Episode 116 — What is Psychedelic Music? The Radical Research Answer to a Vexing Question

Episode 116 — What is Psychedelic Music? The Radical Research Answer to a Vexing Question

Radical Research Podcast
Radical Research Podcast
Episode 116 -- What is Psychedelic Music? The Radical Research Answer to a Vexing Question

When it comes to a difficult-to-define concept like psychedelia in music, it’s subjective. It’s not all hippies with sitars and lava lamps and bongs…but that’s not wrong either. With a little help from author Michael Hicks and his parameters for what makes music psychedelic, we pose the question: “What is Psychedelic Music?” and offer the Radical Research answer.

Note I:

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Note II:
Our friend Tom Hailey counts Stupid Dream as his favorite and only truly loved Porcupine Tree album. That’s fine. We love it too. But we love many other Porcupine Tree albums. So, when Hunter said “I’ve gotta be honest with you, I’ve gone full Tom Hailey, there’s really only one Porcupine Tree record that I really love anymore,” it blew Jeff’s gaskets. And then it appeared Hunter said that one album was Signify (“and maybe Sky Moves Sideways”). The whole thing became maddening. After listening back to this torrid exchange (starting at the 1:03:25 mark), Hunter wants to clarify: “Stupid Dream is my favorite Porcupine Tree album, and like I said, I like all ‘90s Porcupine Tree.“ He was being oblique in the recording and it all got a bit out of hand. This is the sort of first-world relationship problem that Radical Research can occasionally suffer. And the world keeps turning!

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All past Radical Research episodes can be found here, where you can also find Jeff’s Peter Steele and Fates Warning books…and more to come soon! Radicalresearch.org

Music cited in order of appearance:

Can – “Halleluwah” (Tago Mago, 1971)

Miles Davis – “Rated X” (Get Up With It, 1974)

Steve Hillage – “Meditation of the Snake” (Fish Rising, 1975)

Joy Division – “Decades” (Closer, 1980)
Seefeel – “Time to Find Me (AFX Slow Mix)” (Pure, Impure, 1993)

Beherit – “Summerlands” (Drawing Down the Moon, 1993)

Emperor – “The Loss and Curse of Reverence” (Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk, 1997)
Coil – “The Dreamer is Still Asleep“ (Musick to Play in the Dark Vol. 1, 1999)

Portal – “The Endmills” (Seepia, 2003)

Steven Wilson – “Significant Other” (Insurgentes, 2008)

Melvins – “The Bunk Up” (Hold it In, 2014)
Arcturus – “Crashland” (Arcturian, 2015)

Cynic – “Mythical Serpents” (Ascension Codes, 2021) ep. 117 preview: Crispy Ambulance – “Are You Ready?” (The Plateau Phase, 1982)

Radical Research is a conversation about the inner- and outer-reaches of rock and metal music. This podcast is conceived and conducted by Jeff Wagner and Hunter Ginn. Though we consume music in a variety of ways, we give particular privilege to the immersive, full-album listening experience. Likewise, we believe that tangible music formats help provide the richest, most rewarding immersions and that music, artwork, and song titles cooperate to produce a singular effect on the listener. Great music is worth more than we ever pay for it.