Best Trippy Videos On The Internet and How To Make Your Own
There’s a lot of trippy videos to enjoy on the internet. In fact, you could sit in front of a screen for the rest of your life and never make it through all the content that exists! We’ve outlined some broad categories here in this article, to help make sense of it all.
Trippy videos trending in 2023
Cosmohedron was one the top ranking trippy videos on YouTube in late 2023.
The short animation resembles Adventure Time in its style and sense of humor, from the psychedelic kaleidoscopes and three-eyed toads to the scene with God swiping left on his demigods. Cosmohedron never takes itself too seriously.
Most of the trippy videos on YouTube are nothing like Cosmohedron. They’re more abstract and closer to the kind of projection art you’d expect to see at a psytrance rave.
YouTube has some truly mind-blowing, fractal visual effects on its platform. They’re often edited together with hours of electronic, dance and meditation music. Some of these popular playlists are made up of videos averaging one to four hours in length.
There's an almost endless demand for new VJ loops for progressive psytrance mixes and playlists. In 2023, creators started turning to AI services like Neural Frames, generating their own trippy music video content from scratch.
Fractals and trippy visuals in 4K UHD
The video below comes from a popular channel called Trippy Everything. They create a more meditative vibe with complex, shifting geometry and fractal patterns that offer a steady, continuous flowing motion.
HDCOLORS is one of the most popular channels for colorful 4K kaleidoscope imagery and electronic music. Their Splendor of Color series alone has more than 30M views. It takes the viewer on a long musical journey through hypnotic visuals.
Thevideo below, titled Ogie's Forever, combines electronic dance remix music from Ooyy with infinite zooming landscapes by Kaiber. It has a runtime of close to twelve hours.
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Create your own trippy music videos
Neural Frames has a new feature called visualechoes that improves image consistency and produces more fluid animations.
Electronic artists can migrate their trance mix over to Neural Frames, isolate instruments like the kick drum, and trigger changes to the pace, rotation, and zoom effects on endless frame-by-frame animation sequences.
All of the AI video generation happens online in a web browser, so there's no need to download any software.
Let’s travel back a hundred years to Emile Cohl's groundbreaking 1918 film, Hasher's Delirium. The short piece portrays a hashish-induced hallucination on the surface of a sphere.
It's common to find fluid metamorphosis between shapes and figures in trippy videos. Hasher's Delirium is an early examples of that pattern, and it was followed by countless others including Disney in the famous pink elephant scene from Dumbo.
Disney's Fantasia and Dumbo were released in 1940 and 1941 respectively. They portrayed vivid, dreamlike sequences and transported viewers into an enchanting, alternate reality. The same could be said about the Beatles twenty-five years later.
Psychedelic culture was in full swing in 1966 when The Beatles released their full length feature film, Yellow Submarine. It was like an official music video for their entire album, but cut up with character dialogue between the bandmates.
Classic scenes from trippy cartoons
We grow up watching cartoons as kids, so a lot of adults enjoy the nostalgia of good animated shows. Here’s a quick list of some of the trippiest scenes from cartoon films and TV shows.
Studio Ghibli’s masterful storytelling and animation technique draws heavily from ambient nature sounds and corresponding visuals. They paint vivid atmospheres from Earth, like the gentle flow of a river, the rustling of leaves, and flittering wildlife
More recently, in anAdventure Timeepisode,Finn drank a hallucinatory potion and spoke to the spirit of the forest. If you enjoy the show's moments of fantasy and mysticism, check out more trippy Adventure Time episodes here.
Midnight Gospel was a short-lived Netflix cartoon by Pendelton Ward, the creator of Adventure Time. The show’s main writer, Duncan Trussell, is a famous comedian. He used the show to explore existential themes like death, dreams, the multiverse, and the afterlife.
Rick and Mortyfans already know how many random, trippy scenes play out over the course of the show. The compilation below features several classic moments. From shapeshifting objects in outer space to insane stop motion animations, you can find a complete list of trippy Rick and Morty scenes here.
Trippy ASMR videos and... tingles?
ASMR stands for autonomous sensory meridian response. It’s associated with the tingling sensation you get from hearing, touching, and smelling things. When you have goosebumps or the hair stands up on the back of your neck, that's ASMR.
Over the past five years, a growing number of YouTube channels have surfaced, offering ASMR experiences for their YouTube audience. Some of them cater to a psychedelic trance fan base. They use organic sound and delay effects with trippy visual performances like the one below to lure new viewers into their orbit:
These videos use "trigger phrases" like fall asleep to lull viewers into a meditative trance. Folks who are receptive to the content and enjoy hypnosis report that it helps them reach deep, relaxing states quickly. I've heard a lot of people make fun of ASMR and say that the intimate mouth sounds are gross. That hasn't stopped these trippy videos from going viral on YouTube.
Psychedelic videos that simulate a real trip
Videos can never properly simulate the feeling of a mind altering substance, but they can mimic certain visual aspects of the experience. The following video depicts a person who’s eaten a “high dose of shrooms” and walks along a forested path. As the hike continues, the visuals become more intense.
Below is another 4K UHD video, shot from the perspective of someone walking through a cobblestone street and experiencing peak LSD visuals:
Netflix: How to Change Your Mind and Have a Good Trip
Have a Good Trip is a 2020 Netflix documentary exploring the history, science, and cultural impact of hallucinogens.
Netflix released another documentary exploring psychedelics in 2022, called How to Change your Mind. Based on the book by Michael Pollen, it explores the therapeutic use of magic mushrooms and LSD for improving people’s mental health.
Want to explore the contents of your imagination, without going to the moon?
AI text-to-video web apps like Neural Frames are a fun and safe way to go on a journey, with or without drugs. Start with a concept and let the music guide your animation. Get a ticket to ride - Neural Frames is free to sign up.