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Best psychedelic videos of 2017

31 Dec

As in every year, the Daily Psychedelic Video celebrates new year’s eve with a selection of the best videos that appeared on the DPV this year.

How to watch these videos

We recommend dedicating an evening to watching these videos on big, high-rez screens, with good speakers and in a receptive, psychedelic state of mind. Let these videos take you on a journey.


MGMT – When you Die

MGMT have been amply featured here on the DPV in the past, but their new videos, which came out published this December is to our mind their masterpiece so far. While the tone is at times rather dark, the clip more than makes up for it with a strong tune, stunning, vivid imagery and animatic prowess. (Original post).


Nightmares on Wax – Back To Nature ft. Kuauhtli Vasquez, Wixarika Tribe

Back to nature in a powerful music clip which breathtakingly and effectively utilizes collage techniques to bring the point home about nature and the ecological catastrophe. (Original Post).


Tempest – Robert Seidel

Robert Seidel takes video mapping to the next level with this video that combines abstract video projections and immersive soundscapes with choreographed fog and water fountains. (Original post).


History of the entire world I guess – Bill Wurtz

In 2017 Bill Wurtz created this amazing video in which he tells the history of the entire universe in less than 20 minutes, from before the big bang and until the current moment. (Original post).


Lichenologist – Matthew Killip

An awesome video by Matthew Killip looks at the strange weird world of lichens following lichenologist Kerry Knudsen and his psychedelically informed ideas on lichens. (Original post).


Lillusion de Joseph – Mr.Klesha Animation

Go on a trip with some 19th century optical illusion animations (invented in 1832, this technology was called phantasmascope) brought to life and psychedlicized by Pask D’amico from Klesha Productions. (Original post).


Rick and Morty – Exquisite Corpse

2017 was the year when Rick and Morty went overtly psychedelic when Morty broke Rick’s vial of LSD. (Original post).


Optimistic Nihilism – Kurzgesagt

Kurzgesagt finally unveil their existential philosophy of ‘optimistic nihilism’ in this stupendous video which explains why one can find immense meaning and satisfaction in life, despite our growing perception of our infinitesimal place in the universe (Original post).


The Gate – Björk

Björk enchants again in a video from her ninth album “Utopia” directed by the masterful Andrew Thomas Huang and exploring on the possibility of love. (Original post).


Vini Vici Off Limits DJ Emok Martin Vice

A face flushed with light and color explores the possibility of video mapping on human face (original post).


The Infinite Now – Armand Dijcks

The mesmerizing Infinite Now brings together the incredibly detailed pictures of Australian photographer Ray Collins and turns them into an immaculate, highly-detailed film of oceanscapes (Original post).


Disjointed season one animation reel.

A series of short animations taken from the Netflix series ‘Disjointed’ about the life of an L.A. cannabis dispensary owner. The last minute of this clip which includes an animation by Hideaki Inaba arouses particularly stunning psychedelic ecstasy (Original post).


OK Go – Obsession

One cannot summarize a year in psychedelic video without the inescapable ‘OK Go’ video. This time the band performs together with an orchestra of printers to produce a great psychedelic symphony of printed bliss (Original post).


Populous – Azulejos – Emanuelle Kabu

Azulejo lovers will find much joy in this tribute to Lisboa’s Azulejo’s by Emanuelle Kabu (Original post).


The Velvet Underground, Nico – Sunday Morning

A 50th year anniversary video from for the Velvet Underground’s Sunday Morning (1967) gives a long awaited psychedelic video rendition to this classic video by the New York avant-garde group (Original post).


Some forgotten 2016-2013 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 more after their release. Here are some of the best videos of 2016 (and one from 2013) which we missed in last year’s list.


Say Yeah – Kishi Bashi

A prefect poppy tune matched with immaculate 80’s style digital animation and a sweet story of a love that triumphs over all obstacles (original post).


Galantis & Hook N Sling – Love On Me

The connection between the poppy lyrics (‘girl put your love on me, Cuz I won’t let you down’) and the dancing Buddhist monks of this Thai temple seems questionable and weird, but that’s all for the better! (Original post).


Kingdom of Colours – Thomas Blanchard

Master of colours, Thomas Blanchard in another high-rez video which goes into the miniscule and infinitely detailed worlds of acrylic colour mixtures (Original post).


