I hit the term psychotropic music and listened to some works but was surprised that this music style has no good description on the internet (its origin, history, goal, etc.).

When googling you will get a lot of commercial websites and there's article on Wikipedia neither.

Do you know where to get more knowledge and could you write a few sentences about it?

(please help me with tags of this topic)

thank you


Psychotropic means mind-altering. The most common use of the word is in psychotropic drugs -- that is drugs which alter mood, perception, consciousness and behaviour.

Psychotropic Music is a term used by some people to describe music which they believe alters mood, perception, consciousness and behaviour in a similar way to such drugs. It's likely that people use the drugs and the music together.

I don't believe there's a broadly accepted definition of what kind of music that is. It would apply just as well to tribal drumming, 1970s Space Rock, acid house, electronic trance and ambient music.

I suspect that modern day proponents of the name are making electronic ambient / trance music.

  • +1, I do seem to recall it being mostly used in the nineties in the context of Sativa type drummers - an ecstatic community drumming which was supposed to create a state of something :-)
    – Doktor Mayhem
    Feb 20 '12 at 14:46
  • @slim OK, I accept your answer, but more info and information sources is welcome. I have listened to Boris Mourashkin which seems to be the main artist of this style.
    – xralf
    Feb 20 '12 at 14:53
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    Well, that's the most grudging super-fast accept I've had. You can always wait a couple of days to see if you get a better answer.
    – slim
    Feb 20 '12 at 14:55
  • @slim, some of us are impatien Feb 21 '12 at 7:16

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