Mitch Altman's revolutionary Trip Glasses ("a sound and light brain machine")

I was lucky enough to get a 14-minute test ride with this device a couple days ago, courtesy Mitch himself (and Scott Beibin), and can personally attest to its efficacy. Mitch says they should be available commercially soon, retailing for $40. Something like this is long overdue, especially given that Brion Gysin’s dream machine, which works on a similar principle, was developed decades ago. Experienced meditators and psychonauts will recognize the spaces in consciousness that your brain travels to with the aid of this device; others are in for a pleasant, overwhelming shock. It’s like a trailer for an actual psilocybin or LSD trip, or for what you may experience in deeper meditation. Wonderful, much needed—and totally subversive. Well done, Mitch!

Here’s some video with some other folks trying out the Trip Glasses..


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About Jay Babcock

I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2023: I publish an email newsletter called LANDLINE = Previously: I co-founded and edited Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curated the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was somehow listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. From 2010 to 2021, I lived in rural wilderness in Joshua Tree, Ca.

5 thoughts on “Mitch Altman's revolutionary Trip Glasses ("a sound and light brain machine")

  1. You know there have been brain machines for decades, now. Michael Hutchinson wrote a book about them in the early 90’s – Megabrain was his company. They got big around the same time as float tanks.

    But most of them were a couple of hundred dollars, and these do seem a lot less expensive.

  2. I agree. I would like to know what sort of abstract shapes are possible. As this gadget seems to stimulate the visual cortex it must get pretty trippy depending upon how creative one is.

    I’d also like to know what brainwave frequency/state the audio is attempting to entrain? Is it the Alpha state?

    I’m a naturally curious mind. So I may just end up buying these, just to see what they’re like. 🙂

    Combining binaural beats with visual hullucinations? I’m in.

  3. Heartslord – Pointless. It’s just flashing lights. The eyes don’t see the images, or patterns; the brain does.

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