Raja Ram Retirement????? :(

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Bring Raja Ram to Rainbow Serpent featival 2010. What do you think?

Poll ended at Sat Feb 20, 2010 6:00 pm

48%
Lets get behind this!
11
9%
Give it time.
2
43%
Not a chance.
10

Total votes: 23

mjhassall
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There has been roumors of the retirement of Raja Ram sometime soon from the world of Psytrance.
Although he has given us all great memory's, lots of ear candy and bought us all togther as one on dancefloors throughout the world, this would be a sad day. If this is true, he will be missed but remembered by a lot of us.
Can anyone spread more light on this/ confirm?????
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psywise
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He gets paid thousands to press play on a cdj100 and dance around for an hour, why would he retire?
twizdit
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While playing the flute. Thats pretty specialised. Not everyone can dance while playing the flute.
kayhat
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He retired a long time ago, really :P
Marsoups
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Looks like Kayhat is right.

Well I googled 'raja ram retire' for articles over the last year and nothing was returned in the results to indicate his retirement...
http://www.google.com.au/search?q=raja% ... 3709181511

it did pick up, however, his facebook page, which has this comment in the biography.
Raja Ram is a Psychedelic-Trance producer and the owner of the UK record label TIP World. He was born Ronald Rothfield in 1941 in Melbourne, Australia. Raja Ram left Australia in the 1950s to begin the hippie trail. He returned to Australia later and studied flute at the Melbourne Conservatory. He also went to New York in 1965 to study jazz. He was a member of the band Quintessence in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Shortly after, Raja Ram was forced to retire for personal reasons and became an envelope salesman. In the 1980s, he decided to return to the music scene as he now became interested in the emerging genre of electronic music. He was one of the first people to make what is today considered psychedelic trance.

Raja Ram formed TIP Records in 1994 with Graham Wood and Ian St. Paul. It soon became one of the most well-known Goa Trance labels. After the label folded in 1998, Raja Ram then founded TIP World in 1999.

He collaborated with countless artists but is best known for his work with Simon Posford on the Shpongle and The Mystery of the Yeti projects and is a founder of 1200 Micrograms. He often plays the flute on ambient tracks and voices many tracks.

Raja Ram is married to Sita Dev. With her, he has a daughter named Sastra. He also has a granddaughter named Bella (read less)
kayhat
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I heard he is collaborating with aliens to make the label; TIP universe :D

A wh0le galazy filled with TIP music! I couldn't think of anything more WONDERFUL!!!! :killah:
Azarias
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His music would only sound good on a big KV2 system in the bush; on cd I thought very ordinary and uncreative, and even a little offensive to the ear.
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kayhat
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Sure, his is on my favourites of all time list, coming at #3!

...right after the bangles and ministry of sound annual 2004.
Azarias
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Who are you, mate?
acid_reign
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Raja on KV2? In Aus?
Azarias
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Sorry everyone. I read and wrote in haste. I was thinking about RAZ.
But I still feel the same way about Raja Ram's style, though it was three years since I heard his music. But, you know, good on him.
NunyaB
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here is something interesting...

the last time 1200 mics played in Australia? it was without gms the same booking agent as Simon Posford.
has 1200 mics played since 2006 when it was just chicago and raja at undera vic ?

Raja has a nephew in Vic that has since brought out gms after 2006 when they didn't turn up. How good is the relationship between Raja and his nephew? When they first started up they booked Raja. Why isn't Raja the first on Strawberry fields? If you really want to see Raja then beg strawberry fields and see where it gets you.......

http://www.facebook.com/search/?q=straw ... 4466179401

ADMIN (Whats the average age :lol: )
* Nomi Shani
* Elliot Rothfield
* Nathan Spitalnic ex psy-trax cd stacker :lol:
* Dan Shani

http://www.inthemix.com.au/forum/showth ... p?t=259257

bit of free advertising for the kids.

