The Best Psychedelic Trance I've heard
This list has shifted to my website at http://www.karangill.com/psychedelic-trance.html.
Psychedelic trance started around '98, and some pinpoint its beginning to the release of X-Dream's Radio. Along with the morph into Psytrance from Goa Trance, the number of producers and sub-genres simply exploded, and huge amounts of psy are released every year. While there is a lot of good psytrance out there, it gets lost among the mediocre releases the reason being that many producers traded quality for appeal, using cliched sounds and formulas to get more mainstream appeal. Hopefully this list will help you find some of that good stuff ^^
Psychedelic Trance (Psytrance or just Psy for short) is Goa Trance's successor. It is more techish and mechanical, and its most prominent element is the bassline, which basically is a series of continuous bass notes going "RRRR" that impart a real drive to the track. My favourite description of Psy trance is "spiritual underground, 140+bpm uptempo climaxes, strongintelligentalien, sharprobotsapiens, huge old future, full-on-all-in-one, colourful brain activity inducing" taken from here :D
Here is a map of all the sub genres of psy and goa trance by Anoebis of Psynews. It was originally posted here. You can't see the whole thing properly so try saving the file and viewing it in whatever image viewing software you use.
Psytrance is meant to be heard at parties. Here are some places you can get party info.
Isratrance Party Listings - all world
Isratrance Festival Listings - all world
Psynews Party/Festival Listings - all world
Ektoplazm Event Listings - mostly focused on the States and Canada
Goatrance.de - focused on Germany for the large part
Psyevents - Parties in and around Austria
OzTrance & Australiens - Australia
Psytribe and Psycircle - California
I've heard a lot but not nearly enough psy: which is why its called "Best Psy I've Heard". A lot of exploring needs to be done, particularly the minimal/tech & Suomi side, so some sub-genres are under-represented in this list. And I don't take to progressive psy because it just doesn't sound psychedelic enough!
Androcell - Efflorescence - 2006 - Psybient, Dub
Alien Mental - Mind Hack - 2007 - Dark
Capsula - The Synthesis of Reality - 2005 - Psybient
Central Processing Unit - Central Processing Unit - 2003 - Full-on
CPC - Subliminal Messages - 2009 - Full-On
The last two tracks - Lizerd 23 and Cykle - especially stand out.
Read the rest of this list at my website at http://www.karangill.com/psychedelic-trance.html.