Dream Machines [LP]

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"The dreamachine is a stroboscopic flicker device that produces visual stimuli. Artist Brion Gysin and William S. Burroughs' "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.

L.I.D.A. (Lechebny Impulsny Distancionny Apparat) was one of the first medical machines for induction of relaxation, created in 1965 in USSR.

So-called "psychowalkman" uses pulsing rhythmic sound and/or flashing light to alter the brainwave frequency of the user. Mind machines are said to induce deep states of relaxation, concentration, and in some cases altered states of consciousness that have been compared to those obtained from meditation and shamanic exploration" - Laetitia Schteinberg.

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released October 30, 2011

synth, samples, production: Laetitia Schteinberg
production: Alexey Oleinikov (fourth track)
photography: sxc.hu

Album is available as Lightscribe CD-R via clockworktapes.de

More info: schteinberg.com

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