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Higher Consciousness
Through Music

The purpose of music is to acquaint us with the mysteries of being alive and human. There are many ways humans find connection with universal reality. I find the altered states I experience with music to be very powerful and even sacred.

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Music and Spirituality

  • Universal Resonance This is a collection of my thoughts and ideas about music, life and reality. My manifesto.
  • SpiritSound.com - Music and spirituality from David Gordon. Several important texts from diverse cultural and religious origins. Sound & Spirit Texts for downloading, Links to Sound & Spirit on the Internet, Healing with Sound & Music: a Bibliography, etc.
  • Sound & Spirit - A weekly series of hour-long radio programs from Public Radio International exploring the human spirit through music and ideas.
  • Meditation -A subpage of SPIRITWEB.ORG, "Promoting spiritual consciousness on the internet". A good site for finding all manner of "new-age" and consciousness-raising links.
  • SpiritWeb A dedicated spiritual world-wide-web site which comprehends spirituality in a modern context in review of ancient teachings and religious belief-systems.
  • Expanding Consciousness and Experiencing Altered States through Music -A personal homepage by electronic musician Daniel Emmanuel, who tells us about his journey into cosmic consciousness through music.

Music and Healing

  • Music for Healing and Transition Program (MHTP) - A course of study which, in recognition of music as a therapeutic enhancement to the healing process and the life/death transition, prepares musicians to serve the ill, dying, and to all those who may benefit, by providing music as a service to create healing environments.
  • The Purpose of Music - Ben Hume is considered a master instrument maker in over 20 countries, and is the leading authority on the evolution of musical instruments before the year 1200. His senior students are master craftsmen and adept trance healing musicians. Their group, The Listeners, provide effective healing ceremonies based on core principles of healing music traditions as ancient and wide spread as Central Asian Shamanism, Sufism, and Native American spiritual practices. 
  • Music has Power Institute for Music and Neurolgic Function at Beth Abraham Health Services (Bronx, NY). (click on Music Institute) Through the scientific explorations of music and the brain, the Institute seeks to establish new knowledge and develop more effective therapies which awaken, stimulate and heal through the extraordinary power of music.
  • Healing Sounds - Information and articles from Jonathan Goldman on how sounds can be used for healing and self-transformation
  • Tomatis - The Tomatis Method builds strong listening skills through auditory stimulation, to improve learning and language abilities, communication, creativity, and social behavior.

Anthropology and Ethnomusicology (World Music)

General Interest Music Sites

  • Howard Levy Howard is an old friend of mine (since the early '70's) who is arguably the most generally talented musician in the world today. He is best known as the former harmonica player with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, but his interests have included jazz piano, flamenco guitar, Balkan music, Latin jazz, Arabic music, commercial jingles, and backing up an amazing array of artists both great and small. My favorite Howard story is walking into his apartment one day where he is sitting on his couch with a Beethoven violin sonata laid out in front of him on the coffee table. He's playing it on his diatonic harmonica. He finally looks up at me and says "This is really hard." No kidding, Howard.
  • The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Music Division Selected Music Resources on the Internet
  • Early Music Midi by Curtis Clark - A large collection of early music (i.e., medieval, renaissance & baroque) midi files.
  • Classical Music MIDI Archive
  • All-Music Guide Comprehensive guide to recordings
  • Creative Musicians Coalition an international organization dedicated to the advancement of new music and the success of the independent musician.
  • Happy Rhodes - I just really like this artist. She has an astounding range and an offbeat poetical style to her songs. One of a very few artists I can listen to over and over.
  • STOMP - You've seen them in commercials banging on trash cans, etc. Really compelling rhythm/dance/ performance art. And their web site is pretty cool, too.
  • Music for People - Based on the teaching of cellist David Darling (formerly with the Paul Winter Consort), MfP provides workshops and sessions to help people to create spontaneous music together. This can result in an experience that is anything from intimidating to fun to life-changing. If you love music and never thought you could create your own, you owe it to yourself to try this. 

Please send me your comments or suggestions.

Updated 02/10/04