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Research confirms classical music is the best music to listen to while tripping balls

By Phungushead, Jan 17, 2016 | | |
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  1. Phungushead
    View attachment 48046 For those of us who grew up in the “just say no” era, the research that is being done on psychedelics at John Hopkins is puzzling. I thought drugs were the enemy. Turns out that might not be true. There are several clinical studies going on regarding the benefits of Schedule 1 drugs.

    In these studies, psychedelics and music go together well. What kind of music goes well with psilocybin, for instance? Lots and lots of classical music.

    The psilocybin playlist from John Hopkins has been shared by the Columbia University Press Blog.The playlist accompanies a book by William A. Richards entitled Sacred Knowledge: Psychedelics and Religious Experiences.

    I see a can of worms. Let’s open it.

    For starters, yes, there is religious music on the playlist. No, there isn’t any Grateful Dead. The playlist isn’t based on the musical taste of the subjects or the researchers in the project. I’ll let the Columbia Blog take this one:

    “We have learned that in high-dose sessions, especially during the onset and intense period of entheogen effects, the supportive structure of the music is more important than either the guide’s or the volunteer’s personal musical preferences. In states of ego transcendence, the everyday self as the perceiver of music may no longer exist, having entered into a unitive awareness that is claimed to be quite independent of whatever sonic frequencies are coming into the ears through the headphones or loudspeakers.”

    In treating alcoholism with psilocybin, the Johns Hopkins study found that participants responded to Brahms symphonies, of all things. Brahms is criticized for being a bourgeois composer, but apparently his music isn’t for squares. Many of the subjects went on to attend symphony concerts and classical music remained a part of their lives.

    Now, who is going to be the first symphony orchestra to present a psilocybin concert? Yes, it’s illegal, but what better way to find a new audience than an underground illegal magic mushroom concert based on the John Hopkins playlist?

    It’s not like there isn’t a tradition of drugs in classical music. Berlioz hit opium all the time and even wrote music about it. His Symphonie Fantastique is about a young man tripping on opium.

    Someday, maybe we’ll all go to a performance of Symphonie Fantastique and be able to smoke a bowl of opium before the concert instead of listen to a talk about the influences on the composer’s music — which should include drugs. We treat the drug use as if it were just a footnote. From what I’ve heard, opium is a “helluva drug” and is gonna take a central position when it’s being used.

    Chopin also took loads of opium via sugar cubes. Chopin and Berlioz? That’s good company. Schumann is another composer who used mind altering substances, but it is unclear what he used outside of mercury and arsenic. Opium was everywhere at the time so it’s a likely candidate.

    We’ve been over the sex part several times here in the column, but this is the first time we’re including drugs. So now we’re in a position to assert that it’s all about sex, drugs, and classical.

    Just so we’re clear, I’m suggesting that illicit drug use become a part of the classical music culture, as it was in the past, in order to create a new audience. Maybe we can start with some medical marijuana since it’s a gateway drug.


    07 January 2016

    Garrett Harris
    San Diego Reader
    http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2016/jan/07/blurt-illicit-drugs-work-better-classical/#

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  1. Phungushead
    Sacred Knowledge: Hopkins Playlist for Psilocybin Studies

    [IMGL="white"]https://drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=48048&stc=1&d=1453001068[/IMGL] “As consciousness is returning to ordinary awareness after intense experiences of a mystical, visionary, or psychodynamic nature, most any style of music can be explored with delight.”

    Psychedelics and music have long been linked, but at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where William A. Richards conducts research, music plays an important part in ensuring the stability off entheogen study participants. In this excerpt from Sacred Knowledge: Psychedelics and Religious Experiences, Richards explains the role of music in his work. The excerpt is followed by the playlist Richards compiled.

    Part of a new guide’s orientation at Johns Hopkins entails becoming familiar with the supportive music used in a particular research study and the rationale for its selection. We have learned that in high-dose sessions, especially during the onset and intense period of entheogen effects, the supportive structure of the music is more important than either the guide’s or the volunteer’s personal musical preferences. In states of ego transcendence, the everyday self as the perceiver of music may no longer exist, having entered into a unitive awareness that is claimed to be quite independent of whatever sonic frequencies are coming into the ears through the headphones or loudspeakers. As the ego approaches its dissolution and when it begins to be reconstituted, however, the nonverbal structure of the music may provide significant support. Thus, sensitivity to the therapeutic potential of carefully selected music may be an important factor in enhancing psychological safety.

    One playlist that has been carefully developed through trial and error and has been found to work well with many different people over time is included at the end of this book. It includes a significant amount of classical music, symphonic and choral, as well as some Hindu chant, in the intense portions of the session and lighter selections near the return to everyday reality at the end of the day. We discovered in early research in the 1960s, notably with some alcoholics who had never appreciated classical music, that Brahms symphonies and similar works resonated deeply within them and proved highly effective in providing nonverbal structure and support. Many of those people not only discovered an appreciation of classical music within themselves, but went out and purchased records, tapes, or compact disks to facilitate the continuing integration of their experiences and for future enjoyment. It may be noted that, as consciousness is returning to ordinary awareness after intense experiences of a mystical, visionary, or psychodynamic nature, most any style of music can be explored with delight. At this time, one’s personal favorite selections may be enjoyed with fresh appreciation.

