RL and i built a Dreamachine last week.
i’ve built one before, about 4 years ago, it was great but i didn’t use it much before it got binned.
once i watched the Flicker film with CC:

i thought it was about time to build one again…
i have a copy of the DREAMACHINE PLANS BY BRION GYSIN printed by Temple press. mine’s from ’94, i remember buying it.
here’s the text from the booklet:
from the text, this really stands out to me:
“Part of all magical process is the production of one’s own tools. This is as ancient a truth as the art itself. The dreamachine plans enable one to partake in just such a process – to make the dreamachine literally your own. Through the simple process of drawing out the design, obtaining an old 78 r.p.m. record deck, and constructing the machine, you are actively working within the oldest of traditions. All that has changed are the tools. Magicians have always retained a magpie quality which enables them to utilise whatever comes to hand. For all the dogma one reads, magic and mysticism are in reality the least dogmatic of disciplines.” Karl Eden, Temple Press 1992
it sums up a lot of what i am doing.

this evening i thought i’d combine the Dreamachine with something else i’d built…
i’d had the idea in the back of my head since first discovering the Dronelab that these two together could be a great combination.
so i’ve just had about 40mins sitting infront of the Dreamachine with the Dronleab on my lab.

i’ve used the Dreamachine a couple of times over the last week, but together with the Dronelab this eve, in 40mins, once i stopped i felt incredibly relaxed and… i don’t know what.
when you are using the dreamachine shapes, colours and patterns appear, move, evolve etc. coupled with the dronelab, with its oscilations drifting in and out of synchronisation, the two machines really played off each other, as i’d expected. it was as if the sounds were evolving just as the images and patterns do.
i’ll be experimenting with this set-up again, as well as trying to find some of the music for dreamachine other people have made (i have a hafler trio lp somewhere and think there’s a psychic tv around too…)

finally, i bought a book off amazon all about the history of the Dreamachine.
Chapel of Extreme Experience: A short history of stroboscopic light and the dreamachine by John Geiger.

so i’ll be reading it over the next week or so.


3 Responses to “Dreamachine”

  1. 21default Says:


    I just found your blog while researching for my newly built dreamachine… and that you too have a love for analogue techniques – I like early synths, vintage guitars, and recording to tape (I choose to use an old Tascam myself) – you could say I nearly wet myself with excitement. Keep it up, I’ll be back!!



    • sync24 Says:

      hey, thanks!
      i’ll be checking your blog out too 🙂
      old-tech is the best tech!!!!
      enjoy your dreamachine

  2. […] Purely for the sake of it, I decided to make the statement a bit hard to read… The background image is made-up from schematics of the Shruthi-1 and Dreamachine plans with text from the Dreamachine plans pasted at the bottom (already posted here). […]

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