Thursday, August 17, 2006

Pipe Dream

Fractals are sometimes perceived as trippy, halucinogenic things. Which probably says more about the viewers than the artists. Pipe Dream was the name of a Hendrix boot. Speaking of boots, some Grateful Dead boots had fractal album covers. Hard to think of GD stuff being boots when they'd let you plug into the sound board at their shows. Boots are usually not encouraged, but since the GD never had a top 40 anyway, what the hey. Hippy days, tie-dye shirts, pipe dreams, incense and peppermints.


Blogger Keith said...

Dick's Picks aren't boots are they?

Anyway, I have several GD DVDs. I think that a color cycling Julia occasionally appears in the background in the movie.

FWIW, lately I am getting my GD fix on the dead channel.

I have only seen them live once and at the time I had no idea what I was seeing - I walked out. I regret that now.

8/17/2006 3:07 PM

Blogger Philip Northover said...

Hi Keith, I believe Dick's Picks are distributed by Grateful Dead Merchandising and are not boots. Dick was the custodian of their tapes vault. I guess those would be the official master recordings of the shows. As I understand it, there were so many shows that not all have been released and so the boots are in effect what Dick didn't Pick, or hasn't Picked Yet. :-)

I'm hardly an expert though. My info is mostly from a deadhead I know. I did briefly look at Garcia as a guitar player. He was missing half of his right middle finger, as you may have known.

8/17/2006 5:38 PM

Blogger Keith said...

Check out the covers that Dick picked. That's probably why the boots have fractals too

8/17/2006 9:42 PM

Blogger Tim said...

You want to know something funny? I thought "boots" meant boots, things on your foot. I had this picture of an audio jack plugged into someone's leather cowboy boot and fed into a mixing board...

I've heard reference to fractals being associated with "hippie" stuff. Is this because of a Grateful Dead connection? I've rarely seen fractals anywhere besides the internet, but maybe they've found a niche in some subculture I don't know of?

I've only seen the Grateful Dead once or twice and they didn't seem like the cowboy boot types to me. Jimi Hendrix maybe.

Boots... am I clued out, or what?

8/17/2006 10:20 PM

Blogger SuZeeMay said...

I suddenly realized that my very first fractal was a kaleidoscope in my Christmas stocking when I was very small! And I loved it even then.

I'm a flower child of the 70's. We would go to dances with flowers painted on our faces and masses of colouring glass beads around our necks. The music would play and the lighting efects would move and swirl around the room - and many of those effects were created by coloured lights moving behind a fractal style image.

Then there was the Pop Art movement of the 60's where we would draw designs that seemed to form movement and colours swirled abd overlaid. Again - early style fractals.

I thought I had only found fractals in January of this year. In fact, I have refound the background to my youth!

8/17/2006 11:50 PM

Blogger John S. Meade said...

Slippin' an a slidin' and grooven an a moven at the love-in...

See? this is exactly why I LOVE THIS STUFF!

At the time Mandelbrot only had a dotmatrix printer... if I'm not mistaken (mebbee I am) it was a prototype of the 16-pin variety.
Wuz dat in de '60's? nope oh. ok was-it-in-the-'70's?? nope & nope (rhymes with rope and ... duh... something else,something elemental, something ancient, if I could only remember what)
the time was early '80's when we were all blinded by Science.

From the If you gots 'em smoke 'em Dept.
RJ Michal included some sample C programs in with the Aztec compiler (Aztecs!? Jeezsch! what's next? Crop-circles???) for a fractal explorer. -- 1986.

The Amiga screen was roughly a foot (as in what goes in a boot) square. by the time I zoomed into a section with black on one side and white on the other - if the screen was a tile (I'll leave it to all you Zep fans to make the distinction here)
then the map would be roughly as large as the orbit (there's >>that<< word again -- how strange??!!) of Saturn.

But I digress.

The point I was trying to get to (and now it seems it be on the otherside of an asymptote is Gaston the J and Helge Von Koch and Benny the M did all of the beauty in their heads. Which is exactly what we chillins of the '60's did too. and so we were all drawn here to this blog some just like butter others just like Jessica Rabbit.

I hope this was sufficiently "trippy" but I gotta go -- my [Strawberry] Alarm Clock just went off too frumious to be ignored.

8/18/2006 9:00 AM

Blogger Philip Northover said...

Yep Keith, sure looks fractal to me!

@Tim, There were a few deadheads on They may have learned of fractals through these boot covers. Boots may refer to the fans smuggling in the tape recorders in their boots, or perhaps to bootlegging activity a la prohibition times.

@Susan, heh I used to have a black light and a strobe way back when. Kinda fun to wheel out at parties!

@John, hehe I had an early Amiga. It came with a colour-progression program that was dazzling compared to the IBM PC's handful of colours. I had to let it go when I just didn't have time for it. I did subscribe to AmigaDisk, and once they included a good version of Space Invaders. More time down the drain! :-)

8/18/2006 9:23 AM


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