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Playlist of How to Modulate to G 1/2 Sharp (Jacob Collier

  • How to Modulate to G 1/2 Sharp


    Jacob Collier has a very impressive ability to work with and sing micro-tones. In this video I look at an arrangement of his where the piece transposes mid-song from E major, to G half-sharp. It's quite mind-boggling.

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    June Lee's Transcription of In the Bleak Midwinter:

    June Lee's Interview
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    Masterclass at NEMPLA
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    Jacob Collier: In the Bleak Midwinter

    Jacob Collier: With the Love in My Heart

    Jacob Collier: The Road Not Taken

    EDIT: During my explanation for the final A minor 9 chord I slightly mis-characterised the idea of the stacked 5ths above the A. In this case, the 5ths are actually 2 cents more (not 5 less as I stated) than the 'natural' tuning. Jacob used this to make the B itself higher this time, rather than making the chord beneath it move up. Sorry for the confusion, as I said, this stuff it complicated!

  • In The Bleak Midwinter - Jacob Collier


    Ten Jacob Colliers come together to arrange and perform one of the most legendary Christmas carols of all time: Harold Darke's 'In The Bleak Midwinter'; a poem by Christina Rossetti.

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  • Jacob Collier - In the Bleak Midwinter


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    In the Bleak Midwinter

    Poem by Christina Rossetti
    Music by Harold Darke
    Arranged and Performed by Jacob Collier
    Transcribed by June Lee

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  • How Jacob Collier Uses Microtonality, Pitch and Temperament


    In this episode of 'Listening in', I look at how Jacob Collier uses microtonality, pitch and temperament to add colour to his music. I do this by defining these terms, and then by looking at how he uses them in three different songs. This includes use of just intonation to tune notes differently in his arrangement of 'Fascinating Rhythm', using two different pitches (A = 432 vs A = 440) in 'Hideaway' to give the feeling of the song opening up as well as his use of a microtonal key (G quarter sharp major) in 'In the Bleak Midwinter'.


    I’m hugely indebted to June Lee, in particular, for this essay, whose videos about Jacob Collier were an enormous help – I couldn’t have created this without them. If you liked it, then do take a look at my channel, as well as looking at June Lee’s astonishing transcriptions of Jacob Collier’s songs, some of which I’ve linked below.


    Jacob Collier - Fascinating Rhythm (Full Transcription - June Lee):
    Jacob Collier - In the Bleak Midwinter (Transcription - June Lee):

    Interview: Jacob Collier (Part 1):
    Interview: Jacob Collier (Part 2):
    Interview: Jacob Collier (Part 3):

    Hideaway – Jacob Collier:
    Overture - Jacob Collier w/ Metropole Orkest:
    Benjamin Britten Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell:

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  • Jacob Collier’s In The Bleak Midwinter But There’s No More G Half Sharp Major


    Disclaimer: This is not the meme video mentioned in my update video.

    I took one trip to Audacity on my laptop and saw the “Change Pitch” option, and then had the greatest idea: to “normalize” a Jacob Collier tune. So I did what any normal person would do and change the section that goes into G half sharp major and yeet the half sharp so it’s just G major. Surprisingly this only took a good hour.

    Consider this a gift of my return. Expect an actual return. Until then Subscribe,

    (If you see this Jacob, I love your work!)

  • Interview: Jacob Collier


    1. Super-Ultra-Hyper-Mega-Meta Lydian (0:02)
    2. Negative Harmony (1:30)
    3. 5th and 4th Theory (3:27)
    4. You and I (6:15)
    5. Harmonizer (8:43)
    6. Microtonal Voice Leading (10:12)

    Interviewed on February 14, 2017 in Chicago, USA
    Audio examples, transcriptions and annotations done by June Lee
    Filmed by Robert Rittman

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  • Jacob Colliers Favorite Chord


    Most people's favorite chord is C major, right?
    What's yours?

