Burroughs, Strobes (was Re: monitor refresh rates & epilepsy)

Subject: Burroughs, Strobes (was Re: monitor refresh rates & epilepsy)
From: Eliot Handelman (eliot@generation.net)
Date: Mon Jan 17 2005 - 19:58:03 EST

jan.larsson wrote:

> If I remember this now the Burroughs/Gysin Dream Machine had a
> frequency between 8-12Hz (intended to correspond to the alpha waves of
> the brain).
> I think you can find DIY instructions on the net, but it is *not*
> receommended for anyone having epilepsy or similar problems.

It's been a whiole since I read about Burroughs but I doubt that it was
merely alpha -- I recall
72hz as being the frequency of the strobe penlight (whatever it's
called) in eye triggering
hallucinations, and it's certain that that's what B was after (this is
all from some bio, I forget whose).
The strobes of the original ken kesey acid tests (migrated into rock
shows and discos)
were specifically aimed at the effect. B was into this earlier though.
I'm curious to know whethere there's
some law here or in the US about letting these things run for more than
a few seconds at a time, as
they always get more fun the longer they go, and we must not have too
much fun.

-- eliot

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