Matthew Baldwin

Matthew Baldwin

Matthew Baldwin MFTi is a musician and psychotherapist practicing in San Francisco. He is a 2017 alumni of the California Institute of Integral Studies’ Psychedelic Assisted Psychotherapies and Research Program. He has released 8 albums of music under his own name, collaborated with a variety of artists and has toured the United States, Europe and the Middle East as a performer. He specializes in the use of music in psychedelic psychotherapy, having designed playlists for psychedelic journey work, ketamine clinics, births and death vigils. He is currently assembling playlists for MAPS Phase 3 trials for MDMA-assisted psychotherapy in Colorado. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Rhetoric from The University of California at Berkeley where he studied Nietzsche with Judith Butler and Music Perception & Cognition with David Wessel. He holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from John F Kennedy University.

The Art of Creating Musical Playlists for Psychedelic Work

This lecture will provide a brief history of the use of music in psychedelic work, theoretical information on the structure of playlists and clear practical steps on how to create playlists for psychedelic journey work, both within and outside of a research setting. It will cover a variety of points, including: 1. The different multiphase models for musically-driven psychedelic journeys 2. Technical audio issues and ways to maintain sound quality 3. Fixed vs more flexible playlist approaches 4. The usefulness and appropriateness of different styles of music for psychedelic playlists 5. How to individualize playlists for each listener. It will also include sound samples to illustrate music appropriate to each phase, timbral complexity, etc.