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Thelmar, E – 02 Hearing bursts of music



Type of Spiritual Experience


Number of hallucinations: 1


May have been an hallucination or it might have been synaesthesia

A description of the experience

The Maniac – A Realistic Study of Madness from the Maniac’s Point of View – E Thelmar

I began eating, but no sooner had I commenced than I heard a burst of music. It sounded as if massed bands were playing, out of doors, close to the open window. I stopped eating and listened, entranced.

After a few minutes the music ceased suddenly. I recommenced my breakfast.

Again another burst of music occurred. I got up and looked out of the window in every direction, to see whence the music proceeded, but there was no band in sight, and apparently no place where any band could possibly be stationed, playing.

Again and again these short outbursts of music occurred.

The music seemed familiar to me, but I could not quite put a name to it, and came to the conclusion it was something out of Lohengrin or Tannhauser. When the landlady came up to clear away the breakfast I asked her what band it was that had been playing so well outside?

She said she did not know, but perhaps it was a Volunteer band marching past. I said, No, it had been stationary music. I asked her if she had not heard it?

She replied, No, she had heard nothing in the way of music that morning.

The source of the experience

Thelmar, E

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Loneliness and isolation


Manic depression