Brion Gysin's hypnagogic device the Dreamachine is being launched in London this weekend at an evening of talks, performance and film screenings. On the bill are a series of films on the Master Musicians Of Joujouka, including Tribe Ahl Serif shot in 1972, plus Aphex Twin & Stakker's Westworld, Nik Sheehan's Flicker and more. Performances include Robert Hampson's three part Music For Dreammachines which will be performed for the first time, plus a DJ set by Fritz Catlin/Skintologists (ex 23 Skidoo), Akoustik Timbre Frekuency and UN.
Talks include Steve Finbow presenting "Gysin and Ginsberg: Sexual And Textual Politics In The Beat Hotel", plus Ian MacFadyen on Gysin, Balch, Burroughs and the Beat Hotel, and Rikki Stein on his own experiences with The Master Musicians Of Joujouka.
The Dreamachine, a stroboscopic light which creates a pulsing light for optical stimulus is the first that will be available in large numbers (500 have been made) and built according to Gysin's designs. The launch (24 November) forms part of London Apiary Studios's Modern Panic III which runs 23 November–2 December. More details here.