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Chapel of Extreme Experience: A Short History of Stroboscopic Light and the Dream Machine [Paperback]

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Chapel of Extreme Experience is an engrossing look at flicker potentials — a visual phenomenon which became the basis of scientific studies into how the visual brain works. In the 1960s the Dream Machine was developed to reproduce this phenomenon, emitting pulses of light and projecting patterns that produced kaleidoscopic images and even hallucinations. This book follows the interest in flicker, from its scientific underpinnings to its role in the countercultural art scene. This is a fascinating look at the Dream Machine and its influence on major cultural figures like William S. Burroughs, Aldous Huxley, and Allen Ginsberg who all experienced and wrote about the "flicker effect." Photographs are featured.

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Pages   120
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 17, 2003
Publisher   Soft Skull Press
ISBN  1932360018  
ISBN13  9781932360011  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! JOHN GEIGER is the bestselling author of The Third Man Factor: Surviving the Impossible and four other books of non-fiction, including the international bestseller Frozen in Time: The Fate of the Franklin Expedition. His work has been translated into eleven languages. Born in Ithaca, New York, Geiger is the Editorial Board Editor at The Globe and Mail and a senior fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto. He is president of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He lives in Toronto.

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a bit scattershot, but review of invention thorough-enough  May 7, 2007
A little more on Gysin would be nice, but this'll do...
interesting but dated  Apr 29, 2007
A study and review of the Brion Gysin invention "The Dream Machine", as seen by the few that ever were able to get their hands on one.

They were constructed as a hollow tube with cut outs of various shapes on it, set upon a rotating device (a record player), with a light souce dangling from within.

This is dated, since there exist a vast number of machines, like The Nova Pro, David PAL, and other sound and light machines, all which deal with the same phenomena, but do it at a more rapid pace.

Still, this intreresting book shows a clip of history, and explains where such things came from, what they do and why it didn't go forward.

Interesting reading for those interested in Light and Sound Machines, and those interested in the ideas that propelled the "Beat Generation" writers.

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