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Best Psychedelic Videos of 2018

10 Jan

Enjoy this somewhat belated list of the best psychedelic videos of 2018. 2018 was a great year for psychedelic videos, as we’re sure you’ll appreciate from these videos.

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 (possibly aided by a mind-alterant) with a group of good friends. Let these videos take you on a journey.

Psychedelia in Film – Supercut

This video created by YouTube user Hazy Dazy does not contain even one original frame – yet it is a masterful mix of psychedelia in film, amounting to an erudite and exquisite essay on the psychedelic effect in cinema.  What’s more, it’s also damn effective and emulative of the real thing. A must watch. (Original Post).

Trevor Moore: The Story of Our Times – “My Computer Just Became Self Aware” – Uncensored

Trevor Moore created this hilarious music clip which tells the story of a dude whose computer got high on cocaine, DMT and a bunch of other drugs. (Original Post).

The Asteroids Galaxy Tour: Apollo

Danish group Asteroids Galaxy Tour stunned us again, with this spectacular video for their single Apollo. Wow! (Original Post).

“Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy” by The Flaming Lips

Flaming Lips released this video around Christmas this year. It’s been called an “acid drenched homage” to David Bowie’s and Bing Crosby’s 1977 collaborative effort (they originally released this song), with the band dressed as what some have identified as “futuristic alien knights.” We ourselves are not quite sure just what this video is about, but it certainly leaves a deliciously elfish impression on the soul. (Original Post).

“Drunk In LA” by Beach House

This video released by Beach House this year, masterfully utilizes special effects to create a captivating psychedelic effect. (Original Post).

Circles Around The Sun – One For Chuck

What an awe-some and awe-inspiring video Circles Around the Sun created here. It takes the viewer inward on a never-ending spiral of beauty and chill. (Original Post).

6-ION by Julius Horsthuis

Fractal Master Julius Horsthuis released two masterpieces this year (second one is next on this list). Horsthuis takes fractal aesthetic several layers beyond anything we’ve seen before, creating infinitely detailed spectacular landscapes that leave the viewer gasping. (Original Post).

BIRDS OF PARADISE – Eternal Recurrence / Julius Horshuis

The mentioned second fractal masterpiece by Master Horsthuis. (Original Post).

“Thunderclouds” by LSD ft. Sia, Diplo, Labrinth

This awesome video titled “LSD-Thunderclouds” was released by Sia, Deeplo and Labyrinth this August and received hundreds of millions of views, proving once again that psychedelic styles and references can make their way into pop music’s most successful acts. (Original Post).

Sandbox Immersive Festival 2018

A visually stunning trailer to the China’s virtual media festival, “Sandbox Immersive Festival” showed again that psychedelic effects are continuing to trickle into Chinese media. (Original Post).

Larytta – Osama Obama

How could two people have the exact same day, and such different lives? Which is better, being Obama or being Osama? A tale about duplicity, the ironies of life and your possible doppelgänger. (Original Post).

BajaAjax – Commercial District (animation: Paul Plastic)

Awesome video by BajaAjax will not fail in getting into a chilly psychedelic mood. (Original Post).

Tal National – Akokas

This kickass video by West African group Tal National opened us to the vibrant African psychedelic scene with a fresh mixture of rocking sounds and colors from the black continent. (Original Post).

See the Stunning Beauty of Flowers Exposed to Fire, Ice, and Ink | Short Film Showcase

A breathtaking video by National Geographic mixes flowers, fire and ice. (Original Post).

Maniac Intro Scene

Also, Netflix released a new and impressive mini-series titled Maniac this year, and the opening scene… It was… damn! (Original Post).

 

Videos from past years published on the DPV in 2018

These videos were not made on 2018, but they were first featured on the DPV this year and we thought they merit your attention, so we added them on this list.

Kate Tempest – Europe is Lost

Wow, Kate Tempest blew my mind! This video is not psychedelic in the classic sense, but it is highly mind-evocative. And if psychedelic consciousness means anything, I think this highly timely, poignant, so true video by Tempest, tearing the masks off the current structures of global power and control is just spot on. (Original Post).

Journey To The Center – Bassnectar

Sebastian Wahl and Lake Media take you on mind-boggling a journey to the center. (Original Post).

James Hood – Tapestry

A relaxing journey along ethereal realities of beauty and calm. (Original Post).

Ward- Hiphopefullyzz (prod. by E&K)

A stunning journey into the depths of fantasia-land. (Original Post).

Etienne de Crecy – No Brain (By Fleur & Manu )

A hardcore journey in techno-landscapes. (Original Post).

John Hickman – Cascade – Official animated music by Michael Buzan

With all those computer generated graphics increasingly taking over psychedelic video, it’s always good to encounter a new gem by psychedelic master-painter Micach Buzan. (Original Post)

Junior Senior – “Move Your Feet

“Everybody, move your feet and feel united!” Quite possibly the best feelgood video ever. Just can’t listen to this without my mood shooting a zillion points into the sky. (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

 

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

Splash!

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]

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