Mendel Kaelen is the CEO of Wavepaths. Prior to founding Wavepaths, Mendel Kaelen worked as a PhD and postdoctoral neuroscientist at Imperial College London since 2012, where his research was the one of the first to demonstrate music’s central role in psychedelic therapies. Wavepaths is a software platform that generates personalized, optimal music for psychedelic therapy.
0:00 - Why work on music and psychedelics?
3:30 - Highlights of Mendel’s academic career.
7:30 - Is there a universal “best” music for psychedelic therapy? How to design a psychedelic therapy playlist.
11:30 - What does the importance of music personalization mean for group psychedelic sessions?
16:00 - Should music for psychedelics be “familiar” to the patient, or novel?
20:00 - Vocals vs no vocals? It’s not that simple.
23:00 - Directive vs non-directive and concrete vs fluid music.
25:00 - Is the “right” music for psychedelics consistent across different drugs?
28:00 - How did Mendel switch from academia to startup founder.
30:30 - What is Wavepaths?
35:30 - Who is Wavepaths for?
37:00 - How do you sell music for psychedelic therapy?
39:00 - Surprising insights from Wavepaths customers?
43:30 - How does Wavepaths use biofeedback?
46:00 - Wavepaths direct to consumer.
49:45 - Startup life vs academia.
51:00 - Virtual reality and psychedelic therapy.