Category: Dj Shog – This Is My Sound


After explaining the REM-detection algorithm to a friend over the weekend, I was inspired to shed some light on it by plotting each step in the loop on the graph so that it becomes easier to visualize.

The first printout that I recorded last night, 5 minutes past midnight, shows the strained beats picked up by the halograph FM. The fREM channel can be seen counting up each blink or strained beat that peaks over the top line and then triggers the next track in the playlist after the 8th blink.

13 Strained Heartbeats at 0005

And the second printout, recorded at 0017, shows the same thing happening with the OpenREM channel from the OpenEEG electrodes.

Eye Movement Count from EEG at 0017

This will make it a lot easier to perfect the algorithm by highlighting where it was thinking about triggering. The tracks at 0618 made it into the dream and helped me stave off a hoard of zombies, but didn’t trigger lucidity…

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Sleep and Consciousness Research Graph
First night using the FIELD mouse (and that pun will probably never get old). I had my mouse duct taped to my hand, and I messed around with it for like an hour and a half trying to get it comfortable. Finally I did, and I ended falling asleep around 2:30, forgetting to actually hold down the button.

However upon waking I discovered that I held down the button 3 times for a very long time. Once from 3:04am to 3:45am, after that there was some small movement and then another click just long enough to trigger it again. Next one was from 5:53am to 6:34 (featured), another flurry of movement. And the last one was from 7:09 to 7:25, just before I woke up, the movement was delayed by 30+ seconds this time.

If any of those were from me dreaming, I didn’t experience/remember any of them. It’s quite likely that I was just laying on my hand or something. I also woke with my headset unplugged so the delay in movement on the third “dream” could have been from that. Though just a note, if these were dreams, it would mean that the songs were triggered just after they ended, so it might be a good idea to have a version where the song is triggered after oh 10-20 minutes of holding down the mouse.

I woke up feeling very refreshed for only having had 5 hours of sleep, so I’ll definitely be doing this again, hoping for better results though.

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Audio Tracks During REM Sleep
Four tracks played within six minutes: two of the tracks can be seen in the featured minute and I distinctly remember when the second one played. The rush from knowing that the world around me was a dream can clearly be seen in the seconds that followed. I tried to control my eye movements for the first time, but the effect I was hoping for did not make it across.

Another track played in the morning and woke me up during REM sleep, feeling very refreshed.

Preparation: chewed a few calea leaves.

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Alternating Rapid Eye Movements
The nine peaks in the minute above are part of seven phases of REM that occured during a ten minute window where the blinking started and stopped roughly every thirty to sixty seconds. The track had played twenty minutes earlier, but I have no memory of it.

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REM Sleep with Mugwort
The track interrupted the rapid eye movements after which the dream continued for another two minutes, although I have no memory of it.

Preparation: boiled two tablespoons of Mugwort in two cups of water for 10 minutes until half a cup was left.

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TI Chronos EZ430 Dream Alarm
The track played and either woke me up, or I had a false awakening. Remembered my dreams very well (after beeing woken up during the REM period).

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2012-01-05 – FIELD Day 2

Mouse Sleep Detection
Day 2 of attempting the FIELD method. I slept pretty late last night (aroudn 2:30 ish AM), but I still aimed to get 4-5 hours of sleep though. I wasn’t using the Lucid Scribe program as yet, it took a while for me to type up my Dream Journal Entry because I recalled a decent amount of dreams.

I prepared to set up the mouse plugin at around 9:35 AM, along with my Blackberry Curve taped on my right wrist too. But then I got annoyed by the constant vibrating sound my Blackberry Curve made when I used the vibration app. So I quickly turned it off and still held on to the mouse and went to sleep quicker.

I recall one dream practicing the FIELD method, which is pretty good since I stayed up over 90 minutes after waking up after 4-5 hours of prior sleep.

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Sleep Detector Mouse
Overall, it took me 15-20 minutes to fall asleep while practicing this.

The sensation I felt the most was the blood inside the two fingers I held both mouse buttons with rushing towards that point.

I used that sensation to keep a low level of consciousness. I eventually let go of the buttons and heard the Anthem.mp3 file play and immediately went back to pressing the buttons on the mouse.

I’ll try my best to keep practicing this technique. I think I can pull off a WILD if I try hard enough. It should be easier to do after a Wake Back To Bed to help with the chance of inducing a WILD.

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Awake in a Dream
The track played twice and it was quite something to hear it start while I was already lucid. Now that I can export to video and even HD (coming soon to most entries) the very next feature that I need to finish coding is the ability to manage playlists…

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Lucid Dreaming Rapid Eye Movement
A classic example of the process squezed into a single minute; vibrations for 10 seconds, 10 rapid eye movements over the course of 30 seconds and lucidity triggered by the track for 20 seconds. All in a night’s work.

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