...Objectives This double-blind study evaluated the acute and longer-term psychological effects of a high dose of psilocybin relative to a comparison compound administered under comfortable, supportive conditions...Psilocybin can occasion mystical-type experiences having substantial and sustained personal meaning and spiritual significance
posted by y2karl
on Oct 16, 2006 -
Results Psilocybin produced a range of acute perceptual changes, subjective experiences, and labile moods including anxiety. Psilocybin also increased measures of mystical experience. At 2 months, the volunteers rated the psilocybin experience as having substantial personal meaning and spiritual significance and attributed to the experience sustained positive changes in attitudes and behavior consistent with changes rated by community observers.
Conclusions When administered under supportive conditions, psilocybin occasioned experiences similar to spontaneously occurring mystical experiences. The ability to occasion such experiences prospectively will allow rigorous scientific investigations of their causes and consequences.
was an American jazz/hard rock/psychedelic band founded in 1967, based in Los Angeles, California. Their 1970 album Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus
is highly regarded for originality and uniqueness and is considered by many to be one of the best albums made by a Los Angeles group [source
]. Among the many bits of fascinating rock trivia surrounding the group: founder and frontman Randy California jammed with a pre-fame Jimi Hendrix
Curious fans can also peruse unofficial sites for original members and founders Randy California
and Jay Ferguson
posted by joe lisboa
on Jul 3, 2006 -
'In all of rock history, there can be few stranger stories than that of Yahowa 13
', formed in 1969
in Los Angeles by a middle-aged beatnik called Jim Baker, who believed himself a god and went by the nickname of Father Yod
. Yod became a guru of sorts for a group called the Source Family
. Based around the group of disciples, Yahowa 13 made almost a dozen limited-circulation LPs
(slightly nsfw cover art), most within the course of just a couple of years. 'Yahowa 13's most successful artistic statement was 1974's Penetration: An Aquarian Symphony
... At the end of 1974, the Source Family moved to Hawaii. On August 25, 1975, Yod went hang-gliding for the first time and was mortally injured upon landing, dying after about nine hours. His disciples scattered within two years after his passing.' See also: 2002 interview with band members
posted by MetaMonkey
on Mar 2, 2006 -
LSD documentary records
were a forgotten side-track in the war on drugs, reaching a high point in 1966 with the release of LSD
, an album featuring interviews
with Timothy Leary, Allen Ginsburg, and Ken Kesey, and featuring a live recording (which may or may not have been real) of a kid going on his first bad trip. (Not to be confused with Leary's own record of the same title.) In 1966, with neither internet nor home video, the record album was one of the most sophisticated communications media available, and it was a big year for LSD hysteria, with a LIFE cover story
and a Sal Mineo-narrated LSD version of Reefer Madness called Hallucination Generation
. LSD-related magazines and periodicals
, reviews of psychedelic music
, and more from lysergia.com
posted by dhartung
on Mar 20, 2005 -
J.M. Nasim's Psychedelic Jew's Harp.
Such a simple and ancient instrument, the Jew's Harp
, or maultrommel
, or Koukin
, or Khomus
, or guimbarde
, or genggong
, or numerous other names
, has never sounded quite like this
(streaming mp3 link).
I create this music live. No multi-tracking, no playback of pre-recorded material, no sampling. The raw signal of voice and Jew’s Harp feeds into a portable bank of automated processors. Here, various programmatic, architectonic sound spaces frame rhythmic zones within which certain acoustic potentialities reside. These sonic holograms manifest my musical explorations as shape-shifted sound. Seminal acoustics are gestated into new aural forms to birth multi- dimensional soundscapes of interpenetrating pulses and harmonics.
posted by garethspor
on Oct 4, 2004 -
Rick Griffin's famous flying eyeball poster is considered by many to be the single finest example of San Francisco psychedelic poster art. The image comes from this fabulous motherlode of eye candy that is Paul Olsen's Fillmore and Avalon poster collection
. It is the largest and most complete collection of its sort. He would like to sell it as a whole--The Whitney Museum wants to buy it but can't afford it. That should tell you something. Come step behind the Indian bedspread curtain and smell the incense.
posted by y2karl
on Oct 10, 2002 -