    A HOPKINS PLAYLIST FOR PSILOCYBIN STUDIES (2008 VERSION)

    States of Consciousness Research

    Antonio Vivaldi. Guitar Concerti. Los Romeros, Iona Brown, Academy of St. Mar*tin in the Fields. Philips 412–624–2
    Andante, Concerto RV532 in G Major for 2 guitars, strings, and continuo, 3:30
    Largo, Concerto RV93 in D Major for guitar, strings, and continuo, 3:53
    Largo, Concerto RV356 in A Minor, 2:20

    Paul Horn. Inside the Taj Mahal. Kuckuck 11062–2
    “Mumtaz Mahal,” 3:21

    “Shah Jahan,” 5:36

    Ron Korb. Flute Traveller: A Musical Journey Across Five Continents. Oasis Produc*tions, SOCAN NHCD 205
    “Alto Flute,” 2:16

    Russill Paul. PM Yoga Chants Gaiam. Relaxation 3142. CD included with the book The Yoga of Sound. Novato, Calif.: New World Library, 2004
    “By the Stream,” 10:54
    “Om Namah Shivaya,” 2:27

    Edward Elgar. Enigma Variations. Leonard Bernstein. BBC Symphony. The Artist’s Album. DGG 457 691–2
    No. 9, “Nimrod,” 6:08

    Morten Lauridsen. A Robert Shaw Christmas: Angels On High. Robert Shaw. Shaw Chamber Singers. Telarc20 CD-80461
    “O Magnum Mysterium,” 6:13

    Russian Orthodox Chant. Sacred Treasures III, Hearts of Space. St. Petersburg Cham*ber Choir, 025041111423
    “Alleluia, Behold the Bridegroom,” 5:29

    Henryk Górecki. Symphony 3, Op. 36. Dawn Upshaw. David Zinman. London Sin*fonietta. Elektra Nonesuch 9 79282–2
    Lento—Sostenuto Tranquillo ma Cantabile, 26:25

    Johannes Brahms. Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45. Herbert Blomstedt, San Francisco Symphony and Chorus. London 443 771–2
    “Selig sind die, da Leid tragen,” 10:36
    “Denn alles Fleish, es ist wie Gras,” 14:33

    Johannes Brahms. Symphony 2 in D Major, Op. 73. Leonard Bernstein. New York Philharmonic. Sony. SMK 61829
    Adagio non Troppo, 10:08

    Johannes Brahms. Ein Deutches Requiem, Op. 45. Herbert Blomstedt. San Francisco Symphony and Chorus. London 443 771–2
    “Wie lieblich sind Deine Wohnungen,” 5:34

    J. S. Bach. Mass in B Minor. Robert Shaw. Atlanta Symphony and Chamber Chorus. Telarc CD-80233
    Kyrie I, 10:21
    Kyrie II, 4:24

    Samuel Barber. String Quartet, Op. 11. Leonard Bernstein. New York Philharmonic. Sony SMK 63088
    Adagio for Strings, 9:54

    Antonio Vivaldi. Gloria in D Major, R589. Robert Shaw. Atlanta Symphony and Chamber Chorus. Telarc CD-80194
    “Gloria in Excelsis,” 2:22

    “Et in terra pax,” 5:58

    J. S. Bach. Bach Stokowski. Leopold Stokowski. EMI CDM 7243 5 66385 2 5
    “Komm süsser Tod,” BMV 478, 5:51

    W. A. Mozart. Vesperae solennes de confessore, K/KV339. Kiri Te Kanawa. Sir Colin Davis. London Symphony and Chorus. Philips 412 873–2
    “Laudate Dominum,” 5:11

    Johannes Brahms. Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Major, Op. 77. Jascha Heifetz. Fritz Reiner. Chicago Symphony. HMG 09026-61742–2
    Adagio, 8:12

    Henryk Górecki. Symphony 3, Op. 36. Dawn Upshaw. David Zinman. London Sinfonietta. Elektra Nonesuch 9 79282–2
    Lento e Largo—Tranquillissimo, 9:22

    Edward Elgar. Serenade for String Orchestra, Op. 20. Mark Elder. Hallé Symphony. CDHLL 7501
    Larghetto, 6:29

    Gabriel Fauré. Requiem, Op. 48. Choir of St. John’s College. Cambridge. George Guest. London 436 486–2
    “In Paradisum,” 3:41

    W. A. Mozart, Clarinet Concerto in A Major, KV 622. Jacques Lancelot. Jean-François Paillard. Orchestra de Chambre Jean-François Paillard. Erato 2292–45978–2
    Adagio, 7:04

    Arvo Pärt. Sanctuary. Richard Studt. Bournemouth Sinfonietta. Virgin Classics. CSC 7243 5 45314 2 2
    “Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten,” 6:10

