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 Psychedelic Equals Avant-garde 
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Here's an extract from a 2008 interview with the band Matmos. In this extract only the two band members are talking.

Martin - I really kind of regarded it as, socially, a short cut to an expanded consciousness. So that the increased awareness of the world that is necessary to appreciate everything from minimalism to bird songs to whatever can be come to through Zen or by taking lsd, with the right intentions.

Drew - So often on lsd you are arrested by a completely banal phenomena, but your state makes you more receptive to it, and treat is aesthetically, in a way that when your not in that mind frame, your more prone to filter it out. That can lead to the same kind of perception that certainly our work tries to bring out anyway.

To hear the musicality of an everyday object, that’s what musique concrete does. You take an everyday object and you try to find the latent musicality that’s already inside of the sound it makes. Well LSD’s effect on you as you ride home on the train and hear the train rhythm as a pitch, and as chord, as a rhythmic pattern, as a manifold. You know, it’s already implicit there, so it kind of makes sense that hallucinogenic consciousness and musique concrete go together. They are ways of transposing on set of information into another kind of information.

Source: http://auralstates.com/2008/02/matmos-interview-drew-daniel-martin.html


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drugs = psychedelic + metal = avantgadrde metal !!!

but there are as many clean/sober people playing and enjoying agm so the theorem dont hold.........

infact i have noticed the more streamlined stuff comes from poeple who like cannabis, alkohol , acid or opiates

its the clean ones you ahve to watch out for (chaos core, jarring shards of noise etc)

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"I think music is a great entertainment if it's of a good quality. To me it's like psychedelics. When you create a good quality vibration, it goes through your body. It's an extra enjoyment. I was still into this lately but I stopped. But I still have my hand made expensive stuff..."

Attila (Mayhem, Sunn0))), etc.)

source: http://www.tartareandesire.com/interviews/Mayhem/10/

You may be sick and tired of this, but I wanted to know if you’d care to comment on your arrest recently in Italy on drug possession charges.

Shit happens. I was in Naples and I had some stuff on me. It took a month to clean myself up, and they released me finally. I was fucked up with this. For me, drugs aren’t the first thing in life.

But drugs are an important part of your creating things?

Sometimes, yes. When I was young, I liked to experiment. Taking drugs wasn’t only about going out and laughing at stupid things; sometimes I took drugs when I was alone and listened to music and meditated. It was really interesting. I won’t say that all people need drugs. For some people it would be really dangerous, while for others it could be necessary to cover up some parts of the brain. Now, for instance, I use very few drugs. It’s not worth it anymore.

When was the first time you used drugs?

When I was in Plasma Pool. For a time, I had some problems, but that was five, six years ago. I know what it is when you go too far and can’t find your way back. But in a way, it can make you strong. You can lose your personality or make it stronger. What do you think?

Attila (Mayhem, Sunn 0))), etc.)

Source: http://www.maelstrom.nu/ezine/interview_iss14_12.php


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"I have not made any music under the influence of drugs, but I do think that what you put into your body also comes out in expression."

Vicotnik (DHG, VBE, Naer Mataron, <code>)

Source: http://www.avantgarde-metal.com/content/stories2.php?id=10

"I don’t have one way of developing songs. I use different methods. I love to find out what happens to creativity under the influence of different channels."

Vicotnik (DHG, VBE, Naer Mataron, <code>)

Source: http://www.lordsofmetal.nl/showinterview.php?id=1720


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"666 International was a very amusing record to be a part of and a record I'm very glad I've taken part in. It's very true that most of the vocals were highly improvised. I recorded one song per day over a period of two weeks I believe. And the performance was a result of my state of mind at that time. I expressed much of the things I had inside of me due to several years tripping on LSD."

Aldrahn (Thorns, The Deathtrip, DHG)

Source: http://www.avantgarde-metal.com/content/stories2.php?id=49

"Concerning the Mr. Always Safe and Sound, it was a very ironic description of me at that time of my life. I was constantly high on LSD, and as a result of that I was very uneasy, very visible so to speak in every aspect of my life. For example if I was standing in a subway tunnel waiting for the train, I could be dancing around people on the platform, singing and screaming for no apparent reason. Wherever I was, I was always gesticulating a lot, screaming and shouting like a demented overgrown baby (laughs). I believe I was a great deal of confusion and also a big pain in the ass for my surroundings, friends and family at that time."

Aldrahn (Thorns, The Deathtrip, DHG)

Source: http://www.avantgarde-metal.com/content/stories2.php?id=49

"I think that the most important thing I learned from using LSD over a large period of time in my life, was that things aren't always what they seem. I mean that the world is endraped in illusions and cunning ways to draw people's attention away from the real thing. That underneath all the focus on money, politics, religion, etc., there's usually a greater picture and a nature that's very unsimilar to the things we take for sure, and the things we all call reality.

I've learned that you can never be too sure about anything, as anything might happen around the corner which you didn't expect. I've learned that people who seem to speak the truth very often are lying, either to their surroundings, themselves or in the worst case: both. I've learned to interprete my surroundings in a bigger scale than I might have done if I didn't go through all those crazy moments. Hard to say these things."

