Music and Altered States: Consciousness, Transcendence, Therapy and Addictions

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Joerg Fachner, David Aldridge
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Dec 15, 2005 - Psychology - 208 pages

This international collection examines the opportunities for using music-induced states of altered consciousness to promote physical and mental healing, treat substance dependence, and in spiritual and palliative care.

The contributors describe the successful use of altered states and their therapeutic potential, providing examples from different cultures and clinical, therapeutic and spiritual settings. Their observations cover a wide range of music types capable of inducing altered states, including polyrhythmic music, monotonous drumming, Western pop, and Arab musical schemata, complemented by theoretical and clinical approaches to applications in music therapy.

This book will be a useful reference for practising music therapists, musicologists, and ethnomusicologists, students and academics in the field.


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1 Music Consciousness and Altered States David Aldridge
An Overview Jörg Fachner
3 Music and Trance John J Pilch
4 The Effects of Listening to Monotonous Drumming on Subjective Experiences Csaba Szabó
5 Perception and Responses to Schemata in Different Cultures Western and Arab Music Dalia Cohen
The Adyghs Case Alla N Sokolova
7 Music and DrugInduced Altered States of Consciousness Jörg Fachner
8 The Role of Music in Healing with Hallucinogens Tribal and Western Studies Marlene Dobkin de Rios
10 Dangerous Music Working with the Destructive and Healing Powers of Popular Music in the Treatment of Substance Abusers Tsvia Horesh
11 On a Journey to Somatic Memory Theoretical and Clinical Approaches for the Treatment of Traumatic Memories in Music TherapyBased Drug R...
12 Music Therapy and Spirituality A Transcendental Understanding of Suffering David Aldridge
13 Music Therapy and Spirituality and the Challenges of EndStage Illness Lucanne Magill

9 Polyrhythms Supporting a Pharmacotherapy Music in the Iboga Initiation Ceremony in Gabon Uwe Maas and Süster Strubelt

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Page 15 - It is that our normal waking consciousness, rational consciousness as we call it, is but one special type of consciousness, whilst all about it, parted from it by the filmiest of screens, there lie potential forms of consciousness entirely different.

About the author (2005)

David Aldridge is the author of a number of books within related fields including Spirituality, Healing and Medicine: Return to the Silence and Music Therapy Research and Practice in Medicine, both published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Jörg Fachner studied social and educational sciences, worked in physiology and likes to play and listen to music. He finished his doctoral thesis on cannabis and music perception in an EEG investigation at the Chair for Qualitative Research in Medicine in 2001. Jörg's research interests, publications and scientific memberships focus on qualitative research aspects of music, therapy and medicine, music physiology, and psychology, youth und pop culture, altered states of consciousness, transcultural psychiatry and anthropology of the body.

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