This is a series of 1 minute videos that will cover all the basics, signal moves, modes, navigation and controls of the psikohoop.  We hope these inform you and  inspire you to explore your own style in this new language of movement.

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psikohoop short tutorial 21_ preparing for signal moves explained

In the quiet quiver this is the hoop before the default (one backflip from default starting hoop). It has segments that light up when you move the switch to the corresponding orientation.  The idea is to practice different sequences of isolations and flips, to help you more easily understand and perform the signal moves. Challenge yourself to go through a certain series of colors, or to predict the color change just before the hoop gets there.

Demoed by Swirlesque
Voice and video by Merlin of psihoops



psikohoop short tutorials 22_ orientations and colors demo with annotations

notice that when the colors are not changing, the psikohoop is not registering a change….so when the hoop is vertical and you turn it like a coin spin, that is all the same orientation. Also when the hoop is flat, either held flat like in this video or lying on the floor, then it doesnt matter where the switch is, anywhere on the hoop will be in the horizontal orientation.

Performed by Swirlesque
Music: Bonobo: Eyes Down feat. Andreya Triana


psikohoop short tutorial 23_ orientations and colors demo

Doing isolations and flips, could be a performance…but please notice and pause at each change of color and be aware of what orientation that is.

Performed by Swirlesque
Music: Bonobo: Eyes Down feat. Andreya Triana

psikohoop short tutorial 24_ playing with the segment orientation hoop demo with annotations

this hoop is in the quiet quiver, one back from the default starting hoop.
In this demo only the vertical orientations are used..going clockwise from the top = quiet quiver, saved quivers, compose mode, 9 pack….you should also add in the two horizontal orientations of kix quiver and random mode.       Notice where in the arcs the change is triggered …for example is it at 12 exactly or a little before or after?  Be able to predict the changes and the colors that are about to appear and what orientations each represents.  The more you do this the better, till you can  do it instantly without thinking, and that will let you get on with more important stuff!

Performed by Swirlesque
Music:  LTJ Bukem: Travelling Appaloosa




psikohoop tutorial 25_ playing with the segment orientation hoop test yourself

for you to test yourself on the speed of your recognition of orientations, colors and names of the orientations…do this while watching the video and also with your own psikohoop

Performed by Swirlesque
Music: LTJ Bukem: Travelling Appaloosa




psikohoop short tutorial 25A games with the orientation hoops

An example of a game with a partner using psikohoops in the quiet quiver/segment orientation hoop.  Not quite as fun on your own but you could challenge yourself by calling out colors and then getting to them fast and flowy.

Performed by Lyca and Amanda

Music JQ: Rebirth Breaks



Psikohoop short Tutorial 26 The psikohoop has memory _  explained

In four of the orientations (quiet quiver, saved quivers, 9 pack, kix quiver) the last hoop you played with will appear again when you go back to that quiver.  It will have the settings you were last using (unless it was a global setting like brightness).  If you set up a quiver to autocycle then when you go back to that quiver that will be remembered.  In random mode the auto-shuffle speed you set will be remembered. Compose mode always clears when you exit it and always starts with the default rainbow hoop so only global settings like sensitivity will be remembered in compose mode.



Psikohoop short tutorial 27 _ practice spatial awareness with the segment hoop _ demo

another look at playing and performing with the segmented hoop (one back from default in the quiet quiver)…reason there are so many of these orientation hoop demos in the tutorials?   well..just trying to get you to practice this because really no point in going further unless you go this one down!

This video doesnt show the kix and random orientations (hoop horizontal, but you should include those for sure).  Notice that if the hoop is flat to the ground it doesnt matter where the switch is.  Also when the hoop is vertical and you turn it like a coin spin, it wont recognize that movement as a different just recognizes vertical up, vertical down, horizontal up and horizontal down, as well as vertical left and right.

Performed by Swirlesque
Music: Flume: You and Me (Disclosure Remix)


The word isoflip comes from “isolation” and “flip”.  You start the move with the switch facing you at the top and do an isolation from vertical 12 o’clock down to 6 o’clock and then flip the hoop straight back up.  The switch will now be facing away from you.  Doing the move with the right hand or left hand will be a different signal.

The move needs to be smooth and contiunuous with no jerks and take roughly between one to two seconds to complete. Thy this in the segmented hoop you have been playing with in previous tutorials

Demoed by Swirlesque

Voice and video by Merlin of psihoops



psikohoop short tutorial 29_ Isolflips as signal moves_demo with annotations

this shows actual signal moves which you will learn later..for now please just play with these moves, doing isolations, flips and combined isoflips with each hand,

Once this movement is practiced till you can do it without thinking, and it stays smooth and continuous, then it will be much easier to learn most of the signal moves, which change modes and settings either for the whole psikohoop, or a quiver or an individual hoop.

NOTE:  at 35 seconds where it says “2 left hand isolations”  it should say “2 left hand isoflips”

Performed by Swirlesque
Music: Oddisee, Little Brother:Delusional; Toto: Georgy Porgy; Bonobo: The Plug (Quantic Mix)


psikohoop short tutorial 29A_isoflips in different signal moves demonstrated with annotations

isolations and isoflips are a common theme with the psikohoop, so incorporate these into your play and practice and express them in your unique way.
Here are some of the isoflips used in different signal moves.

Performed by Swirlesque
music: Squarepusher: My Red Hot Car


Psikohoop short tutorial 30 _Isoflips in different signal moves_demonstrated

To get the feeling that signal moves can be part of your play and performance and work with the music and your flow.

