In news that will confirm for music fans what has been a sneaking suspicion since at least the ’60s, clinical neuroscience trials at the Imperial College have detected that LSD makes listeners more emotionally responsive to music. But this brings up an interesting question: What music do these researchers play after dosing their test subjects? Do they just throw on Cosmic Jokers’ Gilles Zeitschiff and write knowingly on a clipboard?
A new article on Motherboard details how researchers involved with the trial trawled through hours of music to find the ideal soundtrack to lab-regulated psychedelic experiments that they hope will reveal new treatments for a range of mental illnesses. The outcome? A good dose of modern classical music in the vein of Greg Haines and Olafur Arnolds, and mid-’90s Robert Rich.