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What is some good tripping music?

This is a VERY subjective question, but here are a few suggestions.



Wow... There is a lot of good tripping music. No, GREAT tripping music!!

The best way to listen while you trip is through good headphones with a quality source. The music generates the psychedelic images in your mind. Listen in pitch darkness. You'll be simply astounded!

This is a VERY subjective question, but here are a few suggestions:

  • 1200 micrograms. really spacy goatrance. titles used: Ayahuasca, Hashish, Mescaline, LSD and Magic mushrooms
  • Addison Groove Project
  • Aes Dana - Ambient morning trance. Very relaxing and calming while engendering expansive states. Aes Dana's music is to be enjoyed between the veils.
  • Air - "Moon Safari", "Talkie Walkie", "The Virgin Suicides" etc. Amazing French electronica duo.
  • Allman Brothers - Live at Filmore East. You haven't experienced guitars until you've heard this baby when tripping.
  • Animal Collective-extremly trippy music
  • Aphex Twin
  • The Apples in Stereo
  • Bach, Johanne Sebastian - Do I need to explain why this music is great? Especially the six Brandenburg concertos.
  • Banco de Gaia
  • Beach Boys - Pet Sounds and Surf's Up
  • Beastie Boys - The in Sound From Way Out
  • The Beatles - "Abbey Road", "Yellow Submarine", "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", "Magical Mystery Tour" etc. What needs to be said? They're the f*****g Beatles!! Once they started writing psychedelic music, they did it as well, if not better than anyone else has ever done. Turn off Your mind relax and float downstream...
  • Beck - "Mutations", "Odelay", "Midnight Vultures" etc. Beck is THE link between the folk and beatnik past and the hip-hop present. With the fun, funky, sometimes mellow tunes, disdain for genre conventions, with free-flowing, sometimes absurd and ironic lyrics, and the melding of samples with played instruments fun times are guaranteed. Beck is the man!
  • Beethoven
  • Bela Fleck & the Flecktones - Ten From Little Worlds
  • The Beta Band - The 3 eps
  • Biosphere
  • Bj?rk - "Debut", "Post", "Homogenic", "Vespertine" etc. It is impossible to ignore any emotional response to Bj?rk's music. Her voice, lyrics and philosophy fused with the very best of production and orchestration create a life enhancing music.
  • Blonde Redhead - Misery is a Butterfly
  • Bluetech
  • Boards of Canada - "Geogaddi", "Music Has the Right to Children" etc. Scottish IDM (intelligent dance music) full of enigmas and conspiracies - subliminal messages, symbology, and religion, scattered and reversed vocal samples, mathematical timing of beat structures, song titles, colours, cover art, and track lengths... Their sound has frequently been described as curiously nostalgic and it recalls the warm, scratchy, artificial sounds of 1970s television.
  • Bob Marley: African Herbsman
  • Bongos - make your own music, this is always fun while tripping, even if the music sucks!
  • Brahms - Ein Deutsches Requiem
  • Brian Eno - "Another Green World", "Music for Airports", "The Drop" etc. Brian Eno is one of those artists that you can have playing in the background for hours while you're working on something else, and not be distracted. But he's also one of those artists that if you sit down and listen to very closely, you'll almost certainly fall into a state of hypnosis.
  • B-Tribe - "Spiritual Spiritual", "Fiesta Fatal" etc. Dramatic Flamenco guitar, ambient synthesizer tonalities, and moody, wordless vocals. Very chilled. It's music as mood and mood as music.
  • Camel - The Snow Goose or Moonmadness
  • Canned heat:
  • Celtic Cross - "Hicksville". A very nice chilled psychedelic ambience collaboration between Youth, Simon Posford and Soul James.
  • Chemical Brothers
  • Cinematic Orchestra
  • Classical Music. Pick a favorite symphony or take a wild guess if You don't have one. You won't be disappointed.
  • cLOUDDEAD - "cLOUDDEAD", "Ten" etc. Three artists, ignoring the rules and doing what comes naturally without care to style or sales. An avant hiphop coalition whose schizophrenic compositions, uninhibited vocal stylings, ambient soundscapes, and polished live show have both impressed and baffled. The mushroom cloud of hip hop psychedelia.
  • Coldcut
  • Crystal Method - I can't believe this isn't on this list yet! Is a MUST HAVE if you like techno. Very

full sounding tracks, EXCELLENT for dancing and especially raving! Great variety among beats as opposed
to most techno with is very repetitive.

