Archive | December, 2016

The Best Psychedelic Videos of 2016

31 Dec

As in every year’s end, the Daily Psychedelic Video is proud to present you with list of the best psychedelic videos of the year, meticulously selected from over 400 psychedelic videos that were featured on the DPV this year. This year’s list includes some particularly awesome, mind-boggling videos, so beware!

How to watch these videos

We recommend dedicating a psychedelic evening to watching these videos on big, sharp screens, with good speakers and in a receptive, psychedelic state of mind. These videos are not for intended for standard, distracted middle-of-workday watching. Let them take you on a journey.

 

Japanese Donald Drumpf Commercial

Which better way to start our end of the year summary than with Mike Diva’s superb Japanese-style spin-off on the man who became the most iconic symbol for the quite disturbing events that swept world politics in 2016. Diva turns trump into a transformer style superhero that ends up blowing up the whole planet – let’s hope reality doesn’t turn out quite like that… (Original post).

 

OK Go – Upside Down

2016 was the year the DPV discovered OK Go. That is, the DPV already had OK Go videos on the site before 2016, but this was the year when we featured no less than five new OK Go videos, four of which made it to this list. The Upside Down video which was released this February was shot in 8 sections 27 second sections of Zero Gravity conditions, all stitched together into a one shot experience. Amazing achievement! (Original post).

 

Cycle – Kouhei Nakama

Kouhei Nakama’s work has already appeared in the DPV’s 2015 list of best psychedelic videos. In 2016 Nakama dazzled us again with his newest breath taking video “Cycle.” (Original post)

 

Coldplay – Up and Up

Coldplay’s UP and Up video, directed by Vania Heymann and Gal Muggia is a surrealist masterpiece bringing together all types of disparate elements like cars driving on the rings of Saturn, a gymnast jumping over fields bombarded by napalm bombs, a ferry docking inside a bathtub, or divers inside a washing machine. Rene Magritte couldn’t have done it better. (Original post).

 

Kool Keith X MF DooM – “Superhero”

Kris Merc created this music clip inspired by Afrofuturism and comic books, using Doom’s mask and iconography as a reference point “as if time and space converged around these strange, sometimes magical tableaus and we were witnessing an ascension.” (Original post).

 

Secret Friend – Any Day Now

A hyper-colorful, almost epileptic but highly satisfying clip to Secret Friend’s “Any Day Now.” (Original Post.)

 

2016 ACIP Director’s Reel

Method Studio created this 2016 reel which uses dancing avatars to showcase the visual effects used in the studio’s productions such as motion capture, procedural animations and dynamic simulations. (Original post).

 

Grand Temple of Nature – Psychedelic Caleidoscope Mirrorlapse of Thailand

Created from video shots made by Chris Kramer on his trip to Thailand, this video simply mirrored the footage creating an incredibly enchanting world of reflections. (Original post).

 

Memories of paintings – Thomas Blanchard

Thomas Blanchard’s memories of paintings delves into microscopic bubble universes and finds endless infinitesimal detail in the interactions between paint, oil, oat milk and soap. You might also want to check out his making off video. (Original post).

 

Hardest Mandelbrot Zoom 2016

The universe is endless, as fractals never tire from demonstrating. The latest hardcore mandelbrot zoom, the hardest of 2016 according to the creators, takes you through 750 million iterations and up to the 1099 zoom. (Original post).

 

Ran Djan – Alyan Vaala

Most of the work featured on the DPV is usually original work created by animators and directors. Yet sometimes one is confronted with mash-up artists that manage to weave existing psychedelic videos into a creation that’s delivers a new and mesmerizing experience. Ran Djan’s Alyan Vaala is one case in point. (Original post).

 

Morpha Utila – Lale Westvind

Morpha Utila is a friendly hyper-transforming ambassador from the machine world, and it’s probably the most endearing machine you’ll ever meet. (Original post).

