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“Venus Fly” by Grimes (who also directed the video) and Janelle Monáe brings us plenty of over the top psychedelia: the air is dense with feathers, bubbles, petals and white digital artifacts, there is always something bursting in slow motion and stuff that does not get smashed is on fire. Beyond that we also get popular kalaidoscope effects, neon and black contrasts and lots of trippy fashion. Have fun!
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.
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.
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).
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OK Go, are well on their way to being the most often featured group on the the DPV (definitely this year), yet this particular video is perhaps their most psychedelic so far. Like always the group takes one principle, experiments with it, then stretches it to unimaginable levels. Here they do this with wall paintings, painted clothes, mirrors and other physical objects.
“The video was planned about two months before the set was built using computer mock-ups to explore ideas. The warehouse set was located in Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, where the band lived during the setup and filming of the video. It took about three weeks to assemble the set with the help of about 50 other people, including Kulash’s father; the same crew also helped during the filming and resetting of the course between takes. During testing, they found that some concepts required fine tuning, such as positioning an apparent pile of junk as to resemble band member Tim Nordwind’s face at the right angle without losing the fact that the junk was still made from common household objects. Further, Nordwind had shaved off half his beard to achieve an effect involving a mirror worn on his face, allowing him to appear as two different people.
The concept of the one-shot was considered critical to the video as it provided immersion for the viewer in the unfolding of the video, making them more interested in the song. Nordwind considered this video to be the band’s most difficult to film because of their involvement, including manning the camera and performing nine costume changes. The film was arranged to put most of these complicated shots where mistakes would be made at the front of the video to reduce the amount of time to reset the warehouse for subsequent takes. They had anticipated having 2 or 3 days in early June 2014 to run through multiple takes of the video, but production difficulties left them with under nine hours to complete as many takes as they could. They made about 60 attempts at the single take, working into the morning hours, and completed the full run 18 times. The final video is a take performed in the midpoint of the filming process.“
OK Go continue to stretch the limits of the possible, this time bending the one moment in a video clip that took 4 seconds to shoot but screens for 4 incredibly beautiful minutes.
You can find an earlier Oracles video right here.