If it wasn't for the good cause, it's because it's not done to waste an opportunity to remix chansonnier and enfant terrible Arno, but I contributed. My remix is called “Hit the (clear, star-lit) Night (by Distant Fires Burning). So go and have a listen. And vote on the remix that appeals to you the most!
Blue Planet Corporation formed in 1992. It was a collaboration between Gabriel Masurel and Christophe Lebras. Gabriel, who was a drummer in various pop and rock bands during the 80s, was also a big fan of electronic music. He got his first synthesizers when the techno/house movement arrived in France. Inspired by Sven Väth's "Accident in Paradise", BPC's first 12" titled "Overbloody Flood" was released in 1993 by Underground French-Kommunication. In 1997 BPC joined Flying Rhino Records and the same year Christophe Lebras left BPC and now it's Masurel's solo project. Style
Blue Planet Corporation is usually classified as goa with several ambient/chillout tracks. The BPM is usually between 125 and 150. Some of their tracks are very deep (Overbloody Flood, Atoll) while others are much softer (Crystal, Cyclothymic). Their older tracks are generally deeper than "Blue Planet" album and releases that followed it, which might be influenced by Lebras' absence. Besides excellent examples of goa, BPC released some slower tracks which can be considered psychill (Gengis Khan Reverie, Mangrove).
Reasons for listening
If you are a fan of "regular" trance, reading the style section might have discouraged you from checking BPC out. Many people are completely uninterested in goa after listening to several random tracks (which probably weren't goa anyway) they didn't like. I was the same several months ago, I didn't view goa as an interesting sub genre. Crystal was the first BPC track I heard and I instantly liked it. After several listens I realized how beautiful it is. Later I got the full album and I slowly fell in love with this music. BPC was a gateway to goa, psytrance and psychill for me and it still remains one of my favorite projects in the genre(s). So, there are two reasons why you should listen to Blue Planet Corporation. First: it's music is unique and beautiful at the same time. Second: it is a great way for fans of "regular" trance to start their journey with goa, psytrance and even psychill.
Blue Planet Corporation blessed us with only one full-length album, "Blue Planet" which was released in 1999 by Flying Rhino Records. All tracks were written and produced by Gabriel Masurel. Four were co-produced by various artists. It was written and produced from December 1996 to February 1999.
Crystal is probably the best track to use as an introduction to this project, and arguably their best. Like with most goa projects, BPC's productions are usually over seven minutes long so be prepared for some listening. Blue Planet Corporation - Crystal (1997)
One of the most beautiful tracks ever made in my opinion. Hard to top this. Blue Planet Corporation - Cyclothymic (1997)
Also soft, but a little deeper than Crystal. Blue Planet Corporation - Micromega (1999)
Great, hypnotizing trance.
Blue Planet Corporation - Overbloody Flood (1993)
First release by BPC. Hard to believe it was produced 16 years ago.
Blue Planet Corporation - Roma (1999)
The BPM is low compared to the tracks above. This showed that BPC changed it's style compared to previous releases.
Blue Planet Corporation - Gengis Khan Reverie (2007)
It's 2007 and it's not goa, but still great.
I also created a YouTube playlist containing all BPC tracks uploaded so far. You can find it here. Where are they now
Gabriel Masurel continues to produce and occasionally DJ as Blue Planet Corporation, but ever since Flying Rhino was shut down in 2002 we haven't seen a release. Besides that he collaborates with musicians in various genres and creates music for commercials. The fate of Christophe Lebras is unknown, but apparently he is not active anymore. Thanks for visiting and reading. Part three coming sooner than this one if anyone cares. Connections
I'm asking 9,00 EUR per CD (This doesn't include shipping costs). But you get a pressed CD with 12 tracks, in an 8 page Digipack! You can listen for free on my site ( www.doorchaser.tk ) and on the album page here Messierobjekten.
It is my attempt at learning how to make a CD. I wrote all the songs, produced and engineered them, mixed them, mastered them, all by myself. I compiled the CD and did the overall mastering of the CD. It is pressed on 300 copy's by Multidisc (www.multidisc.be) and has stunning artwork by my good friend Hans Bloemmen!
