Our Bond With the Universe, A Movie Mashup Tribute (Video)

Video Editor Max Shishkin combined the soundtrack of Intersellar, the voice of Anthony Hopkins reading “Do not go gentle into that good night” by Dylan Thomas, and footage from 35 space films to make this amazing mashup.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, dir. Stanley Kubrick)

Alien (1979, dir. Ridley Scott)

Aliens (1986, dir. James Cameron)

Armageddon (1998, dir. Michael Bay)

Avatar (2009, dir. James Cameron)

Battleship (2012, dir. Peter Berg)

Cargo (2009, dir. Ivan Engler, Ralph Etter)

Elysium (2013, dir. Neill Blomkamp)

Europa Report (2013, dir. Sebastián Cordero)

Event Horizon (1997, dir. Paul Anderson)

Gravity (2013, dir. Alfonso Cuarón)

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014, dir. James Gunn)

Interstellar (2014, dir. Christopher Nolan)

Lockout (2012, dir. James Mather, Stephen St. Leger)

Lost in Space (1998, dir. Stephen Hopkins)

Man of Steel (2013, dir. Zack Snyder)

Mission to Mars (2000, dir. Brian De Palma)

Moon (2009, dir. Duncan Jones)

Oblivion (2013, dir. Joseph Kosinski)

Pandorum (2009, dir. Christian Alvart)

Prometheus (2012, dir. Ridley Scott)

Solaris (1972, dir. Andrey Tarkovskiy)

Solaris (2002, dir. Steven Soderbergh)

Star Trek (2009, dir. J.J. Abrams)

Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013, dir. J.J. Abrams)

Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977, dir. George Lucas)

Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983, dir.Richard Marquand)

Starship Troopers (1997, dir. Paul Verhoeven)

Sunshine (2007, dir. Danny Boyle)

The Fountain (2006, dir. Darren Aronofsky)

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005, dir. Garth Jennings)

The Last Days on Mars (2013, dir. Ruairi Robinson)

The Signal (2014, dir. William Eubank)

Thor: The Dark World (2013, dir. Alan Taylor)

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011, dir. Michael Bay)

Risset Rhythm & Mutations by Jean-Claude Risset (Audio High)

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In this audio high, you will hear a looped sample of the Risset Rhythm. What’s weird is that this loop will sound as though it is constantly speeding up, yet it never actually increases in beat.

We know: that doesn’t make any sense.

How the Risset Rhythm Works

French electronic music experimenter Jean-Claude Risset based this audio high on Shepard Tones, the looped notes that sound as if they are constantly increasing or decreasing in pitch even though they are just repeating. Risset duplicated Shepard Tones in rhythmic form. The result is a drum-based track that sounds as though it gets faster and faster when, in actuality, it is playing the same steady beat.

The following is a detailed explanation only for the most dedicated of audio heads out there. You’ve been warned…….

To get an idea of how Risset Rhythm works we’ll need to review how our brains process sound. Consider the brain as a famously impulsive file clerk who can’t stand to have information just sitting around, clogging up its synapses. As such, when information comes in, the brain quickly places it in what it considers to be the most appropriate “file” to make room for new input. When the brain gets bits of information that don’t fit exactly into a prescribed file, it makes an assumption, throwing this information into a file that it considers “close enough.” Sometimes the brain misplaces information into the wrong file. These wrong assumptions, or “file” placements, are why we mistake visual, audio, or other sensory details: why we think a mirage in the desert is a watering hole, a prick of a needle on a couch is an insect bite, the voice on the other end of the phone line is your current girlfriend not your psycho ex.

The brain can make these same incorrect assumptions with rhythms.

When we hear any repeated pattern of sounds the brain will immediately try to place the pattern into a rhythm file, even if this pattern is random and doesn’t perfectly fit. In this rhythm file the brain will attempt to put the pattern in a logical sequence of beats. Risset Rhythm takes advantage of these incorrect assumptions. It subtly merges a loop of increasing beats and sounds over and over. The brain doesn’t notice these subtle transitions between the beginning and ending of the loop, it assumes that the rhythm is constantly speeding up. As a result, we hear the Risset Rhythm loop as a continuous pattern, one that is constantly getting faster and faster.

Risset Rhythm

For another one of Jean Claude Risset’s trippy audio specials take a listen to Mutations. Old school out of this world sound for all you trippy psychonauts.

Thank you – I mean, you’re welcome!

Mutations by Lillian F. Schwartz, Music by Jean-Claude Risset, 1973

> Audio High | Get High Now

Ashikaga Flower Park: Home to the Most Beautiful Tree in the World (Ashikaga, Japan)

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Travel 50 Miles north of Tokyo and you will find the peaceful city of Ashikaga. Founded in 1921, it is home to Japan’s oldest and largest Wisteria tree found in Ashikaga Flower Park.

