Invite to the Sounds Good Evening and more about the Perkinjean hallucination giro

Just came across these in the ol’ box o’ trix. This is the 1967 invitation to the ‘Sounds good evening’ (my words) a multi-dimensional extra-mural feast for all, including students from Twickenham art-school that Barney Burge and I concocted. The letterhead was designed by Barney and printed at Terrence Conran’s expense. This is a very rare, maybe the only(?) instance of a ‘Colin Fulcher’ credit.

And here I reproduce the crib that Barney used for the Blockhead’s logo (197?). It is from, if I recall correctly, a rad book publishing house of the 30’s. Barney’s inspired version below..


Photograph by David Wills Copyright! 2010 Barney the film director in action (1967) with his trusty super eight film movie camera on which he shot the world’s first made for TV music ‘video.’ He is looking through the view finder of my twin lens Yashica.

Warning: Use of the Perkingean pattern assembly rotating giro (mentioned previously in this series of posts) can cause epileptic seizures and may result in irreparable harm if practiced in unsafe conditions such as a cliff edge

Over at you may see on this site excellent science gossip, it’s a place of transcendent know-it-alls – and where you may find wise words about the Perkinge effect. For instance, Patrizia Broghammer and Hermes Trismegistus both wrote on the subject. Thanks to them both and their host Live Science, for allowing me, in another dimension, the permission to quote you in full:

Patrizia Broghammer says: “I think I have a simpler explanation of hallucinations.

I do not agree that they are “located in the world around us, not in the mind’s eye”.

It is exactly the opposite.

Assuming that we do not see the world, but we see the world reflected by our eyes (in fact just consider how much sharper a vision is with glasses and how different reality can look seen under the lenses of a microscope) hallucinations are nothing else than a distorted transmission of what our eyes see or our ears hear or what our nose smells.

If you send to the brain stimulus in a different way or if you distort the way stimulus are sent, you have hallucinations.

You look at the same thing, but the conditions and the transmission of what you see is different.

The same can happen without hallucinations, just with the brain conditioned by what we read or know.

How much different a music sounds to our ears when we know it, or a painting looks when we actually are explained about it.”

And HermesTrismegistus wrote:

“ …  The idea that hallucinations are manifestations of extra-dimensional perception isn’t all that new, and one I agree with to a large extent.  Leary based a large portion of his research on a very similar premise.  Perception is an odd thing.  What’s labeled “real” and “hallucination” is largely subject to what the majority perceives.  There is no absolute way to define reality simply because those definitions of perception are themselves a product of individual perception.  Who’s to say those defining what is real and what isn’t aren’t hallucinating?  Delusions, when labeled “reality” by the majority, become so because people perceive them as such.”