Origins of the psychedelic music
The Term “Psychedelic” was invented by Mr. Humphry Osmond, and means: “mind manifesting“. Osmond first offered the term “psychedelic” at a meeting of the New York Academy of Sciences in 1957. The end of 50 – beginning of 60`s began the spreading of psychedelic drugs in the USA and West Europe. As the result – so called psychedelic culture emerges.
“Active consciousness collects new impressions” – Perception is been viewed as an practical tool for reaching new experiences. Psychodelic music is an manifestation of extravagant art, that declares, by its existence, that beyond everyday state of consciousness there also are different.
Ken Kesey looked for technical capabilities of reproduction and deepen the experience for people that took LSD. Consequently the “disco“ was the first technology of reaching an altered state of conciousness. The rooms for Acid Tests were equipped with stroboscopes, colour projectors and UV lamps. Simultaneously, different reverb, delays and distortion of the voice effects were used as “psycho effects”, to give an impression of stretched time. That cacophonic improvisations of Kessey and Merry Pranksters were incomprehensible for most people. That was the reason why psychedelic Rock`n`Roll or Blues forms were commercially more successful.