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Author Topic: How I Discovered Planet Core Productions  (Read 3537 times)

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How I Discovered Planet Core Productions
« on: December 18, 2012, 10:22:28 PM »
How I Discovered Planet Core Productions

in 6 parts

1. First Contact

my story with PCP starts back in 1996. i had discovered the sounds of Hardcore Techno just a few months ago. i wanted to know more about this wonderful sound and started to explore the depths of the Internet about it. i soon ran into c8.com which was the electronic focal point of the hard electronic underground at that time, and hosted labels like Bloody Fist, artists like Somatic Responses, and the PCP website. i eagerly devoured the subsites and the information i could find. if i recall correctly they had a lot of previews of PCP tunes up, and i found them interesting, but i wasn't too impressed i must say - yet. then i came into contact with PCP in another way. i bought the compilation "ravers night III", which was put out by ruffneck records i think, in a big store. that was a time when gabber and hardcore techo (at least it's commercial variant) was part ofthe mainstream youth culture and CDs by the likes of Nordcore, Mokum, Industrial Strength were just a few meters away from mainstream rock and pop CDs in stores. back to the compilation. i don't remember if i checked the booklet first or put the CD in the player first. when i read the booklet i noticed the first track of the CD, "Inferno Bros. - Slaves To The Rave", was related to Planet Core Productions. i felt excited, a track of the mysterious underground hardcore scene that so far i only knew from the internet, in my hands on a CD!
when i put on the CD and put on the track, i was completely blown away. there are only a few tracks, maybe 3 or 4 in total, that hit me so hard, so extreme, when i first listened to them. it was like everything i had known about music faded into the past and was replaced by something new. it was a bit like experiencing lying on a beach in a tropical paradise during sunset, being peaceful and happy. so sweet, so exciting, so thrilling, so overwhelming. there was simply so much in this track, so much power, and emotion. needless to say, it was also much more intelligent and complex than most of the more known "gabber" during that time.

2. Checking The Catalogue

It may sound weird, but after my interest in PCP grew, i actually read through the whole catalogue of PCP records and wondered how these records with interesting titles (Cyborg Unknown, Planet Phuture, Reign...) would sound like.

3. The Phuture

after i became a regular visitor to the local store here that sold most of the hardcore vinyls and CDs, i decided that this was my chance to finally check out the PCP sounds more. i bought a CD called "PCP - Phuture". when i listened through the CD, i was actually disappointed. the tracks let me down a bit at that time - they seemed repetive and very minimalistic - quite different from the over-the-top hardcore by Mouse or Burning Lazy Persons that i listened to that time. the only track that stood out for me was MF Skulls by Program 1.
so while PCP was a love at first sight to me, it was not a love at second sight.  but would that change in the future?

4. A New Style

in the meantime the sound of PCP had changed a lot, and they put out records like Purple Moon, XTC Express, Reign - Time Machine, or vinyls on Futureworld and Narcotic Network Recordings. this was stuff i loved again. they all had that dreamy, spacey feel to them, that i adore in music.

5. At Last

then i slowly developed an interest in the older style of PCP too, yet a lot of the early stuff still seemed not that exciting to me - too repetive and simplistic.
then one friday night i was working on music, chatting with other hardcore artists, listening to music, checking websites till the morning. i eventually switched the Nordcore internet radio stream on. they were playing a PCP special. around 6 or 7 am a track came on. i don't know anymore if it was Headshop - Universe or T Bone Castro - Return To Planet E. this track hit me so hard again. when the choirs of the tune came on, i can't describe what i felt then. it was just incredible. bliss.  i now realised there was much more to PCP than i first had noticed, and it would soon become one of my favorite labels.

6. At Party

now i liked most of pcp, yet it seemed to me that tracks like Ace The Space - 9 is a classic and such, even if they were really sweet to me, might have been more powerful in 1992 then now - the beats, the synth, seemed a lot weaker, less impressive than later productions to me. maybe they were too much part of the then ongoing techno movement? this opinion of me soon fell too, though.
it was All-Out Demolition! II, the most succesful party we did then, 300-500 visitors or so (can't count the exact amount since the crowd was linked with another party in a different part of the building).
the party was almost over already, it was early in the morning again, the regular sets of the DJs were finished. Sampler19 started a PCP set, beginning with We Have Arrived and later Turbulence - Whurlstorm, i continued the set and played stuff by T Bone Castro, Marshall Masters and such, the Dance Ecstasy and PCP classics.
when playing this set, in this pitch-black, fog filled basement, on an super loud system, i noticed that they sounded quite different from normally listening to them. they sounded extremely powerful, hard hitting, varied, full of sound - the minimalism and "mainstream techno-ness" i criticed before that, had simply gone.
this was the time i learned to truly appreciate these tracks too.

