Ginsberg, Allen - From High Priest - Mind machines
Type of Spiritual Experience
BackgroundI think it is more likely to be synaesthesia than a 'vision'
A description of the experience
From Dr Timothy Leary – High Priest
Allen Ginsberg 1961
Gysin has invented a great flicker machine – dig this - cut out 10 apertures on a stovepipe hat or a piece of cardboard and set it revolving on a phonograph at 33 speed. It flickers and is a home made strobe. I looked in it – it sets up optical fields as religious and mandalic as the hallucinogenic drugs – literally.
…........look in with eyes closed – it's like being able to have jewelled biblical designs and landscapes without taking chemicals – amazing. It works.
Gysin says the apertures have to be measured and adjusted right to get 16 flickers a second or something. He also paints the inside of the stove pipe cardboard. Of course, you have to drop an electric bulb, I forgot it, in the centre of it to flicker thru apertures.
I'll try to connect him with a toy manufacturer – home made optic movies possible