Active-alert hypnosis and one-man band rigs involve multitasking, the ability to perform more than one task simultaneously. Multitasking can be confused with performing one task while distracted doing another. Looking at the effort involved in consuming other types of entertainment can shed light on forces that lead to mass distraction. The advent of smartphones is an example. People are always looking at them, even while they are driving or at the movie theater. 3D televisions have had difficulty catching on because the 3D glasses that viewers must wear affect the ability to see other screens clearly.* People would rather be on their phones and laptops while watching TV than give all their attention to a 3D film. I transfer this desire to multitask while watching TV to the process of reading and listening. In my work, each multitasking effort is equal in value, requiring the same amount of attention, and yielding greater results than conventional multitasking, which involves both attention and distraction. Sometimes in my work, a small physical gesture can cause words, written or spoken, to appear one at a time on a screen, projected on a wall, in a smart mirror, or played through a speaker.
*Jenny Preece et al., Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction (New Jersey: Wiley, 2015), 40-41.
One Man Trance Chewing Hypnosis with Pendulum, Healthy Eating Script, watching DDD. Chewing triggers pendulum swings. Pendulum text reads Coué's "Every day in every way I'm getting better and better [and better]." Foot pedals trigger healthy eating hypnosis script as priming text. Watching an episode of Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.
One Man Trance Multitasking Transcribing Notes from "Training Trances" Book with Scanmarker. Pedals advance priming screens of memory boosting, learning enhancing, and brain activating hypnosis scripts.
One Man Trance multitasking in One Man Band Station with Stomp Stick and Tap Type on Tambourine. Stomping stick and using pedals advances three priming screens. Tap 2 worn on right hand types on main screen depending on combination of fingers tapped with on tambourine.
One Man Band with simultaneous chess game, studying chess tactics, and watching "The Queen's Gambit" on Netflix. The foot pedals control the scrolling of the bottom center screen of the text "Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess" and the advance of the words of the far-right screen of research regarding "10 Chess Benefits." The far-left screen is controlled by the tapped midi guitar notes of my song "Strategetician" of the book "100 Chess Problems." The right hand is free to play an electronic chess game