By Kipp Cheng
Updated March 15, 1996 at 05:00 AM EST

Angel-headed hipsters will howl with delight at this contemplation of the best minds of the beat generation. Based on a recent exhibit at Manhattan’s Whitney Museum, The Beat Experience features the ’50s writers, artists, musicians, and proto-slackers who foreshadowed the ’60s counterculture. An ultimate Beat Pad launches you into coolsville: Click on a poster and see photos of Zen alcoholic novelist Jack Kerouac and poet Allen Ginsberg; click on a retro turntable and hear soundscapes by John Coltrane and Miles Davis. This revisit to the movement that spawned the poetry slam rocks the new medium, right down to the spooky, screen-melting simulation of an acid trip. A