Entoptic Phenomena in Audio: Categories of Psychedelic Electroacoustic Composition

Jonathan Weinel

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)
2 Downloads (Pure)

Abstract

Altered states of consciousness (ASCs) are perceptual states, such as dream, delirium, or hallucination that fall beyond a commonly accepted normal waking consciousness. This article discusses Entoptic Phenomena in Audio, a collection of four electroacoustic compositions that are based upon the author’s research regarding these states. The compositional process utilised involves consideration of the typical features and structure of hallucinatory experiences, as described by participants in psychological studies and other available literature. Typical features of hallucination are then used to indicate the design of corresponding sonic materials, and the structure of the composition. This compositional process is described in detail, leading to a generalised structural approach for creating electroacoustic compositions based on ASCs, with several possible variations. In addition, the decision to present the works on 12″ vinyl is also discussed, as are the ways in which this project interfaces with electronic dance music culture.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)202-223
Number of pages22
JournalContemporary Music Review
Volume25
Issue number2
Early online date8 Sep 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint

Electroacoustics
Altered States of Consciousness
Hallucinations
Consciousness
Delirium
Music
Structure of Experience
Structural Approach
Dance
Psychological

Keywords

  • Electroacoustic Music
  • Altered States of Consciousness
  • Electronic Dance Music,
  • Vinyl

Cite this

Entoptic Phenomena in Audio : Categories of Psychedelic Electroacoustic Composition. / Weinel, Jonathan.

In: Contemporary Music Review, Vol. 25, No. 2, 2016, p. 202-223.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{290108067e974465bcf6c6faaa21b166,
title = "Entoptic Phenomena in Audio: Categories of Psychedelic Electroacoustic Composition",
abstract = "Altered states of consciousness (ASCs) are perceptual states, such as dream, delirium, or hallucination that fall beyond a commonly accepted normal waking consciousness. This article discusses Entoptic Phenomena in Audio, a collection of four electroacoustic compositions that are based upon the author’s research regarding these states. The compositional process utilised involves consideration of the typical features and structure of hallucinatory experiences, as described by participants in psychological studies and other available literature. Typical features of hallucination are then used to indicate the design of corresponding sonic materials, and the structure of the composition. This compositional process is described in detail, leading to a generalised structural approach for creating electroacoustic compositions based on ASCs, with several possible variations. In addition, the decision to present the works on 12″ vinyl is also discussed, as are the ways in which this project interfaces with electronic dance music culture.",
keywords = "Electroacoustic Music, Altered States of Consciousness, Electronic Dance Music,, Vinyl",
author = "Jonathan Weinel",
year = "2016",
doi = "10.1080/07494467.2016.1221633",
language = "English",
volume = "25",
pages = "202--223",
journal = "Contemporary Music Review",
issn = "0749-4467",
publisher = "Routledge",
number = "2",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Entoptic Phenomena in Audio

T2 - Categories of Psychedelic Electroacoustic Composition

AU - Weinel, Jonathan

PY - 2016

Y1 - 2016

N2 - Altered states of consciousness (ASCs) are perceptual states, such as dream, delirium, or hallucination that fall beyond a commonly accepted normal waking consciousness. This article discusses Entoptic Phenomena in Audio, a collection of four electroacoustic compositions that are based upon the author’s research regarding these states. The compositional process utilised involves consideration of the typical features and structure of hallucinatory experiences, as described by participants in psychological studies and other available literature. Typical features of hallucination are then used to indicate the design of corresponding sonic materials, and the structure of the composition. This compositional process is described in detail, leading to a generalised structural approach for creating electroacoustic compositions based on ASCs, with several possible variations. In addition, the decision to present the works on 12″ vinyl is also discussed, as are the ways in which this project interfaces with electronic dance music culture.

AB - Altered states of consciousness (ASCs) are perceptual states, such as dream, delirium, or hallucination that fall beyond a commonly accepted normal waking consciousness. This article discusses Entoptic Phenomena in Audio, a collection of four electroacoustic compositions that are based upon the author’s research regarding these states. The compositional process utilised involves consideration of the typical features and structure of hallucinatory experiences, as described by participants in psychological studies and other available literature. Typical features of hallucination are then used to indicate the design of corresponding sonic materials, and the structure of the composition. This compositional process is described in detail, leading to a generalised structural approach for creating electroacoustic compositions based on ASCs, with several possible variations. In addition, the decision to present the works on 12″ vinyl is also discussed, as are the ways in which this project interfaces with electronic dance music culture.

KW - Electroacoustic Music

KW - Altered States of Consciousness

KW - Electronic Dance Music,

KW - Vinyl

U2 - 10.1080/07494467.2016.1221633

DO - 10.1080/07494467.2016.1221633

M3 - Article

VL - 25

SP - 202

EP - 223

JO - Contemporary Music Review

JF - Contemporary Music Review

SN - 0749-4467

IS - 2

ER -