Pulse – Mike Oblinski

Cloud watching was always a favorite psychedelic pastime. Here you can watch some incredibly intensive storms which produce streams of flowing clouds in the sky (original post).


High and Low – Empire of the Sun

A Pet Shop Boys-like psychedelic trip in the shiny blue sky accompanied by Australian group Empire of the Sun. Video is by Roof Studio, and while this is all a bit tacky, the psychedelic goods keep coming. (Original post).


Je Suis la Montagne – Moodoïd

French psychedelia band Moodoïd in a powerful animistic song (I am the mountain!) (Original post).


The best psychedelic videos of 2015

31 Dec

Screenshot 2015-12-31 10.08.55Goodbye 2015, hello 2016. As in every year’s end, the daily psychedelic video is proud to present you with the only list of the best psychedelic videos of the year. This year’s list was meticulously selected from a list of over 500 videos which were featured on the DPV in 2015, and it’s more colorful and hypnotizing than ever.

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 YouTube watching. They can be viewed this way, but they are much better when you let them take you on a journey. They are about the total and ultimate experience, letting go and merging with the shapes and colors on the screen.

Over the years members of the DPV have arranged many psychedelic video screenings both official and for friends. It is always an amazing-mind blowing experience. If you arrange a similar psychedelic videos screening, please take a picture of it and post it on Facebook, tagging our Facebook page.


When I was done dying – Dan Deacon

Nine of the world’s trippiest, most psychedelic animators collaborated on “When I was done dying”, including Jake Fried, Chad Vangaalen and Anthony Schepperd. The result is a fantastic mixture of styles that still works superbly as a unified piece. (Original post)

Janzliker – Micah Buzan

Michah Buzan says he doesn’t do drugs, yet his videos are hyper-psychedelic journeys to alternate realities. In this one, Buzan created a mesmerizing and disturbing rendition to a song by Pala Leda, which he says, is open to interpretations. While he works by himself and draws by hand, Buzan’s creative output over the past couple of years puts him at the top of our list of psychedelic video artists you should know. (Original post)

Diffusion – Kouhei Nakama

What if people could have patterned skin like animals. Kouhei Nakama says they will have it, and this is how it might look. (Original post).

Dry Lights – Xavier Chassaing

Choreographed light meets organic landscapes in this spectacular video of an electric desert which comes to life. (Original post).

Don’t hug me I’m scared – Episode 4

The psychedelic web (quasi)children show Don’t hug me I’m scared released two new episodes this year. Episode 4, which makes some pointed critique on life in the era of computers, is funny, witty, psychedelic, and terrifyingly true. (Original post).

You Could Sunbathe in this Storm – Alicia Dunseath

Alicia Duneath’s graduation film from the London College of Art utilizes an masterful mixture of techniques, looking at the way we shape and are shaped by the world around us. (Original post).

The less I know the better – Tame Impala

The psychedelic Tame Impala does it again, and this time in a raunchy high-school tale which features a sexy teenager, a hot basketball player and a gorilla. We won’t tell you anymore but be sure not to miss the lusciously psychedelic colored body around 2:30. Psychedelic perfection. (Original post).

Inner Space Artifacts – Ben Ridgway

Ben Ridgway’s Inner Space Artifacts transforms “artifacts from inner space” into “moving digital structures.” These are glowing and shining alien-droid structures you want to move into. (Original post).

Berg – Kanahebi

A group of bio-luminescent psychedelic sea-creatures dance in an underwater cave, demonstrating great beauty and jellyfish finesse. (Original post.)

Crystal – by Delorean (Directed by Joan Guasch)

“Created from two 3D scanned characters, ‘Crystal’ is a psychedelic trip through different stages in a relationship.” Joan Guasch creates a confusing world of torn bits and pieces which float in space, advancing and receding in perfect harmony. (Original post).

People on the Sand – TRACA

Nicholas Tracanelli doesn’t want to go where people are slow. He only wants to be with people like him. An amusing psychedelic pop song. (Original post).

Ex Animo – Wojciech Wojtkowski

Wojciech Wojtkowski created an award winning and amazing hand-drawn universe of grotesque creatures and absurd scenes mixed with some powerful chamber music. (Original post).

