Increased music appreciation
Increased music appreciation is defined as a general sense of an increased enjoyment of music. When music is listened to during this state, not only does it subjectively sound better, but the perceived music and lyrical content may have a profound impact on the listener.
This experience can give one a sense of hyper-awareness of every sound, lyric, melody, and complex layer of noise within a song in addition to an enhanced ability to individually comprehend their significance and interplay. The perceived emotional intent of the musician and the meaning of the music may also be felt in a greater level clarity than that which is attainable during everyday sober living. This effect can result in the belief, legitimate or delusional, that one has connected with the “true meaning” or “spirit” behind an artist’s song. During particularly enjoyable songs, this effect can result in feelings of overwhelming harmony and a general sense of appreciation that can leave the person with a deep sense of connection towards the artist they are listening to.
Increased music appreciation is commonly mistaken as a purely auditory effect but is more likely the result of several coinciding components such as novelty enhancement, personal meaning enhancement, emotion enhancement, and auditory enhancement. It is most commonly induced under the influence of moderate dosages of hallucinogenic compounds, such as psychedelics, dissociatives, and cannabinoids. However, it can also occur to a lesser extent under the influence of stimulants and GABAergic depressants.
Compounds within our psychoactive substance index which may cause this effect include:
Annectdotal reports which describe this effect with our experience index include:
- Experience: 15mg 2C-B (oral) - A pleasant low-dose evening with Nexus
- Experience: 18 mg 2C-I - Visually intense and strong bodily sensations
- Experience: 22mg 2C-B (oral) / 100ug 1P-LSD (sublingual) - My first time tripping alone (2 days in a row)
- Experience: 36mg 4-AcO-DiPT - Truly, one for the psychedelic animals among us
- Experience: 5-EAPB (60mg) + 2-FMA (20mg) + 4-AcO-DMT (10mg) - Emotional catharsis
- Experience:170mg 4-AcO-DMT - Recklessness rewarded
- Experience:1g of stars and love
- Experience:22mg N-Ethylhexedrone (Hexen) - A (Somewhat) Functional Stimulant at Low Doses
- Experience:25mg (insufflated) - Simultaneously amazing and horrible
- Experience:25mg Deschloroketamine - My first time orally dosing DCK
- Experience:260 mg Ketamine (insufflated) - Lost in Paisley
- Experience:2mg Etizolam & N20 - "Hippy Crack" Indeed
- Experience:30mg Isopropylphenidate - IPPH As A Study Aid
- Experience:37mg Isopropylphenidate - Getting Shit Done With Isopropylphenidate
- Experience:4-HO-MET – 15 mg Insufflated
- Experience:4-HO-MiPT / A care free psychedelic getaway
- Experience:42 mg TMA-6: Pure Bliss
- Experience:500mg 4-FA + 150mg 5-HTP - Irresponsible & unexpected psychedelic
- Experience:75 mg - Good tunes feat. Jeb Bush
- Experience:800 seeds LSA - My First Trip Ever
- Experience:DXM and Cannabis: 100mg - Unexpected Strong Trip
- Experience:Ephenidine:185mg - A Weird and Rewarding Trip
- Experience:LSD (150µg) + Cannabis - 150µg lsd and a shitload of weed
- Experience:MXE: 37.5 mg - Calm and Cloudy Bliss
- Experience:Mushrooms and Snuff Films -- Trip Report (3.5 grams)
- Experience:~150mg MDA(oral) - a case of mistaken identity
- Kaelen, M.; Barrett, F. S.; Roseman, L.; Lorenz, R.; Family, N.; Bolstridge, M.; Curran, H. V.; Feilding, A.; Nutt, D. J.; Carhart-Harris, R. L. (2015). "LSD enhances the emotional response to music". Psychopharmacology. 232 (19): 3607–3614. doi:10.1007/s00213-015-4014-y. ISSN 0033-3158.
- Kaelen, Mendel; Roseman, Leor; Kahan, Joshua; Santos-Ribeiro, Andre; Orban, Csaba; Lorenz, Romy; Barrett, Frederick S.; Bolstridge, Mark; Williams, Tim; Williams, Luke; Wall, Matthew B.; Feilding, Amanda; Muthukumaraswamy, Suresh; Nutt, David J.; Carhart-Harris, Robin (2016). "LSD modulates music-induced imagery via changes in parahippocampal connectivity". European Neuropsychopharmacology. 26 (7): 1099–1109. doi:10.1016/j.euroneuro.2016.03.018. ISSN 0924-977X.
- Fachner, J. (2002). The space between the notes-Research on cannabis and music perception. Looking Back, Looking Ahead-Popular Music Studies, 20, 308-319. http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.467.6346&rep=rep1&type=pdf
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- Kaelen, Mendel; Giribaldi, Bruna; Raine, Jordan; Evans, Lisa; Timmerman, Christopher; Rodriguez, Natalie; Roseman, Leor; Feilding, Amanda; Nutt, David; Carhart-Harris, Robin (2018). "The hidden therapist: evidence for a central role of music in psychedelic therapy". Psychopharmacology. 235 (2): 505–519. doi:10.1007/s00213-017-4820-5. ISSN 0033-3158.
- McGlothlin, William (1967). "Long Lasting Effects of LSD on Normals". Archives of General Psychiatry. 17 (5): 521. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1967.01730290009002. ISSN 0003-990X.
- Lim, D. K. (2003). Ketamine associated psychedelic effects and dependence. Singapore Med J, 44(1), 31-34. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12762561