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Shpongle Masquerade Is Intergalactic Bliss

Shpongle Masquerade Is Intergalactic Bliss

Shpongle’s visit to South Florida on Tuesday, October 23 had been zealously awaited for quite some time. Due to a scheduling conflict last June, Simon Posford (Shpongle), was forced to cancel his performance at Revolution Live in order to play the 2011 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival; a decision that left his Floridian fan base pining for a journey to Outer Shpongolia.

Shpongle’s visit to South Florida on Tuesday, October 23 had been zealously awaited for quite some time. Due to a scheduling conflict last June, Simon Posford (Shpongle), was forced to cancel his performance at Revolution Live in order to play the 2011 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival; a decision that left his Floridian fan base pining for a journey to Outer Shpongolia.

The show kicked off with a great opening act, courtesy of Portland-based electro act, Phutureprimitive. The first half of his set consisted of extremely kaleidoscopic, downtempo trip-hop that seemed to incorporate the bass-heavy sounds typically associated with acts such as Random Rab and Tipper, as well as the exhibiting blissful glimpses of organic trance elements reminiscent of psytrance idol, Ott.

The heavy bass seemed to soften the auditory blow, followed by complex melodic sequences, which sounded akin to a psychedelic Transformer. The highlight of the set consisted of a revamped rendition of “Mad World” by Gary Jules complete with 3D video footage of various intergalactic settings, along with a bass-friendly remix of “Teardrop” by Massive Attack. Unfortunately, the second half of his set was dominated by fairly generic-sounding dubstep, and as it gained momentum, it became clear that the experimentation was finished. His set would have been much more enjoyable if he had gotten the dubstep portion over with first, luring people to the dance floor, followed by the genre-defying twists and turns, creating a fitting segue into Shpongle.

After what seemed to be an infinite wait for Posford to take the stage, the white sheet covering the elaborate Masquerade projection rig finally dropped, revealing the colossal 3D canvas, with the psytrance pioneer in the center. Eager for the show to commence, the crowd erupted in cheers of exhilaration. Posford layered the atmosphere with a string of psychedelic sounds that triggered the venue to flood with wonder. The vibrations were so powerful that fans could actually feel the bass shake their clothing, and the sound waves quiver through their bodies. The delivery was flawless, and the notes were crisp enough to penetrate directly into the soul.

The Masquerade was an astounding spectacle. The graphics provided a perfect visual interpretation of the music. Emphasis on depth changes, vivid color schemes and intergalactic sequences, combined with the perception-altering properties of the music did a superb job of encapsulating a psychedelic odyssey. The visuals were so hypnotic, even the most clear-headed viewer got lost in his own mind. The lasers also added an extra dimension as the shimmering lights danced over the crowd. An intriguing aspect from above was viewing the vibrant rainbow spectrum protruding from the projector, over the audience and onto the screens.

The pulsating rhythms united the audience in a cohesive spiritual dance that allowed fans to converge within an expanded consciousness. Posford used the venue as a vessel for unified transportation to a divine interstellar realm of mental perception, utilizing a musical palette that ranged from chants of his “Divine Moments of Truth” A.K.A. “DMT,” to well-suited South Florida Latin dance beats. As if it were a spacecraft – or better yet, a Shpongletron –  Posford used the Masquerade to pilot the dance floor through a series of uplifting, extraterrestrial excursions with his hypnotic eye candy and addictive soundtrack.

Shpongle’s visuals proved to be a useful tool to captivate the audience, and Posford’s demeanor on stage made it clear that all of the music was being mixed live. His constant grins of approval and joyous dance moves demonstrated that he was passionately transmitting his personality into the music. Posford exhibited why he’s been distinguished as one of the most influential artists in the EDM scene today. There was a universal appreciation in the room watching the veteran lay down such fresh and progressive audio-visual workmanship.

Following the closing of his set, passionate fans showered Posford with love and praise for providing such a spiritually cleansing experience. After leaving the stage briefly, Posford enthusiastically returned to his cockpit of expression and cheerfully announced he had more time to play.  A heartwarming rendition of the ever-popular “I Am You” served as a celestial reminder that we are all connected, unified within the cosmos. The powerful lyrics, “You are me/ And I am you/ I’ll always be with you,” rendered a commanding emotional response from crowd. As the night of music concluded, the audience roared with cheers of approval. It seemed this recent Shpongolian pilgrimage left South Florida thirsty for more. Here’s to hoping Posford will answer the calls sooner than later.

Photos by Melodysiac © 2012

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victor

October 26th, 2012

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