Saturday: 07.May.2005

Goa Psychedelic Trance Music (from India)

If you're a regular, you know about my buddy Battman, who left (in October) to begin his life-dream of touring the world. Today I received his 8th (& shortest) update:

"I'm in Goa, INDIA. On the west coast. The Arabian Sea. Just looking around, checking things out." (photos and more and even more)

Back in the 60's, Goa became famous as a haven for hippies. Its Garden-of-Eden-like climate drew hippies from all over the world. There, they would consume psychedelic drugs (LSD, etc.) and play a special type of music (now called Goa Trance), which was designed to stimulate their brains in a way that induced a trance-like state.

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They would dance to this music to for hours on end, sometimes all night long, working themselves into a 'trance' (hence the music's name: Goa Psychedelic trance). See here for a good explanation: What is Goa & How did it all start?

You can listen to some Goa Trance music at Digitally Imported radio. Scroll down ~3/4ths the way down the page, and look for Goa-Psy Trance. Gets you really amp'ed. Good music to work by, especially if you need to jam (work fast). Makes me feel like going for a run. =)

I've heard the music described as techno-tribal. Goa Trance can also be found at Philosomatika. You need a broadband connection to listen with any quality. Many such Goa-Psy Trance streams exist worldwide. Peace & love, baby.

Battman's previous (7th) update can be found posted 24.April, containing pictures from Africa.

If you want more info, here is a Google search pre-configured for the query string: goa+psychedelic+trance+music+india

UPDATE: Battman wrote back & said, "Some of those hippies are still here .. still in a trance."





Posted by Rad at May 7, 2005 09:03 AM

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