    DJESSE Announcement


    Fano Jazz By The Sea 2017

    Vincent Persichetti

    Béla Bartòk - String Quartet No. 5



  • Microtonal Modulation


    This method of microtonal modulation allows one to modulate by microtonal amounts within a 12-tone landscape. It opens up a lot of possibilities and I hope you'll join me in exploring it!

    I now have a patreon! I'm going off to college soon and if this isn't a source of income for me, I won't be able to continue, at least not nearly at the volume I currently do.

    Also I have a discord server now!

    David Bruce's video focusing on the passage from Collier's Bleak Midwinter:

    Tiny Steps:

    I should mention here that the term microtonal modulation could apply to other concepts I do not cover in this video, but the most popular version is probably this one, due mostly to Jacob Collier's use of it.

    #820hydrate because the video is 8:20 haha I'm so funny

    Thanks for watching!

  • Jacob Collier: Moon River - Harmonic Analysis


    In this episode of 'Listening in', I analyse Jacob Collier's astonishing arrangement of 'Moon River'. I focus on how he moves between the 8 different keys*, or pitch centres, in the arrangement, as well as using transcriptions to highlight certain chords and progressions. This is one of the most complex a cappella arrangements he's ever made, and all done without using a piano.

    *In the video, I state that Jacob moves to A4 = 432 from A4 = 440 from the second to the third verse. In actually fact, this is a shift to A4 = 427.47 - down a quarter tone. This was confirmed by an Instagram post by Jacob on 16 June ( - he says he shifted the music up a semitone and a half whilst recording the video, making this verse in the original D half sharp major.



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  • Interview: Jacob Collier


    1. The Turn of the Screw (00:25)
    2. Tuning in In the Bleak Midwinter (9:36)
    3. Tuning in Fascinating Rhythm (12:11)
    4. Details in Hideaway (13:57)
    5. Details in Flintstones and You and I (21:13)
    6. In My Room (24:11)
    7. Singing 5th below bass in Norah Jones songs (26:27)
    8. Sensations and lyrics (27:14)
    9. Jacob at 30 (29:23)

    Interviewed on June 17 and 18, 2017 in Washington DC, USA
    Audio examples, transcriptions and annotations done by June Lee
    Filmed by Robert Rittman, Sarah Harpring and Sarah Menefee

    The Turn of the Screw film adaptation produced by BBC (performance by City of London Sinfonia, conducted by Richard Hickox)
    Nightingale from Come Away with Me (2002) by Norah Jones

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    23:03 - 2nd chord is Eb13#11, not Db13#11
    33:12 - *happiest
    33:46 - *challenge

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  • in the bleak midwinter - Jacob Collier


    Estou aqui estudando umas das complexas Harmonias de @jcolliermusic... Musica: in the bleak midwinter

    Cada vez que paro pra tentar tirar alguma coisa desse Jovem, eu percebo como ele é Gênio e consegue tirar de uma Simples melodia, Harmonias super sofisticadas..... Tipo Do nada......

  • Jacob Collier - All Night Long


    After hundreds of hours of video-editing time, I give you the fruits of my labours... the video for my arrangement of Lionel Richie's All Night Long (Djesse Vol. 1)!

    • • • FEATURING • • •

    TAKE 6:
    Claude V. McKnight III
    David Thomas
    Joey Kibble
    Mark Kibble
    Khristian Dentley
    Alvin Chea

