Synthesizer Repair Leads To LSD Trip


An unplanned LSD trip occurred during the repair of a vintage synthesizer at Cal State University East Bay. San Francisco’s KPIX 5 broadcast operations manager Eliot Curtis had a nine-hour psychedelic experience while working on the instrument commissioned in the 1960s by former professors at the Bay Area school, Glenn Glasow and Robert Basart.

The vintage analog synthesizer is a Buchla Model 100, which takes its name from its creator, Don Buchla. Curtis, who last year volunteered to repair the synth, discovered crystal-like substance behind a red module on the console.

“There was like a residue … a crust or a crystalline residue on it,” Curtis told KPIX 5. After spraying the substance with a cleaning agent, Curtis rubbed his finger on it and soon, “It was … felt like [he] was tripping on LSD.”

KPIX 5 points to Buchla’s association with 1960s counterculture icons Ken Kesey and The Merry Pranksters as a potential source of the LSD. The station also notes Buchla was a friend of Grateful Dead sound engineer and prominent LSD manufacturer Owsley “Bear” Stanley. Find more on the unexpected LSD experience via the link below: