Electronic Musician HipGnosis Talks About Mind-Altering Music

Electronic musician HipGnosis talks about his techniqiues for making consciousness altering music. Via Technoccult:

I know you use binaural beats and other methods to enhance your music by making it consciousness altering. Can you describe some of the methods you use?

Well, much of my music is a sort of “hypersigil” imbued with specific frequencies designed to induce altered states. When combined with psychedelics, it can be intense. I have done much research on cymatics/sound healing/binaurual tones.

I started making acid house as the first electonic music i did, and binaurals were first introduced to that music. I am heavily influenced by Coil, who also did much work w/ frequencies to transmit information/altered states-specific qualities. Psychic TV is an early influence as well, which was less about traditional sound-mind altering, but more about raw feeling/energy.

And as a raver since the early 90’s UK hardcore/jungle/garage, “techno” and old-school “trance” play huge roles in the type of vibe i try to get across. Pure butt-shaking, mind-quaking funk. Also heavily effected by hip-hop and breakbeat/sample culture, that kind of cut-n-paste mentality carried over.

But what, more specifically, do you do to make your music mind altering? Or is that a secret?

Semi-secret. Much of it is energetically imbued, but as far as technical wizardry goes: binaural tone generation and specific frequencies mixed in at nearly sub-liminal levels.

I’m afraid that’s *about* all i can say to that. I do a lot of my music when in trance states, so honestly SOME of my method is not even known to me.

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  • tonyviner

    Hurry up, before it is illegal.

  • oman28

    It's no real secret. Binaural tones or beats were discovered years ago.
    A listener using headphones receives a sublminal tone of a specific frequency in one ear and a different frequency in the other ear. Depending on the distance between the frequencies a brainwave pattern – beta, alpha, theta or delta- is induced in the brain. Basically beta is when you are awake, delta is asleep, alpha is semi meditative and theta is rem sleep or dreaming.
    So if an alpha brainwave pattern occurs at around 12 – 14 Hz you can induce this pattern by having one tone at 364Hz and the other at 350Hz. 24Hz and 10Hz will do the same. The trip can happen when a theta brainwave pattern is induced. Dream like trips and out of body experiences.
    Harmless fun? Possibly but the producers should be aware that the lower the frequency the more chance that deep emotional issues can be bought to the surface creating temporary ill health. I use binaural tones as a meditational aid. For more info google Bill Harris – holosynch

    • http://twitter.com/klintron Klint Finley

      Yes, Eric explains all that in the interview.

    • http://twitter.com/klintron Klint Finley

      He's saying the methods BESIDES binaural tones are semi-secret.

      BTW, if anyone wants to experiment with binaurals on their own, check out SBaGen – http://uazu.net/sbagen/

      It's actually the open source software (available for Windows, Linux, and Mac) that iDoser ripped off (I mean literally stole their code). If you poke around, you can find collections of iDoser “doses” as SBaGen files.

  • http://twitter.com/klintron Klint Finley

    He’s saying the methods BESIDES binaural tones are semi-secret.

    BTW, if anyone wants to experiment with binaurals on their own, check out SBaGen – http://uazu.net/sbagen/

    It’s actually the open source software (available for Windows, Linux, and Mac) that iDoser ripped off (I mean literally stole their code). If you poke around, you can find collections of iDoser “doses” as SBaGen files.

  • http://www.personal-development.info/binauralbeats.html Binaural Beats

    I must agree. I find binaural tones more refreshing. Perfect. Thanks.

  • http://www.personal-development.info/binauralbeats.html Binaural Beats

    I must agree. I find binaural tones more refreshing. Perfect. Thanks.