Jon Hopkins claims his new album has been perfectly timed to last the length of a ketamine trip.
The UK based, critically acclaimed electronic music artist has worked with the likes of Brian Eno and Coldplay in addition to his many underground hits. Jon Hopkins is soon to release a new ambient track that he said was made to encourage “a new genre of music”.
Titled ‘Music for Psychedelic Therapy’, it does exactly what it says on the tin, and is tailored to recent psychedelic research that suggests ketamine could help in the treatment of mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety.
Scientists have started to study ketamine and other psychedelics, and there are numerous research centres around the world that have reported positive results from their trial studies.
Jon Hopkins is one of the people who believe in the research, which sometimes uses music as part of psychedelic healing sessions. So, he has decided to make some music that is tailor-made for psychedelic therapy, and alongside it, there will be psychedelic visuals and artwork.
Speaking with The Guardian, Jon Hopkins said: “We’re entering an era where this kind of therapy is going to be legal and widespread, and you need to have music for it,” then he continued: “I’ve got to be really careful of sounding too grandiose, but it really feels to me like there is a frontier here – a new genre of music.”
He has already played the track to an audience of 200 people in Texas, USA as part of what he called a ‘ceremonial concert’. Psychedelic drugs weren’t allowed at the event, but the attendees gathered to experience the music in a candlelit warehouse where they could lay across yoga mats in a meditative trance.
Below you can listen to an excerpt from ‘Music for Psychedelic Therapy’, and pre-order the full release here.