Christian Long

Jakob Trollback: Rethinks the Music Video

In TED Talks on April 18, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Reflection by SHANNON L.

Original TED page w/ speaker bio, links, comments, etc:

Jakob Trollback:  Rethinks the Music Video

Using his own animation combined with an audio clip, Jacob Trollback gives his own interpretation of what a music video would be like without human direction. The video assesses religion as well as the problem of rising waters through animation.

I find this interpretation false. I have no idea how animation can follow music without human intervention since animation is created by humans as well as music. How is it possible to have a music video not driven by humans?

I find this video similar to Disney’s Fantasia, in that the animation was driven by the music with humans behind the creativity. Like Fantasia, the music video had both light and dark moments. Though this video is more abstract than its Disney counterpart. It is not unique in the since that this music video is not ground breaking material, and has been done before.

This is not to say I did not find the video interesting; I just don’t believe it was possible to make this video without human intervention.

Throughout the video Jakob Trollback uses symbolism to convey his points. For instance the video takes place in a world of darkness, with specks of life pulsing in agreement with the music. The shear mass of lighted specks conveys millions of human minds in the world. By using this metaphor he explains that through time and human invention ideas are born thus problems and ideals such as religion are created. He then expands this ideology by using a wisp to portray a spiritual entity pertaining to a religious nature.

In closing I find Mr. Trollback’s work very interesting but not unique.


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