Entheogenic (band)

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Entheogenic
Genres Psytrance, Downtempo, Psybient, ambient, chill-out
Years active 1999–present
Labels c.o.r.n. recordings, Chillcode Records
Website www.entheogenic.net
Members Piers Oak-Rhind and Helmut Glavar

Entheogenic is a musical project consisting of Piers Oak-Rhind and Helmut Glavar that crosses musical style boundaries. Since the early 1980s, the austrian musican and songwriter Helmut Glavar founded a variety of bands, ranging from punk and funk to new wave and drums ‘n’ bass. Piers Oak-Rhind is born in England and has been a sound designer, programmer and musician since the early 1990s. He studied guitar at the London School of Guitar. According to the two members, the music mixes "coloristic electrophonics" with "impressionistic orchestra-like sound".[citation needed]

The use of both eastern and western vocals, tribal sounding instruments, and an array of synthesizers built the foundation of the Entheogenic sound.

According to some people[who?], Entheogenic was one of the two major psybient projects (the other being Shpongle) whose experimentation influenced the psychedelic electronic scene. Entheogenic's first release Entheogenic is a concept album that recounts the tale of an Ayahuasca journey, with layered trance melodies and texturally rich arrangements. Three labels bid for the release:[citation needed] the former UK-based Flying Rhino, the German based Cosmophilia and the Spanish 3D Vision. The album was released on 3D Vision Records.

In 2003, their second album Spontaneous Illumination, released on c.o.r.n. recordings, was the first psy-chill album ever to make it to number 1 in the German chill-out charts. Their first two albums were noted[by whom?] for their epic thematic lengthly tunes. Both albums feature the work of sound engineer Glenn Schick (Morcheeba, Ludacris etc.) In 2005, "Dialogue of the Speakers" (Chillcode Records) continued the success of its predecessor, and went straight to number 1 in the German charts, where it remained for 24 weeks.[citation needed] Golden Cap (Chillcode Records) was released in 2006 and was received by their then quite large following with a love-hate attitude.[citation needed]

History[edit]

Background[edit]

Entheogenic was formed in 1999 by producer, engineer, songwriter Piers Oak-Rhind and Helmut Glavar. The duo met while working for Emagic (a former producer of music-studio software and hardware such as Logic, acquired by Apple Inc. in 2002). The name Entheogenic is derived from the term Entheogen coined in 1979 by a group of ethnobotanists and mythology scholars to describe psychedelic substances used in a religious or shamanic context.

Entheogenic on the German "Chill-Out" Charts[edit]

In November 2003 Entheogenic's second album, Spontaneous Illumination, released on the German label C.O.R.N. Recordings, was the first psy-chill album ever to make it to number 1 in the German charts, where it remained Number 1 for 8 weeks. Spontaneous Illumination stayed in the Top 10 for an additional 12 weeks.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles and contributions for compilations[edit]

Liquid Universe - Entheogenic

Sideways (Jong rmx) - Chiller Vol.1 - Chillcode Records

Kashmir day trip (Kuba rmx)- Chiller Vol.1 - Chillcode Records

Sideways - Kumhara Lounge Ibiza Vol 5

Distant Eyes - Ibiza Chillout Special Classic Mix Edition 3

Golden Cap - Downbeat Liquid Vol.1 - Chillcode Records

Sacred Man - Goa Trance Vol.5 - Yellow Sunshine Explosion

Spaced (Shulman rmx) Random Thoughts - Aleph Zero Records

Spaced - Cosmophilia Vol.2 - Cosmophilia

Walking on Air - Quality Relaxation - Chill Tribe Records

We are One - Muladhara "AC" - 666 Records

Ground Luminosity - Global Psychedelic Trance Vol.9 - Spirit Zone Recordings

Habitual Overtones - Global Psychedelic Trance Vol.9 - Spirit Zone Recordings

Pagan Dream Machine - Global Psychedelic Trance Vol.9 - Spirit Zone Recordings

Mindless - Global Psychedelic Trance Vol.9 - Spirit Zone Recordings

Invisible Landscape - Global Psychedelic Trance Vol.9 - Spirit Zone Recordings

Twilight Eyes - Global Psychedelic Trance Vol.9 - Spirit Zone Recordings

Spaced - Global Psychedelic Trance Vol.9 - Spirit Zone Recordings

Invisible Landscape - Module 01 - 3dVISION / Relax

External links[edit]

  • Entheogenic.net - The official Entheogenic website
  • [1] - Entheogenic interview on Trance.net