For trippy, experimental instrumental music, it doesn’t get much better than Oakland’s Marielle V. Jakobsons. The Mills College alumna, who moonlights during the day as a sound designer for The Sims, has a knack for crafting sweeping, celestial-sounding compositions that sound like a mixture of the kinds of stuff you’d hear from contemporary composer Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Chilean director Alejandro Jodorovsky, or the minimalist pioneer Terry Riley. Her 2012 album, Glass Canyon, is a surrealist effort, rooted in terrestrial sounds that evoke wind-ravaged sand dunes and crashing waves. As its title implies, Star Core, her 2016 record, has a more intergalactic and cosmic feel, and, for the first time ever, features her own vocals. If you want to feel like you’re on drugs without actually consuming any, Jakobsons is your best bet.
Marielle V. Jakobsons at 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Exploratorium. $10-$15; exploratorium.edu.