Artist: Shpongle

Shpongle, of outer Shpongolia

Dongle and Mongle are the only two other words rhyming with Shpongle…a strange hybrid of electronic manipulation and shamanic midgets with frozen digits squeezing the envelope and crawling through the doors of perception, find a new pair of dice…extra numbers and colours an infinite expanding bubble, filled with a bizzare, strange world of dripping halucinatory wallpaper, a garden of earthly delights…Shpongleland…a place of well being, and reflective surfaces, morphing like an Anacondas skin and shimmering like a million colour changing squid, at fifty fathoms.. truly unfathomable like seperating water from it’s wetness, the Ineffable Mysteries unweave ..

Album: Museum of Consciousness

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  • Brain in a Fish Tank
  • How the Jellyfish Jumped up the Mountain
  • Juggling Molecules
  • The Aquatic Garden of Extra-celestial Delights
  • Further Adventures In Shpongleland
  • The Epiphany of Mrs Kugla
  • Tickling the Amygdala
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After four years of touring, Shpongle return with a 5th album, though much has changed. Music production isn’t something for just enthusiasts anymore, and the tools needed to make an entire album in your bedroom are becoming increasingly available and affordable… yet this just makes Shpongle’s return all the more welcome. In a time where more and more focus is put on commercialization and churning out quick hits Simon and Raja’s latest work is a welcome breathe of fresh air wedded to nostalgia, and proves that the group isn’t ready to become stagnant anytime soon.

Album: Ineffable Mysteries

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  • Electroplasm
  • Shpongolese Spoken Here
  • Nothing Is Something Worth Doing
  • Ineffable Mysteries
  • I Am You
  • Invisible Man In A Fluorescent Suit
  • No Turn Un-Stoned
  • Walking Backwards Through The Cosmic Mirror
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Ineffable Mysteries from Shpongleland opens with the massive Electroplasm, a rapidfire ascent into eastern scales and rich harmonic textures, underscored with a strongly pronounced rhythmic foundation. They dial in a different mode with Shpongolese Spoken Here, which transitions from glitchy breaks to four-on-the-floor mayhem before settling into a more laid-back but bouncy number. Nothing is Something Worth Doing is a grounded yet floaty work featuring a sophisticated tonal and harmonic palette, six-and-a-half minutes of timelessness before fading into the long-awaited Ineffable Mysteries. With original atmospheric and vocal samples from India, this tracks simple beginnings lead to a strong rhythmic drive and incredible sonic manipulations blending Raja Rams flute, Indian vocals, and synthesized creations.

Album: The God Particle

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  • Before The Big Bang
  • The God Particle
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Album: Nothing Lasts…

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  • Botanical Dimensions
  • Outer Shpongolia
  • Levitation Nation
  • Periscopes Of Consciousness
  • Schmaltz Herring
  • Nothing Lasts...
  • Shnitzled In The Negev
  • ...But Nothing Is Lost
  • When Shall I Be Free?
  • The Stamen Of The Shamen
  • Circuits Of The Imagination
  • Linguistic Mystic
  • Mentalism
  • Invocation
  • Molecular Superstructure
  • Turn Up The Silence
  • Exhalation
  • Connoisseur Of Hallucinations
  • The Nebbish Route
  • Falling Awake
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Shpongle is back, with a new album, ‘Nothing Lasts’ a reference to Terence Mckenna and one of their many influences, the imitable audio pioneers, Simon Posford & Raja Ram remind us not only the about the impermanence of life but also how to rewrite the ambient agenda with yet more spell binding music from their outer cosmos that is ‘Shpongle’. With sonic waves in a sea of synths, battalions of Brazilian batucada beats, flamenco solo’s, piano solo’s, vocal soarings from Hari Om and trancey dubs this really is more music from the other-world. A place of undefinable and indescribable beauty where all cultures collide, genres are rode over rough-shot, and nothing is outlawed. For those that know them these will be sentiments they recognize and welcome as further evidence of Shongle’s reputation. To those that don’t, welcome to a new universe one with it’s own language and musical map, a place of beauty and impermanence.

Album: Tales Of The Inexpressible

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  • Dorset Perception
  • Star Shpongled Banner
  • A New Way To Say "Hooray!"
  • Room 2ૐ
  • My Head Feels Like A Frisbee
  • Shpongleyes
  • Once Upon The Sea Of Blissful Awareness
  • Around The World In A Tea Daze
  • Flute Fruit
INFO:

It has been years since Shpongle, the popular ambient project from Simon Posford and sonic co-pilot Raja Ram, released their epic first album on Twisted Records to worldwide critical acclaim. Finally they have produced a second installment to this seminal album with even more groundbreaking programming and genre busting fusions. Continuing on where they left off the latest album reaches further into the realms of the outside world with unique fusions using live musicians and vocalists blending acoustic guitars, Turkish operatic singing, Latin percussion, Arabic atmospheres and Rajas unmistakable flute lines all sonically manipulated by Simons incredible production skills. This album like the last, is so musically pleasing and audible complex as to defy clear description, but just as the first album sold over 20,000 copies, we anticipate Tales of The Inexpressible to appeal to an ever increasing audience, regardless of the indefinable nature of their sound. Shpongle is not a collection of dull ambient soundscapes, it is a bright multi colored journey into an audio hyper reality, full of adventure and imagination. With amazing reports from listeners worldwide and still more people discovering this unique sound each day Shpongle has paved the way for a new style of multi-layered highly complex and detailed music for the millennium. Both Simon Posford & Raja Ram are avid musicians with a mission and are constantly touring the world to spread the Shpongle sound. Raja has just returned from a marathon 17 parties in Bahia, Brazil and is now embarking on a Japanese tour visiting Tokyo and Okanawa before returning to the UK for the summer festivals and Ibizia. Simon Posford (aka Hallucinogen) has also been busy this year, playing to 3000 people in Canada, Switzerland, and Israel last week Athens on the 8th of April and on to a host of summer festivals including WOMAD, The Big Chill ,Mount Fuji in Japan and the main dance stage of Glastonbury 2002.

Album: Are you shpongled?

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  • Shpongle Falls
  • Monster Hit
  • Vapour Rumours
  • Shpongle Spores
  • Behind Closed Eyelids
  • Divine Moments Of Truth
  • ...And The Day Turned To Night
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After making the epic “…day turned to night”, track for the Eclipse album follows a whole album of this incredibly creative project – SHPONGLE – welcome to the weird world of Shpongle, where organic harmonies and melodies blend with the most cutting edge digital effects and modern production to bring you the kind of sonic sensations that will leave you seriously Shpongled! This surely is one of the albums of all time, groundbreaking, perimeter pushing edge of reality stuff that has made it an international classic, selling over 20,000 worldwide so far and still selling as well as the day it came out. With the shelf life of a Californian Redwood these hyper-futuristic fusions may well be held in time forever.

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  1. billy BOB Joe
    billy BOB Joe: Shpongle my dongle bredren

  2. Ahmed Alzawawi
    Ahmed Alzawawi: Shpongle - Once Upon The Sea Of Blissful Awareness http://t.co/FS2CHsL41E

  3. bradra
    bradra: once upon the sea of blissful awarenessのシンセソロがすごい。これは演奏なのか打ち込みなのか。nothing lastsもそうだけど、shpongleにはよく聴かれる。

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  1. shpongle
    shpongle: Heading to GA next weekend for @cntrpntmusic festival! Tickets at http://t.co/KNozSIooWA. Hope to see you there! http://t.co/TwEgjeFfMk

  2. shpongle
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