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Released in 1998, Are You Shpongled? may not be the first ambient trance album, but it is without question one of the finest examples of the genre, and it continues to serve as inspiration to other composers and producers. Complex, moving, and impossible to classify, the album features the considerable talents of Simon Posford (aka Hallucinogen), who handles the synthesizer programming, and Raja Ram, who contributes thoughtful flute passages and clever arrangements of other wind instruments, especially those traditionally used in the Middle East. Beginning with the watery loops of “Shpongle Falls,” the album covers a wide range of textures and tones, from the gurgling bass lines of “Shpongle Spores” to the frenzied techno rhythms of “Vapour Rumours.” The album ends with the epic “And the Day Turned to Night,” a bold, densely layered reflection (inspired by a solar eclipse) that moves from gentle waves of sound to trippy dub to staccato rhythms over the course of 20 exhilarating minutes. What makes this track, along with the rest of the recording, consistently interesting is Shpongle’s emphasis on melody and pacing. Rather than allow the drum and bass parts to dominate, their music flows naturally and retains an organic feel often lacking in electronic music. This is a journey worth taking.

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ridiculously excellent

The sounds made by these superb musical engineers is like none other. everyone i know who has heard of shpongle, likes them a lot. There is no other artist(s) out there that can match posford's and raja ram's music intelect.

Well Are You...?

This is not your typical electronic album. It is richly textured, luscious, and liquid in tone and timbre. Compellingly hypnotic. The motifs, rhythms and blend of electronic versus acoustic instrumentation all contribute to an album which truly conveys what the 90's term "trance" was striving for. It is not cacophonic or experimental, it doesn't challenge concepts of melody and harmony; instead it utilizes that which we feel most comfortable with and leads us on a transcendental journey through that territory. Set aside a special time to listen, download the entire album... ...and make sure you use it in the 'gapless' mode (not a 0 second gap, but 'gapless') The 16 bit CD and analogue LP sound even richer in tone. physicians note: may cause disorientation and avoid using heavy machinery until you are no longer shpongled.

I Am a Shpongled Fox.

Shpongle is like a living breathing creature. I always imagined there was a tribe of people cut off from the rest of the world called Shponglians who worshpied their deity that has three pairs of eyes and a mane. This was Shpongle. He helped God create the sun by letting let shine into their eyes, and made the moon with it's fingernail. Shpongle just plays music all day, taking your soul to the depths of it. This is by far the best psy/trance band ever. I am Shpongled. Shpongle Falls 10/10 Liquidy Monster Hit 8/10 It was a monster hit... Vapour Rumors 10/10 Alien contact. Would they be Shpongled? Shpongle Spores 10/10 Are Shpongles poisonous? I hope not. Behind CLosed Eyelids 10/10 Better than them open. Divine Moments of Truth 10/10 I am the Fox Shamen! ...And the Day Turned to Night 9/10 Long but good. 670 out of 700=96% A. Get Shpongled my friends.

Biography

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s

Simon Posford and Raja Ram are Shpongle, an ambient techno/trance project formed in 1996 after the pair viewed a solar eclipse in India. The duo went into the studio and attempted to duplicate the experience in sonic form, and the result was a 20-minute track, "...And the Day Turned to Night," which was featured on a Twisted label compilation...
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