  • Dave Matthew's Band: Like most jam bands, Dave's Band is disliked by some and enjoyed by many. Their live shows are quite nice. I like Live at Red Rocks a lot. Live in Central Park's cool too. Crash is my favorite studio album.
  • The Doors:
  • De-Phazz - Sort of like Zero7, less structured
  • Digitally Imported: Streaming techno and similar genres; Listen to the Chillout channel, absolutely amazing on trips.
  • Dream Theater - Metropolis Pt.2: Scenes From a Memory
  • Dust Brothers, The - "Fight Club Soundtrack" dark, ambient trip hop/acid jazz. Very cool, very

dynamic songs with lots of melody changes. They also collaborated with Beck on Odelay.

  • Einst?rzende Neubauten - "Silence is Sexy" etc. Crazy Germans...
  • Entheogenic - "Entheogenic" and "Spontaneus Illumination". A blend of ambient atmospheres, chill out tunes, intelligent electronic dub, surprising ethnic trance, deep organic drums n' bass, and mixtures of delightful aural environments. Very entheogenic indeed. Their soundlab is currently situated in a 17th century building surrounded by deep forests in southern France.
  • Fifth Element Soundtrack - Composed by Eric Serra and others. Lost of orchestra and classical styles

mixed with trippy synthesizers and ambient-ness. Very moving and emotional. The whole cd merges together
into one big song, like a journey.

