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"For art to exist, for any sort of aesthetic activity or perception to exist, a certain physiological precondition is indispensable: intoxication."
Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols, "Expeditions of an Untimely Man"


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The Psychedelic Screen Saver is a light synthesizer that generates an astounding variety of mesmerizing patterns. As the patterns materialize on your screen, the colors will shift, undulate, and blow your mind. Whether you're into abstract art, mathematics, or just have a history of mental illness, you'll love this screen saver.

Included with the screen saver are over 400 displays demonstrating some of the capabilities of the software.  If, however, you wish to create your own displays, you can construct your own using the hundreds of controls that govern the animation creation process.  The variety of displays that can be created is absolutely staggering.

The Psychedelic Screen Saver  has been designed to work in conjunction with CD/Spectrum Pro in order to provide stunning visual effects that synchronize with the sounds from an audio source (like the CD player in your computer or an MP3 file). With many of the module controls you can associate a sound frequency, a range of effect, and a sensitivity. Fluctuations in the amplitude of the frequency will oscillate the control values within the range of effect.

There are versions for Windows 95/98/ME, Windows NT/2000/XP. For those of you using non-Intel systems, we've provided versions of the software for MIPS, Alpha, and PowerPC builds of Windows NT 4.0.

System Requirements

  • The Psychedelic Screen Saver runs quite nicely on a 80486 DX2-66 system. However, if it is being used in conjunction with CD/Spectrum Pro then you'll probably want at least Pentium based system.
  • Microsoft Windows NT or Microsoft Windows 95/98/ME
  • At least a 256 color display card - While the screen saver works in high/true color modes, you will only get the palette animation effects (which cause the colors to shift and undulate) in 256 color video modes. If you have Microsoft’s DirectX extensions installed then you can use the "Video Mode" panel inside the Psychedelic Screen Saver configuration dialog to set the screen saver to run in a 256 color video mode. However, the screen saver can only provide the mode switching feature if the DirectX extensions are installed on your system. You can find out if you have the extensions installed by selecting the "Video Mode" panel. If there is a message telling you that they are not installed then you can download them (free of charge) from Microsoft’s web site at: http://www.microsoft.com/directx/

Release Notes

  • Installing The Psychedelic Screen Saver will overwrite prior versions of The Psychedelic Screen Saver. If you've installed a previous version (2.5 or higher) you may want to backup, rename, or otherwise save the file "psych.scr" in your \system directory (on Win95) or \system32 directory (on WinNT). Psych is compatible with your existing saved settings.
  • The Psychedelic Screen Saver is free to users who have purchased a 3.x version and is available to users who have purchased an earlier version of The Psychedelic Screen Saver as a $10 upgrade. Note that the upgrade licenses the latest version of the screen saver but not CD/Spectrum Pro.  CD/ Spectrum Pro is a separate product.
  • Purchasing this version of The Psychedelic Screen Saver provides you with a license to use all versions (past, present, and future) of The Psychedelic Screen Saver.

  • You must have a properly configured sound card installed in your system in order for The Psychedelic Screen Saver to synchronize with sound.

  • CD/Spectrum Pro must be running in order for The Psychedelic Screen Saver to sync with sound.