The London Experimental Psychonautics Club presents an evening of inspiring talks, mind-expanding conversation and tongue-tingling food and wine.
Our fifth meeting has the theme of “Sound and Altered States” and is on the 8th November, 2018. Doors open at 18.30 for a 19.00 start.
Tickets available here: https://eventbrite.com/e/london-experimental-psychonautics-club-sound-and-altered-states-tickets-51908683269
The neuroscientist Mendel Kaelen, the writer Jon Weinel, the cross-modal scientist Qian Janice Wang and a Sonic ritual performance from Il Santo Bevitore will explore in thought and action what it is for sound to alter our state of consciousness.
A full list of speakers and talk-topics is below:
Mendel Kaelen (https://wavepaths.net/
Psychedelic technology & the future of mental health care
Around the world, a series of high-profile clinical trials are shifting public perception of the use of psychedelics and music within 'psychedelic therapy', a potentially revolutionary treatment paradigm. This talk will discuss the therapeutic mechanisms and use of music within psychedelic therapy, and the implications of this research for the future of mental health care.
Bio: Mendel is a neuroscientist and entrepreneur. He did his M.Sc. in neuroscience at University of Groningen and now holds a PhD in neuroscience from Imperial College London. His research focus is on the therapeutic function of music in psychedelic therapy. He is founder and CEO of Wavepaths, a venture that brings together immersive arts, psychotherapies and AI technologies into a new category of therapeutic tools. His work has been featured in Rolling Stone, TEDx, Nature News, San Francisco Chronicles and Vice Motherboard.
Jon Weinel (http://jonweinel.com/
Inner Sounds: Inducing altered states of consciousness through sound and music
Sound and music can induce altered states of consciousness. In ancient shamanic cultures, percussive music has often been used to induce trance states, while rituals have also been sited in locations that have special resonant properties or other unique features that invoke a sense of the numinous through sound. In the rave cultures of the 1980s–1990s, and onward, trance was reinvented through the use of industrialised technologies – drum machines, samplers and turntables, allowing the propulsion of all-night electronic beats. These technologies enable the production of high-energy trance states, or conversely via ambient forms, low-energy introspective states that are more meditative in form. Sound design frames these energetic experiences with symbolic meaning, aligning the experiences of participants with different mythologies, eliciting technoshamanic experiences that may embed different ideologies.
Bio: Jon Weinel is an artist, writer and visiting research fellow at Aalborg University, Denmark. He is the author of Inner Sound: Altered States of Consciousness in Electronic Music and Audio-Visual Media, published by Oxford University Press (2018).
Qian Janice Wang (http://qianjanicewang.com/
Sounds tasty: How audio can influence the other senses
We can pick up a surprising amount of information from sound which is generally thought to be experienced within the other sensory modalities, from the temperature of a drink to the texture of someone’s skin. In this talk, via a series of interactive exercises, Janice will address the various ways in which what we hear can modulate our other senses. Special attention will be paid to how sound interacts with our eating and drinking experience.
Bio: Qian Janice Wang is an assistant professor in Food Science at Aarhus University. Previously, she completed her PhD and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Crossmodal Research Lab at the University of Oxford. Her research examines crossmodal correspondences involved in flavour perception, with on a special focus on how sound can modify and enhance the way we perceive food and drink. Before coming to Oxford, she explored the intersection between music, food, design, and technology at the MIT Media Lab. Her work spans psychological experiments, technological enhancements, and multisensory performances.
Nicola Serra — Il Santo Bevitore: Sonic ritual performance.
Inspired by ancient rites and practices, Il Santo Bevitore continues his ethnomusicological research on ethnic electronics. He will present his latest project ,‘Realm of consciousness’, an exploration about the theme of percussions and shamanism, the connection between each others, using repetition codes as a key to hypnotise and entrance the listener. This work aims to blur the distance between practitioner and listener. Il Santo Bevitore's sound is a mixture of blackened tribal, ritualistic percussions, raw beats, lo-fi noise and hypnotic vocals ceremonials.
Carl H Smith, Gary Prichard and Gwen James —
Italian Library Visualisation Project.
Launch of the new 'Italian Library Visualisation Project’ where 20 artists attempt to re-imagine the visuals of some of the most obscure Italian library records from the late 60’s and early 70’s. The presentation will include samples from the archive alongside stories of how these mind altering sounds have impacted culture.