It's an album in the ambient-electronic style. My inspiration are the deep-sky objects that are visible with an aperture telescope, catalogued by French astronomer Charles Messier in the 18th Century. It's my soundtrack for watching the stars, but you can also see it as my attempt to bring distant objects / concepts closer to me. By any means it was a learning process for me, so my goal was not to make Big Money with it!
Belgian Musiczine Rifraf has reviewed the Messierobjekten album by Distant Fires Burning in their september issue. Review is in Dutch, but it states I made an album with international allure, containing very nice, atmospheric and slightly touching ambient. Misha Bludts (the reviewer) also sais that the synths make it sound even a bit 70’s avant-garde. Which were my intentions indeed.
So it's nice to know people think of it like that.
One of my favourite tracks of the last decade is Leila's Won't You Be My Baby, Baby. I heard it on one of those free compilation CDs you get with music magazines. Most people would say they haven't heard of her, but more likely they just managed to miss the non-too successful hype. Even I managed to miss the release of her second album in 2000. Blood, Looms & Blooms is her third, released in July this year.
Leila Arab, musician, producer, recording artist, moved to London after the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran. She started recording her own style of heavily IDM-influenced soul/ambient music for Richard D. James’ (aka Aphex Twin) Rephlex Records. She then met Bjork and became a part of her live band, doing live remixing and playing keyboards. Leila has also recorded under the alias Grammatix (where she is credited as Aliel Bara) to record even more experimental and rare music, and Little Miss Specta, which is how she appears on Medulla (Discogs).
Zo’n anderhalf jaar na oprichting van het danceweblog Eclectro is de kogel dan echt door de danszaal: we starten onze eigen avond vol dikke eclectische elektronica! Zaterdagavond 15 november verlaten we ’s avonds heel even onze computers en vertrekken we en masse richting de Unie in Rotterdam, alwaar de eerste editie van Eclectro plaatsvindt.
Natuurlijk starten we direct goed, want niemand minder dan het Groningse wonderkind Kettel treedt die avond live op. Huisfavorieten The Third Man en Gastón Arévalo vergezellen hem daarbij, terwijl Eclectro-Directo-dj STARBOROUGH achter de draaitafels de dansvloer goed gevuld houdt. Check ook de last.fm-pagina van Eclectro om jezelf alvast digitaal te verbroederen. Ook kun je op Eclectro audio en video's vinden van alle artiesten.
Aangezien Eclectro vooral goed is in het maken van een danceweblog, zorgt een programmeerveteraan voor het binnenslepen van Eclectro-waardige namen. Samen met Wilbertjan Vlot, bekend van zijn uitstekende keuzes tijdens Urban Explorers (Plaid, B12, Murcof, Luke Slater, Duplex, T. Raumschmierre, Kangding Ray, Hauschka), Zenderruis en Fluister (zie onze verslagen van deze middag), gaan we daarom maandelijks namen neerzetten die op Eclectro hoge ogen scoren.
De komende weken gaan we nog meer presenteren over deze avond, waaronder exclusieve livesets van de artiesten en vrijkaarten. Het belangrijkste voor nu is dat je zaterdagavond 15 november vrijhoudt en dat Rotterdam er met Eclectro een erg dikke elektronica-avond bijkrijgt. Graag tot dan!
Give Thanks And Praises said: When my soul was hurtin' deep within, And I'm worrying to be free, desperately, yeah. So guide and protect I'n'I, O Jah - Jah, Through all these ages; Guide and protect I'n'I, O Jah - Jah, Through all these stages.
Rastafari is his Name (Jah!) - Rastafari is his Name (Jah!). If Jah didn't love I (love I), If I didn't love I (love I), If Jah didn't love I (love I), If I didn't love I, Would I be around today? Would I be around to say:
Give thanks and praises, give thanks and praises; Give thanks and praises, give thanks and praises; Give thanks and praises, give thanks and praises. *fadesout*