    Conductor and legend: Jules Buckley
    1st Violin: Arlia de Ruiter, Vera Laporeva, Sarah Koch, Denis Koenders, Pauline Terlouw, David Peijnenborgh, Casper Donker, Henriëtte Luytjes, Francoise van Varsseveld, Christina Knoll, Giles Francis & Yannick Hiwat
    2nd Violin: Herman van Haaren, Wim Kok, Jasper van Rosmalen, Ruben Margarita, Ewa Zbyszynska, Merel Jonker, Robert Baba & Suzie Collier
    Viola: Norman Jansen
    Viola: Mieke Honingh
    Viola: Julia Jowett
    Viola: Iris Schut
    Viola: Isabella Petersen
    Viola: Wouter Huizinga
    Viola: Alex Welch
    Cello: Emile Visser
    Cello: Maarten Jansen
    Cello: Annie Tangberg
    Cello: Jascha Albracht
    Cello: Sebastiaan de Rode
    Double Bass: Erik Winkelmann
    Double Bass: Arend Liefkes
    Double Bass: Boris Oostendorp
    Harp: Joke Schonewille
    Flute: Mariël van den Bos
    Flute: Janine Abbas
    Flute: Liset Pennings
    Oboe: Willem Luijt
    Clarinet, Saxophone: Marc Scholten
    Clarinet, Saxophone: Paul van der Feen
    Clarinet, Saxophone: Leo Janssen
    Clarinet, Saxophone: Sjoerd Dijkhuizen
    Clarinet, Saxophone: Max Boeree
    Clarinet, Saxophone: David Kweksilber
    Horn: Pieter Hunfeld
    Horn: Petra Botma
    Horn: Wendy Leliveld
    Horn: Lies Molenaar
    Horn: Sander van Dijk
    Horn: Fons Verspaandonk
    Trumpet: Ray Bruinsma
    Trumpet: Martijn de Laat
    Trumpet: Nico Schepers
    Trumpet: Rik Mol
    Trumpet: Ruud Breuls
    Trumpet: Jo Hermans
    Trumpet: Angelo Verploegen
    Trombone: Jan Oosting
    Trombone: Jan Bastiani
    Trombone: Frederik Heirman
    Trombone: Martijn Sohier
    Bass Trombone: Martin van den Berg
    Bass Trombone: Bart van Gorp
    Tuba: Ries Schellekens
    Percussion: Eddy Koopman
    Percussion: Murk Jiskoot
    Percussion: Frank Wardenier
    Remote Camera Operators: Max Boeree and Alle van der Wal

    Alaysia Bookal, Aleigha Durand, Allayna O'Quinn, Andre Smith, Asriel Davis, Asya Bookal, Briana Marshall, Carl Reed, Celine Sylvester, Chad Lupoe, Charles Wallington, Chesroleeysia Bobb, Cleavon Davis, Cole Henry, Dominique DeAbreu, Haley Flemons, Hector Jordan, Holland Sampson, Jonathan Mills, JoPaul Scavella, Jourdan Bardo, Kashea Whyte, Keviez Wilson, Kobe Brown, Kristin Hall, Leonard Brown, Lincoln Liburd, Louis Cleare, Maia Foster, Malia Ewen, Malik George, Malik Mchayle, Marc Simons, Marissa Wright, Matthew Cordner, Mykel Robinson-Collins, Naomi Parchment, Natrickie Louissant, Patricia Williams, Roddley Point Du Jour, Samara Bowden, Samella Carryl, Terell Francis-Clarke, Zarren Bennett & Jason Max Ferdinand. Videographer: JoPaul Scavella

    Electric Bass & Drone Operator: Robin Mullarkey
    Chord-sign holders: Quincy Jones, Steve Vai
    Circle of Fifths guy: Lionel Richie
    Black-and white cynic: George Gershwin

    Moroccan Gnawa legend / leader: Hamid El Kasri
    Krakebs: Abdelhak Bounhar
    Krakebs: Abderrazak Moustaqim
    Krakebs: Wahid Boudjeltia
    Krakebs: Moulay Abdekrim Alaalaoui

    Video Footage: Jacob's music room; Royal Albert Hall (London); Oakwood University (Alabama); Muziekcentrum van de Omroep (Netherlands); QPAC (Brisbane, Australia); The Opera House (Toronto); the streets of New Orleans; homes in Los Angeles; London parks.

    Arranged, orchestrated, recorded, mixed, produced by Jacob in Logic Pro X.
    Additional orchestration: Vladimir Nikolov

    Video edited by Jacob in Adobe Premiere Pro.