Starts with the brightness move, then the sensitivity move.  Then the auto-cycle (shuffle) move and then the tap BPM move….(There are several tutorials on each of these later in the series)

NOTE: at 34 seconds the signal move with 2 right hand isoflips is not recognized (most probably because right at the start the hoop is jerky and not brought to 12 o’clock for a moment). Swirlesque does the move again immediately and it works.  (It turns on auto shuffle, which you will learn later on)

and yes, the starting frame in the video should be light green, sorry!

Performed by Swirlesque
Music: Squarepusher: My red Hot Car



Psikohoop short tutorial 31 brightness move_ explained

The psikohoop can be set to three levels of brightness. That will affect the lit time of the hoop between charges. The battery indicator is the green arc that shortens as the batteries run down.  The yellow bars near the connector are the indicators of the brightness setting.  3 double yellow lights = max brightness. 2 double yellow = normal. 1 double yellow = dimmed.

Demoed by Swirlesque
Voice and video by Merlin of psihoops



psikohoop short tutorial 32 _  brightness move _ demo with annotations

he brightness move is an example of a signal move based on an isoflip to enter the mode and then an isolation to go through the menu of choices and a reverse isolation to select.  You can continue the isolation as long as you want, going through these three choices and then when you reverse you will see a white flash as confirmation.  Discover what displays are more interesting at different brightness levels.

Brightness is a global setting and will affect all the orientations and quivers.

Performed by Swirlesque

Music: Music: Eric B.&Rakim: Paid in Full



Psikohoop short tutorial 33 _ brightess move _ demonstrated

once you get familiar enough with the signal moves you can incorporate them fluidly into your dance and performance.
Practice this move till not only does it work each time but you can flow with it and time it as you wish.

Performed by Swirlesque
Music: EricB and Rakim:Paid in Full



Psikohoop short tutorial 34_sensitivity controls including BUMP sensitivity

The sensitivity setting is global (affects the whole psikohoop).  Its done with a simple left hand isoflip and then isolate through the selections.  NOT SHOWN but in April 2017 added the 3 sensitivity levels of the BUMP mode.  These are right after the 3 levels of regular sensitivity (I blue, 2 yellow and 3 pink) and  look the same as their corresponding sensitivity level indicators but BUMP mode levels have a red bar added to the display. Bump settings are also global. Bump mode is color shift in default, but in compose you can select shuffle-bump, flash, segment pattern, and other responses.

Demoed by Swirlesque
Voice and video by Merlin of psihoops


Psikohoop Short tutorial 35_ sensitivity move and controls_ demo with annotations

The move is a left hand isoflip followed by an isolation.  Three choices for regular sensitivity : Low/default (1 blue bar),  medium (2 yellow bars), high (three pink bars). As usual, reverse direction of the isolation to select. If you carry on isolating past the pink bars you get to the BUMP sensitivity (not shown in this video). BUMP sensitivity also has three levels. All these sensitivity settings are global (affect the whole psikohoop). To exit BUMP mode, select one of the regular sensitivity levels.

Performed by Swirlesque
Music: Bonobo:The Plug (Quantic Mix)
Zendaya, Chris brown: Something new



Psikohoop short tutorial 36_ sensitivity move demo

To show how you can bring your own style to any of these signal moves that control modes and settings.
NOTE: as of april 2017 the BUMP sensitivity controls are right after the regular sensitivity controls, just continue the isolation.
Performed by Swirlesque
Music: Forss: Using Splashes


psikohoop short tutorial series 37_ autocycle move explained

This move toggles shuffle/autocycle on and off.  It engages all the hoops in a quiver or an orientation. If you have set a particular hoop to color flip, then autocycle will shuffle colors and stay in the same hoop. If you have BUMP mode selected, then autocycle mode will make hoops change on the bump and not shuffle on their own.
Demoed by Swirlesque
Voice and video by Merlin of psihoops



psikohoop short tutorial 38_ autocycle move demo with annotations

shows the autocycle move and the difference of flips in a quiver when autocyle is toggle ON. With autocycle toggled ON, front flips speed up  and back flips slow down the cycling/shuffle.  WIth autocycle toggled OFF (normal default) then flips move to next or prior hoop. The autocycle move can be seamlessly integrated into a performance or dance.

Performed by Swirlesque
Music: She moves She: Four Tet



psikohoop short tutorial 39_ bump mode default color shift

The sensitivity move extended to select BUMP mode sensitivity.
Shows different types of movement that can trigger the shifts.
There are three levels of sensitivity for BUMP mode. Each has a red bar in the selection choices. To get out of BUMP mode just select one of the three normal sensitivity levels.

This video is not high res…sorry…

Performed by Swirlesque


music:  Struck Out, by Submerse; 4 My Man, by Missy Elliot; Heaven (remix), by Sunship; In The Pocket, by Sunship; 212, by Azaelia Banks,



psikohoop short tutorial 40 _ bump mode with autocycle move to shuffle hoops with BUMP movement

In combination with the autocycle move (2 right hand isoflips) the BUMP sensitivity move gives you manual/bump control of shuffling the hoops in a quiver. Find the correct sensitivity for your style.   You can do the autocycle move before or after the BUMP sensitivity selection.

Check out random mode with BUMP sensitivity selected.

This video is not high res…sorry…

Performed by Swirlesque

Music: “Eris”, by Warsnare