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Re: How I Discovered Planet Core Productions
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2012, 10:58:53 PM »
Great story! I see some similarities with my own discovery. The c8 site, my first mailorder which took almost 6 months from ordering to finally arriving, explore the strange sublabels, find out who was who, the first fansite I made, the 2nd, the 3rd... It became almost a way of living. Could not survive 1 day without listening to a PCP track. Now, with 2 kids and a lot of dust on the records I know there's more in live, but deep inside me I know I'm still addicted.

when playing this set, in this pitch-black, fog filled basement, on an super loud system, i noticed that they sounded quite different from normally listening to them. they sounded extremely powerful, hard hitting, varied, full of sound - the minimalism and "mainstream techno-ness" i criticed before that, had simply gone.
this was the time i learned to truly appreciate these tracks too.
You should have known this... Music for huge space arenas ;)

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Re: How I Discovered Planet Core Productions
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2012, 11:51:39 PM »
glad you liked it! yes i guess the pcp addiction never really wears off  :D
and indeed - music for huge space arenas!  :boogie:

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Re: How I Discovered Planet Core Productions
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2012, 04:03:45 PM »
nice man
Exploration of music should be like this
I have to give a big up to Vague98, he really got me into PCP
I allready had some DE, PCP an LOST records, but I never knew it was from 1 posse
Like you said, I went searching who was who, and where it all came from
From there on it was searching, searching and more searching to get all records

Still missing 1  :-X
Thai records 9

But I'll probably find it somewhere in da phuture
I also found the Metallic, so I think everything is possible

And I still have a record for you here Mr Sheep hahaha
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Re: How I Discovered Planet Core Productions
« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2012, 05:49:10 PM »
Cool story dude, interesting to read :)

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Re: How I Discovered Planet Core Productions
« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2012, 09:10:38 PM »
I guess I first heard about PCP through the Megarave III CD in 1995. It had "The Phuture" on it and I loved and still love this track. :) In the booklet of this CD there was a small text about each act and so I knew that they were from Frankfurt. A few months later I bought the Slaves To The Rave Part 2 - Bigger, Bolder, Better CD compiled by The Inferno Bros. and this was my real introduction to the sound of Frankfurt. :D I loved the darker touch of it when compilations like Thunderdome were more about the happy stuff.

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Re: How I Discovered Planet Core Productions
« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2012, 12:02:22 PM »
Still missing 1  :-X
Thai records 9
Make me an offer 8)
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And I still have a record for you here Mr Sheep hahaha
Hahaha... cannot remember it anymore :-[

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Re: How I Discovered Planet Core Productions
« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2012, 11:42:11 PM »
a person who manages to listen to ALL pcp records should get a special medal  :)

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Re: How I Discovered Planet Core Productions
« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2012, 01:21:21 PM »
Still missing 1  :-X
Thai records 9
Make me an offer 8)
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And I still have a record for you here Mr Sheep hahaha
Hahaha... cannot remember it anymore :-[

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Re: How I Discovered Planet Core Productions
« Reply #9 on: December 23, 2012, 01:23:11 PM »
Or Placid on this forum
my former brother in law hehe
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Re: How I Discovered Planet Core Productions
« Reply #10 on: December 28, 2012, 12:04:56 PM »
my former brother in law
WTF :o You stole him from your sister? :shakefist:

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Re: How I Discovered Planet Core Productions
« Reply #11 on: December 29, 2012, 02:33:17 PM »
hahahahaha
yes I am too greedy
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Re: How I Discovered Planet Core Productions
« Reply #12 on: December 30, 2012, 07:25:22 PM »
This topic got me thinking about my own PCP discovery.
I got in touch with hardcore around 94/95, started buying cd's whenever I could and than someday in 1996 I saw this cd in a store that caught my attention.
This black cover with big letters PCP - bigger bolder better. I knew some tracks from other compilations but didn't know much of it, decided to take a gamble and holy shit, it blew me away.
Started buying records at the end of 96/beginning of 97 and would pick up a pcp one now and again as well, but at that time, to many records, not enough money.
Picked up the best of Marc ACA cd in 97 and it showed me even more of the world of PCP.
While I kept going to parties and kept buying records and cd's, I never picked up the PCP virus as such, I knew and owned the hits, bit didn't make the step yet to seeing the whole picture. I guess 2002/2003 or something like that I was looking for something else/something new. I lost interest in 'mainstream' and found, amoung other things, the PCP sound.
I reckon a little later I ended up on this website and well, wel all know how what it means when you end up here ;)


It'd be interested if anyone else told something about this :)

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Re: How I Discovered Planet Core Productions
« Reply #13 on: January 05, 2013, 07:59:34 PM »
and well, wel all know how what it means when you end up here ;)

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