“ECT can have a beneficial effect and in some cases be life-saving. We are aware that some people experience short-term memory loss and other side effects, but as with any treatment the risks must be balanced against the benefits…”
Electro-Convulsive Therapy (ECT), also known as electroshock, is a well-established, albeit controversial, psychiatric treatment in which seizures are electrically induced in anesthetized patients for therapeutic effect…
… or alternatively, it is the nom de plume of UK-based producer Leigh Griffiths, a survivor of the 90s London psychedelic party scene.
His early tunes, released on Phantasm and Psychic Deli Records in 1997-98, are now widely considered to be all-time classics of the genre, and indeed have sometimes been cited as an influence by the later generation of trance producers.
Subsequent releases – including the cult favourite ‘Pigmies’ collaborations with Mass (Afro-Celt Soundsystem) – also broke new ground… the whole point of the ECT project being to test all accepted boundaries of psychedelic dance music – rhythmically, sonically, whatever.
(… and to have a bit of a laugh along the way…)
Over the last eighteen years, Leigh has performed live and DJed his peculiarly warped brand of dirty psychedelia to discerning party crowds all over the world, and – despite being possibly the laziest producer in trance – occasionally manages to drag himself out of the pub for long enough to write fresh tunes.
In his autobiographical book ‘Electroboy’, American writer Andy Behrman describes undergoing ECT as a treatment for bipolar disorder while under house-arrest:
“I wake up thirty minutes later and think I am in a hotel in Acapulco.
My head feels as if I have just downed a frozen margarita too quickly.
My jaws and limbs ache.
But I am elated.”