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

Subject: Re: Burroughs, Strobes (was Re: monitor refresh rates & epilepsy)
From: miriam clinton (iriXx) (
Date: Mon Jan 17 2005 - 18:10:07 EST

Eliot Handelman wrote:

> 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

i've found that anywhere between 60 - 75Hz is strobing (experimenting
today) - i've set it to 85Hz, which fortunately seems to be smoother...
still a nice big LCD would be better if i had the money *sigh*....


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