Shpongle is coming to Granada on March 7!
Urban Dictionary, the world’s foremost provider of graphically descriptive definitions for words you thought you knew the meaning of, defines shpongle as “to be completely geschtonkenflapped.” Barring another Urban Dictionary search, that seems like a pretty good descriptor of my experience withShpongle’s music.
Traditional eastern instrumentation and vocals along with Raja Ram’s brilliant flute arrangements meets Simon Posford’s contemporary western dancefloor beats and trance-inducing synth in the duo’s experimental project Shpongle, which has been described as “psybient,” “sound experimentation,” and “a strange hybrid of electronic manipulation and shamanic midgets with frozen digits squeezing the envelope and crawling through the doors of perception,” (Twisted UK). Posford is no stranger to the world of electronic music, releasing a collective ten-plus albums with groups like Younger Brother, Celtic Cross, personal project Hallucinogen, and Shpongle.
Shpongle’s live show is an entirely different subject. I’ve never experienced the effects of LSD but I imagine that Shpongle’s live show is a pretty accurate representation of what’s it’s like. The show features Posford performing his music from a giant illuminated structure covered with pyschadelic emblems. Shpongletron 3.1 as it is affectionately referred to, is the centerpiece of Shpongle’s live show and is an amalgamation of DJ booth, video mapped projection surfaces and mirrors, and dancefloor, designed and recently updated for his 2015 tour) by Zebbler Studios.