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Saturday, September 15, 2007

A psychedelic experience

Heya folks!
It's been a while since i published post ( 3 months ago...)
You must be wondering why after 3 months and why the title? I'd like to dedicate this article to DJ Mushroom who introduced me to psychedelic trance. Most of my findings were taken from,, and Psychedelic trance is most common in rave parties; not common yet among Malaysians.

The term psychedelic is known to be hallucinogens, psychosis (loss contact of reality) and altered state of consciousness.

As for trance, there have been many definitions of trance as interpreted by various researchers. Trance is an altered state of consciousness- used by hypnotherapist/psychologist to create mental, emotional, spiritual healing.

When it comes to trance music, as you listen to some of the tracks, your mind will be wondering around some out of space that brings you to a different world- subject to whether trance is your favourite music :P

A state of trance is where you feel ecstatic; it could be from religious rituals, meditation, yoga, sufism, music, dancing, cannabis, magic mushrooms, etc.

Trance music/ electronic music is originated back in the 90's; it is a repeating melodic synthesizer, phrases and musical form. Instruments used are synthesizer, keyboard, drum machine, sequencer, and sampler. It is originated from Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, and UK. There are lots of artists that are related to theorigin of trance. Then comes the progressive trance which is more of drum and bass with pioneer producers like Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, Paul van Dyk, Oakenfold, to name a few. Then it hits the mainstream and most notable recording company was the ministry of sound. Trance music is BPM 130-150 per minute, faster than house music but slower than rave.

There are many types of trance music, namely:
1) Acid Trance/ambient trance/chill trance (Banco De Gaia)
2) Anthem Trance/uplifting trance/epic trance (Tiesto, Buuren, ATB)
3) Buchiage Trance (Arpeggio)
4) Classic Trance (Sven Vath)
5) Dream Trance/Dream House (Robert Miles)
6) Euro Trance (Cascada)
7) Electro Trance (Gabriel&Dresden)
8) Future Pop (Icon of Coil)
9) Goa Trance (Yahel Sherman)
10)Hardstyle (Scot Project, Hennes & Cold)
11)Ibiza Trance/Balearic House (Chicane, Cafe del mar)
12)Pizzicato Trance (Sash!, DJ Quicksilver)
13)Progressive Trance/Melodic Trance (Sasha, Faithless)
14)Psychedelic Trance (Infected Mushroom, Skazi)
15)Tech Trance (L.S.G., Darude)
16)Vocal Trance (Buuren, Chicane, Van Dahl)

Best known trance festivals in the world are in Netherlands.

Drugs (to name a few):
Trance/rave parties are known for recreational drugs like alcohol, cocaine, LSD, Cannabis and psychoactive drugs which are a chemical substance that sets on the central nervous system where it changes the brain functions that result in altered perception, mental consciousness, and behaviour; they are primarily used as medication.

Club drugs:
1) MDMA (ecstasy 3-4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine)- it regulates body temperature, not known to be addictive as far as im concern, it can results in liver, kidney, and cardiovascular system failure.It gives psychological effect like confusion, depression, sleep problems, drug cravings, and severe anxiety that occurs days/weeks after consumption.

GHB, Ketamine, Rohypnol- colorless, tasteless, odorless, used as date-rape drugs.
2) GHB (Gamma Hydroxybutyrate, croach), used mostly by body builders to reduce fat and increase muscle mass, and also to treat alcoholism and depression. It as also known as Liquid Ecstasy, Easy-Lay, to name a few.

3) Ketamine- also known as Special K, Vitamin K, it can be injected, or smoked (the high effect hits faster). It is also known as Monkey Mix or Monkey Business when mixed with Cocaine and MDMA. It gives hallucinatory effects that last upto 15 minutes and total experience(high) that lasts to 2 hours.

4)Rohypnol- when mixed with alcohol, the individual can't remember events they experience under the drug influence.

5)Methamphetamine (speed/meth), methamphetamine hydrocholoride (ice,crystal- to smoke): Function - increased libido (increase need for sex, enabling prolonged sexual activities, 6x less likely to use condom),euphoria (very high state of happiness) and is addictive. Chocolate dosed with meth is called Fliegerschokolade/Panzerschokolade.

6)LSD (Lysergic Acis Diethylamide): gives you mood swings, flashbacks, hallucinations- distortion of reality, see images, hear sounds and feel sensations that seem real but don't exist. It is not addictive but produce tolerance if taken repeteadly- must increase dosage to achieve the same level of intoxications as before.

Addictive drugs are namely cocaine, amphetamine, heroin, morphine, methamphetamine

Now then, let's go to the most important part of what the case study is all about.

Psychedelic Trance
It emerged after Goa Trance in 1990's, originated in UK, Israel, Goa (India), and South africa.

Goa Trance is discovered in Goa, India, known as a music that is developed as a spiritual culture. During the 1990's, a lot of tourist and hippies came to Goa, India.Goa Gil (a hippie)is a pioneer of Goa Trance, alongside Laurent, Fred Disko, to name a few. The goal of Goa Trance is to have organic/cybernetic sound (psychedelic sound)and this sound is especialy good on psychedelic drugs, namely magic mushrooms, LSD, mescaline, LSA, Ayahuasca, MDMA, 2C-B, DOM, 5-MeO-DIPT, and Cannabis.

Psychedelic drugs create enhancement of the overall social and musical experience.Goa parties are usually held at unusual places like in the middle of the forest, and beaches; it is decorated with fluorescent paint, graphics of aliens, Hinduism, Shamanism, Mushroom, psychedelic imagery, and technology ( there is no wonder that Goa Trance can be prohibited in Malaysia).

Psychedelic mushroom/psilocybin/shrooms/magic mushroom/hallucinogen mushroom
-used as a shamanic/medical treatment
-recreational drugs
-results in muscular tiredness, exhaustion, relaxation, visual hallucinations, visualisation of colours upon hearing sounds( pouring water can be extremely visually stimulating), laughing for the duration of psychedelic experience, increased abilities to concentrate on memories,can concentrate on stressful matters/results in bad trip, lose touch of reality which can be intense and frustation occurs when lack of proper words to describe the experience.

Lastly, Mescaline, found in cactus species such as Peyote (discovered in Mexico) and San Pedro (discovered in Andes Mountain region of South America. It gives hallucinations effect, uncontrollable laughter, and psychedelic experience (altered state of consciousness, psychosis), euphoria. The cost of production is expensive because to produce a psychedelic trip, it needs 1/2 gram of mescaline sulfate= 2500 doses of LSD, it ranges from $100-$200 per gram (too expensive to become a popular drug)cited in, its hallucinations effect lasts upto 12 hours.

Now then. That was a brief case study, and for those who haven't tried out, just give it a shot, though im not encouraging it, but it's worth a try as mescaline, shrooms and LSD are non-addictive drugs and for those who love psychedelic trance, the experience is an unbelievable one! given a chance, yeah, I'll be gone to South America, Goa and Europe to experience the difference with the all-natural chemical substances :P


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