This tree is described as the most beautiful tree in the world.

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Relax With Ashikaga Flower Park Wisteria Tree

The tree is huge, an impressive nearly 2,000 square meters (half an acre). The tree’s life began in 1870, and is meticulously cared for. Due to the weight of its vines, they must be held up by steel supports.

This allows visitors of the park to walk beneath its amazing canopy and bathe in the pink and purple light reflected by the beautiful hanging blossoms.

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> Most Beautiful Tree in the World | Off Grid World

Don’t Believe in Anybody Else’s BS – Robert Anton Wilson (Video)

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Robert Anton Wilson shares his view on belief systems and offers us a glimpse into the framework of his own.

A must see for anyone who is having trouble harmonizing their expanding beliefs (many of which may be contradictory).

If one can only see things according to one’s own belief system, one is destined to become virtually deaf, dumb, and blind. – Robert Anton Wilson

Omega Point created this video, his youtube page has a number of similarly themed works, featuring luminaries Alan Watts, Terence Mckenna, & Carl Sagan.

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Cosmic Flower Unfolding – Psychedelic Animation on Abstract Connections (Video)

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Cosmic Flower Unfolding is a psychedelic animation on the constant flow of emerging and dissolving oceanic, futuristic, and mandala forms. It is a tribute to abstraction, its connection to the inner space we inhabit and how it can be externalized.

My abstract animations investigate the metaphysical features of reality. They are designed to stimulate archetypal associations and invite the viewer to make personal connections to the visual and auditory experience without any reliance on narrative or spoken language.

My work is abstract by nature and uses non narrative film making techniques. The undercurrents of my work point to themes centered around time, cycles, the concept of infinity, and the similarities between artificial and natural systems. In a world where technology and artificial systems are becoming more prevalent, my films are a reminder that they are both a product of nature. –  Ben Ridgway, Animator

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Wild Child – Blowing Minds with Trippy Videos (KJ Song Rec)

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Wild Child’s indie-pop folk sound is a wonderful addition to a relaxing time.

Their chill vibe blends smoothly with any laid-back session, and their attention to detail and creativity in their trippy music videos is the proverbial cap on the stem.

Chill out with Wild Child… let us know what you think of their sound and visual style below.

Wild Child – Rillo Talk (3D Go-Pro Special)

Rillo Talk was shot using 6 GoPro Cameras on 3D printed mounts.

Wild Child – Crazy Bird

I’ll wait around for days
this porch on which I pace
I need you mine I need me yours
You stole my breath away
You swore to me you’d stay
I’ve found something that I adore
Oh how
How we supposed to go on
Not knowing if you
bleed the way I do
I do (well I did)
are your eyes traveling elsewhere
You need to know I got the bones rolling hard against the floor
And if you left i’d break until the little pieces felt no more
Whisper the things we’d scream
now kid let’s not get mean
I need you mine I need me yours
Four walls and fancy friends
Don’t need me none of them
Because I’ve got you know and that’s enough (Well I’m glad)(Well so am I)
Let’s take good from our past
Patch holes with things that last
Let’s tear it up here you and I
Oh how
How we supposed to go on
Not knowing if you
bleed the way I do
I do (well I did)
are your eyes traveling elsewhere
You need to know I got the bones rolling hard against the floor
And if you left I’d break until the little pieces felt no more
Well these fights sure do take a lot out of me
but the secret I can tell you is I still do believe
I can’t promise that I’ll always be careful with things
But just know that I’ll expect it if you ever do leave
Sweet Marie
I love your name
Oh babe
can you turn your heart this way
Oh how
How we supposed to go on
Not knowing if you
bleed the way I do
I do (well I did)
are your bags traveling elsewhere
You need to know I got the bones rolling hard against the floor
And if you left I’d break until the little pieces felt no more


The Most Astounding Fact in the Universe – Neil deGrasse Tyson (Video)

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Neil deGrasse Tyson was asked:

What is the most astounding fact you can share with us about the Universe?

The most astounding fact is the knowledge that the atoms that comprise life on Earth the atoms that make up the human body are traceable to the crucibles that cooked light elements into heavy elements in their core under extreme temperatures and pressures.

These stars, the high mass ones among them went unstable in their later years they collapsed and then exploded scattering their enriched guts across the galaxy guts made of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and all the fundamental ingredients of life itself. These ingredients become part of gas cloud that condense, collapse, form the next generation of solar systems stars with orbiting planets, and those planets now have the ingredients for life itself.

So that when I look up at the night sky and I know that yes, we are part of this universe, we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the Universe is in us. When I reflect on that fact, I look up – many people feel small because they’re small and the Universe is big – but I feel big, because my atoms came from those stars. There’s a level of connectivity.

