On March 12th Shpongle’s Museum of Consciousness Tour hit the Avalon for a night full of heavy bass and hallucinogenic music. For those who don’t know, Shpongle is a psychedelic music project by Simon Posford and Raja Ram, though Simon does the majority of the producing and live performing. Together they’ve shattered modern producing standards and have created a sound that is truly in a genre of its own. They perform with the famous Shpongletron, a visual masterpiece that they combine with their music, which was recently been updated to version 3.0 and is now better than ever. Each Shpongle show is more of an experience than a concert and is bound to blow you away.

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The burner crowd came out for Shpongle in full strength. Clad in weird masks, eccentric outfits, and all kinds of LED party accessories; from the moment I walked in I knew it was going to be a blast. The production team was geared up with dozens of lights, lasers, and projections to go along with the performances and they managed to complement each artist perfectly. Vokab Kompany opened up with their funky cross-genre fusion that included elements of rap, rock and electronica. After they warmed up the crowd, Desert Dwellers took the stage with their electronic blend of fast-paced bass and culture crossing instrumentation that got everyone grooving. A dancer also accompanied them, dazzling the crowd with ridiculous handstands and other gymnastics. Soon afterwards Shpongle took the stage, and though Raja Ram was nowhere to be found, Simon was there wearing his famous feathered fedora and ready as ever.  The Shpongletron whirred to life, capturing everyone’s attention with its incredibly vivid, constantly changing animations. Designed in the shape of an alien bug, it features six color changing LED eyes, a dual DIY infinity mirror and psychedelic projections by Zebbler. I was so entranced by it that at one point I realized I hadn’t been blinking. The set itself was absolutely mind-blowing; each song was nothing like the last and brought a completely new vibe with it. Listening to the Museum of Consciousness album will give you a grasp of what occurred, but for the real Shpongle experience you have to see him at one of the next stops on his tour. You can listen to the Museum of Consciousness on Shpongle’s Soundcloud down below and check out Desert Dwellers and Vokab Kompany while you’re there!

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Shpongle:

Website – http://shponglemusic.com/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/shpongle

Soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/shponglemusic

Twitter – https://twitter.com/therealshpongle

 

Desert Dwellers:

Website – http://desertdwellers.org/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/desertdwellers

Soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/desertdwellers

Twitter – https://twitter.com/desert_dwellers

 

Vokab Kompany:

Website – http://vokabkompany.com/

Facebook – www.facebook.com/vokabkompany#sthash.ifQyxnsM.dpuf
Soundcloud – soundcloud.com/vokabkompany#sthash.ifQyxnsM.dpuf

Twitter – twitter.com/vokabkompany#sthash.ifQyxnsM.dpuf

 

Contributing Writer: Hunter Louis