The Creative Musical Process Can Help Heal Mental Illness, Here’s How, with Graham Campbell, Modulate Music Group | Electronic Music and Mental Health
Graham worked as an NHS doctor in mental health between 2006-2020 and has now moved to work full-time in psychedelic research. Whilst working in the hospital, he led the creation of an electronic music jamming group to help people recovering from mental health problems. He’s always been passionate about electronic music and produces himself.
Before Covid made it difficult for health and safety reasons, he was instrumental in running electronic music jamming groups in a mental health hospital every 2 weeks. This involved connecting synthesisers, samplers, computers, keyboards and drum machines together in a MIDI-synchronised network so that staff/facilitators and patients could work to make electronic dance music and Techno together.
All the gear we used came from donations. They’ve been supported by BIMM, Geoff Barrow and Adrian Utley from Portishead, James Holden and Lauren Laverne – Graham even recorded a short segment in May for her BBC6 Music Breakfast Show about Modulate.
The support they’ve had has been amazing and their patients were really excited and enthusiastic about the group. They still have plans to move the group into the community so more people can access it, and won’t be beaten by Covid.
The groups bring people together into a very positive and empathic space around music as a shared activity. The whole was always greater than the sum of its parts and the midi-synchronised element meant inherently that people were encouraged to work together.
Graham will be delivering a talk about how music creation and the musical process can act as a healing agent for mental illness.