Friday, 1 April 2011

Major Project: Dreamachine

Just remembered this cool device while browsing Youtube for strange videos, could be a useful technique, especially for the dreamy Opium Den scene.

"The dreamachine (or dream machine) is a stroboscopic flicker device that produces visual stimuli. Artist Brion Gysin and William S. Burroughs's "systems adviser" Ian Sommerville created the dreamachine after reading William Grey Walter's book, The Living Brain.

In the dreamachine's original form, a dreamachine is made from a cylinder with slits cut in the sides. The cylinder is placed on a record turntable and rotated at 78 or 45 revolutions per minute. A light bulb is suspended in the center of the cylinder and the rotation speed allows the light to come out from the holes at a constant frequency of between 8 and 13 pulses per second. This frequency range corresponds to alpha waves, electrical oscillations normally present in the human brain while relaxing."

It was used in Burroughs short film 'Tower Open Fire'


tutorphil said...

what a wonderful thing!