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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This first video “Motion responsive hoops with flips” is a preview of how you can learn to interact with the psikohoop in real time, by mastering the movement controls and working with movement responsive displays.  It also shows the basic way of changing from one display to another, using a flip move, and how that can be tied into the music and used as an expressive gesture. This is a preview of skills that you will learn from following this whole tutorial series.

Performed by Swirlesque                             Music: Bruno Mars: 24K Magic


The second video “Flips and color flips”  is another preview of things to come. Emily shows some flips to change displays, and how those flips can enliven a performance.  She does a “signal move” – in this case a color flip move, which then sets the psikohoop into a mode where flips now change colors but keep the same pattern.  There are many signal moves that you will learn, and with practice be able to integrate into your dance and performance.

But you will need to practice with all the basics first. If you get familiar enough with this new movement language and with the psikohoop itself, till it becomes second nature, you will develop your own style of expression with this instrument. This will hopefully take your hooping, your interaction with other hoopers and dancers or audience, your own dance, play and performance, to a whole new level.

 

 

Performed by Swirlesque                    Music: Missy Elliot: Time and Time Again


Video 1 : Connecting and charging.

This next one is the first actual video of the tutorials.  The videos that have a voice over, and no music, like this one, will have a dark blue screen where the title is written. Dark green screen = Demonstrated with annotations (there will usually be music but with titles/notes to explain things). Light green screen = Demonstrated. Music but no notes. Light blue screen = diagrammed, with voice over.

These videos are meant to go with the booklet, or the on-line links, so please read those along with each video.

 

CHARGING INDICATORS

We now have a single blue LED next to the charging port to show that the hoop is properly connected to the USB charger. If it becomes disconnected, either intentionally or by mistake, then that LED turns red.

When you plug the lit hoop in to a powered USB charger or computer, the display changes to one steady turquoise  light.  (Note the hoop has to be ON to see the charging indicator, and you can either turn the hoop ON before connecting to USB or when its already charging.)

If the cable becomes disconnected the light changes to red.  If it connects again it will go back to turquoise.. It may be that the hoop got bumped or moved and the USB port disconnected, so carefully reset the USB cable in the port and make sure to use the Velcro stabilizer to hold the cable to the hoop and so reduce stress on the USB port.

There is actually no way at the moment to show how charged the hoop is while its still charging (firmware and hardware issue).  In order to see how charged the hoop actually is you need to do the usual button push and notice the green battery charge indicator (how much of a full arc the green lights up)
CHARGING THE HOOP

When you first receive the hoop it will already be charged. Each time you turn the hoop off, by holding down the button switch, the display will turn green for a second to indicate how much charge is left.  When that green indicator covers only a small segment of the hoop, its time to charge. The length of lit time will vary greatly with the settings you use, so its hard to predict exactly, but you will soon get the feel of it. The least amount of lit time you should get, with the hoop set to max brightness (see page 26) and with an all-white static display (which consumes the most power) should be over half an hour.  With some settings you will get more than 4 hours. With varied settings, and hooping in a variety of different displays, 2 hours lit time would be an average.

You first need to disconnect the hoop by twisting it around 1/8 inch in the correct direction (one way will feel easier than the other, and do it that way…see the instructions above) and then slide apart.   On one end of the connector you will see a small rectangular port which is the USB port.  This is used for charging the hoop and for installing/upgrading/sharing programs and settings. The connection is a micro-USB which is currently used by most smart phones.  You could use the charger that comes with your phone, if the plug fits into this micro USB port.

Make sure you have the plug the correct way up, notice that it has a wider flat side and a more curved side, and those need to be oriented correctly.  Don’t force the USB plug into the port, you will ruin the hoop. To charge the hoop you need to connect one end of the USB cable to the hoop and the other end to a power source such as a computer or wall socket. When the hoop is plugged into the USB cable, protect the cable from being tripped over or yanked, because that could also destroy your ability to charge the hoop. Its an expensive repair.  Could be almost the price of a new hoop.

To help with this we have provided a Velcro strip attached to the USB cable. Once the hoop is disconnected, hold both pieces of tubing together with the ends about one or two inches overlapping, and then secure them with the Velcro strip from the USB cable. Position the Velcro around the thinner part of the tube, not where it widens into the connector.  Make it really tight so that the hoop doesn’t spring apart, and the slightly thicker ends of the tubing, where the connector is, will hold the Velcro in place.  Then connect the USB cable to the port on the hoop and then connect to a power source.

