The History Of Darkpsy
In order to talk about the history of darkpsy we must first go back and look at the history of psytrance and back past there to the history of The hard pounding beats and deeply psychedelic soundscapes and samples of darkpsy have evolved throughout trance's history, so let me take you on that journey.
In order to talk about the history of darkpsy we must first go back and look at the history of psytrance and back past there to the history of
The hard pounding beats and deeply psychedelic soundscapes and samples of darkpsy have evolved throughout trance's history, so let me take you on that journey.
The first hippies that arrived in Goa were drawn there for many reasons, the beautiful beaches, the low cost of living, the friendly locals, the Indian religious and spiritual practices and, one could add, the readily available Indian hashish which until the mid 70’s was legal.
The first hippies arrived in
During the 70’s the first
The hippies slowly took to these new sounds and eventually, due to the fact it was easier to dance to and nicer to trip to, they embraced the new futuristic, ‘space age’ sounds, preferring them to the classic wah-wah sound to which they had become so accustomed to.
The tracks were usually always remixed, removing the lyrics, looping the melodies and beats and generally manipulating the sounds in all manner of ways before the tracks were finally presented to the dancers as 100% Goa-style mixes. By ’85 all
It was of course impossible to buy this type of music in shops, it simply didn’t exist.(Even today it's hard to find shops that sell psytrance and darkpsy, with most sales taking place on the net.) Although greatly disputed, the first ‘commercially’ released
By ’92 the Goa trance scene had a pulse of it’s own though interestingly the term ‘
In ’93 the first 100%
It is also important to mention the Israelis. Until ’88
With so much Goa music coming across the border into
However, the police clamped down hard on these psychedelic gatherings and with such a likely possibility of police intervention it seemed that a new formula was needed, one that would allow trancers to get maximum enjoyment from the party before it was shut down. This new formula became Nitzhonot, meaning victorious trance. This formula was basic, fast, and cheesy but therefore allowed party goers to have a good ‘freak out’ from the beginning of the party until it got stopped. No long building sets, just flat out, balls to the wall music.
In ’96 the music had changed so much from its Goa beginnings that the term Goa trance no longer seemed suitable and the new term of psychedelic trance, or psytrance for short, was born bringing with it a new style too. After years of this form of melodic music a sudden change occurred, the multi-layered melodies were stripped away and a darker and more repetitive from of music concentrated on rhythm and groove appeared. A landmark album of this change would be ‘98’s album Radio by X-Dream.
In ’02 however melodies became popular again, though now with less of the musical fuss and much better production. This new change heralded the beginning of full-on psytrance.
These days there are many sub-genres within the psytrance scene, minimal/progressive psy, morning psy, full-on psy, dark psy to name a few. There has also recently been quite a number of acts attempting to ‘return to the source’ and bring back the original goa trance sound, one of the newest labels which was only very recently started is Metapsychic records which is 100% dedicated to reviving the roots of the scene and promoting artists trying to recapture the original feeling of the music.
So you see, as with anything really, darkpsy didn't just appear overnight, it's the natural evolution of a form of music, it's origins are found relatively far back but you can accurately pinpoint every evolutionary step.
Text from http://www.thedarkpsyde.com/