That’s really what you want in life, you want to feel connected, you want to feel relevant you want to feel like a participant in the goings on of activities and events around you That’s precisely what we are, just by being alive… – Neil deGrasse Tyson


Psychedelic Dimensions of Consciousness, Larry Carlson Art Gallery

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This psychedelic art gallery showcases the surreal imagination of Larry Carlson.

Each image has an out of this world feeling. The colors and visuals all coalesce with the viewer’s imagination, it’s like looking into an optical illusion where there’s more behind each artistic piece.

Psychedelic Art Gallery – Larry Carlson

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Surreal Video Art – Pyramid Power

The Wonderful World of Larry Carlson | Larry Carlson

J Dilla – Lightworks (KJ Song Rec)

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Light up the skies
The name of the game is lightworks
Light up the spliffs
The name of the game is lightworks

J Dilla flipped the track from Raymond Scott, a composer who has influenced many cartoon themes.

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MF Doom – Lightworks

Doom spits on JD’s track, from the album Born Like This

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Tidy Monster: An Animated Descent into Madness (Video)

Tidy Monster: An Animated Descent into Madness (Video) | Third Monk

Tidy Monster by Tim Marchant is an animated descent into the insane mind of an unseen character.

A symphony of sound, visual effects, and mood where a room is all there is in his world, and we watch as he struggles to keep it tidy.

From the comments I’ve read some people are claiming the video is awesome to watch while tripping; others instead assure such an experience only leads to a bad trip. 

I haven’t tried watching it on psychedelics, but if you do, be aware of the possibilities or consequences, depending on your perspective.

Remember, ultimately, what is happening to the room is up to you.

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The Psychedelic Experience by Warrior Poet Aubrey Marcus (Video)

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The Psychedelic Experience is an artistic video with a powerfully positive psychedelic message. The evocative images are timely interwoven with Aubrey’s voice, a harmonic synthesis of passion.

Aubrey MarcusThe Warrior Poet – is a well-known psychonaut, who, much like Jason Silva, positively describes the psychedelic experience for it’s ability to heal and reveal us.

The Psychedelic Experience - by Alex Grey

Full Transcript:

What is the psychedelic experience? Aldous Huxley believed it was the fundamental craving of the human spirit. A desire to turn off the survival biased filter of perception just for a moment… and catch a glimpse beyond the bars of our cognitive prison.

The psychedelic experience does not require drugs. Religious history and spiritual traditions are built upon these sublime moments. Messiahs hear the voice of God after a 40 day fast. Holy men, having isolated themselves in a cave, suddenly emerge with visionary truth.

But to indulge in a 40 day fast to reach this heightened state is like burning your house down to bake a loaf of bread. One hour in a salt-water isolation tank quiets the noise of sensation until awareness becomes the mirror that reveals you to yourself. A single session of holotropic breathing restricts our mental chatter long enough to plunge you into the zero-state of visionary Inspiration. Then there are the earth movers… The plant medicines at the core of many religious sacraments, which according to Graham Hancock were integral to inspiring the earliest known art in caves throughout Europe.

These plants are technologies. In a recent placebo controlled study completed by Johns Hopkins university 18 healthy adults were given Psilocybin, the active ingredient in ‘magic’ mushrooms. Fourteen months after participating in the study, 94% of those who received the drug said the experiment was one of their top five most positive experiences; 40% said it was the single most meaningful experience of their life.

Ayahuasca, long called the Master Medicine by the healers of the rainforest, offers an experience with the most visually powerful and mysterious of all molecules endogenous to life, DiMethyltryptamine

Iboga, the root of an African shrub, confronts you with the voice of your own inner truth for 24 waking hours and is being used to treat Heroin addiction with relapse rates reported at a shockingly low 7%.

Why doesn’t the world embrace these technologies? Terrence Mckenna has an answer, “It takes courage to take psychedelics — real courage. Your stomach clenches, your palms grow damp, because you realise this is real — this is going to work. Not in 12 years, not in 20 years, but in an hour!”

What can the Psychedelic Experience be?
The cloth that wipes clean our lens of perception,
The compass that points true north to our life’s calling,
The lantern in the catacombs of our subconscious,
The sword stroke that unfetters the muse,
The sunlight that dispels the shadows of our past
Or simply a respite of eternity, in the fast flowing river of time.

I’ve been to the other side, stared unflinching into the eyes of my eternal soul and seen a matrix of a thousand possible destinies. I’ve witnessed the span of our current universe contained in an unceasing heartbeat, each world a single bloodcell and each contraction a new existence for life itself. I’ve learned of humility on the back of a dragon, felt the terminal extreme of heaven and hell in the marrow of my bones, died and been reborn anew. What will your psychedelic experience be?

Courage to you all.

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