Abstract 44 – Morgan Beringer

Morgan Beringer’s Abstract 44 is a work of psychedelic avant-garde. The abstract moving color streams might remind one of an abstract-impressionist painting which has been awoken to life,  and while some of you watching this at the office might find it difficult to see what the fuss is about, in the right state of mind, this video can draw you in and take you on spectacular journeys. (Original post).

Days of High Adventure – Open Source

Days of high adventure is a spectacular fractal trance universe of numerous (elf?)machines doing their thing. Join the party. (Original post).

Julius Horsthuis – Our Fractal Brains

Fractal master Julius Horsthuis gives a lesson about the ways fractals relate to the ways we perceive and think, in an especially stunning classroom. This video was not featured on the DPV yet, but we had another spectacular video from Horsthuis which you can check out here.

Ink Mapping: Video Mapping Projection on Tattoos, by Oskar & Gaspar

In 2015 the world’s first live event of tattoo mapping was held in Lisbon. Tattoo mapping is a technique which brings tattoos into life by projecting animated tattoos on them. Oskar & Gaspar created a spectacular video which documented the event and went viral on the web. No aftereffects were used. (Original post).

Subconscious Cinema – Dreamscience

Dreamscience masterfully edited a collection of well-known cinematic scenes into a powerful and disturbing video which manages to deliver a strong message while drawing from the collective unconscious of popular culture. This is how cultures dream. (Original post).

Understanding Perception – Beau Lotto

Neuroscience professor Beau Lotto explains how our perception tricks us into seeing not what actually exists, but what was useful for us to perceive in the past, and suggests how technology might enable us to challenge this perceptual fallacy. Director Steve West did a tremendous job translating Lotto’s words into a beautiful animation.  (Original post).

Grocery trip – Pouff

You cannot talk about 2015 in psychedelic video without mentioning Google’s Deep Dream artificial neural networks. When allowed to think in loops, the Google neural network algorithm dreams up crazy realities and lays them on top of our ordinary reality. 2015 was the year in which we learned how machines dream, and for some weeks the internet was swarming with Google Deep Dream videos. Some saw this as an interesting perspective on how human consciousness creates its own reality, while others considered this a proof that droids, too, dream of electric sheep. From the many Deep Dream videos out there we selected Pouff’s video which demonstrates how — for a machine — a walk in the grocery store might turn into a psychedelic mirage. (Original post).


Some forgotten 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, he are some of the best videos of 2014 which we missed in last year’s list.

Pasarinho – Rainer Scheurenbrand

YouTube user Juan F created this beautiful video clip to Rainer Scheurenbrand’s Pasarinho. A good contender for the title, the best Ayahusca music clip ever. (Original post).

Draft Culture – Dorian Concept

Rhythmically moving Kaleidoscopic drawings in this video to Dorians Concept’s “Draft culture. (Original post).

Saint Joan – Husky

Lucinda Schreiber directed and animated this beautiful music-clip to “St Joan” by Husky. The animation is fairly simple compared to some of the things you see on the site, but it works great together with the song. (Original post).

Zuma Teaser – Sam Mason

The spectacular Zuma teaser takes the viewer to alluring imaginary worlds which might remind one of the works of Moebius and Alejandro Jodorowsky. Too bad it’s so short. It left us wanting more! (Original post).


Intrinsic Gravity – Still

This spectacular op-art demo video won the first place in the Ghetto Scene 2014. (Original post).

Other Earth – Pouff

Pouff’s other earth video might just be the best fractal video ever produced. We’ll let you judge for yourself. (Original post).

Conact – Vladimir Tarasov 

Finally, a trip back in time. Vladimir Tarasov’s “Contact” from 1978 is an old Soviet psychedelic gem which tells the story of a painter who is contacted by an shape-shifting alien. Almost as an instinct, our painter imagines the alien as a scary and belligerent creature, he runs away from him and only later, when he lets go of his fear of the unknown, does he find out this alien other can become his good friend. Drawn in s a style somewhat reminiscent of the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine, the film won a couple of 1979 awards. (Original post).


Want to see the best psychedelic videos of previous years. Here you’ll find:

The best psychedelic videos of 2014

The best psychedelic videos of 2013

The best psychedelic videos of 2012


Holographic Elf selection for best of DPV 2013

31 Dec

Here is my selection for the best videos featured on DPV in 2013.

