The second journal in the series I started out with writing about Union Jack is dedicated to a French goa trance project Blue Planet Corporation. Currently, it has only 39 thousand scrobbles.
Blue Planet Corporation formed in 1992. It was a collaboration between Gabriel Masurel and Christophe Lebras. Gabriel, who was a drummer in various pop and rock bands during the 80s, was also a big fan of electronic music. He got his first synthesizers when the techno/house movement arrived in France. Inspired by Sven Väth's "Accident in Paradise", BPC's first 12" titled "Overbloody Flood" was released in 1993 by Underground French-Kommunication. In 1997 BPC joined Flying Rhino Records and the same year Christophe Lebras left BPC and now it's Masurel's solo project.
Blue Planet Corporation is usually classified as goa with several ambient/chillout tracks. The BPM is usually between 125 and 150. Some of their tracks are very deep (Overbloody Flood, Atoll) while others are much softer (Crystal, Cyclothymic). Their older tracks are generally deeper than "Blue Planet" album and releases that followed it, which might be influenced by Lebras' absence. Besides excellent examples of goa, BPC released some slower tracks which can be considered psychill (Gengis Khan Reverie, Mangrove).
Reasons for listening
If you are a fan of "regular" trance, reading the style section might have discouraged you from checking BPC out. Many people are completely uninterested in goa after listening to several random tracks (which probably weren't goa anyway) they didn't like. I was the same several months ago, I didn't view goa as an interesting sub genre. Crystal was the first BPC track I heard and I instantly liked it. After several listens I realized how beautiful it is. Later I got the full album and I slowly fell in love with this music. BPC was a gateway to goa, psytrance and psychill for me and it still remains one of my favorite projects in the genre(s). So, there are two reasons why you should listen to Blue Planet Corporation. First: it's music is unique and beautiful at the same time. Second: it is a great way for fans of "regular" trance to start their journey with goa, psytrance and even psychill.
Blue Planet Corporation blessed us with only one full-length album, "Blue Planet" which was released in 1999 by Flying Rhino Records. All tracks were written and produced by Gabriel Masurel. Four were co-produced by various artists. It was written and produced from December 1996 to February 1999.
1. Apex (7:30)
2. Crystal (8:43)
3. Alidade (10:48)
4. Micromega (6:56)
5. Atoll (7:33)
6. Dialect (6:47)
7. Open Sea (9:14)
8. Roma (6:39)
9. Arcana (10:28)
Blue Planet Corporation released three singles under Underground French-Kommunication:
Vol. 3 (1994)
The Second EP (1994)
Overbloody Flood (1993)
One under Completely Cabbaged:
And four under Flying Rhino Records:
Micromega EP (1999)
Micromega Remix EP (1999)
Digital Forward EP (2002)
Besides these releases BPC produced some tracks that went straight to compilations. Most of them were created after 2000 and they are usually psychill/ambient.
Blue Planet Corporation remixed 5 tracks, most notably Black Rain by Amanite FX & Prana.
Crystal is probably the best track to use as an introduction to this project, and arguably their best. Like with most goa projects, BPC's productions are usually over seven minutes long so be prepared for some listening.
Blue Planet Corporation - Crystal (1997)
One of the most beautiful tracks ever made in my opinion. Hard to top this.
Blue Planet Corporation - Cyclothymic (1997)
Also soft, but a little deeper than Crystal.
Blue Planet Corporation - Micromega (1999)
Great, hypnotizing trance.
Blue Planet Corporation - Overbloody Flood (1993)
First release by BPC. Hard to believe it was produced 16 years ago.
Blue Planet Corporation - Roma (1999)
The BPM is low compared to the tracks above. This showed that BPC changed it's style compared to previous releases.
Blue Planet Corporation - Gengis Khan Reverie (2007)
It's 2007 and it's not goa, but still great.
I also created a YouTube playlist containing all BPC tracks uploaded so far. You can find it here.
Where are they now
Gabriel Masurel continues to produce and occasionally DJ as Blue Planet Corporation, but ever since Flying Rhino was shut down in 2002 we haven't seen a release. Besides that he collaborates with musicians in various genres and creates music for commercials.
The fate of Christophe Lebras is unknown, but apparently he is not active anymore.
Thanks for visiting and reading. Part three coming sooner than this one if anyone cares.
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