Thursday, June 7, 2007

Trippy, Ludwig

"I've always liked really psychedelic music to some idea, when it's trying to achieve some head-fuck sort of thing in it. Where ever it's through a really subtle, melodic means or more of a rhythmic assault. But it's always attempting the same sort of feeling."

- Tom Jenkinson, aka Squarepusher, interviewed 1999

So, yeah, Tom is a musician, not a rhetorician, but does anyone else get excited by the idea that psychedelic music can point to something broader than the druggie, effects-laden swirl it connotes today?

Was Beethoven aiming for a "head-fuck sort of thing in it" when he wrote the famously complicated Grosse Fugue? Schoenberg in the "Farben" movement of his Five Pieces for Orchestra? Ligeti in Lontano?

Hell, can anyone think of any good music that isn't on some level going for a head-fuck?

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