Psytrance & Psychill with Terence McKenna & Alan Watts samples
Since the dawn of psychedelic trance and psychedelic downtempo music, there has been a prominent tool in artists’ repertoires that has captivated us, made us think, and transported us to the vast reaches of the cosmos or our deepest inner selves: sampling. Whether from movies, literature, scientists, visionaries, or philosophers, samples serve to help producers tell their stories and set the mood for the listener.
Watts’ avuncular joy and McKenna’s hallucinogenic machine elf explorations just seem to fit perfectly within the psychedelic music scene.
Two of the more popular sources of samples are ethnobotanist and visionary Terence McKenna, and Alan Watts, Zen practitioner and philosopher. Watts’ avuncular joy and McKenna’s hallucinogenic machine elf explorations just seem to fit perfectly within the psychedelic music scene.
Here are some of our favourite psychill songs with our favourite Terence McKenna and Alan Watts quotes. At the bottom you can find also a long playlist with many other tracks using their vocal sample:
The Flowerball Project – The fish who Discovered Water – Alan Watts
“And since you’re all here and engaged in this sort of inquiry … I assume you’re all in the process of waking up.”
“There is the central Self … and it’s All of Us. It’s playing all the parts of All Beings whatsoever everywhere and anywhere. And it’s playing the game of hide and seek with itself. It gets lost, it gets involved in the farthest-out adventures, but in the end it always wakes up and comes back to itself.”
One Function – Values of Love – Alan Watts
“We are living beings … we’re very sensitive … and inside the human skin by an extraordinary fluke of nature, there has arisen something called reason, and there have also arisen “values,” such as love.”
Metamorphosis – Hyperspace Dreams – Terence McKenna
“We are somehow the children of the planet, we are somehow its finest hour; we bind time, we bind the past, we anticipate the future – we are going hyper-spatial; we are claiming a whole new dimension for biology that it never claimed before. We are actually becoming a fourth-dimensional kind of creature. Our future is somehow with us, as we seem to be able to move through metamorphosis into our own imaginations – a super civilization spread throughout space and time. Our future is a mystery, our destiny is to live in the imagination.”
Motion Drive – The God Particle – Terence McKenna
…”Every electron is the yawning mouth of a wormhole that leads to quadrillions of higher dimensional universes that are completely beyond rational apprehension — matter is not lacking in magic… matter is magic!”
There are of course many many more. Click play on the playlist below and dive into a long long session of psychedelic electronic music with Terrence McKenna & Allan Watts samples. Including tracks from Shpongle, Entheogenic, Gnomes of Kush, Dhamika, Soulacybin, Ancient Core & more.