Friday, 29 March 2013

Shpongle – Live In Concert at The Roundhouse London 2008



(WIKI) Shpongle is an English psychedelic downtempo/psybient music project formed in 1996. The group includes Simon Posford (aka Hallucinogen) and Raja Ram (one third of The Infinity Project). Their musical style combines eastern ethnic instruments and vocals with contemporary western synthesizer-based psychedelic music. When asked to describe Shpongle's music, Posford has responded that it is "like nothing you've ever heard before." Shpongle's first track, "Vapour Rumours", was released on TIP Records' Infinite Excursions compilation in 1996. Their debut album, Are You Shpongled?, was released in 1998 on Twisted Records.

Posford is generally responsible for the synthesizers, studio work, and live instrumentation while Raja Ram contributes broad musical concepts and flute arrangements. Raja Ram stated in an interview that "Shpongle" is an umbrella term for feeling positive and euphoric emotions. Shpongle's music is heavily influenced by psychedelic experiences and frequently makes use of sonic textures that approximate psychedelic states as well as vocal samples relating to consciousness expansion, hallucinations, and altered states of awarenesss. The track, "Divine Moments of Truth," for example, contains a vocal sample of Raja Ram describing the effects of Dimethyltryptamine.

Track listing: Ineffable Mysteries, Beija Flor, Dorset Perception, Periscopes Of Consciousness, I Am You, Star Shpongled Banner, My Head Feels Like A Frisbee, When Shall I Be Free?, No Turn Unstoned, Divine Moments Of Truth, Interlude, Nothing Is Something Worth Doing, Once Upon The Sea Of Blissful Awareness, Around The World In A Tea Daze.

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