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  • Jacob Collier - Moon River


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    Moon River from DJESSE Vol. 2 (2019) by Jacob Collier, featuring the MOON CONTRIBUTORS

    Words by Johnny Mercer
    Music by Henri Mancini
    Arranged by Jacob Collier
    Transcribed by June Lee
    Edited by June Lee and Jacob Collier

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  • G Sharp and A Flat Are Not The Same Note - TWO MINUTE MUSIC THEORY #34


    That's right. They're two different notes! Today we learn a little bit of the history of tuning systems, and how G Sharp and A Flat are not the same note. We'll talk about Pythagorean Tuning, Just Intonation, and Equal Temperament, and what is good and bad about each system.

    Season 3, Episode 14

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  • Jacob Collier - Time To Rest Your Weary Head


    The closing track of the Djesse Vol. 2 universe.

    Imagined by Jacob Collier and Romain Laurent.
    Filmed, edited and directed by Romain Laurent.

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  • Jacob Colliers 2:3:4:5:6


    This video is about 2:3:4:5:6

  • The Quarter-Tone Problem


    One of the ways to make 24-EDO manageable.

    Link to quarter-tone dissertation:


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  • Jacob Collier - Lua live


    Jacob, MARO, band, and the exquisite 'Sydney Strings' sextet perform 'LUA', from Djesse Vol. 2.

    Bass: Robin Mullarkey
    Drums: Christian Euman

    Violin: Helena Rathbone
    Violin: Suzie Collier
    Viola: Martin Alexander
    Viola: Henry Justo
    Cello: Eliza Sdraulig
    Cello: Alexandra Partridge

    Composed by Jacob & MARO.
    Arranged, produced & mixed by Jacob.

    Director: Mike Cardillo
    DP: Kevin Scott
    Colourist: Goldie Soetianto
    Video Produced by Sixteen Corners

    Recording Engineer: Daniel Denholm
    Assistant Engineer: Rose Mackenzie-Peterson
    Recorded at The Simon Leadley Scoring Stage, Trackdown Studios in Sydney, AUS

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  • In the Bleak Midwinter


    Merry Christmas to all! I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season; I certainly am..But let me tell you, this video was a pain in the sleigh bells to finish. Many hours that could/should have been spent on more important things were instead dedicated to praying to Mr. Claus himself that Logic wouldn't crash for the 10,000th time. But every minute was worth it, and I think the final product turned out not too shabby. It doesn't matter what I think, though; Let me know what you think of this cover and what I should do next in the comments! As always, have a wonderful day and I will see you next time. Peace OUWWT



    Jacob Collier breaks down the logic session of his GRAMMY nominated arrangement of Moon River.


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    Jacob breaks down the logic session of his GRAMMY-nominated arrangement of All Night Long.


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  • Jacob Collier - Harmonizator


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  • How to Vocode like Jacob Collier


    A short tutorial on how to make a harmonizer using a VST plugin in Reaper or any major DAW. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

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  • Jacob Collier | Live


    Welcome to MUSIC CIRCLE

    Jacob Collier | Live


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  • Why your MUSIC sounds 12 Shades of Grey


    Most of us are only really familiar with the system of tuning known as equal temperament - the 12 notes of the piano. But there are many other systems out there, although many are now under threat as the mono-culture of equal temperament takes over the world. In this video I look at some of these 'exotic creatures' and encourage biodiversity in our musical jungle...

    #intonation #tuning #equaltemperament

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    Kayhan Kalhor live at Morgenland Festival Osnabrück 2012

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    The Fuzzy Boundaries of Intonation in Maqam ... - Maqam Lessons

    Program Note to Foday Musa Susso album

    Modeling Intonation in Non-Western Musical Cultures

  • Accordion Superpowers


    Do you suffer from accordion prejudice? If so watch this video to learn what an incredibly instrument it really is.

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    Many thanks to Ian Watson for his help making this video.

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    João Pedro Teixeira - Accordion I Forró Remelexo

    EL CHOCLO (A. Villoldo) tango.

