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March 20, 2010


Entry #6: The Goa Constrictor – 6 Degrees of Goa Trance

by goatranch

Entry number six. Six Degrees of Goa Trance. There’s some sort of connection here, and Adam’s solidly-mixed, long-running journey exploring the cross pollination that often plagued the artists of the Goa trance world illustrates this connection beautifully.

Download or stream:

DJ: The Goa Constrictor
Title: 6 Degrees of Goa Trance
Length: 148min (2h 28m)
Size: 356MB
Format: MP3 (320kbps)

See link below when you’re done playing – read the description first.

Mr. The Constrictor went all out on this mix and ended up with one hell of a contender. Awesome concept, spectacular execution, and the great effort this must’ve taken rewards us all with one kickass mix – check it out!

As a DJ who has been actively digging through crates for 15+ years and networking socially a bit less than that, one thing that I have always hated was a DJ mix with repetitive track listings. A mix with 4 tracks by the same artist sounds bland and uninspired. There is sooooo much great music out there, why waste your time making a mix with 3 tracks by the same artist? In fact, I don’t even care to listen to those mixes, they are pointless and for others to enjoy; I need something more. I like variety and journeys and stories. I also like games. I once noticed a common connection with all of my favorite artists. To me, the music I liked was coming from an incestuous high school wherein everyone made music with everyone else. It was the 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon phenomenon, only with Psychedelic Trance. For this mix, I decided to test out my theory and turn it into a bit of a game for the listener while also creating a mix that is reminiscent of all the shitty mixes I have avoided over the years. From start to finish, each track is made, in part, by the person who made the track prior. We journey all around and eventually (2 disks later) land at the end.

Here’s how the mix works:

  • Collaboration
  • Solo Song from One Artist of the Collaboration
  • A New Collaboration Featuring Previous Artist and Someone New
  • A New Solo Song from the Previous Collaborations New Partner
  • Etc, etc, etc

(example not from mix: Deedrah -> Infected Deedrah -> Infected Mushroom -> Cat on Mushroom -> Space Cat…)

So, what’s the game?
I know you want a track list, and I have it, but I’m not giving it yet.
This is a game for 604 Goa Dork Points.
Each time a track comes on, I want you to try to predict what will come next. You already know one of the artists, now guess the next song.

I’ll gladly submit my track list at the end of the month, but I want you to try and have fun with this before I give it to you. 🙂 And tell you what, here are the opening and closing tracks, can you guess how I get from A -> B without even listening to the mix?

UX – Master of the Universe – Ultimate Experience – Dragonfly
…bunch of stuff…
Juno Reactor – Rotorblade – Beyond the Infinite – Blue Room

Some of the mixing is a bit rough, but this was made on-the-fly and not practiced or anything. Also, most Collaboration tracks are collaborations, however a couple are remixes by one artist of another. And one Collaboration is not listed as a collaboration, but if you know who writes the track, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

I’ve had the idea of doing this mix for years but never found the time, so thank you for finally giving me reason to do this. It was a blast to record and to hear these songs and this journey take place; I hope the journey is just as fun for you.

I’ve had a blast listening to this, and didn’t hear this “rough” mixing Adam mentions. I’ve got the tracks figured out up to about the 76-minute mark, but I won’t spoil it for all you Goadorks out there – download and play the game, it’s a fun one!

EDIT: You can find the full tracklist here when you’re ready for the answers! 🙂

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