Chapel of Extreme Experience: A Short History of the Dream Machine

How a 200 year old visual phenomenon has become the basis of scientific studies into how the brain works, and its repercussions on contemporary artistic and musical culture. The study of stroboscopic light began as a purely scientific study. Geiger's history begins at this point and goes on to study the transition to the art world that was pioneered by Brion Gysin, William S. Burroughs, Gensis P-Orridge and Allen Ginsberg. While the book is an examination of the intersection between art and science, it is also a study of major currents in Western culture by way of an investigation of an obscure phenomenon.