    Adios Nonino - Astor Piazzolla

    Zydeco a Pas Sale, Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys

    London Accordion Orchestra

    Pauline Oliveros: Crossing the Sands

    Pauline Oliveros: Bye Bye Butterfly

    Richard Galliano Quartet Richard BONA Estival Jazz Lugano 2009

    Oort Cloud Jexper Holmen

    The Divine Comedy Assume the perpendicular live in Rome

    José Valente plays Sofia Gubaidulina's De Profundis

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    Taraf de Haidouks 1994 Paris

    Groanbox: Train Take My Pain Away

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  • Dun Dun Ba Ba - Jacob Collier OFFICIAL AUDIO


    “Dun Dun Ba Ba (interlude)” by Jacob Collier [OFFICIAL AUDIO] from Djesse Vol. 2

    I have been obsessed with the illusion of the ‘Shepard Tone’ for many years now, and I’ve always wanted to have a go at a ‘Shepard Groove’ — i.e. a groove that never stops speeding up. It’s a pretty careful illusion to construct, where one needs to bury the exact groove at half speed within the groove from the off, and so in order to pull it off I called up one of the greatest musical forces in my life, my friend and great teacher Barak Schmool (the man who opened doors for me with Negative Harmony, just intonation, wonky grids, and so much more), to assemble a circle of the greatest Cuban drummers living in London, to pull it off. We sat in a small room in Elephant & Castle, and recorded the groove at two tempos, which I then glued together.

    The lead singer on this song is in fact me! I recorded it a little slower and sped it up. It’s one take, straight through. Rough, but the vibes are strong.

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  • There is no reason for you to be alive - Jacob Collier


    From his instagram live on 4/11/19
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  • How to play 21 against 22


    Learn how to play 21 against 22 (or any polyrhythm). It's not only possible, but it's not as difficult as you might think. In this video, we look at a few ways to play polyrhythms -- including Jacob Collier's famous 21:22 -- as well as some musical applications and benefits of practicing these rhythms.

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  • Jacob Collier talks about autotune/quantizing/life


    clip stolen from jacob collier's livestream

  • Feel- Jacob Collier


    Here is my transcription of Feel by Jacob Collier featuring Lianne LaHavas and Pino Palladino off of his new album Djesse Vol. 2. The groove and harmonies in this song are so cool and I knew I needed to figure out what was going on. I started on 7/27/19 and finished on 8/2/19 (Jacob Collier's birthday!) and spent a total of around 20 hours working on it. If you want to see the process of transcibing, I did a three hour livestream yesterday so feel free to check that out. Just so you know, I chose not to notate the harp in the song because the keyboard is doing something very similar, so I felt like it wouldn't add anything to the transcription. I hope you enjoy!

  • Extreme Math Nerd Music


    The South Indian tradition known as Konnakol uses some of the most extreme mathematics to create complex music full polyrhythms, geometric patterns and metric modulations. It's possibly the most Extreme Math Nerd Music there is, and I love it! Special thanks to Rohith Jayaraman :

    Please submit your attempts at the opening passage in this video to my instagram:

    - tag davidbrucecomposer or use #indianpolyrhythms

    or you can do the same on twitter

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    The History and Development of Solkattu - the Vocal Syllables - of the Mridangam. Lisa Young

    Ancient Traditions - Future Possibilies by Matthew Montfort

    Introduction to Yati DR. DANIEL SCHNEE

    This thesis looks amazing, which I only found after a viewer pointed it out
    KARNATIC RHYTHMICAL STRUCTURES as a source for new thinking in WESTERN MUSIC by Rafael Reina

    I'm told Trichy Sankaran The Art of Konnakkol is very good, but didn't manage to get hold of it.


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    John McLaughlin/S.Ganesh Vinayakram- Gateway to Rhythm

    John McLaughlin & Shakti Joy (Live Montreux 1976)

    #KORVAI in Tishra Gathi
    Manjunath B.C

    Mahavishnu Orchestra - Meeting Of The Spirits/You Know You Know

    Adam Neely's 7/11 Polyrhythms

  • What makes The Black Page so difficult?


    Frank Zappa's Black Page #1 is known for being difficult to play. But is it? If so, why? I decided to learn it to find out.

