Ch7-text - Chapter 7: Psychedelia (19661969) What is...

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Chapter 7: Psychedelia (1966–1969) What is psychedelia? *The Doors of Perception: Ken Kesey, Timothy Leary, and LSD *Drugs were added into youth culture during the 1960s *Music and art reflects the “trip” I Two psychedelic approaches to music: *Music in a secondary role to drugs *The important thing is the drug experience itself *The music is only a kind of soundtrack to the trip *Provoked response with novel and unfamiliar sounds *Did not itself provide a trip in the absence of drugs *The Grateful Dead in the San Francisco underground scene *Pink Floyd in the London underground scene I Two psychedelic approaches to music: *Music itself as a trip *The music is a kind of aesthetic drug *Aural journey that may be enhanced by the use of drugs *The music is the primary aspect *The Beatles are an example of this approach *The Doors are another example I Two psychedelic approaches to music: *Musicians more experimental and ambitious about *Writing *Performing *Recording *Music had to move beyond the two- to three-minute AM radio format to enhance the trip *Music became more ambitious *Tracks became longer and more esoteric V “Good Vibrations”: *Considered by Brian Wilson and many others to be his finest achievement *Most studio time and budget expended on a single song in popular music history *The structure varies within the song *Begins by using a contrasting verse-chorus approach through the second chorus *Continues with three sections that were recorded separately *These sections were then cut-and-pasted together later *Considerable time was devoted to determining the order of these sections *The song closes with a coda that is a fade-out on the chorus 3The middle pasted sections all consist of contrasting musical material *Section 1 has voices, tack piano, Jew's harp, bass harmonica, bass, tambourine, sleigh bells and organ
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*Section 2 has voices, organ, bass, and percussion—closing with a sustained “ah” *Section 3 begins with a part of the chorus, then introduces new vocal counterpoint and harmony 4The contrasting musical ideas assembled in this song represent a departure for pop songwriting I The San Francisco Scene and Haight-Ashbury *The emergence of hippie culture in San Francisco *The psychedelic scene had been developing since mid 1965 in the San Francisco area *The Human Be-In was held in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park in January 1967 *Ken Kesey and the Acid Tests *During the same time period novelist Ken Kesey was organizing the “acid test” *Kesey celebrated the liberating effects of LSD *He wanted to share the drug as broadly as he could *Kesey and friends, the Merry Pranksters, produced LSD multimedia events called acid tests *SF *The purpose of the acid test was to intensify the LSD experience *Light and slide shows *Bizarre sound effects *Rock music *Kesey’s first acid test was in Santa Cruz in November 1965; the cost to enter the acid test: one dollar *Two months later Kesey held an acid test in San Francisco at the Fillmore
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course MUS 1070 taught by Professor Roland during the Fall '07 term at UNO.

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Ch7-text - Chapter 7: Psychedelia (19661969) What is...

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