Shpongle - Behind Closed Eyelids (Simon Posford, Raja Ram) Video

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Shpongle - Behind Closed Eyelids, Simon Posford and Raja Ram from the album Are you Shpongled?.
One of the best pieces of electronic music. Something between psychedelic trance and ambient.
The members of Shpongle include Simon Posford and Raja Ram, in addition to many collaborators and guest musicians.
Simon Posford is also the driving force behind Hallucinogen and the label Twisted Records, while
Raja Ram is member of 1200 Micrograms. He also works with Graham Wood, Anjee Sian and other contributors/collaborators as The Infinity Project. Raja Ram is also founder of the indo-prog/raga rock group of the 60's/70's Quintessence.
Their 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 Rumors, 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.
Hallucinogen is the stage name of Simon Posford (born 1971), an electronic musician specializing in Goa trance music from England. His early work is as an engineer on the T.I.P.(Raja Ram) and Dragonfly(Youth) labels. His first album, Twisted, was one of the most widely influential electronic music recordings of its time and helped to define the psychedelic trance genre. The follow-up album, The Lone Deranger, only cemented his influence.
From then on, Posford ventured into numerous collaborations with other artists. His most notable projects involve artists such as Raja Ram (Shpongle), Martin Glover (Celtic Cross) and Prometheus a.k.a. Benji Vaughan (Younger Brother). The vocalists he uses most often in his music are Michele Adamson and Abigail Gorton. Though pooling his talent from a host of worldly influences, many of his fans will attest that he has the "Posford Touch", a certain unmistakable quality to the sound of his music, that is revered by psychedelic and electronic enthusiasts from around the world. He is renowned for his meticulous production skills and the multilayered depth his music has. These skills have led to recent production work outside the genre of Psytrance on the album "Valid Path" by Alan Parsons.
Birth name Simon Posford
Also known as Gumbo (1993), Walter Ego
Genre(s) Goa trance
Years active 1993 - present
Label(s) Twisted
Associated acts T.I.P., Dragonfly, Anubis, Audio Chemistry, Axis Mundi, Baba G, Beast, Binah, Celtic Cross, DSP, Dub Trees, Flight, Fly Agaric, Gargoyles, Growlmonizer, Industrial Suicide Tribe, Infernal Machine, Mandala, Metal Sharon, MP3, Mystery Of The Yeti, Nomads Of Dub, North Central Positronics, Psykov, Purple Om, Shpongle, Subkha, Twisted Allstars, Younger Brother
Raja Ram (born Ronald Rothfield, in 1941 in Melbourne, Australia) is a musician and the owner of the UK record label TIP World. Raja Ram left Australia in the 1950s to begin the hippie trail. He returned to Australia later and studied flute at the Melbourne Conservatory. Raja Ram also went to New York in 1965 to study jazz. He was a member of the band Quintessence in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Shortly after, Raja Ram was forced to retire for personal reasons and became an envelope salesman. In the 1980s, he decided to return to the music scene as he now became interested in the emerging genre of electronic music. He was one of the first people to make what is today considered psychedelic trance.
Raja Ram formed TIP Records in 1994 with Graham Wood and Ian St. Paul. It soon became one of the most well-known Goa Trance labels. After the label folded in 1998, Raja Ram then founded TIP World in 19.
He collaborated with Simon Posford on the Shpongle and The Mystery of the Yeti projects and is a founder of 1200 Micrograms. He often plays the flute on ambient tracks.
Raja Ram is married to Sita Dev. With her, he has a daughter named Sastra. He also has a granddaughter named Bella.
The Infinity Project was a goa trance band in the 1990s, and later became a record label, TIP Records, largely responsible for introducing trance to London and the UK.[citation needed] Members included Raja Ram, Graham Wood and Anjee Sian, with Simon Posford occasionally working with them. Other contributors include Martin Freeland (Man With No Name) and Nick Barber (Doof).
Tags ambient, behind, closed, electronic, eyelids, hallucinogen, posford, psychedelic, raja, ram, remix, shpongle, shpongled, simon, trance

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