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Music and ConsciousnessPhilosophical, Psychological, and Cultural Perspectives$
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David Clarke and Eric Clarke

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199553792

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199553792.001.0001

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Drugs, altered states, and musical consciousness:

Drugs, altered states, and musical consciousness:

reframing time and space

(p.263) Chapter 15 Drugs, altered states, and musical consciousness:
Music and Consciousness

Jörg Fachner

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This chapter discusses the psychedelic effects of drugs (mainly cannabis) on the perception and performance of music, and in particular how such drugs influence time perception in the process of performance. It focuses both on scientific studies and on anecdotal evidence provided by musicians and observers of musicians using drugs. Most of the material relates to developments in the American jazz of the 1940s and to developments in the 1960s psychedelic counterculture of the American West Coast, as particular illustrations of how musical consciousness may change in the process of making or listening to music under the influence of drugs.

Keywords:   music, consciousness, psychedelic drugs, drug use, musicians, American jazz

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