Remove the hoop from the power source when it’s charged. It will be fully charged within 3-4 hours but you can leave it overnight if necessary.  Then reconnect the two ends of the hoop immediately to protect the delicate USB port connection and to reduce the risk of dust and moisture getting into the hoop, or of someone tripping on the opened hoop, or trying to use it without knowing how to connect it, etc.

It’s a quirk of lithium batteries that they can get stressed if left on charge too long. They keep discharging slightly and charging again, and this will lower the overall life of the batteries. So get to know roughly how long it takes to fully charge your hoop and then unplug . A good starting time to try would be 2 hours. Its very unlikely that you will get a significant increase in charge after 3 hours unless you have a low Amp charger through an old computer or similar.

Video 2: Orientations of the psikohoop

If you turn the hoop ON when the hoop is in different orientations you will access new quivers of hoops. The 6 possible orientations are:

1/ Hoop upright/vertical with switch at the top.  Quiet quiver: Confirmation signal is turquoise

2/Horizontal (like the hoop was lying on the ground) with switch UP.    Kix quiver: Confirmation purple.

3/ Hoop upright/vertical with the switch to the left (9 o’clock).     9 pack : Confirmation pink

4/Hoop upright/vertical with switch to the right (3 o’clock).  Saved pack: Confirmation yellow.

5/ Hoop horizontal with switch on underside.    Random quiver: confirmation blue.

6/   Hoop vertical with switch at bottom and facing you.  Compose mode quiver:confirmation red.  

 

Psikohoop short tutorial 3 _orientations and colors

this video is a demonstration of the color confirmation signals associated with each orientation.  You will need to recognize these instantly and without thought… It will help you to spend time with this hoop. Its a couple back from the default first hoop in the quiet quiver.

performed by Swirlesque                                            music- Wagon Christ: Bend Over

 

 

psikohoop short tuturial 4_half offs_ explained

how to change orientations/quivers without turning the hoop off completely

Performed by Swirlesque           music :  Gaby Kerpel: Cada Vez Que La Visita; Danny Breaks: Soul Something; Joyce:Zoeira;    Power Glove: Night Force; Radiohead: Decks Dark; Teedra Moses: Doing You.

 

Performed by Swirlesque             Music: Radiohead:Decks Dark;  Teedra Moses:Doing You;  Gaby Kerpel: Cada Vez Que La Visita;  Danny Breaks: Soul Something; Joyce:Zoeira;   Power Glove: Night Force;

 

Psikohoop short tutorial 7_ flips to change displays hoops explained

In the psikohoop a “hoop” means a functional entity – it can be just one display (that you can then apply different modes, colors, effects, settings to) or a series of displays that act as one thing or have a similar theme – in a psikohoop quiver, the most precise way to change from one “hoop” to another is a flip.  Front and back flips take you forwards or backwards through the quiver of hoops.

Demoed by Swirlesque
Voice and video by Merlin of psihoops

 

Tutorial 8 flips to change displays/hoops   demo with annotations

flips – a start on using changes of display as expression…
Performed by Swirlesque                            Music: Phaeleh: Think About It

psikohoop short tutorial 9_ more flips explained

different ways of doing flips, an invitation to explore
Demoed by Swirlesque
Voice and video by Merlin of psihoops               Music: Malibu State: Take Another Look

 

psikohoop short tutorial 10_ side flips explained

Side flips are the same as regular flips except you start the move with the switch at your left, 9 o’clock
Side flips have different uses:
in quiet quiver they select arc controls
In saved quivers and 9 packs they navigate between quivers
In compose mode they take you to additional effects
in random mode they shift between auto shuffle and manual

Demoed by Swirlesque
Voice and video by Merlin of psihoops

 

Psikohoop short tutorial 11_flips and side flips demonstrated with annotations

notice where the switch is and you can tell if its a flip or a side-flip. Of course you dont have to do flips in this style, just work out ways that complement your own style and mood.