    Here I document the process of learning The Black Page on the drums, from start to finish. I spent one week learning this piece before recording the final performance at the end of the video.

    The drums are unedited and the MIDI backing track is 100% quantized. It's not easy to line everything up, but with practice, you can do it!

    PS - For those interested in learning these types of rhythms, I highly recommend Mike Mangini's Rhythm Knowledge books. Volume 2, in particular, has a plethora of exercises pertaining to tuplets and counting that have helped me out tremendously over the years.

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  • Taking The Licc Seriously - Converting a Meme for String Quartet


    How can a 'ridiculous meme' like The Licc form part of a serious String Quartet written for some of the best players in classic music? Find out in this new video all about my new piece 'The Lick Quartet' which was premiered by the Dover Quartet at Dallas Chamber Music Society and at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. I also talk with the 'Meme King' Adam Neely, who has done so much to make 'The Licc' what it is today!

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  • Intro / Sky Above - Jacob Collier OFFICIAL AUDIO


    “Intro / Sky Above” by Jacob Collier [OFFICIAL AUDIO] from Djesse Vol. 2

    Intro: Kathryn Tickell is one of the world’s finest Northumbrian pipers, and a huge childhood hero of mine. Recorded in my room, mid-afternoon, November 2018.

    Sky Above: 3-part singing recorded on a sofa around one microphone, between 3-5am in May 2019, with MARO and Becca Stevens. All else recorded in my room between 2017-2019.

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  • Jacob Collier - It Dont Matter


    This is my best attempt at transcribing/reducing this wizardry, enjoy!

  • Jacob Colliers 2,3,4,5,6 pattern


    I watched Jacobs video and thought pretty amazing then began to learn it based on hemiolas on top of the triplets and found it wasn't that difficult except for the pentuplets, then looked at the notation and found out it wasn't really pentuplets and was a piece of cake.
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  • The Concerts Where They Dare Not Say My Name


    At a recent premiere of my new string quartet, the concert hall left my name off the billing and advertised it as 'Mozart, Brahms & More'. I asked the Head of Programming at the hall to explain why!

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  • Is There a Point in Writing Music That Doesn’t Break Any New Ground? || Q&A 1


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  • Adam Neelys favorite chord :)


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  • Jay Bovino & Hannah Sands - Hideaway


    I’ve had this beautiful song on repeat for the last 2 years, too afraid to touch it because Jacob is on another level. But with the help of my wonderful friend, Hannah Sands, I’ve finally decided to give it a crack and hope we do it justice.
    In any case, I had so much fun arranging and producing this version, and it allowed me to really analyse and learn from Jacob’s writing. If you haven't heard the original, check it out!

    Thanks for listening,

    Written by Jacob Collier
    Performed & Produced by Jay Bovino
    Vocals by Hannah Sands

  • BEHIND THE SCENES Georgia On My Mind - Jacob Collier


    There were a lot more butts in this than I was expecting... enjoy!

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  • Feel - Jacob Collier OFFICIAL AUDIO


    “Feel (feat Lianne La Havas)” by Jacob Collier [OFFICIAL AUDIO] from Djesse Vol. 2

    Lianne La Havas must have one of the most delicious, deep, versatile, scintillating and gorgeous voices on the planet... she has been a fave of mine for so many years. She came over to my music room at home one evening in May 2018 and by 4am we had recorded all the vocals. It was magic from her first note.

    Pino completely transformed my life (and the whole world of bass) forever with his sublime low-note contributions to D’Angelo’s iconic “Voodoo” album - and I asked him if he wouldn’t mind playing some bass on this song to bring some of that magic that only he can bring! When he sent the file my jaw dropped. So freakin’ special.

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  • Realm Of The Motholith - James Perkins


    Demo for Melodic Death Metal Song - 'Realm Of The Motholith'.

    I should explain the Microtonal stuff here I guess. (Starts at 4:07) As anyone who has looked into microtonality in western music, Jacob Collier's 'In The Bleak Midwinter' has influence over this song. The way the song modulates to G 'half sharp' interested me, and I wondered if the half sharp could add extra dissonance to a metal breakdown.

