Musician Explains One Concept in 5 Levels of Difficulty ft. Jacob Collier Herbie Hancock | WIRED

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23-year-old musician, composer and multi-instrumentalist Jacob Collier explains the concept of harmony to 5 different people; a child, a teen, a college student, a professional, and jazz legend Herbie Hancock. Still haven’t subscribed to WIRED on YouTube? ►► ABOUT WIREDWIRED is where tomorrow is realized. Through thought-provoking stories and videos, WIRED explores the future of business, innovation, and culture.Musician Explains One Concept in 5 Levels of Difficulty ft. Jacob Collier & Herbie Hancock | WIRED

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Airon Cayowet
So is no one going to talk about how good 3:38 - 3:56 sounded?
Anonymous furler
I ship him with the one at level 3 😂😂😂😂
Arminius der Cherusker
Bartholomew Thundercat III
Kid: Harmony makes things sound better!\nTeenager: By building on chords you can give music an emotional connotation.\nCollege student: How would you structure a piece of music to convey emotions in a logical way?\nProfessional: There are so many ways to manipulate music and the way it progresses that the possibilities are nearly endless.\nHerbie Hancock: What is music? WHY is music?
Bas Bear
Wouldn't it be convenient to have english subtitles? I'm sure such a big official youtube channel would be ready to expand their audience to people in other countries who might need the subtitles to clearify words or sentences that are not recognizable.\nLet's not forget deaf people either.
Brawlin Harry
i just dont understand the premise of having to explain harmony to a proffessional pianist :D :D :D\nMy College Major was music, and theres no way you survive that without learning basicly everything about harmonics...\n\n\nWent to a German Music College, just fyi.
Cameron Nutter
this many ads makes for a terrible video regardless of content, let the people speak dammit
Cole Silva
11:20 it’s literally it’s own language, and not one I’m even close to understanding
Composing Gloves
Watching this video again after my chromatic harmony class and a having an amazing teacher who helped me hear, I now hear the end song completely differently. It totally caught me off guard how different I hear now! Its so much more profound than it was before, every decision, twist and turn is more clear to me than before. There is so much happening that listening to it is far more engaging and amazing. Before it was somewhat lost to me (I had no way of thinking about something this complex), but now its coming more into focus.
Ctrl Z
No way he is 78 years old
D Flug
interesting but I dont find much esthetic appeal
I’m 13 and play level 6+ music
Ding Dang
The college guy has the most punch able face on earth.
Don C
07:31 yesssssss Anakin, very good question, very good question indeed.
Donnie Darko
Common misconception is that minor always sound sad but certainly not true!
Herbie: So I misheard Miles Davis and it created my career......
Ed Stewart
So many insanely DUMB ads during this video... wtf are you doing youtube advertising machine?
Emil Brandwyne
the last dude is not herbie hancock; its Tay Zonday lol
He’s never heard Amazing Grace? That’s so sad.
G Honda
This video needs more commercials I can ignore.
Gabriel Waggoner
Why does the college student look so flirty? 😂
Great moments of opera
I’m a fan of jacob Collier (and a musician myself). Level 5 is a complete mess, and they both know it, hence why they are laughing.
Guido Anselmi
I love how interested and attentive the 4th guy was, even though he is a professional pianist himself.
Gustarf X
Level 5 they ate just starring at each other and saying “Yeah, yeah, right” playing
Must’ve been a liiiiiiiittle intimidating explaining anything to Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock
Thanks for having me, Jacob!
Howard Wimshurst
at level 5 they gave up the limitations of speech and just communicated with music which was much more efficient
Hunter Bryan
Hey Josh we went to highschool together 👋😂
I'm the black Christian Grey
the progression was funny\n\nchild: \
Ike Moon
0:56\n*intensely mashes random cluster chords on piano*
Jackson John Jones
6:59 oh dude
James 3K
2:16 - 2:21 its just sound really nice!
Jonah Hanson
I have a keyboard with lots of different instruments on it, but whatever Herbie was using sounded magical. Can anyone help a brother out with how to get a similar sound?
Joseph Untitled.
The college student looks like John Stamos.
Dang, that was something
Kovu Kingsrod
11:20\n“Yeah *plays* oh yeah *plays* yeah yeah *plays* yeah *plays* right right *plays* yeah”\nYeah I’m totally still following this conversation
Lautaro Fernández
I feel like I also a musician but I speak such a different word language about it than them.
Liam Catterall
If there is ever a movie made on Herbie, Denzel has to play him. They look so a like.
At Herbie they were communicating mostly through music not words and understood each other, that really is another level
level 3 dude is tottally flerting with jacob.
Marc Gray
Great concept and so fascinating. An overhead view of their keyboards would've been SO helpful about 13 minutes in here, WIRED.
Marco Fabbri
I don't want to be offensive, but I honestly did not enjoy the last version of Amazing grace. Perhaps I cannot appreciate all the technicalities behind it as I am just a civilian.
Marianne Yang
that stare the college age guitarist was givin him was extremely homoerotic and no you cannot change my mind
And on level 6 they just intensely stare at each other.
