While digging for this:
Originally Posted by Shell
On the subject of academia... about 2 years ago I stumbled across an academic paper somebody wrote on Hallucinogen - LSD. It documented a lot of the music theory and such, like a key change in the song and stuff like that. I have been trying to find it ever since *snip*
...I came across a few resources that the aspiring Goa trance producer might find of interest. I remember the paper mentioned by Shell and am also unable to find that particular piece, however, these might be of some value.
Meaning, Motion and Gesture In Psychedelic Trance Music http://www.udi.pladott.org/music/Mot...0Music2005.pdf
Electronic Music and Psychedelics: An Interview with Simon Posford of Shpongle http://www.maps.org/news-letters/v22n1/v22n1_16-18.pdf Simon Posford | Mavericks of the Mind
Psychedelic Trance: ritual, belief and transcendental experience in modern raves http://www.dur.ac.uk/anthropology.jo...itropoulos.pdf
Vision and Viscosity in Goa's Psychedelic Trance Scene http://www.acme-journal.org/vol4/ASa.pdf
Music(ology) Needs A Context -- Reinterpreting Goa Trance http://www.snarl.org/youth/sebbook.pdf
Of note is this bit from the Posford interview:
: I love it! This leads right into my next question, which is: How have psychedelics in?uenced your experience with music, and how has it affected your creativity and your performance? Simon
: I would say massively, and on a profound level. In fact, so fundamentally that I didn't even really like the type of music that I now create before I took psychedelics.
Is experience with psychedelic drugs a prerequisite for making Goa trance? No. However, I believe that experience with a psychedelic mind state
is. The psychedelic mind state is not restricted to those who take (or have taken) drugs; there are a number of ways to obtain a mind state analogous to that achieved by psychedelics like LSD or psilocybin (meditation, sensory deprivation, and fasting come to mind). If you've opened that door in other ways, that's fantastic and I applaud you! Because, holy crap, are the other methods difficult and much less guaranteed!