The Mother of All Music Visualization
What global warming has to do with the formative role of music in 20th-century culture.
By Maria Popova
After observing how reactive traditional music videos are, with their meticulous film direction, legendary motion graphics designer and ex-DJ Jakob Tröllback began an experimental animation project. He took David Byrne and Brian Eno’s 25-year-old track Moonlight in Glory and completely removed the human producer/director element, letting the music itself be the voice that the animation follows.
The result is a stunning visualization that makes the music, as well as its message, all the more impactful — and we’re particularly mesmerized by it because it tackles the rather timely, pressing issue of environmental apocalypse.
Watch Jacob Tröllback’s full (and by full we mean 4-minute) TED talk about it.
Meanwhile, enrich yourself with New Yorker music critic Alex Ross’ freshly released book, The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century.
If there ever was a grand revelation of music’s formative role in social psychology and cultural anthropology, that would be the one.
Published October 9, 2008