What It Does
HipGnosis demonstrates several audio and visual techniques of inducing trance and altered states of consciousness:
- a 220 bpm click track mixed with the hissing and popping of a record player (for atmosphere)
- a rotating, black-and-white spiral that ultimately results in a motion aftereffect
- subliminal stimuli
- a repeating mantra
- a sigil
How It Works
HipGnosis has five sprites and uses a global variable named
hipgnotizing and the message
hipgnotize to communicate and coordinate the sprites’ actions.
Controller— This sprite displays the instructions at the beginning, waits for you to click on the screen to begin, then changes the variable
hipgnotizingfrom 0 to 1 and broadcasts the message
hipgnotizeto the other sprites. Then
Controllerplays the audio file clickTrack for one minute (you may increase or decrease this time by editing the argument in the wait () seconds block, but n.b. the clickTrack audio is only two minutes long in total), after which it switches the
hipgnotizingvariable back to 0, plays the
electricityaudio file until it is done, then stops the entire project.
Sigil— Displays the sigil.
Mantra— When this sprite receives the
Controller, it begins playing two mantra audio files (one 0.3 seconds behind the other) over and again with a one-second delay between plays. This repeats until the
hipgnotizingvariable back to 0.
Spiral— When this sprite receives the
Controller, it rotates slowly until the
hipgnotizingvariable changes to 0, at which point it hides to reveal the sigil.
SubMssg(subliminal message) — Randomly flashes a red image of the Bowl of Hygieia. You can make the image appear more or less often by editing the second argument in the pick random (
1) to (
The mantra is XIQUAL INGOZH PHA LA, which is Ouranian-Barbaric for “phenomenizing trance.” The audio was generated with a text-to-speech synthesizer and a technique used to make the weird speech of the Black Lodge in Twin Peaks:1 I had the synthesizer pronounce the mantra backward (ALL OFF ZOGNI LAW-KEYS), and then I reversed the audio in the Scratch sound editor.
Make It Better
There are countless ways you could change up this project with different sigils, mantras, or other mind-bending sounds or images. Experiment with various tones and frequencies, colors, &c.
The following third-party media were used in making this project:
- “Ouroboros-simple.svg” by AnonMoos
- “Old Record Scratchy/Popping Effect” by ADPhotoshop2
- “Death cup” by kristino0702
- “Decorative elements, border and page rules” by 100ker
- See this tutorial for more about how to do that.