips Records] 2012
W&P by Luke Burns & Paul Kearney, Australia

Wolfen Technologies - Caveman [Triple Drop Productions] 2011
W&P by Tom Chant, U.K.

Hypnagog - Tiny Little Pieces [UP Records] 2009
W&P by Felix Greenlees, Australia

Auma - A Collision Of Craniums [Enig’matik Records] 2011
W&P by Luke Peart, Australia

Hinkstep - Dreamland Dub [Omnitropic] 2011
W&P by Jonas Tegenfeldt, Sweden

Pharoelidae - Vector Equilibriums [Ektoplazm] 2008
W&P by Akhentek & Margonaut, Canada

Special Thanks

I am eternally grateful for all the help and support Ektoplazm has enjoyed all these years. Without the contribution of thousands of artists, label owners, studio engineers, graphic designers, community supporters, reviewers, and other music lovers, none of this would be possible. Thank you all, each and every one of you!


11 Comments

  • FlowFly says:

    OOOOOOoooOOOOhhh!!! Thank you so much!! I discovered psytrance near around the creation of ektoplazm! I listened to a lot of psytrance from chillout to full power (not often beyond, I don’t like darkpsy or forest…except some killer shots from ektoplazm!!!!!), Seriously, without lying the amazing collection which is on Ekto, is at top for all subgenres!!In the huge production, you picked the best and we can have for free in good quality!!Amazing! Especially for us, we love the funky way of suomi style since years but we never had the occasion to dance on it in a party…And websites with suomisaundi style are too rare. Thanks for this wonderful experience and thanks for this ektotripz sounding like a dream!!!

  • Enchie says:

    Simply stunning compilation, also f’ing cool album cover, many thanks from South Africa (:

  • ninja2000 says:

    Pro made compilation. I always download music and do a little disablement of the tracks to do music mixes. Also a nice cover artwork (if you like more demonic entities in your house why not downloading it?)

    List of symbols on cover:
    Hexagram (x1) (hex symbol – for making curses.. im not sure if the artist was trying to curse the album, us, the site, or just he wanted a fancy looking thingo.. the last is well.. not pobable.. to much of it in this cover)
    Triangle (x7 .. can be 8. but I’m not sure) (spell casting symbol.. what spells he was casting?)
    All-Seeing eye (x4)
    Illuminati (circle with a central dot inside) (x4)

    Autor logo has moon (cresent) in it (can be a tribute to demonic princess named Dayna).

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  • amokk says:

    hi, thanks for this great compilation and free music, however i dont understand why are you using winrar to compress the music as rar is a proprietary and pay format. There are several other open source- free formats out there with very good results and compression ratios, sometimes even better than rar, and if you want compatibility you have zip. Just a suggestion, regards.

  • niv says:

    Wow. Stunning. Just wow. My synesthesia went to the roof listening to this ;)

    What a *great* compilation. Impossible for me to listen in one sit, but great nonetheless.

    An immense thanks for you and everyone that has collaborated in these tracks.

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  • mr. matt says:

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