Archive for May, 2014

Atma — the secret of meditation

Thursday, May 15th, 2014


Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Multiverse from Marek Jason Isleib on Vimeo.

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Koan – When The Silence Is… [Full Album]

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014


Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Welcome to Ektoplazm, the world’s #1 source for free and legal psytrance, techno, and downtempo music in MP3, FLAC, and WAV format. We’ve served more than 10 million Creative Commons-licensed releases and 65+ million tracks since 2007. Newcomers are strongly encouraged to read a beginner’s guide to Ektoplazm!

Ektoplazm is a site devoted to psychedelic trance (psytrance), a distinct form of electronic dance music and a vibrant global counterculture. Founded in 2001 by Basilisk, Ektoplazm is now the world’s largest distributor of free (and legal) psytrance music specializing in high-quality Creative Commons-licensed content from netlabels and independent artists, all released in MP3 and lossless CD-quality FLAC and WAV formats. More than 50 million tracks have been downloaded by music lovers all over the planet.

In 2012 Ektoplazm successfully completed a crowdfunding campaign via Indiegogo to fund a massive redevelopment of the web site. Ektoplazm is currently in the midst of it’s metamorphosis; expect a fresh new look and feel as well as a dramatically improved service sometime soon.

Newcomers are encouraged to read a beginner’s guide to Ektoplazm to find out more about the site.

Labels and artists interested in having their music featured here should consult the distribution page.

The Ektoplazm Netlabel Group

Following the immense growth of the Ektoplazm distribution platform, DJ Basilisk established the Ektoplazm netlabel in 2008, aiming to promote unconventional talent with a professional approach to releasing free music in MP3, FLAC, and WAV format. The label has no defining sound; instead, it is dedicated to showcasing the range and diversity of the global psychedelic trance movement, always with an ear for quality. The Ektoplazm netlabel group now includes Drumlore (for techno) and Omnitropic (for downtempo).

What Is Psychedelic Trance?

For the uninitiated, psytrance is a type of electronic dance music characterized by hypnotic arrangements of synthetic rhythms and mesmerizing melodies or tonal atmospheres. The confines of the genre are loose and open, incorporating a wide variety of approaches that provide the “full program” of emotional possibilities to the listener. Psytrance has a unique history that can be traced back to the post-hippie traveller scene of the late 1980s situated in Goa, India. Since then, psychedelic trance has evolved into a thriving global counterculture with a massive following. Fans gather at events to dance and celebrate life, enjoying music provided by DJs and live acts at massive festivals, indoor clubs, conceptual art parties, and intentional gatherings.

The central idea of psytrance is the union between our collective tribal past and the promise of an enlightened and conscientious technological future. Merging the rational with the romantic, psychedelic trance bridges the gap between different eras of human history. People have been coming together to dance and celebrate since the dawn of time; the psychedelic trance movement simply renews this ancient ritual for the 21st century. While the music can be enjoyed as high-tech ear candy, many adherents consider psychedelic trance to be a way of life—a fundamental element of their identity.

Behind The Name

Ektoplazm is named for the immaterial or ethereal emanation that surrounds a person in a deep state of trance. Although the root word “ectoplasm” was originally a biological term (it means “outside skin”), parapsychologists and the occult adopted it for their own uses in the late 19th century. In the new millennium, the term serves as a reference to the elusive “vibe” revellers experience at proper trance gatherings. Imagine it as a sort of inexplicable luminous glow that can be perceived surrounding a “fully activated” dance floor. If that seems slightly too obscure and mystical, consider the beaming smiles and bright-eyed excitement that accompanies a deeply satisfying musical experience—and the social connectivity such a state encourages. This is what the psychedelic trance experience is all about: breaking through to new states of consciousness and awareness by manipulating reality with sound, light, and motion.

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Illustris Simulation: Most detailed simulation of our Universe

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Physicists Build Incredible Scale Model Of A Universe For The First Time

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Physicists have built the first genuinely convincing artificial universe in a computer.

And there’s an outside chance this remarkable breakthrough could have influence debate on whether we too reside inside a machine.

The researchers from MIT and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies and

others, created the large-scale universe using a computer model called ‘Illustris’.

The model allowed them to recreate 13 billion years of cosmological expansion and evolution, inside a virtual cube with sides 350-million light years wide.

The high-resolution model accounts for both normal and ‘dark’ matter, the latter of which is thought to make up most of the mass of the universe despite the fact we can’t actually see it. (At least not yet).

Illustris was able to surpass previous attempts to make a model of this size, incorporating feature such as black holes, supernovas and the formation of stars.

But the new model, which took five years to develop and three months to build in the machine, with 8,000 CPUs running at once, is a huge step forward.

The team said an average desktop PC would take 2,000 years to create something on the same scale.

At the end of the simulation the researchers counted 41,000 galaxies, including a realistic mix of spiral and football-shaped galaxies, as well as galaxy clusters, bubbles and voids on the larger scale. It was also able to recreate the chemical composition of smaller galaxies.

“Illustris is like a time machine. We can go forward and backward in time. We can pause the simulation and zoom into a single galaxy or galaxy cluster to see what’s really going on,” says co-author Shy Genel of the CfA.

The study was published in Nature on 8 May.

It’s not just physicists and cosmologists interested in making models of the universe – it’s philosophers too. A thought experiment has long held that if a simulation of the universe is possible on a rich enough scale, then it would be overwhelmingly likely that we live inside one such model – or a model within a model – than the one original.

While this is mainly a way to illustrate the absurdity of probabilities, it is increasingly seen as at least a vague possibility. Recent studies which found emergent (and not programmed) similarities in small-scale models and our own universe tentatively suggested there may be something in the theory after all.

Let’s just hope whoever is running the simulation doesn’t trip over the plug.


Hare Om Shiva Om – Deva Premal

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

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