  • Flaming Lips: Less known than Phish but the Lips have been around forever. I especially like Zaireeka! It is a 4 cd album... meant to be played on 4 cd players simultaneously! It makes a great trip activity! What if you don't have 4 cd players? Any combination will make for a unique Zaireeka experience. Don't worry if the disks aren't perfectly synced. It'll still do its thing.
  • Forest for the Trees - "Forest for the Trees" (!), "The Sound of Wet Paint". A tripped out Carl Stephenson's (Beck's musical comrade) home studio masterpiece extraordinaire. The making of the first Forest for the Trees album mentally exhausted Carl so much, that he was finally committed to an asylum by family and friends. Luckily he's O.k. now :)
  • Future Sound of London
  • Grateful Dead
  • Hallucinogen - "Twisted", "The Lone Deranger", "In Dub". The very best psychedelic (Goa) trance brought to You by the genre defining 'hallucinogenius' Simon Posford. All the trance fans - hold Your hats!!! The album "In Dub" contains Hallucinogen tunes remixed to dub by Ott.
  • Hotel Costes
  • Hexstatic
  • Infected Mushroom
  • Janis Joplin:
  • Jazz Mandolin Project
  • Jefferson Airplane
  • Jimi Hendrix: OMFG... this guy tripped a lot.
  • Joe Satriani - Live in San Francisco
  • John Coltraine
  • Kaki King - amazing acoustic guitar player.. her music is beautiful and great for tripping
  • Karl Denson's Tiny Universe
  • King Crimson
  • Kruder & Dorfmeister - The K&D Sessions
  • Led Zeppelin: The best jam band ever. Listen to 'em live once you're tired of the studio stuff.
  • Lewis Taylor - Lewis Taylor (1996)/The Lost Album (2004) The most criminally underrated musician alive. His self-titled album is a modern psychedelic soul masterpiece, while Lost is an amazing journey through 70's rock with shades of Todd Rundgren, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac with throwbacks to 60s bands like CSNY, Love and The Beach Boys.
  • Leo Kottke
  • Mahavishnu Orchestra
  • The Mars Volta - De-loused in the Comatorium
  • Medeski Martin and Wood (MM&W)
  • Miles Davis
  • Ministry of Sound - Chillout Sessions anything or Hard NRG and Hard Dance Anthems for insane, masochistic trips.
  • Modest Mouse
  • The Moody Blues - 1968's "In Search of the Lost Chord" is a psychedelic masterpiece.
  • Mr Bungle - California
  • Mr. Scruff
  • M?m - "Yesterday Was Dramatic – Today Is OK", "Finally We Are No One", "Summer Make Good" etc. Another Icelandic band making music as pretty and epic as Sigur R?s. Very pretty. For example album "Summer Make Good" was written in an isolated Icelandic lighthouse and recorded in a weather-station.
  • My Computer - Vulnerabilia
  • The Mystery of the Yeti - Parts 1 & 2. A collaboration between The Infinity Project, Hallucinogen, Total Eclipse, Process and Doof. Soundtrack of a ritual journey to a sacred meeting place high in Himalayas to meet the mysterious Yeti. Nice and trippy extraterrestrial ambience.
  • Nature Sounds: Best music on earth.
  • Neil Young - if u can find anything live from Young s exhaustive touring in the 70s (get on the net) you ll love it
  • Nightmares on Wax
  • Nine Inch Nails
  • Nurse With Wound - "Sugar Fish Drink" etc.
  • The Orb: Electric gurus of triptronica.
  • Ott - "Blumenkraft". Another jewel from Twisted Records.
  • Ozric Tentacles
  • Particle
  • Paul Oakenfold's "A Voyage Into Trance". Not a true Oakenfold album but very nice on mushrooms.
  • Paul Oakenfold's Tranceport Album
  • Pendulum - incredible drum'n'bass. Pretty dirty at times.
  • Peter Gabriel: He does it... I don't know if he meant to... but he does it. Great progressive trip albums... especially his later stuff.
  • Philip Glass
  • Phish: Some people love 'em, some hate 'em... but there is no denying Phish's effectiveness while tripping. Very rhythmic band.
  • Pink Floyd: Anything Floyd is good in my book. Get 'em all. Pick a favorite. Floyd knows how to guide a good trip. Piper at the Gates, Ummagumma, Meddle (Echoes from this album is prob my fave tripping song), Dark Side of the Moon, Animals, Wish You Were Here, The Wall.. their Live at Pompeii dvd is bad ass too
  • Portishead: Cool atmospheric stuff... like Sigur Ros or Radiohead's later stuff... but different. Portishead has a female singer. Beth's awesome. Half Day Closing particularly good tripping track.
  • Primeaux and Mike - Native American peyote healing songs. The real deal. Catalog (with samples) at www.canyonrecords.com includes their work and an entire section on Native American tribal peyote music.
  • Prodigy: "Out of Space" is a must listen track.
  • Punjabi Lounge - Indian beats with some nice goa/psy trance entwined.
  • Radiohead: I especially like their albums from OK Computer to present. "Karma Police" so good high.
  • Ravi Shankar: Morning love
  • Religious music, or chants: For spiritual trips, helps focus your mind.