Dóra Keresztes & István Orosz – Wizards / Garabonciák (1985)

I love this type of folk art style. Some scenes remind me of the work of Finnish Kaarina Staudinger-Loppukaarre (1911-2013)

The following videos were released in 2013:

Simon Haiduk: Calling the Others

A surprisingly successful combination of static artwork and motion graphics. The motion graphics manage to make the details of the artwork come alive in a pleasant and subtle way. The Youtube uploader (vid in original post) has taken a lot of liberties in naming the video “DMT animation” when it is intended by the artists as a “meditation for soul ignition, third eye and heart activation, through metaphysical interpretation.” Artwork by Simon Haiduk with one additional piece by David Heskin, music by Dréa Drury.

Hand-Drawn Animation by Micah Buzan for “Look… The Sun Is Rising” by The Flaming Lips

Micah has a nice toony world and style with very fluid morphing and motion, which at times brings to mind Bruce Bickford.

Submergence 01
Final version:

Very hippie-friendly dangling light show with different modes of tripping. The “Ecstatic” mode is so strong you have to sit down.

Shugo Tokumaru: Katachi

Making of:

Works like this would have been quite work intensive in the old days. From the making of we can see how much modern software speeds up the process. Theoretically one might do a project like this with a shoestring budget as these days even some libraries have CNC machines for public use.

The Best 20 Psychedelic Videos of 2013

30 Dec

[[For more of the best psychedelic videos of 2013 click here]]

This year, for the second time, we present you with the psychedelic video Oscars for 2013. After watching around 400 videos which were published on the Daily Psychedelic Video in 2013 (around 30 hours of psychedelic viewing!!!) we chose the 20 best videos of the year (and also included some of those which came close).

Psychedelic Music Clips

Cirrus – Bonobo

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

Libynthth – It’s my beak

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

Carpet – Nearly Four

A powerful music clip by Andreas Zimmer to a track by Carpet, with some masterful use of special effects. (Original post).

Anamanaguchi – [MEOW]

This is how it feels to trip in the arcade on a Saturday night. A delightful video to a track by Anamanaguchi. (Original post).

Beta Band – Wonderful

The psychedelic typography to the Beta Band’s “Wonderful” is highly synesthetic and makes this video into a veritable psychedelic love song. (Original post).

Vial of Sound – Lifetime passed

Ori Toor animates a track by Vial of Sound with his unique and mesmerizing style of animation. (Original post).

Some videos that almost made it…

Digital Me goes on a psychedelic bike ride in Tel Aviv.

Rendezvous with a new luminescent and highly psychedelic clip.

Some amazing high-definition images of psychedelic nature.

Azealia Banks, strikes back with a roaring video, bursting with energy and shamanic force.

A rocking polyphonic symphony of natural sounds and clips in this clip by Coldcut.

Psychedelic Animation 

Cartoon Network Summer Indent 2013

A deliciously psychedelic cartoon world in this video short from cartoon network. (Original post).

Jack Fried – The Deep End

Jack Fried’s uniquely multi-layered videos take the viewer on a journey into the genealogical realms of the subconscious. (Original post).


Psychedelic Nature films


Bird Ballet

The birds in the sky perform a majestic dance. It’s so easy to lose yourself in the spectacular movement of the flock, and feel yourself dissolving with the multitude which is one. (Original post).

Other favorites

A weird looking spider performs a spectacular shamanic dance.


Psychedelic Visuals


Mineral Beings – Nightdriver

An incredible journey through enchanted fractal realms. (Original post).

Ben Ridgway – Cosmic flower unfolding

Ben Ridgway creates a mesmerizing landscape of phosphorescent mandalic underwater flowers. (Original post).

Burning man time lapse 2013

Burning man festival in fast forward as seen from the heights of Peak Trego. Amazing vistas of movement, shadows, winds and miniscule trucks driving around the playa. The part from around 2:30 looks like the future of humanity as a futuristic intergalactic civilization in space. (Original post).

High Contrast – Spectrum Analyser

A masterful use of the glitch effect which mixes animals and computer imagery into a kicking techno-shamanic journey. (Original post).


