chapter  19
Musical Thresholds
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These three accounts bear witness to music and musical experience as having something to do with the ‘between’ and the ‘beyond’, as a threshold between experiential worlds – where ‘another world’ may be experienced or defined as ‘spiritual’, sacred, non-material, or at the very least as ‘non-ordinary’. The material in this chapter connects with this long and unbroken tradition of characterising music as transcendental. But we shall also explore how the experiences of Adam, Matthew, Ken and others exemplify something of the more contemporary ‘horizontal’ or ‘ecological’ understanding of transcendence that I suggested in the previous chapter. This involves seeing how music helps to bridge worlds of experience and consciousness – not losing hold of the everyday, but pointing towards quite another dimension of it.