 

Secret Friend – Do You – Michael Buzan

Michael Buzan who was also featured in our list last year continues to create hallucinatory hand drawn animations. His Do You video to a track by Secret Friend follows a particularly time-warping far-out story. (Original post).

 

OK Go – The One Moment           

OK Gos music videos tend to explore a particular effect, principle or dimension of reality. In their latest release from November this year, the group stretch the dimension of time in a clip that took 4 seconds to shoot but plays for 4 incredible minutes. (Original post).

 

The Magician – Andy Shauf

“The magician bends the rules.” Canadian singer-songwriter Andy Shauf disappears and reappears behind the many layers of a proliferating and crumbling reality. (Original post).

 

Hyper Reality – Keiichi Matsuda

Keiichi Matsuda created this impressive, scary video demonstrating how an augmented reality world might work, and the way it could hijack our very grasp on reality. (Original post).

 

Kurzegesagt – What are you?

Kurzgesagt (In a nutshell) is a phenomenal series of animated web videos which explain ideas and concepts in various domains such as physics, sociology, psychology, neuroscience, mathematics etc. Their video on the nature of the self is refreshing and mind-boggling rendition of the ancient question: what are you? (Original post).

 

Pelepe – Rail

Israeli video artist Ave has been featured repeatedly on the DPV over the past couple of years. His latest project Pelepe, together with his partner K. has supplied us with perhaps his most phenomenal video, which explores the relationship between public and artist, present moment and durable work, love and fear.(Original post).

 

Some forgotten 2015 and 2014 gems 

While we try our best, we can’t help but miss some of the fresh psychedelic videos out there on the web, and sometimes these get featured on the site a year or two after their release. So, same as every year, here are some of the best videos of 2014 which we missed in last year’s list.

Getter – Head Splitter (2015)

San Jose DJ  Tanner Pettula has released two melting-point psychedelic videos in the past year. If you liked this one you might also enjoy his sequel video to the toxic hamburger tails rip and dip. (Original post).

 

Freaky Flowers 2 (2015)

The second installation in the Freaky Flowers series takes a different perspective to the flower time-lapse genre, focusing on the wilting flowers, rather than the flowering one, and the results turns out to be no less spectacular. (Original post).

 

Kanahebi – Slowly Rising (2015)

Japanese director Hideaki Inaba created this spectacular video showing mysterious underwater creatures performing their immaculate dances. (Original Post)

 

Shabazz Palaces – Forerunner Foray (2015)

Animator Chad Van Gaalen created this kicking hand-drawn animation to Shabazz Palaces’ Forerunner Foray. (Original Post).

 

OK Go – I won’t let you down (2014)

Of all the OK Go videos to be featured on the DPV thus far, this one is probably the craziest of all. Shot in double speed, with hundreds of Japanese performers on Honda UNI-CUB’s (Honda sponsored the making of the video) it defies belief. However, what you are about to see is real, even the most incredible patterns which emerge by the end of the clip. (Original post).

 

Tropical Bleyage – Mala (2014)

Excerpts from indigenously themed films such as Apocalyptico and Baraka stitched together with a track from Tropical Bleyage’s EP Mala create an immersive and enchanting experience of penetrating a mysterious jungle world. (Original post).

 

OK Go – The writing on the wall (2014)

Ok Go’s The Writing on the Wall is a phenomenal masterpiece of disorienting optical illusions. (Original post).

 

If you liked this post you might want to check our best of year lists from previous years.

The Best psychedelic videos of 2015

The best psychedelic videos of 2014

The best psychedelic videos of 2013

The best psychedelic videos of 2012

best-psychedleic-videos-2016

Max Cooper “Order from Chaos” official video by Maxime Causeret

31 Dec

The 25 Best Psychedelic Videos Ever

29 Dec

These 25 videos have been selected from over 3000 psychedelic videos which have been featured on the DPV over the past 7 years. If you are looking for our 2012 best of all times list, you can find it here.

