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Music and Altered States : Consciousness, Transcendence, Therapy and Addictions
Aldridge, David (Edt)
Jessica Kingsley / Softcover / 2005-11-01 / 1843103737
Music Therapy
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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.


1. Music, Consciousness and Altered States, David Aldridge, University of Witten-Herdecke, Germany. 2. Music and Altered States of Consciousness: An Overview, Jörg Fachner, University of Witten-Herdecke, Germany. 3. Music and Trance, John J. Pilch, Georgetown University, USA. 4. The Effects of Monotonous Drumming on Subjective Experiences, Csaba Szabó, Debrecen University, Hungary. 5. Perception and Responses to Schemata in Different Cultures: Western and Arab Music, Dalia Cohen, Hebrew University, Israel. 6. Music and Medicine: The Adyghs' Case, Alla N. Sokolova, Adyghea State University, Russia. 7. Music and Drug Induced Altered States of Consciousness, Jörg Fachner, University of Witten-Herdecke, Germany. 8. The Role of Music in Healing with Hallucinogens: Tribal and Western Studies, Marlene Dobkin de Rios, University of California, USA. 9. Polyrhythms Supporting a Pharmacotherapy: Music in the Iboga Initiation Ceremony in Gabon, Uwe Maas and Süster Strubbelt, affiliation tbc. 10. Dangerous Music: Working with the Destructive and Healing Powers of Popular Music in the Treatment of Substance Abusers, Tsvia Horesh, Hebrew University, Israel. 11. "On a Journey to Somatic Memory": Theoretical and Clinical Approaches for the Treatment of Traumatic Memories in Music Therapy Based Drug Rehabilitation, Marko Punkanen, University of Jyväskyla, Finland. 12. Music Therapy and Spirituality: A Transcendental Understanding of Suffering, David Aldridge, University of Witten-Herdecke, Germany. 13. Music Therapy and Spirituality and the Challenges of End-Stage Illnesses, Lucanne Magill, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, USA. References. Index.

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