the rooftop


Illustration for poetry paperback rider 9: metricity and millie (click image for larger version). Here is a teaser:

There are times of quickening,
when everything’s a jumble or a hologram or both,
when everything’s as obvious
as the truth that nothing is,
as the mystery of sanity.

The Rooftop comes from VEE & TIM (the Visual Evolution Engine and The Illustrated Mind software). The image is evolved from 10 minutes of my own EEG (T7, T8, Pz electrodes), with time horizontal and the left and right hemispheres top and bottom respectively. For the first 2 minutes, I sat quietly, for the following 3 minutes, I wrote poetry, then 3 minutes listening to music with eyes closed, and I again sat quietly for the final 2 minutes. Frequency is on the vertical axis with higher frequencies at the centre.

The horizontal bands mark active frequency regions, and in the upper half around the centre (left hemisphere), the transition from writing to listening to music is particularly clear.

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