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.
I used the plans and T-square to create a two inch grid on the white side of the mat board.
I needed to resize the templates from the PDF for the five shapes to be two inches wide when I printed them on 8 1/2" x 11" paper.
- A - 75%
- B - 72%
- C - 65%
- D - 65%
- E - 70%
The cut shapes were glued to manila paper to add rigidity. Following the plans, I marked the grid.
The Dreamachine plans call for using a record player capable of 78 RPM. Since record players have become scarce and somewhat coveted, I felt that the project would be expedited if I adapted materials into a turntable that rotated as close to 78 RPM as I could manage.
I prototyped the turntable mechanism in LEGO bricks and an RCX programmable brick flashed with MicroWorlds EX Robotics firmware.
The RCX brick was programmed in Logo to set the motor power and to start the motor. As the design changed the program was modified to control two motors.
I iterated through several LEGO turntable designs, testing various drive mechanisms and the strengths of each.
I spent a few minutes thinking about the problem. I needed a motor that rotated close to 78 RPM. I needed the motor to be geared low enough that it did not strain under the weight of the shade. The motor needed to fit into a box that would sit under the shade.
Considering the design challenges, I retreated to my basement and emerged with an ice cream maker. Here was a motor that was designed to function under a load, was compact, and didn't spin too fast.
In the history of art, in the history of magic and science, in the history of the world, only one object has been made to view with the eyes closed: The Dreamachine.
Brion Gysin, in his introduction the Dreamachine plans.
This work and images copyright 2015 Josh Burker