Since its 60s counterculture heyday, LSD has been closely associated with music. But it’s not just artistic proclivities that link them: Researchers have found that listening to music can actually affect the LSD experience on a neurological level—and they have brain scans to back it.
Mendel Kaelen, a PhD student in neuroscience at Imperial College, has led several studies investigating the combined influence of music and psychedelic drugs in human trials. One of the challenges? Choosing the music.
In recent trials, it’s been Kaelen’s responsibility (among other things) to design the perfect playlist for a scientifically-sanctioned psychedelic trip with strict research [...]
Song of the New Earth – Preview from Ward Serrill on Vimeo.
Song of the New Earth is a new feature documentary about one man’s quest to integrate modern science and ancient mysticism through sound.
Tom Kenyon was on his way to fame as a country singer in Nashville when he began to experience uninvited paranormal states of consciousness. His quest to understand these experiences sent him on a journey into Tibetan Buddhism, Yoga, mystical Christianity, Shamanism, the Taoism of China, and Egyptian alchemy.
But spirituality did not give him all the answers he needed, and he turned to science. He discovered that neurophysiology had a language that could help explain [...]
Last week in this column, I interviewed Terence McKenna’s daughter, Klea. This week, I’ve interviewed Terence’s son, Finn, who was born in 1978. I talked to Finn on the phone for about an hour and a half-the longest I’ve talked to anyone on the phone in probably five years-and a few days later I emailed him some questions about his art, drugs, psychedelics, and childhood.
His answers covered a range of topics including Flann O’Brien, Robert Crumb, LSD, tobacco, hash spliffs, opiates, ketamine, mushrooms, MDMA, cocaine, toxic levamisole, DMT, ayahuasca, tryptamines, cannabis, graffiti and street art, Greg Egan, H.P. Lovecraft, H. R. Giger, London, [...]
What led folk-pop siblings Allison and Catherine Pierce to seek inspiration in the South American hallucinogenic? And did it work?
‘There’s this karaoke bar by my house that I go to a lot,” says Allison Pierce, sitting at a cafe table in Silverlake, Los Angeles. “There seems to be hardly anyone in there. But there’s this old Korean man, and we do a lot of duets. We do Beatles songs, and New York, New York and Country Roads …”
Next to her, her sister and bandmate Catherine looks at her with disbelief. “You do?” she asks, amazed.
“It’s because there’s just something about it that is a release,” Allison continues, unabashed. “I started going to the karaoke bar at a [...]