Psychedelic Short films

Bianca Giaever – The scared is scared

This is quite possibly the cutest film I’ve ever seen. 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).


N.A. Brummbaer – Where in the Universe is Timothy Leary

N.A. Brummbaer send us on a fantastic journey in search of Timothy Leary. (Original post).

Other favorites

An powerful combination of stunning imagery, dubstep and an inspirational speech.

A short video which succeeds in capturing something very allusive about the character of hallucinations.


Psychedelic Commercials


A hyper-colorful commercial for the SLPASH animation effect. (Original post).

Shilo – Premier Global Services “Paper Airplanes”

A magical commercial for an eMarketing company takes paper-planes to the new level. (Original post).

Other favorites

Flying Lotus & Adult Swim’s ‘Lilfuchs’ short animation in honor of the new Moog Sub Phatty.


Psychedelic Web Videos

We are Machines – Electric Sheep

A music video to a track by We Are Machines mixes some powerfully evocative imagery. (Original post).

Meditative Psychedelic Videos


Calling the others

Meditative DMT vistas… (Original post).

Other favorites

A fractal wormhole journey.

Experimental Psychedelic videos

Plastic bags love story – Ave

A night walk in the windy streets of Tel Aviv turns into a ecstatic-meditative journey, following the magical encounter of two plastic bags who wonder the streets together, going on and on in a mystical cyclical bag dance. And for a moment the whole street seems to wake up with vibrant life – joining them in a communal dance of bags, feathers,  flowers and even a butterfly. (Original post).

Best pre-2013 psychedelic videos published in 2013

[Some of the best psychedelic videos which were featured on the DPV in 2013 were created in 2012 or previous years, and don’t appear on this list. Click here to check out the best pre-2013 psychedelic videos  which appeared on the DPV in 2013]

2012 in Psychedelic Video – The Best Psychedelic Videos of 2012

31 Dec

gangnam2012 was a very good year for psychedelic video, which is not surprising. The revolution in the means of video production and dissemination which occurred in recent years through the introduction of evermore powerful computers and the appearance of  YouTube have led us to a point where more and more psychedelic videos are produced and disseminated each year. When you combine this with the ongoing assimilation of psychedelic aesthetics into mainstream media you get a year which was full of delicious psychedelic treats. Below are some of the videos we liked best in 2012 followed by personal selections made by the contributors of the DPV.

Psychedelic Music Clips

In 2012 psychedelic aesthetics kept penetrating into mainstream music videos and more specifically into hip hop. The most prominent example was of course Psy’s  gargantuan hit  “Gangnam Style” which featured highly psychedelic glowing colors and style (and hardly needs being presented to anybody on the planet after becoming the first video on YouTube to pass the 1 billion views count).

The psychedelic style was even more explicit in Azyla Banks’s music video for the track Atlantis in which the singer explores a trippy underwater world, riding dolphins and hugging seahorses.

Baltimore rapper Rye Rye released a hyper-psychedelic version to the Vengaboys’ “Boom, Boom, Boom” with electronic mushrooms and flying carpets.

Another spectacularly psychedelic hip hop video was created by Ori Toor, an animation artist whose work was featured earlier this year on the DPV’s list of best psychedelic videos of all time.

In this video, created for the Seattle experimental hip hop group Kingdom Crumbs, Toor further explores the unique animation style he presented in his earlier video “Lion in a Coma”.

Hip hop wasn’t the only place where things were happening, psychedelically speaking.

Bjork who seems always willing to incorporate psychedelic elements into her enchanting clips released a music clip to the track “Mutual Core”, Directed by Andrew Thomas Huang, an extremely talented psychedelic video artist which we will encounter again on the “Psychedelic Video Art” segment of this list.

Another psychedelic music video we liked a lot was this dreamy and hallucinated clip to the song “Even Though” by Giraffage. Created by Brendan Canty, the video takes the viewer on a trip through the Italian countryside. This is probably how Toscana looks after taking 500 micrograms…

Psychedelic Television

2012 also produced some cool psychedelic television. Perhaps the most spectacular psychedelic TV show of the year was Noel Fieldings’ hilariously psychedelic comedy show which ran on the British E4 channel. Described on the Channel 4 website as “a psychedelic character based comedy show”, the series produced some of the most amusing psychedelic comedy that we’ve seen. Below you can watch the second episode of the first season. The rest of them are also available on YouTube.

