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

Subject: Re: Burroughs, Strobes (was Re: monitor refresh rates & epilepsy)
From: jan.larsson (
Date: Mon Jan 17 2005 - 17:32:39 EST

You're prpbably right. I have only read about the Dream Machines, not
any other experiments he might have done in this field. The dream
machines I have read about were based around 10Hz.

Wasnt there a case in japan a few years back in which an animated
childrens movie (maybe it was Pokemon? dont remember exactly) caused
real problems with at least 600 viewers sent to hospital and that they
now require animations not to contain repeated flicker.

2005-01-18 kl. 01.58 skrev Eliot Handelman:

> 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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