Wild Child – Rillo Talk

One of our DPV favorites, this 360 degrees video by American Indie pop group Wild Child offers a simultaneously trippy and laid back experience from the landscapes of Austin, Texas. A great video to trip out and chill off with. (Original post).

 

Cycle – Kouhei Nakama

Kouhei Nakama’s is a gifted Japanese visual art director who creates beautiful and pensive computer generated animations, and if you liked this one, check out his video diffusion which was also featured on the DPV. (Original post)

 

Bonobo – Cirrus (Clip by Cyriak)

Cyriak, the web’s mad genius of consciousness-altering visuals, deconstructs 1950s style visuals and creates a complex swirling web of hypnotic disorientation.  (Original post).

 

The Music Scene – Anthony Francisco Schepperd (2010)

Anthony Francisco Schepperd is one of the most gifted psychedelic animators of our time, and the video clip he created to the Blockheads’ “The Music Scene” is certainly his masterpiece so far. Schepperd deconstructs reality into colorful vibrating splashes of color which reconstruct again into vibrating pieces of psychedelic flesh. (Original Post)

Getter – Head Splitter

San Jose DJ Tanner Pettula AKA Getter is a seriously screwing with your brain in this melting-point psychedelic video. If you liked this one you might also enjoy his sequel video to the toxic hamburger tails rip and dip. (Original post).

 

Mikhail Sadovnikov – Dance on the Circle

If we didn’t know this is real we wouldn’t have believed it. A spectacularly psychedelic technique of creating beautiful, captivating shapes with a clay wheel and water. Awesome! (Original post).

 

Jeu – Georges Schwizgebel (2006)

Multiperspectivism and multi-dimensionality are fundamental motifs of psychedelic aesthetics and philosophy.  Radically psychedelic, Georges Schiwzgebel’s “Jeu”, takes the viewer into a dizzying yet joyful world of ever-changing perspectives. It is in the second half of the clip that things become really dynamic and chaotic, as our perception of the world keeps re-orienting itself to the changing relations of the objects on the screen. (Original Post).

 

Memories of paintings – Thomas Blanchard

An exquisite work of meditative psychedelia, Thomas Blanchard’s memories of paintings delves into microscopic bubble universes and finds endless infinitesimal detail in the interactions between paint, oil, oat milk and soap. (Original post).

 

Terence Mckenna – The Message

Terence McKenna launces on an inspired rant about the psychedelic experience and it’s meaning to mankind, masterfully mixed with inspiring visuals. (Original post).

 

Coldplay – Up and Up

Coldplay’s UP and Up video, directed by Vania Heymann and Gal Muggia is a surrealist masterpiece bringing together all types of disparate elements like cars driving on the rings of Saturn, a gymnast jumping over fields bombarded by napalm bombs, a ferry docking inside a bathtub, or divers inside a washing machine. Rene Magritte couldn’t have done it better. (Original post).

 

OK Go – I won’t let you down

Of all the crazy OK Go videos, this one is probably the craziest of all. Shot in double speed, with hundreds of Japanese performers on Honda UNI-CUB’s (Honda sponsored the making of the video) it defies belief. However, what you are about to see is real, even the most incredible patterns which emerge by the end of the clip. (Original post).

 

Dye ft. Egyptian Lover – She’s Bad

DYE’s “She’s bad” chooses a brilliant animal-world set-up for a femme-fatale story of seduction and betrayal. Exquisitely brought together with highly creative use of multi-layered visuals. (Original post).

 

Tune Yards – Water Fountain

The Tune Yards’s “Water Fountain” is a refreshing burst of psychedelic energy. Without too many fancy effects, the group creates a playful and wacky universe which makes you want to jump into the screen and join the party. (Original post).

 

OK Go – The writing on the wall (2014)

Ok Go’s The Writing on the Wall is a phenomenal masterpiece of disorienting optical illusions. (Original post).

