It was some surprise for me to find out that the music videos to two of R.E.M’s most well-known singles from the 90’s have a somewhat psychedelic style to them.
Both of them have hallucinatory qualities to them, but I especially like how the beautiful video for “Losing My Religion” has the feeling that it takes place inside someone’s mind. The things that the imagery does to the watcher’s imagination… I guess that’s the sort of thing that Terrence McKenna said about it that “There is a transcendental dimension beyond language…”.
I would also recommend to watch them without the sound, especially the first one. The images can speak for themselves.
Laughter is a strong and common mind alter-er.
Here, a whole car on a subway gets a strong mind alteration by making each other burst into laughter, giving everyone around a raise in endorphins. Even watching the video gets the watcher into another, humorous consciousness. Prepare for a gleeful, substance-less high (Except for the chemicals of pleasure in your brain, of course).
One of Disney’s weirdest films, an a adaption to the surreal classic “Alice in Wonderland”, was set to the Beatles’ psychedelic music . I love the result.
Art and literature developed principally in the 20th century, expressing the subconscious or nonrational significance of imagery arrived at by automatism or the exploitation of chance effects, unexpected juxtapositions, etc.
The art movement of surrealism was a great influence on the psychedelia of the 60’s. The hallucinatory nature of the ideas that the surrealists fished from their unconscious, was embraced by the psychedelic movement and adapted for their creations. Well-known psych-rock songs of the era, such as “White Rabbit” and “I am the Walrus“, were heavily influenced by surrealism.
The surrealists became aware of the connection between their approach and the psychedelic experience. Salvador Dali himself was quoted saying in an interview (in response to the question, does he take drugs to make his artwork) “I don’t do drugs; I am drugs.”
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What could it be?
I call it emboginationachine, a machine that embodies imagination.
A really cool video clip.
I never get tired of Pink Floyd! This classic song’s clip has a genuinely whimsical feel to it. And it must be quite inspiring while high…
Not exactly visually psychedelic, but this video has a special quality in it’s atmosphere of mystery, experimentation, a different consciousness.