Audiostrobe is one of the coolest aspects of Sound and Light Machines/Mind Machines, yet one of the most underutilized and least talked about. (I must admit myself that while I own a boxed set of Audiostrobe CD’s for my Sirius, I am guilty of hardly ever using them! D’oh.)
But let’s back up and take a look at defining this technology.
What is Audiostrobe?
Here’s a proper definition.
“Audiostrobe is a method of encoding light control signals in an audio file, developed and patented by Adrezj Slawinski, and currently the defacto standard for sound/light stimulation.” (source)
If you own a mind machine like the Proteus or Sirius (and many others), what this means is that you can buy specially made CD’s full of instrumental, relaxing, and sometimes trippy music, put in in a CD player (remember those old things?), and then connect that to your mind machine. Press play and everything starts working together: the music, the light, the sounds, it’s all one interconnected experience.
It’s really quite awesome.
There’s a mini-industry of Audiostrobe products out there to use with sound and light machines. So far, I’ve only had a chance to get my hands on the popular boxed set with 4 or 5 CD’s (shown in the picture above.) I wish there was a way to try the others first without buying more to see if I liked the music.
If you’re curious to see what’s out there, here’s a bunch of Audiostrobe CD’s and mind machines from Amazon..
I also wrote a little bit here about my Audiostrobe Sirius sessions.
New: Also check out my extensive Sirius Mind Machine Review.
My only qualm with Audiostrobe CD’s: I wish the music was a little bit better. In a fantasy world, I’d get Future Sound of London, Aphex Twin, and Dieselboy to make an album with Audstrobe pioneer Dr. Jeffrey Thompson! Ha!
Photo by Paul.