Another 2012 television gem that you wouldn’t want to miss is the Mad Men scene in which account man Roger Sterling goes on an acid trip. This was a first acid scene in a series which is considered by many to be the most impressive portrait of the sixties ever produced on film, and which now in its fifth season has finally reached 1966/1967, the height of the 1960s psychedelic era. Mad Men creator Matthew Wiener gives the acid experience a beautiful and nuanced cinematic interpretation.

Psychedelic Film

There were a bunch of very psychedelic films released in 2012. Among them Ang Lee’s deeply religious “The life of Pi” and the Disney’s deliciously colorful blockbuster “Wreck it Ralph” and the French “Holy Motors”. Meanwhile, on the DPV we were particularly impressed by two psychedelic trailers for two non-existing films.

One of these was an animation video done in the style Huichol art for an Huichol animation film which will be based on Huichol folk stories. The result was a unique and inspiring mixture of the new and the old.

The second trailer we really liked was “Jihad of Muddaib”, a fabricated trailer for a film which was never even in the making. Based on Frank Hebrert’s Dune mythology the video mixes an electronic psy track by Silver Strain with sci-fi imagery, desert mysticism, action scenes and even some 9/11 references.

Independent studio psychedelia

Some of the most psychedelic videos of 2012 were coming from independent studios which devoted their after-work hours to bombarding us with breathtaking visuals.

One of these was “I, pet goat II”, a dark apocalyptic short film created by the Canadian Independent Studio Heliofant, which is “focused on creating experimental and challenging content”. Featuring the Bush and Obama dancing around as marionettes, and Filled with references to the Illuminati, free masons and of course the 9/11, the film evoked myriad complex interpretations which sought to decipher its symbolism.

On the lighter side of things, the Argentinian art direction and motion graphics design group 2viente produced “Psychic Land” a spectacular and cheerful video that truly deserves to be called a psychedelic treat.

Psychedelic video art

Andrew Thomas Huang who also created the Bjork music clip featured above, produced a number of dazzling psychedelic videos of the past couple of years, among them Avi Buffalo’s spectacular “What’s it in for” video. However it was the Solipsist video which impressed us the most. The video which contains some of the most gripping psychedelic images we’ve seen in a long time, exhibits Huang’s unique psychedelic style to a full extent.

Amateur Mash-Up Psychedelia

Fitting to the age of web 2.0 and user created content, some of the best stuff out there in 2012 was created by web amateurs who created psychedelic video by mixing and mashing up pre-existing images and sounds into new and exciting combinations.

The psychedelic qualities which can be seen in Disney movies such as Dumbo the Flying Elephant,  Fantasia or Alice in Wonderland was already discussed here on the DPV, however the cheerful way in which this video connects these Disney sequences with the track “Contact High” by Architecture in Helsinki takes them to a whole new psychedelic level.

Another mash-up video which we found highly enjoyable is this one which mixes Daft Punk, X Jay and Silent Bob.

DPV Contributors selections

DPV contributors were asked to choose their two favorite 2012 videos from the ones they featured during the past year. Here are their selections:

Boaz Yaniv

Phadroid at Black Rock City & Fatty Fatty Boom Boom:

The two videos I chose from the videos I featured on the DPV in 2012 are of Phadroid (Android Jones and his wife Phaedrana Jones) and Die Antwoord (Ninja and Yolanda). The reason I chose these videos from all the mind blowing colorful videos is that for me they represent a lot of the things I look for when I search for interesting videos to feature on the site. For me it’s not only about colors, spirals and high-tech visualization (though I do love all of that) but it’s about finding new cutting edge contemporary visionary artists. The DPV creates an archive for contemporary psychedelic art and as such it serves as a platform where the psy community worldwide can find out about psy-artists that work today. Android and Phaedrana’s shows can at last be seen by people that just cannot make it to the burning-man or to their other shows. Together they form a symbiosis of dance and visual effects that take the viewer on an exciting journey.