  • RJD2 - Dead Ringer, Since We Last Spoke
  • RUSH - Moving Pictures - (Tripmeister says) RUSH is the most awesome 3 man band ever! A lot of people dislike Getty Lee's voice, but you'll find that it sounds quite soothing when tripping balls. Alex Lifeson's emotional style on lead guitar cannot be matched and Neal Pert's expert talent on his massive drum kit is incomparable. If you haven't experienced RUSH when shrooming, you haven't lived.
  • Satie, Erik - French pianist. Great classical music for those who don't like classical music.
  • Squarepusher - Ultravisitor
  • Shpongle - "Are You Shpongled?", "Tales of the Inexpressible" and "Nothing Lasts... ...But Nothing is Lost". A magic carpet ride around the world in a tea daze! Shpongle is one of the most fascinating psychedelic sound performances and is highly recommended for mind bending experiences. They have taken unique and timeless music influences and blended them with the digital mastery of sonic manipulation to bring about a perfect blending of the organic with technology. A good sound system is strongly recommended to fully experience the incredible multi-layered sound effects.
  • Shulman - "Soundscapes and Modern Tales" and "In Search of a Meaningful Moment". Shpongle wannabes or not, this is some very good stuff!
  • Sidsel Endresen & Bugge Wesseltoft - "Nightsong", "Duplex Ride" (!), "Out Here. In There." Astonishing musical empathy between one of the worlds best contemporary jazz singers (Sidsel) and a keyboard and percussions wizard (Bugge). Their intimate intensity will blow Your breath away. Pure magic! Their solo projects (Bugge Wesseltoft's New Conception of Jazz etc.) are worth checking out as well.
  • Sigur R?s - "Von", "?g?tis Byrjun", "()". The music of Sigur R?s sounds like it's constructed from the stuff of dreams. A fairy-tale explosion of unhinged elemental majesty.
  • Simian - "Watch it Glow", "Chemistry Is What We Are" (!), "We Are Your Friends". Psychedelic pop experimentalists with a heavy emphasis on 'mental'.
  • Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness particularly. "In The Arms of Sleep" is shrooming for me!
  • Spacetime Continuum (get Alien Dreamtime with Terence McKenna)
  • Spacetribe - 2000 O.D, You Create Your Own Reality, Thru the Looking Glass etc etc - nice, minimal psytrance. They also have a SICK web shop (http://www.spacetribe.com) that sells wicked psychedelic gear - heaps and heaps of psychedelic wall banners, clothes, cd-cases, music, pants etc etc to turn your home/style into a psychedelic dream. Check out the site... you will want everything there.
  • Sound Tribe Sector 9
  • Stereolab - "Peng!", "Dots and Loops", "Transient Random-Noise Bursts With Announcements", "Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in the Milky Night", "Emperor Tomato Ketchup", "Margerine Eclipse" etc. Stereolab are combining an inclination for melodic 60's pop with an art rock aesthetic borrowed from Krautrock bands like Faust and Neu! Essential bright and trippy "feel-good" stuff with a Martini party inspired attitude.
  • Steve Vai - Anything with steve Vai in it is good for tripping, except for the eighties sh!t. Very magic carpet ride sort of guitar work. Mad sounds you never thought possible from guitar.
  • String Cheese Incident
  • Takagi Masakatsu - "Pia" etc. Very enjoyable Japanese sound experimantalist.
  • Talvin Singh
  • Terry Riley
  • Thievery Corp
  • Dr. Timothy Leary - "The Psychedelic Experience", "Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out", "Beyond Life" etc. The PR person of the brain speaks to You directly. Leary is probably the best trip guide there is. Tremendous, monumental, awesome!!!
  • Tool - Lateralus, ?nima
  • Twin Peaks Soundtrack
  • UNKLE - Psyence Fiction
  • The Who
  • Trans-Siberian Orchestra (kick-ass electronic holiday music)
  • Warped Vision - Wouldn't call it music so much as orchestrated noise and sound effects specifically designed to send you into a spooky underworld trance.
  • Ween - godweensatan: the oneness, The Pod, Pure Guava, and Paintin' the Town Brown (live) are great. So is the rest of their stuff. Check 'em out for sure.
  • Wevie Stonder - "Stoat", "Drawing On Other People's Heads", "The Age Old Age of Old Age", "Kenyan Harry EP" etc. First - it's not a guy, it's a band (Itchy Genius, Henry Music and M.C. Hat) that plays a compendium of styles including cack, advanced music and dog interviews. Wevie Stonder combine electronic music, live instruments and unpredictable narrative.
  • Widespread Panic
  • Wiliam Orbit
  • Wu Tang - Liquid Swords
  • YES!!!... Yes is Amazing! Simply GREAT music, tripping or not.
  • Zero7
  • The Garden State Soundtrack - VERY soothing/relaxing. Always helps a stray trip. Good album tripping or not.


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