The Flicker

The Flicker ★★★★½

At the risk of turning this into an Erowid report... I seem to get a lot of concentric circles and solid bars toward the beginning, usually yellow and blue. At some point it becomes converging lines, like a tunnel or elevator shaft; I've gotten the same pattern from other flicker films before.

The best point was when the shapes became complex enough that they entered a hysteretic state. At the right frequency, I managed to visualize some simple stripe patterns and get the colors to hold those patterns indefinitely. By the end, I lost control over the image, and the whole thing became some sort of hypnagogic mass with yellow-green-blue patterns swirling together. But to be able to mentally interact like that with what's effectively an empty image feels radical. It's so assaultively beautiful.