Magic in the Mix: Techniques in Recorded Rock Music

Sheila Chandra.

A look at how recording artists make room for altered states, even rituals, in their compositions

Author’s note: I originally wrote this article in the early 2000s for a pagan magazine called Crescent. At the time, I used the term “shaman” throughout the piece, a term which is appropriative. I know better know, and apologize for my ignorance. In this version, I have changed the language to refer to “mystics” instead.

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