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Shpongle

[ 1996 – present... ]

The core members of Shpongle are Simon Posford and Raja Ram from United Kingdom, along with many collaborators and guest musicians. Ott is also credited on all albums.

Their Shpongle sound is a mix of mainly eastern ethnic samples and western contemporary psychedelic synth music. Posford is responsible for the synth and studio work while Raja Ram contributes with flute arrangements. They are both responsible for the visionary input. According to one interview, they commonly visualize the music together before and during the creation process.

Shpongle’s first tune, Vapour Rumours, was released on TIP Records’ Infinite Excursions compilation in 1996. Their debut album, Are You Shpongled?, was released 1998 on Twisted Records. The high sound quality, successful mix of samples, instruments and synths along with the story and progress of the music through the album made it one of the most cutting edge releases of that time. Are You Shpongled? and Twisted Records’ first downtempo compilation, Eclipse, made a huge impact on the psychedelic trance scene in 1998.

Simon Posford is also known for his solo productions as Hallucinogen and as driving force of the label Twisted Records UK. He is also part of Dub Trees (with Youth and Dubsahara), Celtic Cross (with Youth) and Younger Brother (with Prometheus).

Raja Ram is also a member of 1200 Micrograms (with GMS) and The Infinity Project (with Graham Wood, Anjee Sian and other contributors/collaborators). He was also founder of the indo-prog/raga rock group of the ’60s/’70s Quintessence.

~~~~~~~~~ ( Good start will be ” Ineffable Mysteries From Shpongleland ” but all titles here are outstanding on a PSYBIENT / IDM-CORE note. [ MySpace ] | [ Last.fm ] ). ~~~~~~~~~~

Artist – Shpongle
Album – The God Particle [ * * * * * ]
Release Date – 2011
Genre – Ambient, Electro, Psychedelic-ambient, Psybient, Trancebient, Lo-end Industrial, IDM [ VERY GOOD ]

Tracklist

01 – Shpongle – Before The Big Bang
02 – Shpongle – The God Particle
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Shpongle – The God Particle
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Artist – Shpongle
Album – Are You Shpongled?
Release Date –
Genre – Ambient, Electro, Psychedelic-ambient, Psybient, Lo-end Industrial, IDM [ VERY GOOD ]

Tracklist
1 Shpongle Falls 8:33
2 Monster Hit 8:57
3 Vapour Rumours 10:26
4 Shpongle Spores 7:16
5 Behind Closed Eyelids 12:29
6 Divine Moments of Truth 10:20
7 …And the Day Turned to Night 19:57
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Shpongle – Are You Shpongled?
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Artist – Shpongle
Album – Tales of the Inexpressible
Release Date – 2001
Genre – Ambient, Electro, Psychedelic-ambient, Psybient, Lo-end Industrial, IDM [ VERY GOOD ]

Tracklist
1 Dorset Perception 8:12
2 Star Shpongled Banner 8:23
3 A New Way to Say ‘Hooray!’ 8:32
4 Room 2ॐ 5:05
5 My Head Feels Like a Frisbee 8:52
6 Shpongleyes 8:56
7 Once Upon the Sea of Blissful Awareness 7:30
8 Around the World in a Tea Daze 11:21
9 Flute Fruit 2:08
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Shpongle – Tales of the Inexpressible
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Artist – Shpongle
Album – Nothing Lasts… But Nothing Is Lost
Release Date – 2005
Genre – Ambient, Electro, Psychedelic-ambient, Psybient, Lo-end Industrial, IDM [ VERY GOOD ]

Tracklist
01 Botanical Dimensions 4:38
02 Outer Shpongolia 2:32
03 Levitation Nation 3:40
04 Periscopes of Consciousness 1:53
05 Schmaltz Herring 2:20
06 Nothing Lasts 4:28
07 Schnitzl’d in the Negev 4:17
08 …But Nothing Is Lost 4:38
09 When Shall I Be Free? 4:37
10 The Stamen of the Shaman 4:10
11 Circuits of the Imagination 3:12
12 Linguistic Mystic 1:36
13 Mentalism 2:54
14 Invocation 2:39
15 Molecular Superstructure 4:47
16 Turn Up the Silence 3:22
17 Exhalation 2:15
18 Connoisseur of Hallucination 3:31
19 The Nebbish Route 3:35
20 Falling Awake 1:50
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Shpongle – Nothing Lasts… But Nothing Is Lost
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Artist – Shpongle
Album – Ineffable Mysteries From Shpongleland
Release Date – 2009
Genre – Ambient, Electro, Psychedelic-ambient, Psybient, Lo-end Industrial, IDM [ VERY GOOD ]

Tracklist
1 Electroplasm 10:12
2 Shpongolese Spoken Here 6:38
3 Nothing Is Something Worth Doing 6:24
4 Ineffable Mysteries 10:26
5 I Am You 11:36
6 Invisible Man in a Fluoroscent Suit 8:54
7 No Turn Un-Stoned 8:02
8 Walking Backwards Through the Cosmic Mirror 8:13
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Shpongle – Ineffable Mysteries From Shpongleland
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Recommendations: Rhian Shehan ~ Arms and Sleepers ~ Encre – Flux ~ The Aloof ~ Heroin And Your Veins
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