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Thursday, July 27, 2006


Psychedelic radar 07.27

Special to The Japan Times Online

TPE Open Air Summer Festival: July 28-30


TPE Records presents its "Open Air Festival 2006" at the Tatehara Kougen campground in Nagano Prefecture. Tickets are 12,000 yen at the gate. The parking charge is 3,000 yen. The gates open at noon on Friday and the music begins at 6 p.m.

Live acts for this third anniversary doof at Tatehara include Altom, Alternative Control, Ananda Shake, Aquatica, Electro Sun, Karrmachanics, Future Sonic, Nogera, Sesto Sento, Space Cat, System Nipel, Visual Contact and Vibe Tribe.

The buzz for this party started long before the lineup was released. And it's been getting louder, as successful raves like Mother's "Ground Beat," Earthcore and Psy16's "Earth Energy" and Solstice Music's "Spun Field" and even "Solstice Music Festival" call more people with good energy back to the danclefloor. "The Kicks and Kingdom" party at Differ Ariake in Odaiba back in April was like a mini-preview with live performances by Space Cat, System Nipel, Electro Sun and Visual Contact, plus DJ sets by Ziki (Noga Records), Bog (Com.pact Records) and Chabo and P'N'O, who are also playing at Tatehara. Then TPE started handing out free promotional DVDs with footage from last year's event. So is it any wonder?

Photos on the TPE Web site show Tatehara Kougen to be a lush, foggy green forest with soft-looking ground and a preconstructed wooden stage. Click on "Event" and then "Guideline" for driving maps and bilingual instructions, a campsite guide, information on local spas and more.

All the ingredients are on hand for a legendary party, so if you're not out of town for some other overhyped and ridiculously priced music festival happening this weekend, then TPE is the place to be. And with enough concentration, we can shoo the rain clouds away.

Californication?: July 28-30

Brainbusters presents its "Californication?" 24-hour open-air at Mount Jyoumine Campground in Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture. A limited number of tickets may still be available at the gate for 7,000 yen. Parking charges vary -- four in a car is only 1,000 yen. If you are driving, please check the Web site for detailed information.

Live acts Alien Mental, Dylalien, Fractal Cowboys, Fractal Sadhus, Mubali and Quasar, plus DJs Spliffnik, Savage Scream and more.

Next month: Aug. 5

Vision Quest Tokyo presents "Summer Vision" at Differ Ariake in Odaiba. Live acts Void, S.U.N. Project, Exaile and Alternative Control, plus DJs Ami and Roger Jordan. (This event will be held in Osaka on Aug. 4 minus S.U.N. Project and Alternative Control.) Tickets are 6,000 yen advance, or 7,000 yen at the door. See Web site and mobile site for updated info.

Next month: Aug. 13-15

Mother Records presents "Space of Sound (S.O.S.)" at Hakuba Tsugaike Kougen in Nagano Prefecture. Check Web site for special prices on online orders. Tickets are 12,000 yen advance (or 14,000 yen at the gate). Live acts include Atomic Pulse, Beckers, Logic Bomb, Midimiliz, Pop Stream, Protoculture, Xerox and Illumination, X-Noize, X-Dream and more, plus DJs Ta-Ka, Daijiro, Messie, Ryo, Nate Raubenheimer, Arturo and more.

Yes, you are seeing this right. This event runs from Sunday to Tuesday, but it's during the traditional Bon quasi-holiday, which means heavy return traffic coming back to Tokyo. Mother has produced a backpocket-size, magazine-style 50-page official guidebook on durable glossy paper for this event.

Next month: Aug. 19-20

Infants and c-les.com presents "Music Festival of Sun and Earth" at Namesawa Camp in Yamanashi Prefecture.

Special live by ElektrOscilloBleeper plus DJs 901, Troubadour, Aki, Serio, R, o-sam-u, Jose, Shiro, Tomo and Dr. Hakase. Entrance is 2,000 yen and includes one drink ticket and parking.

Next month: Aug. 26-27

Sirius Summer Festival at Norn Ski Resort in Minakami, Gunma Prefecture. Live acts Psysex, Dino Psaras and the much-missed Joti. DJ sets include Goblin, Tokage, Miki, Noco, Unagi and Nori. Advance tickets are 7,000 yen (or 8,000 yen at the gate).

Over the horizon: Sept. 16-18

The Gathering 2006 Sept. 16-18 at the Palcall Tsumagoi ski resort in Gunma Prefecture. Lineup and ticket prices to come. Click here to read the preview for last year's event at Palcall. Vision Quest has gone conveniently small with the current issue of it's flier: a 32-page pocketsizer with loads of great information.

CD Case -- Full-On

"Deep Into Matter," by System Nipel (Noga Records, Trancelucent Productions)

System Nipel -- Deep Into Matter

Yep, this is the one! This is the sensational new CD with the plastic translucent cover that's turning morning music on its head. If you can't say the name of Rubi Yacobov's and Anton Lunev's live act without blushing, then just reverse the words to read "Nipel System," which is from the Russian language and describes one mechanism to keep air inside a tire. Think of it as inflating your head with sound. If you're looking for a deeper psychedelic trance connection, good luck. I'm just relieved that the name behind this summer's most delicious sunrise sound is not a misspelling.

Yacobov and Lunev, both 21 of Russian origin and living in southern Israel, started making music together back in 1999. Their story -- high school buddies play with computers to make music for fun, send their tracks to a label on the advice of an artist friend and get signed -- may be typical of a lot of next-gen live acts, but their music is definately not.

"Deep Into Matter" is a masterwork of passionate melodic fusion filled with bright fast-moving, I-shaped tempered basslines -- just as heavy at the top as the bottom. Calling any track here a "floorkiller" would be wrong, because this is a living, breathing, energy-loaded sound that will make you stretch for the sun.

CD Case -- Full-On

"Anti Phase, Plug and Play Vol. 1," compiled by DJ Bog (Noga Records, Com.Pact Records)

Com.Pact Records - Anti Phase

Just released last month, "Anti Phase -- Plug and Play Vol. 1" serves up one more tasty preview for this weekend's TPE Open Air Summer Festival.

DJ Bog, who will also play this weekend, is the leading man over at Com.Pact Records. Here he has compiled 10 previously unreleased tracks themed on the uplifting Com.Pact vibe.

Artists in on this compilation include Ultravoice, Sesto Sento, Apocalypse vs. Systemic, Ferbi Boys, Bizarre Contact, Aquatica, Cosmic Tone and Lish. Bog opens "Anti Phase" with a contribution a sunny, stumping track of his own that he co-produced with Bizzare Contact -- they make Visual Contact -- and Simply Wave. From there he weaves out a nice interconnection between tracks all the way to a sweet ambient finish with a live edit of Lish's "On the Edge."

This is one you will want to think about taking home from this weekend's festival, especially since there's no DJ sleeve or sticker to worry about.

Psychedelic Radar was delayed due to a surreptitious alien virus, accumulated fatigue and other environmental factors. All parties are in Tokyo unless otherwise noted. Send potential party pick info to the2ndroom@yahoo.com Support the psychedelic trance scene by buying originals.

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