    So during the outro of this song, a chord sequence plays (Transcribed and annotated to follow) which changes the cent value of each note (using just intonation to the best of my abilities). I do this by using a note from the previous chord as an anchor into the next chord, so cent changes are based on a note on the previous chord. This is done in order to shift the Root note C# up 50 cents, to C one and a half sharp? or maybe D half flat.

    This entire process was to introduce a Pulse at this 50 cent difference without it being too obscure to the ear at first, but then when played with the original melody (in the original +0 cent tuning) to give extra dissonance. Basically.. I spent alot of time trying to make this sound out of tune.

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    Alright, music theory over

    Otherwise this song concept is about an insanely giant moth called the Motholith that awakens just to absorb light energy so it can grow stronger.

    It's inspired by my ever continuing fear of Moths.... that about sums it up aye

    This is instrumental. But I have melodies and lyrics for the song.. The lyrics can be found below

    Verse 1

    Dust settles the beast shall come soon
    It stirs it's retched cacoon
    Absorbing the blood of the light
    Till time to make day it's night

    Ahhh, a horrific scene
    Death screams as it spreads it wings
    Ahhh, it prepares for flight
    Nightmares caused by it's blight

    Realm Of The Motholith

    Verse 2

    Carrodes,the walls of its tomb
    breaths in,the impending doom

    Emerges from a ten ton husk
    course set, death flies at dusk

    its un holy freedom
    a search for lights to feed him
    a city in vision
    behold its cataclysm

    Human Herder
    Sonic Booms Produces Murder
    No survivors (No Survivors)
    Of the
    Realm Of The Motholith


    Wings Spread soon wipe out a nation
    Streets bled to suit its migration
    Soon life ceasts to exist

    All hail the
    Realm of the Motholith


    The moon shall set
    the day shall come soon
    it uses blood to silk its cacoon
    the structure forms amongst desolation
    death fears
    the day it reawakens

    New Chrysalis
    deflects missle hits
    the growth becomes obscene
    the earth shall hail its new king

  • Nebaluyo - Jacob Collier OFFICIAL AUDIO


    “Nebaluyo (feat. Oumou Sangaré)” by Jacob Collier [OFFICIAL AUDIO] from Djesse Vol. 2

    Oumou Sangaré is one of my most favourite human voices in the world. She inspires such a majesty, magic and wisdom in every word she sings. I have wanted to meet her and collaborate for so many years… so when I saw she was playing in London a few months ago I invited her over to my room in London. She arrived at 11am, and by 1pm (when she left to take a flight) we had the whole song recorded and mapped out. Despite barely speaking a word of each other’s language, we communicated through the omnipotence of music - and came up with something that inspires me to no end. She is such a powerhouse, with such deep-rooted care for the music and the energy she creates.

    I called an old friend and hero of mine, Josh Arcoleo, to shred some killer sax over the ending and lay down some stabs... I reckon he’s one of the greatest sax players on the planet right now. What he played literally melted my face.

    The last 20 seconds are entirely built from ‘train’ sounds. It’s a train to Djesse Vol. 3... but you’ll have to wait a few months before we get there :-)

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  • The Emotional Impact Rooms Have on Music


    The way sound reverberates around different spaces can have a huge affect on the music that's played in them. In this video I consider the effect that has on the emotional impact of the music, how that might have affected what composers write and which places can be considered the best places to play music?

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  • Quintuplet swing.


    Quintuplets are all the rage. More musicians than ever are embracing the use of 5's, 7's, and larger tuplets. But what are the origins of these trendy rhythms, and how do we play them? In this video, we explore all this and more.

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  • The Mystery at the Heart of Flamenco


    In this video I look at the huge range of influences that go into making Flamenco music what it is - the European common practice chord progressions, the Islamic scales, the music of Gypsies, the music of Berbers, and finally, the guitar itself.

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  • Jacob Collier, Danny Boy, July 14th, 2019, North Sea Jazz Festival, Rotterdam


    In front of a packed house JC is going solo at its best.



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