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Jon Hopkins' new installation will "induce trips behind listener's eyelids"

The multimedia experience aims uses a mixture of flashing lights and electronic music

  • Becky Buckle
  • 23 February 2022
Jon Hopkins' new installation will "induce trips behind listener's eyelids"

GRAMMY-nominated producer, Jon Hopkins has created an installation which can induce hallucinations and tripping.

By combining flickering lights and electronic music, Hopkins has formed an out of this world experience for users once they close their eyes called ‘Dreamachine’.

Recently Hopkins released his album ‘Music For Psychedelic Therapy’ which also provided listeners with an altered state that was tailored around psychedelic research revealing that ketamine could prevent the furthering of mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety.

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Similar to his latest work, this new project uses ambient music from Hopkins as a soundtrack to the experience, which researchers called "stroboscopically induced visual hallucinations."

‘Dreamachine’ has been created by award-winning architecture studio Assemble and sees visitors enter the ‘machine’ room, lie-down and closed their eyes before the experience begins.

The installation was developed by a collaboration of neuroscientists, philosophers and trance music producers.

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"The important thing about these practices is the loss of ego and the beginning of shared experience," Hopkins told The Guardian.

"These are alternatives to our problem-solving, scientific consciousness of reality."

"Dreamachine is a powerful new kind of immersive experience exploring the limitless potential of the human mind," said Collective Act.

The ‘Dreamachine’ experience will be touring the UK starting this spring with more info here.

Becky Buckle is Mixmag's Digital Intern, follow her on Twitter

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