Front and back flips trigger on the vertical, side flips always trigger on the horizontal.   So start front flips with the hoop vertical and start side flips with the hoop horizontal.

Practice till its second nature to get a flip to trigger predictably on the beat.

Performed by Swirlesque
Music: Squarepusher: Dedicated Loop

 

psikohoop short tutorial 12_ side flips demo with annotations

Side flips in navigation, going from one quiver in the 9 pack to the next or previous quiver. If you have the switch facing away from you instead of toward you, a front flip will act as a back flip and a front side flip will act as a back side flip.

Performed by Swirlesque
Music: Ital Tek: Mako

psikohoop short tutorial 13_  arc control in quiet quiver explained

The use of side flips in the quiet (vertical) quiver. They turn on 3 settings of the arc control…a dark arc that spreads with movement, a white arc and a lit arc.  The sensitivity control (later in tutorials) greatly affects the arc controls.

 

Psikohoop short tutorial 14_ arc control in quiet quiver demo with annotations

Starts with a quiver reset (see later tutorial) and then side flips into expanding dark arc (movement makes the dark arc grow)…NOTE: this hoop was set to high sensitivity so the arc is very responsive. Then side-flips into white arc and then side flips into lit arc.  Then regular flips to change hoops, still with arc control in each hoop.

Performed by Swirlesque
Music:LTJ Bukem: Demons Theme

 

psikohoop short tutorial 15_ arc control in quiet quiver demo

arc control in quiet quiver (set to high sensitivity)
Flip back and forth in first two hoops of the quiet quiver.
Then more side flips to the other arc controls
Performed by Swirlesque
Music: Wagon Christ: Sentimental Hardcore

 

psikohoop short tutorial 16_  arc control in quiet quiver low sensitivity demo with annotations

Arc control side flips in quiet quiver..set to low sensitivity.  Flips to several hoops in the quiet quiver and then more side flips to the different arc controls.
Remember flips go from vertical to vertical and trigger on the vertical…side flips go from horizontal to horizontal and trigger on the horizontal

Performed by Swirlesque
Music: Earth, Wind and Fire: On Your Face

 

psikohoop short tutorial 17_ lock unlock explained

Shows how to LOCK a hoop with 3 button pushes and how to UNLOCK a hoop with 2 button pushes or UNLOCK and ADVANCE with three button pushes.

 

psikohoop short tutorial 18_ Lock Unlock demonstrated with annotations

The pushes to LOCK and UNLOCK can be done very fast, but need to be distinct.
The two button UNLOCK takes a second to confirm with white flash (its waiting to see if you are going to do a third push to unlock and advance)

Performed by Swirlesque
Music: George Benson: Give Me The Night

 

Psikohoop short tutorial 18A_ lock unlock demonstrated

LOCK and UNLOCK can punctuate your dance.  Unlock and advance can be times to the music and used at the start of a performance, for example.  Flips are also demoed, and the color flip signal move, which you will learn later. After doing the color flip move, a flip changes the color scheme but keeps the pattern and effects of that particular hoop.

Performed by Swirlesque
Music –  Faithless:Crazy English Summer; Maceo and the Macks: Cross the Tracks (We Better Go Back)

 

 

Psikohoop short tutorial 19_ an orientation hoop explained

Use a specific hoop in the quiet quiver for this.  Its a solid colored hoop 2 hoops back (2 backflips) from the default starting hoop in that quiver.  The default starting hoop when vertical with switch at the top, has a gradient display of reds, oranges and yellows. The hoop you want goes from one solid color to another.  There are 6 colors corresponding to the 6 orientations – vertical top and bottom, horizontal switch up and switch down, and vertical with switch at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock.  Play with this hoop a lot, till you really get a feel for the orientations, their colors and names.  This will help later on and can be fun itself.

Demoed by Swirlesque
Voice and video by Merlin of psihoops

 

psikohoop short tutorial 20_  practicing spatial awareness with the orientation hoop explained

Playing with the orientation hoop in the quiet quiver, 2 back from the default hoop.  It will develop your awareness of planes, orientations, and the position of the switch. This will come in handy as you progress.  If you dont put in the time on this you will not have so much fun with the more advanced skills.

Demoed by Swirlesque
Voice and video by Merlin of psihoops

 

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.

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 orientation..it 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 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