Musical Hypnosis: Sound and Selfhood from Mesmerism to Brainwashing

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Music has longbeen associatedwith trance states, but very little has beenwritten about the modernwestern discussion ofmusic as a form of hypnosis or ‘brainwashing’. However, fromMesmer’s use of the glass armonica to the supposed dangers of subliminal messages in heavy metal, the idea thatmusic can overwhelm listeners’ self-control has been a recurrent theme… (More)

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