Spirit Rattle

October’s experiment transforms a highly sophisticated, hand-held computational device (ok, cellphone) into a magical digital gourd with seeds that rattle upon invisible walls.

Seeds such as: bells of Neptune, ordinary beads, cases of Jose Cuervos, crows and similar. You may be able to record your own sound, which will be chopped up into beads and spit back as each bead hits the rattle’s walls. This is an experiment not some big corporate product launch, so it may or may not work on your device (especially the recording part), but if you’d like to entertain yourself or your 6 year old nephew. Or if you are doing ceremony in VR or just want to annoy your office mates, give it a whirl. (It can also steal rattles from other rattles. But there’s another reason for the name that will become apparent in the future.)


You don’t need to download from an app store, just run it in your browser. If you like it, and it likes you (standards are still evolving), it will offer an option to install it for keeps. Then it will work offline like a normal app (semi-normal anyway.) With its own icon on the home screen and everything

Spirit Rattle2019-10-22T15:34:42-06:00

Language as Technology

The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis states language doesn’t just represent the world but actually shapes our reality. Learning new languages gives us portals into different worlds. In the movie Arrival, aliens gifted humans with a technology of symbols that unlocked new ways of knowing and understanding.

If the symbols in Arrival looked vaguely familiar, it may be due to their similarity to the circular Gallifreyan script of the Time Lords in Dr. Who. Gallifreyan captures a word or sentence of meaning in the span of a single circumference and those who read it can decode its messages in a glance.

Inspired by the possibilities of symbols and technology, the following designs were created in Gallifreyan for experimental purposes only.


Have a Fantastic Life

Allons-Y Explained

Language as Technology2017-07-12T22:44:34-06:00

Banish Seasonal Affective Disorder

Research1 shows promising results using entrainment for depression. Particularly with seasonal affective disorder (SAD.) Specific frequencies of entrainment can positive change sluggish brain activity, depression, anxiety, fatigue and carbohydrate cravings. These frequencies increase activity in beta waves and cognitive function while simultaneously suppressing bands of slow alpha activity associated with depression and moodiness.

Our Banish SAD track uses the same frequencies used in the SAD study for both audio entrainment (a matrix of binaural, isochronic and amplitude modulation) and audiostrobe encoding (an enhancement for those with mind-machine devices like the Proteus, Kasina, Procyon or similar which use light goggles.)

The tones acting as “carriers” for the therapeutic frequency are based on the Solfeggio scale. While this scale isn’t validated scientifically, many sound therapists and their clients attest to its tonic properties.

You can try the track for free above, the higher resolution version with the full frequency ranges and audiostrobe is also available for download for iPhones, Androids, iPods, etc.

Dr. Joseph Puleo and Dr. Leonard Horowitz introduced Solfeggio frequencies in the seventies based on Pythagorean reductions of sacred verse. Many report the frequencies are deeply healing and restorative. The “active” ingredient of the track, however, is the entrainment frequency these carry from the study.

Banish Seasonal Affective Disorder2017-02-23T21:08:37-06:00