Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Ferro Beat sequencer

Above is a tutorial on how to make your own ferrofluid and below is a beat sequencer which uses ball bearings and arduino technology. I'm thinking about combining it with the ferrofluid... some how. Not really sure how I would go about it but it probably would only require lamping in some electromagnets and hoping for the best

Saturday, April 10, 2010


Ferrofluids are basically magnetic liquids and I'm in love with this stuff, and I think I'm gonna have to include it in my thesis somehow. I'm thinking I might forego the whole Ganzfeld business and replace it with some electro magnets and ferrofluids and get the Electromagnets to be effected by brain waves via the EEG. Sounds like it could be a health and safety nightmare and i'll have to convince the Ethics crowd that it's perfectly safe. I'll post instructions on making your own ferrofluids up here next. It's pretty, cheap and easy


Electroencephalography (EEG) is the recording of electricall activity along the scalp produced by the firing of neurons within the brain. In clinical contexts, EEG refers to the recording of the brain's spontaneous electrical activity over a short period of time, usually 20–40 minutes, as recorded from multiple electrodes placed on the scalp.

I hope to be making my own of these devices using the open source EEG project.

Hopefully I won't fry anyones brain trying to make this thing. If it all goes the way of the pear, my back up plan involves measuring skin conductance which is a hell of a lot easier to do then the above. I'll make a post about it soon enough

Monday, March 22, 2010

Multimodal Ganzfeld effect

So what is the Multimodal Ganzfeld effect? basically it's the deprivation of sensory information on both the eyes and ears resulting in the brain amplifying neural noise in order to find something to process. The noise then gets interpreted as visuals and audio resulting in mild auditory and visual hallucinations.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Let's get started

I'll start off with a quote.

"If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things through narrow chinks of his cavern." - William Blake

I've been a bit late starting my blog, because i'm a bit nervous about the feasibility of the whole thing but there comes a time when one just give it a bash so here I am.

What is my project?
I'm attempting to create a working EEG which in conjunction with the multimodal Ganzfeld effect will hopefully induce mild hallucinations. So that's it. I'll post more detail here later but you can download my complete proposal here