 

Rollin’ Wang – Chick Chick

“Chick Chick” by Chinese singer Rollin’ Wang lashes the viewer relentlessly with bright scintillating colors and animal sounds. We love it! (Original post).

 

Liquid Stranger – The Gargon  

Australian artist Andy Thomas  has spent years “taking photos of plants, insects and machines and compositing them with artificially created form (…) corrupting nature with technology, by sampling sounds of the forest and running them through various computer programs.” A breathtaking video.

(Original post).

 

Micah Buzan – Mixed Up

Micah Buzan is an extraordinarily gifted musician and animator who hand-draws his material with an “acid pencil” as my DPV colleague Holographic Elf aptly called it. There is something intensely hallucinatory about both the spacey music created by Buzan, as well as the by weirdly transforming figures he brings to life. Buzan’s work has been amply featured on the DPV over the past years. You can check out more of his work here. (Original post).

 

Daniel Stoupin – Slow Life

Marine life forms such as coral and sponges live on a different time scale than we humans. To us they seem static and unmoving, yet these animals build coral reefs and are incredibly dynamic if viewed in the right time scale. This groundbreaking video by Daniel Stoupin uses pioneering and experimental methods to allow us to enter the slow time scale of these marine animals and watch them in action. Prepare to be awed. (Original post).

 

Libynthth – It’s My Beak

A bunch of ducks party wildly and colorfully in a video which reeks of pure mischievous and trippy fun. (Original post).

 

Bianca Giaever – The scared is scared

The perfect psychedelic children’s story which isn’t really a children’s story at all. Bianca Giaever asked a six year old what her movie should be about, then she went about and followed her instructions word for word. Language creates reality.(Original post).

 

Kanahebi – Slowly Rising (2015)

Japanese director Hideaki Inaba created this spectacular video showing mysterious underwater creatures performing their immaculate dances.

(Original Post)

 

Solipsist – Andrew Thomas Huang

Andrew Thomas Huang produced a number of dazzling psychedelic videos over the past couple of years.  Solipsist stands above them all. The video contains some gripping psychedelic imagery, exhibiting Huang’s unique psychedelic style and vision to a full extent. (Original post).

 

Rye Rye – Boom Boom

Baltimore rapper Rye created this hyper-psychedelic and fun version of Vengaboy’s Boom Boom. (Original post)

 

Psychic Land – 2veinte

Argentinian art direction and motion graphics design group 2viente produced this video spectacular and cheerful video that serves as a veritable psychedelic treat for any time. (Original post).

 

A bird ballet

The fractals created by the birds in the sky can sometimes be more beautiful than anything ever created with the flashiest CGI effects. (Original post).

If you liked this post you might also enjoy our best of year lists:

The Best psychedelic videos of 2015

The best psychedelic videos of 2014

The best psychedelic videos of 2013

The best psychedelic videos of 2012

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What are you – Kurzgesagt

28 Dec

Kurzgesagt take you on a spectacular philosophical excursion on the eternal question: what are you?

 

Spiffy The Lonely Robot

27 Dec

Another short animation from Olivier Snijders, whose Bad Trip we featured a while ago.

Spacemen 3 – “RollerCoaster”

26 Dec

Unofficial music video for the song “Rollercoaster” by Spaceman 3, off there first album “Sound of Confusion”.

If you haven’t listened to or heard of Spaceman 3 before, i suggest you get typin’ in your google bar because these guys are one of the greatest psychedelic bands from the late 80’s in my opinion. My go to band for when i’m having a nice trip. There music provides good chill vibes, the goodness in the world, the goodness in drugs and even sometimes a glimpse of the big man in the sky. Would Recommend there first album “The Perfect Prescriptions” if you want to check them out.

 

Magic mushrooms, reindeer and Santa Claus

24 Dec

Tonight, when you sit down with your family for a Christmas meal, don’t forget who Santa Claus really is, and what he stands for…

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