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Saturday, September 18, 2010

My Experiences with Psychedelic Music

Current mood: I don't even know

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Do you know how it is listening to music before you're a musician? How you just hear all the instruments together and hear a SINGLE sound known as music? Then, you become a musician. And from that point on it loses a bit of its mystique and magic, it doesn't FLOW like it used to. You distinguish each sound and instrument from the next one, and it's not the same. You hear it in pieces. You don't hear the one-ness of it all.

I don't really have much experience with that first paragraph, as I started playing musical instruments when I was 4 years old, with the violin. But as far as I can compare, that's the closest I can describe how I felt about psychedelic music. I played guitar, and I played rock. As I started listening and opening my mind into the layers of psychedlic rock for the first time, my playing didn't change much. I was already the sort of rock-blues player. I played and still play in a style like Jimi Hendrix, Canned Heat, MC5, and similar.

The thing about that style of music is it becomes pretty fairly comfortable and predictable. It has a strong affect on me and still does, an excitement. But it doesn't have any wonder in it. When I began listening to music that was more "out there" nearing Edge City, I felt a sense of wonder. I no longer knew what to expect, the song orders were changed, I couldn't well distinguish the verse from the chorus from the verse, and I got close to that one-ness of music as I could ever get. i loved it. I still love it. It's beautiful.

I listened to it for a long time and was satisfied playing my jammy guitar solo vintage rock. I was too busy with that to attempt to write and play psychedelic music, and besides, I was starting to get pretty good at this other stuff anyway. I still loved it, and I still do. But then I started to dabble learning a couple songs that were trippier than what I usually play. I enjoyed it very much, even if it was easier than playing crazy fast blues licks. It was harmony to my ears. I started to learn more and more of it. I started wanting to write it. I started wanting to join a psych rock band. It began to consume me.

And along with that, it lost a bit of its luster. Just a tad at first, but then the further I delved into it, the less mystique it gained. Even with the cover songs, I had to split the songs apart to learn them. I started picking up on the complex orders, and even being able to guess what the musicians were playing and how they were playing it without picking up the guitar and messing around till I found it. It lost the wonder. But not completely.

That's the thing- once you become a psych rock musician, you're creating this stuff, the wonder for others, but you're the one coming up with it. You're playing it every night, you have it memorized. It takes away from YOU, and yet creating it is a completely different feeling in and of itself, but I refuse to say that it is better than the initial indulgement of listening to psychedelic music. I've thought about the question, "what about jamming? Then you don't have it memorized and don't know what to expect." And that's true to an extent, but the problem with that is, you can't create the carefully precise and perfected melodies, riffs, layers, and sounds as complex as you can when you write. It's perfectly orchestrated when it's not just a jam. The effects and timings of added effects, the motions, the feelings, the sounds. Even the movements and actions of the performers. But with jams, It's more plain. It's less beautiful. But it's more personal, on the spot, impromptu, almost a different feeling itself. Some bands have an added jam that they add into each of their songs live. It's a "jam" because it's an extra part added to the song that wasn't on the studio recording, but they do it every show. This helps create a little bit of mystique for both the musicians and the listeners who are familiar with the music.

And finally, this is the end. Once I've started creating psychedelic music, I can't stop, even if it takes away from the mystery and beauty and one-ness of it all. It's too much fun, too much fun, too much fun. It has a rhythm in it that I feel while playing that I don't get with many other genres. It doesn't ruin the music (or at least it hasn't yet) completely. I enjoy it too much.

4:24 am - 7 comments - 8 Kudos - Report!
VerniciousKinif wrote on Sep 18th, 2010 3:15pm

Although you don't understand how to use a camera, you do have valued insights into guitars and music in general. Decent! Peace


SaintsofNowherea wrote on Oct 3rd, 2010 3:17am

Ha, I didn't expect anyone to read this wall of text. I wrote this for myself. But I'm glad you found something in it.


unet wrote on Dec 4th, 2010 2:15pm

Haven't quite thought of it this way....but you do have a point.
For example, once i started playing post metal, i could actually discern where all the melodies and things were coming from, so it ceased to be just flowing music, and starting to sound like instruments doing their thing. =\

But sometimes, in the right mood, you forget all that and just become one with the music. Because of its rarity, those moments have a lot more meaning now. :)

Good post.


unet wrote on Dec 4th, 2010 2:16pm


Jimmy.Page wrote on May 17th, 2011 9:54am

wow. this blew my mind away. you are such a genuine soul. i absolutely love the way you connect with your music. i love how to you, it's not just some awesome thing to make you look cool. you actually care and connect and feel your music. You are one of the rare people i know that are real musicians. If i knew you in real life, i would be your best friend. much respects.


TheNameOfNoone wrote on Aug 21st, 2013 7:49pm

The deepest thing I have ever read on ultimate-guitar. And I'm not even sarcastic, seriously.
I would write the same comment that Jimmy.Page wrote, but it would be plagiarizing so I will just say:
You are awesome.


TheNameOfNoone wrote on Aug 21st, 2013 7:51pm

Also, kudos. Double kudos.


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