Aldrahn (Thorns, The Deathtrip, DHG)

Source: http://www.avantgarde-metal.com/content/stories2.php?id=49


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"I've never been extremely into drugs, just a little."

Carl-Michael Eide (Virus, VBE, Aura Noir)

Source: http://www.gutsofdarkness.com/god/document.php?doc=10bae0453569b3044fd1ef469800c302


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Do you use drugs too?

"Not during composing, but yes we have used them. I have always enjoyed obscurity, cryptic feeling and psychedelia. One can access those states pretty easily by using drugs, but I don't recall messing up during composing. And I don't use any highly psychedelic anymore. Alcohol is always good, it's nice to mess one's head."

Kristoffer Rygg (Ulver)

Source: http://www.kogaionon.com/english/archives_english/archives_interviews_english/kogaionon_archives_interviews_english_ulver.html


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"Psychedelic rock is a style of rock music that is inspired or influenced by psychedelic culture and attempts to replicate and enhance the mind-altering experiences of hallucinogenic drugs."

English Wikipedia

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychedelic_rock


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"I loved the lyrics to 666 International when it came out cause it applied to me at the time. I was a bit messed up from LSD and in a bad mental state from paranoia etc."

Kvohst (Void, DHG, <code>, etc.)

Source: http://www.mortemzine.net/show.php?id=744


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Do Sunn O))) consume drugs? Beers? Are you guys vegetarian?

"Sometimes, sometimes, some of us."

Stephen O'Malley (Sunn 0))), etc.)

Source: http://zachvanalley.blogspot.com/2007/01/interview-with-stephen-omalley.html


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"I'll confine myself to talking about hallucinogens here: I'm not really sure about how much of this went on. I don't know too much about other people's use of these kinds of substances, though I know certain members of DHG used to be very heavily into that. I took some substances like this on various occasions, but that wasn't until the very late nineties, like around 1999."

Svein-Egil Hatlevik (Zweizz, Fleurety, Umoral, etc.)

Source: http://www.avantgarde-metal.com/content/stories2.php?id=24

"The lyrics for both Virus and Aura Noir were made when Czral and I were sitting in his appartment smoking hashish. It's kind of a social thing. Most of the time it was like he would write a sentence, then I would write a sentence, then he would then I would, and so on."

Svein-Egil Hatlevik (Zweizz, Fleurety, Umoral, etc.)

Source: http://forums.vendlus.com/topic/622


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"How our music sounded straight and under the influence of various drugs was absolutely fundamental to me, and was a prominent aspect of the band. Also, how things like natural sound mixing and phasing was "hearable" under psychedelics like acid and mushrooms was a revelation. Cars swishing along the road in the rain was suddenly (and to me is still) a very emotive sound. Whereby, I mean I think it strikes strong feelings from within. This has always been my main aim. To make music that strikes and evokes/captures strong feelings/emotions. To that end, I think a composer is literally an antenna to take in feelings, emotions etc and analyse, resynthesise and then broadcast out to other humans."

Peter Kember aka Sonic Boom (Spacemen 3, Spectrum, E.A.R., etc.)

Source: http://www.3ammagazine.com/musicarchives/2002_oct/interview_sonic_boom.html


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About leaving Mayhem:

"I just woke up one day and thought it was about time. It killed my creativity; it killed a lot of things. I was cutting off the creative person that I am. When I moved to Portugal, I found these musicians and the first new tracks that I wrote made me feel like I was at home. I felt free, and I was getting rid of "something" in Norway... a substance abuse."

Blasphemer (Ava Inferi, Mezzerschmitt, Mayhem, Aura Noir)

Source: http://www.antenna.nu/?p=624


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Is it nutzlich to have mind-altering substances while composing thy music?

"I don't think that Substances can make a Philosopher out of a Monkey. But I know that the Monkey may think different about that..."

Christof Niederwieser (Korovakill)

Source: http://www.thegrimoire.com/Magazine/Interviews/tabid/119/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/154/Korovakill.aspx


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"As for Velvet Cacoon I like that Genevieve album a lot, but I try to ignore all the silly hype around the band. I like the music a lot, that's what matters. I do appreciate that they are obviously pro-psychedelic drugs, as they've made numerous references to dextramethorphine, also known as DXM, a psychoactive drug found in cough syrups, etc. I've found use of psychedelics in the past to be very mind-enhancing and it has definitely impacted my music, and I can tell by the hypnotic structures of the songs that these guys most likely definitely were having an intense experience."

Blake Judd (Nachtmystium)

Source: http://www.harm.us/interviews/showinterview.cfm?interID=101

Talking about the upcoming Twilight album:

"We got together a few weeks ago and tried to do some shit together. It was an interesting week. We did a lot of drugs and didn’t do much of anything. (laughs) We wrote four songs... it was Wrest (Leviathan, Lurker of Chalice), myself, and Imperial from Krieg. We all collaborated, though. It wasn’t like, “Alright I wrote this riff... now you write the next one.” We were just all playing together, feed off of it, and just go with whatever sounded good."

Blake Judd (Nachtmystium)

Source: http://gravewithaview.blogspot.com/2007/08/blake-judd-interview.html


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