LSD No.1 Stuart Cunningham

The composer has created a series of works that are meant to represent the state of mind of someone who has taken hallucinogenic drugs. The subject in this piece was driving home on the downwards curve of a bad acid trip, still extremely paranoid and full of anxiety: “I was hearing voices in the wind when I had the window down, and I heard bizarre, distorted, nearly demonic voices coming out of the radio if I turned it on” (John J. in 2001). This brief excerpt of the subject’s trip is represented as an uncomfortable, psychedelic and claustrophobic sound world: the psychological soundscape of a drug user’s first experience with LSD.

  • Year of composition: 2014
  • Genre: Electroacoustics
  • Format: Fixed media
  • Hardware used: Marantz PMD620 mk1 (ambient recordings) Rode NT2A (voices) into Mackie Onyx preamps
  • Software used: Adobe Audition
  • Duration of the submitted work: 1:10
  • Production: University