Mecha Apophis CloseAirSupport
13:22 The actual conversation in the whole video of a human in higher dimension.
That Chocolate rain kid really got old
Mister Meister
I don't like Jacob very much, and I have a reason why. At 13:45 it doesn't seem like he's listening to Herbie, while Herbie is trying to figure out where Jacob is going and Herbie is trying to connect visually with him. Jacob seems more of a solo artist to me.
When musicians speak in the language of music, words become insignificant
Moses Ramirez
Level: \
Nilas Grahn
Jacob Collier aka Literally Who?
Paul Goodwin
In Level 6, Jacob Collier tries to explain harmony to himself...
I think there are some levels missing: \n- Dumb level: You barely know what is music.\n- Non English: Explain it to someone who doesn't speak English or you can't speak English. That is interesting but only in \
Res Krakatau
this was epic harmony 👉 13:22
Riley Merino
*”Jacob Collier explains a musical concept in four levels of difficulty and then asks Herbie Hancock a bunch of questions”
Rivin Joseph - Bitwig :)
Saul Cerritos
Music is just domesticated sound
Not all minor scales are gloomy and spooky. Minor scales are used in blues and the blues aren't spooky.
Sean Bean
This 23 year old is extremely talented and well learned on music, but I can't stand how smarmy he is.\n\nNotice when he tries to get cerebral about harmony Herbie explains it all with two words \
Steve Murray
Jacob, you have the balls of an elephant. I am surprised you can walk! Teaching Herbie Hancock about harmony when you are 23. Wow.\n\nI loved the story about the butter notes. I hadn't heard that one before.
Super Turrican
I don't know why... as I finished the video, I started to play my guitar in a way I never did. No joke.
Susanna Wise
im at 8.55 and ive had 4 commercials like im loving the vid but i just wanted to complain about that.
Put Jacob Collier and Julian Lage in the same room and let's see what those two making of. It will be really interesting!
How professional pianists talk to each other :\n\n*plays a major chord with lots of sharps and natural*\nOh yeah! And then you can-\n*plays major arpeggio and ends in a minor chord*\nMhm. Mhmm.
Tanzil Hasan
Pure Bliss
The people get more and more proficient at speaking about music, until finally, they understand it so well, they speak through music. At the end, they're not even using words anymore.
That college student was looking in the eyes of Jacob quite alot lol \nHe would bang.\n\nO_O
Thanonxay Vongphachanh
Shipping him and the college student
The Best Of Minecraft
He knows a lot of chords
The Eurythmic King of Nowhere
Ah, yes, the five stages of life: childhood, teenage years, college, adulthood/professional career, and Herbie Hancock.
At level 6, they dematerialize...
US GameWolf
*God*\n\nIm too dumb I don't think I will ever comprehend this level of intelectuality if that's even a word lolol
Uncle Creepy
Uncle Podger
Jacob Collier isn't a musician, he's a living genius.
Ursus Discursus
yea yea, yea yea yea
Vera Mors
9:55 *play chords at each other\
Vertov Victor
A couple of years ago, I was working at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Had access to all stages: 3 am, a jam session was going on at “The Club”, Stevie Wonder and Quincy Jones were in the room enjoying their whiskey, they couldn’t believe their ears. Jacob Collier was playing. Just a kid by the time, a genius. And apparently a very good teacher as well.
Will Power
3:31 A guitar suddenly materializes around the college student
Will R
7:20 - what? How does the professional move his mouth in perfect timing with what the other guy is saying? Musicians are witches.
William Day
Jacob to Eastman student: so do you know the circle of fifths?
maybe i just cant appreciate good music but when they played together near the end it sounded like straight garbage.
Zak R
Why do people have to be patronising when they talk to children. When I was a child it made me start to develop a hatred towards that person
First 4 levels: the boy tells other something.\nThe last level: the boy asks.
Herbie... Legand
Sounds like Stephen Merchant
jay Pazare
The child has more definitive answers to questions than I ever did in my whole life of questions.
13:22 I'm like, \
Music is the one thing where even if someone is speaking about something you can't quite comprehend at first, once you hear them play examples of what they're discussing, you just suddenly understand what they're trying to say and you start to get it a lot better out of nowhere. Music is such a powerful, universal language and I think that's really beautiful.
Too many ads, so distracting and off-putting as you have to get your head back into music theory -.-
The longer I watched the professional pianist and him the more I understood the difference. Jacob is musician and probably have freedom to make whatever kind of music he wants. But the pianist is paid to play very technical pieces or perform already known songs. So he gets little in the creativity part.
sebastian sanchez
*13:23* Gave me *Finding Nemo* Vibes sooo sooo much...
I feel like herbie knows music is a lot simpler than all this. There are rules( scales) to the language but just like spoken language we can bend what we say (slang, vocabluary, tone, pitch etc) music has the same freedom. Dont overthink it. Learn it then forget is the better rule.
it turned interesting when the the two younger dudes started flirting while playing amazing grace.
Musician talks about various aspects of harmony while 4 ads play