If Phaedrana stems from the hippie-trippy side of the psy world, Die Antwoord is a grass-root hood-psy group. Ninja and Yolanda create their unique ZEF world that includes music, fashion, dance and video. Their pop style might be misleading as they have quite a subversive message that they convey about the pop world we live in (check out their interview on YouTube to understand more of what I’m talking about). Some people challenged Die Antwoord’s authenticity as a band. I say it doesn’t matter if they even exist as a band. Die Antwoord are performance artists more than anything else. They submit themselves totally and wholeheartedly towards the ZEF salvation!



Orphic Oxtra – Skeletons Having Sex on a Tin Roof

2012 is the year that brought us the epic “Skeletons Having Sex on a Tin Roof” by the Icelandic group Orphic Oxtra. When I first posted the video it was lots of silly fun, but now at the end of the year another  thing became clear: with its meme-friendly ever dancing, ever smiling plastic tiara princess (and let’s not forget its slightly curious donkey and much more curious white cat) “Skeletons Having Sex on a Tin Roof” moved a step beyond your everyday “exploding clouds of million colors”-clip and showed us what a psychedelic video in the meme-bubble bursting YouTube galaxy of 2012 had to look like.
YouTube user starwarsnerd94 suggested: “This should be a mandatory introduction video to the internet. It would let everyone know what they’re getting into.” And while you still might not be certain what you just witnessed, don’t forget to enjoy that beautiful music.

New Tokyo Ondo

Misaki Uwabo’s animation New Tokyo Ondo needs more exposure. Its style is both refined and bold, the imagery at the same time well-informed and fresh. I especially enjoyed its skillful merging of functions of cultural signs with psychedelic anti-tropes (like dissolution of boundaries or stream of consciousness non-progression) without dismissing one for the other. This non-exclusive attitude is very characteristic for the development of psychedelic aesthetics in 2012.
According to little background information I was able to gather (this side of the language barrier), New Tokyo Ondo is a  “nonsense animation conceived and made from the idiom ‘it reaches’.” The way a whole swirling world is set free from the worn off detail of
an idiom expresses a lot of what could be called “psychedelic spirit”.


Hyperspace Visuals

As a Vj, I consider this excerpt as an good example of what telling a story should be during a show. Here is a great variation of psychedelic vjaying around “borderless” space!


In their visions, ayahuasca shamans say they see the essences that animate living beings, the first property of which is to emit melodies. These essences are considered powerful beings, and ayahuasqueros learn their melodies by singing along. Singing like powerful beings, they learn to see like them, and this gives them knowledge. The melodies that shamans bring back from their visions are called “icaros”; they help navigate the space of ayahuasca consciousness, and can also serve as lifelines when overwhelmed by visions. A film by Stephan Crasneanscki.

Holographic Elf

Jack Fried – Sick Leave

Jake Fried put out two amazing animations in 2012 and I felt like I could have chosen either one of them (Waiting Room being the other). With Sick Leave he added color to his intense stream of consciousness style. This audiovisual outpouring is certainly not your everyday mental chatter, but fluctuates between mundane situations and archetypal visionary experiences. The visual content might be taken from myths and stories read from books, but I believe an artist can just as well base them on direct experience. Animation can act as shamanic language – there is no need to point out or name anything.

X by Max Hattler

Max Hattler has become a favorite here at DPV. X has him as director and animator with five other animators, including Tony Comley of Verse  fame.

I would actually suggest watching Verse along with X and comparing the execution. The aesthetic of X is minimal wireframe, computer-generated to the extreme, but if you look at the choreography; it is practically indistinguishable from human thought particles zipping inside the mind. While being completely different from the raw technique of Jake Fried, the production does not feel at all artificial or automatic.


Continuum Infinitum

To me, this video materializes the enfolded dimensions which are accessed with the assistance of tryptamine hallucinogens. As if falling forward through a tunnel which turns back on itself, this looping animation is a cogent representation of altered state perception. The imagery is somewhere between ancient Mayan and Tibetan iconography, with an added biological feel; almost like an organic mandala. I look forward to seeing more from this motion-graphics artist.

Daedelus “Righteous Fists of Harmony”

This video presents elements of astral travel and lucid dreaming. The imagery which starts around the 1 minute mark is beautifully psychedelic and relays a sense of cosmic union and wonder. This is the kind of bubbling life of the universe that springs up all around us when our consciousness expands. The swirling and soaring orchestral music perfectly complements the transcendent imagery.

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