    Bohuslav Matéj Cernohorsky. Cernohorsky Religious Works. Czech Madrigal Singers. Frantisek Xaver Thuri. Gioia Della Musica. Supraphon 11 1598–2 931
    “Quare Domine, iraceris—Memento Abraham,” 8:58

    Ludwig van Beethoven. Piano Concerto 5 (Emperor), Op. 73. Leon Fleisher. George Szell. Cleveland Orchestra. Sony SBK 46549
    Adagio un Poco Moto, 8:25

    Charles Gounod. St. Cecelia Mass. Barbara Hendricks. Georges Prêtre. French Radio New Philharmonic. EMI, CDC 7 47094 2
    Sanctus, 5:18
    Benedictus, 3:16

    Russill Paul. The Yoga of Sound, Shakti Yoga. Relaxation, CD 3133
    “Om Namah Shivaya,” 17:35

    Richard Wagner. Tristan and Isolde. Jesús López-Cobos. Cincinnati Symphony. Telarc CD-80379
    Prelude and Liebestod, 17:24

    W. A. Mozart. Grosse Messe C-Moll. Leonard Bernstein. Chor und Symphonie*-orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. Deutsche Grammaphon 431 791–2
    “Ave Verum Corpus,” KV618 3:56

    Gustav Mahler. Symphony 5. Lorin Maazel. Vienna Philharmonic. Sony SBK 89850
    Adagietto, Sehr Langsam, 10:33

    Alan Hovhaness. Symphony 2, Op. 132: Mysterious Mountain. Gerard Schwarz. Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. Telarc 80604
    Andante con Moto, 7:42

    Joseph Canteloube. Songs of the Auvergne. Dawn Upshaw. Kent Nagano. Orchestre de l’Opèra National de Lyon. Erato 0630–17577–2
    “Bailèro,” 5:36 “Perl’èfon,” 3:09

    Richard Strauss. Death and Transfiguration. André Previn. Vienna Philharmonic. Telarc CD-80167
    Moderato, 2:20
    Tranquillo, 6:03

    Russill Paul. The Yoga of Sound, Nada Yoga. Relaxation CD 3133
    “Evening Shadows Fall,” 23:29

    J. S. Bach. Bach Stokowski. Leopold Stokowski. CDM 7243 5 66385 2 5
    Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor, BMV 582, 14:51

    Enya. Watermark. Reprise 9 26774–2
    “Storms in Africa II,” 2:59

    Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Shaka Zulu. Warner Brothers Collection. Rhino/ WEA 081227998622
    “King of Kings,” 4:07

    Adiemus. Pure Moods. Virgin 724384218621
    “Adiemus,” 3:59

    John Lennon. The John Lennon Collection. Abbey Road Capitol 077774644624
    “Here Comes the Sun,” 3:03

    Gipsy Kings. Mosaique. Nonsuch 075596089227
    “Caminando Por la Calle,” 4:22

    Mercedes Sosa. Polygram International, Serie Millennium, 042283231429
    “Gracias a La Vida,” 4:22

    Leontyne Price. The Essential Leontyne Price: Spirituals, Hymns, and Sacred Songs. RCA 090266815722
    “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” 3:24

    Louis Armstrong. What A Wonderful World. Intercontinental 600 607707405826
    “What a Wonderful World,” 2:21


    18 December 2015

    http://www.cupblog.org/?p=18136
  2. perro-salchicha614
    Re: Research confirms classical music is the best music to listen to while tripping b

    Oh, I'd love to smoke some opium then go to a performance of the Symphonie Fantastique. Come to think of it, I actually have listened to it while smoking... :D It's funny, I always liked Chopin and Berlioz, even before I knew they used opium.

    There's a certain indefinable quality to the work of people who used opium, whether it's music, or writing, or art. There's some debate about how often writers like Poe and Baudelaire actually used opium, but I'd be willing to bet it was relatively frequent, based on the texture (for lack of a better word) of their writing. I often wonder at how drug use affects the artistic output of people who use them.

    Sex, drugs, and classical music sounds like a great combo to me. Is it just me, or is classical music really erotic? ;)
  3. tatittle
    Re: Research confirms classical music is the best music to listen to while tripping b

    Drugs are the enemy predates Nancy Reagan and the 1980's by about 70 years. I love how folks think stuff they grew up with didnt exist before their birth lol!

    There are so many errors in the top article, must be a kid writing online again. Tripping on opium? The drugs used by the examples were not illicit then, they became that way much latr.
  4. perro-salchicha614
    Re: Research confirms classical music is the best music to listen to while tripping b

    Yeah, you don't exactly smoke a bowl of opium either, but I wasn't going to be nitpicky. Haha...
  5. hardtack
    Re: Research confirms classical music is the best music to listen to while tripping b

    I am not a WEED smoker now as I did that stuff as kid and was fun but I was floored and in years about the young baby girl who suffered SEIZURES . Sehe on the Documentary of certain cannibus that has medical properties absolutely essential to those who have seizures. The family of that daughter had to literally move to COLO because of the laws in NJ and drugs. That was an incredible story and the whole program with DR SANJE GUPTA.
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