Nigel first met Burroughs on a trip to Paris where he sought him out at the Beat
Hotel, a downbeat rooming house at 9 Rue Git le Coeur.

Burroughs worked closely on the effects of flicker with
Brion Gysin, whom he
met in Tangier in strangely magical circumstances connected with
John Starr
Cooke. With friends Ian Sommerville and Alan Watson (both originating
from Darlington, as did Hollingshead), they later lived and worked in what was
Paul McCartney's London flat, experimenting with tape recorders
and using tape loops, back-masking and 'playback' to achieve desired ends. One
of their experiments formed the basis of

Burroughs was also deeply involved in
Scientology and incorporated their
methods in his experiments.