It's all about reacquainting yourself with yourself, or at least I think it is.
I've been thinking a lot lately about the world that exists behind closed eyelids, about the state you can go into if you simply shut off from the world and look inside, the experience which I can best think of as 'mind-space' or 'thought-space'. I am not trying to theorize or talk about any spooky nonsense here, but rather reflect on what I have personally experienced and what others have agreed with me on. What my brain interprets as an enormous 'space' that is beyond space, that is black beyond black and yet still filled with color that I don't even find with my eyes open. It is completely malleable and only limited by my own skill in directing it. I have no clue what this space is, the higher implications of what it is, or any other analytic information and I don't think anyone else does either. Although it interests me greatly I am not all that concerned with figuring any of this out–any of what I refer to as analytic information with regards to this 'mind-space'–what I am concerned with is the observation of said phenomena and what tools can help in directing it.
Such tools come by the hundreds, anything from spiritual religion, to eating healthy, to self-help literature, to meditation, to psychedelics and so on. All these practices try to control and direct both the mind, or one's process of thought, and this mind-space I am talking about with gradations of value extending from one to the other. While I do not wish to talk too much about these practices I will say that in what I have studied and experienced firsthand more often than not they focus primarily on affecting the mind while any change of the mind-space is thought of as a mere byproduct. For example, in Buddhist meditation any uprising of closed eye visuals or other psychedelic-like experiences is supposed to be disregarded, that they stand as a test to break through to Nirvana, Satori or Enlightenment. You should not pay attention to closed eye visuals in Buddhist mediation, which occur in the mind-space.
Psychedelics, and their use for re-creational (as in re-CREATE, not recreation) purposes, are very concerned with the mind-space but the substances still allow for the mind to confuse the user. Your mind is heavily altered through taking psychedelic substances and other therapeutic plants and being under such influence can complicated any chance for self-betterment. You can have an experience with such medicines that is utterly enlightening, that can completely reconstruct, from the ground up, the entire way you look at the world... on the other hand you could just have a very weird night, one that might seem revelatory in the moment, but prove to be without use in day to day life.
Do not think I am discrediting either practice! Both examples I have given here are incredible tools for a better understanding one's own self and the world we all meet up in. Even if nothing 'tangible', that is, something felt in day to day life, comes out of meditation or the use of psychedelics they are both very much worth your time if dealt with in a mature way.
The way I make folding drone music to be primarily used, not solely used, but the use for which I find this music to be particularly worthwhile can be thought of as a blending of meditation, psychedelics, and sensory deprivation. It is to be used to stare into your own process of thinking, to shut off from the world and work to explore this mind-space in whatever way possible.
It is similar to meditation in the sense that it is basically just contemplation, it is a sitting awareness that helps to reveal something which is always there regardless of your interaction with it. It takes patience and the ability to keep still, to settle into a position and remain there for as long as it takes (e.g. as long as the track lasts, although I usually lie for a few minutes after whichever one I am listening to ends) without wondering or wanting to move or do something else. The ability to 'just be' as it is found in meditation practices helps enormously.
It is similar to psychedelia for a few different reasons, the most straightforward of which is that it is something which must be taken in; a 'track' and a 'dose' or 'tab' or 'brew' are more or less interchangeable. You are lead through the trip with the track as your guide in the same way the ayahuasca brew carries you into the DMT experience. Another point to make is that my suggestions on how to listen to folding drone music are lifted almost word for word from Terence McKenna's suggestions on how to take psychedelics. While psychedelics are more powerful tools in every way imaginable in comparison to folding drone, taking them this way helps your experience in just the same way. I have also found many different ways in which the felt effect of these two tools, namely psychedelics and folding drone, are very similar. Again I will stress here that in terms of power and intensity we are talking about two very different animals and that listening to folding drone music will not necessarily feel like taking a psychedelic. I still do, however, find the two reminiscent of each other. The best way that I can think to explain it here is with a comparison to sunlight... you walk into the sunlight and you feel the warmth of it, warmth which has its origin in our sun. You would feel this same warmth standing on the surface of our sun but due to your spatial relation to it a much different feeling would engender in you. Through listening to folding drone I have experienced intense closed eye visuals, vivid sensations of inward traveling, low to mid level revelatory personal introspection, hypnagogic-like though processes, feelings of 'one-ness', extreme stress relief, mild sensations of cosmic consciousness, relaxation on the idea of death, dissolution of the ego, and beautiful feelings of love. I have heard a few other reports from listeners that involve effects different from my own, from people far removed from myself that I do not know.
Folding drone's similarities to sensory deprivation lie mainly in the idea that whatever might happen while listening to this music is created by the listener. The music is merely a vehicle for experience, it is something to help guide you along and pull parts of your mind into plain view that could have laid dormant otherwise. The sensory deprivation chamber, or whatever other tool you use to experience the effects of the sensory deprivation phenomena (e.g. the Ganzfeld technique) does not do anything other than isolate you, it creates nothing. The music makes nothing, but it is here to help whoever is interested. It is also worth nothing, despite its obviousness, that my suggestions for listening to folding drone music are to set up a situation that cuts off the senses to the outside world for the listener; it is simply a custom version of sensory deprivation.
I apologize if parts of this turned into a rant, or if the whole thing is a rant, but I am not a writer. I am trying my best to explain something which is largely unheard of. I am aware of other artists making claims about their music similar to those I am making here, advertising their music as 'healing' or 'spiritual' or whatever other buzz-word might sell more. I disagree with every one I have come across, and I am sure many of them also disagree with me. I am very particular about how this music is to be made and plan to talk about this in more detail in the future. Thank you for reading friend.