Music Composers Unite!
For composers with mental illnesses, drugs most likely help them to compose, ya know, prescription drugs like lithium, thorazine, prozac.
OK Guys, lets get this thread back on topic, one of music and the influence of drugs while questionable topic for public consumption, IS the topic at hand. PLEASE leave politics and moral judgement on other forums. First warning. Second will be to lock this thread, after that people will go in the sandbox until we learn how to co-mingle at a forum dedicated to composing issues.
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There's also a matter of artistic responsibility. When you're on some kind of drug, you somehow rely on it's effect. Therefore I wouldn't feel entitled to sign the effect of such experiment as my work, even if it was any good.
There was this Polish writer and poet Witkacy, who signed all of his works with his name AND the drug or combination of drugs he was on while writing...
I agree...so let's give these drugs credit where credit's due...
Rubber Soul by the Beatles plus additional vocals and sounds by marijuana
Sgt Peppers by the Beatles plus the help of LSD
Let's Get it On by Marvin Gaye plus cocaine
anyone think of others?
May I add the Bob Marley, the Wailers and Marijuana discography on the list.
Ignoring the question if drugs help you write more, better, or more easily, it is still you writting. LSD or marijuana won't give you ideas, it is still all in your brain, it is still your ideas. What they do is let you see things in another prespective,confuse your senses, and make you listen and see things and make connections that you wouldn't do otherwise. It's still your eyes and ears though.
I personally don't like to credit my music to drugs because I'd rather be able to say that I composed everything sober.
Not to mention every time I try to write music under the influence of anything, Sibelius isn't so user friendly anymore and I make notation mistakes without really noticing. However, smoking a bowl and then sitting in a room with a recorder doesn't sound like a terrible idea. But anyway, I guess we could all conduct an experiment to test everyone's theories. haha
I am reliably informed that drugs can filter out the BS that often gets in the way of the creative brain - and lets you reach out for ideas from "beyond".
Although this is a controversial subject, all societies have made use of drugs and let's face it, artistic people tend to get the most benefit from their use - if used in moderation it goes without saying.
Remember what happened to Amy Winehouse recently (even though I think she was very overrated and derivative).