STRAWBERRY FIELDS FESTIVAL
28 November 2009 - Byron Bay
28-29 November 2009 - Victorian Bush

good to see the void is filled - in fact doing just about everything / copying EC ...nice one Nathan :killah: go for it. :lol:
acid_reign
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Here we go again.........
NunyaB
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acid_reign wrote :
Here we go again.........

No. Good luck to them.
mjhassall
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Does anyone elce appreciate Raja Ram and the poeple who had massive conturbutions to scene?
It would be a lot different to what we all have come to love and know now.....
NunyaB
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mjhassall wrote :
Does anyone elce appreciate Raja Ram and the poeple who had massive conturbutions to scene?
It would be a lot different to what we all have come to love and know now.....

His miming stage performance is legendary. 2006 I met a guy who copied him to a T he really had it down pat. I will always remember Raja Ram as being a all round performer. ( people often move on from styles of music as I have) though it was great listening to The Anthology his early stuff The Quintessence because at 18 I loved Jazz and Basement at Circular Quay, so I have some appreciation of Jazz where I think many roots of modern music began. As this is where Ronald Rothfield (Raja Ram) started his career in.
Sunrunner
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personally i wouldn't like to hear him at rainbow... just me, though :) his antics are hilarious, but i'm not into his music at all. but good on him for still going :)

mjhassall wrote :
Does anyone elce appreciate Raja Ram and the poeple who had massive conturbutions to scene?
It would be a lot different to what we all have come to love and know now.....


of course, but there's a difference between appreciating what they contributed and liking what they do now. you can still appreciate and be thankful for their contributions in the past without booking and 'enjoying' them now ;)
psywise
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Sunrunner wrote :
mjhassall wrote :
Does anyone elce appreciate Raja Ram and the poeple who had massive conturbutions to scene?
It would be a lot different to what we all have come to love and know now.....


of course, but there's a difference between appreciating what they contributed and liking what they do now. you can still appreciate and be thankful for their contributions in the past without booking and 'enjoying' them now ;)


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herbsandspices
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I just saw him as part of a full (live band) shpongle set at Ozora. Not sure sprecisely what he did but it was good.
kayhat
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Flute playing over tech oriented beats = cheese.

That kind of shite represents everything I hate about trance.

Personal opinion, no need to argue that with me.
Marsoups
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flute playing over a violin as cheese ?? :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
kayhat
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That would be some particularly potent cheese ;)

I like strings in my tech/trance, just as long as it's done right. In my non-trance stuff, I got this project that venetian snares does as a soundtrack for a film, and its filled with strings. It's got the strings as more of a continuous element and is interspersed with the drillcore style beats and sub-bass snarls, and carries quite well.

I liked GMS's requeim for a dream rmx when it first came out (I'll be the first to admit) and dig other cronos string quartet electronic collabs, but very few present a new formula to me that I can dig with strings and classical instruments. But then I felt it was kind of pushy, like there was no room for subtle emotive qualities, kind of like watching a hollywood movie where it pushes the "sad" and "happy" bits. I never really dug raja rams take on the flute in trance, because it represents this whole area of rainforest/ambient vibe that seems kind of forced and contrived for me. I really dislike all that "ambient" crap.

It'd be good to see more unique formulae going down that presents something new, and blends the beats with the other elements a bit more subtley, I'd love it.

Perhaps this is a pretty cynical take, but hey, thats what I like.
jusetus
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How about The ZAP! ? Benji Vaughan and mr. Ram. Groovy project or what ? I´m heading to london 30.10.09, and I hope he doesn`t quit before that hah :D
VJ DAMAGE
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kayhat wrote :

I liked GMS's requeim for a dream rmx when it first came out (I'll be the first to admit).



I'll be the second
"anybody wanna waste some time"
My favorite sample ever.

Used to love GMS, till I saw them "play" some newer stuff at Exodus, 5 or so years back, smelt like cheese.
psywise
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VJ DAMAGE wrote :
kayhat wrote :

I liked GMS's requeim for a dream rmx when it first came out (I'll be the first to admit).



I'll be the second


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