Hide & Seek Transcription

Jacob Collier


This video has been in the works for the past month and I’m so glad to finally share it with all of you. I originally transcribed part of this song out of interest in how the chords and movements worked. I had so much fun that I decided to make a full transcription; leading to this visual transcription video.

The process of creating this took 74 hours in total. I transcribed the song by ear and inputting midi notes for each phrase. After the base-transcription was complete, I went back through the piano roll and assigned each note a different channel (e.g 4 notes in a chord would have 4 different channels). I then imported the midi track into MAM and recorded that, as well as the output from midiChordAnalyser to form the visual display. From there, it was a simple task of editing it together!

I’ve had a love of Jacob Collier’s music after stumbling upon one of his videos when I was about 15. The control he has over harmony, pitch and rhythm is incredible yet terrifying. I immediately identified Jacob as an inspiration to learn from and transcriptions are the best way to do this. We’ve met on multiple occasions and it’s very humbling to hear how he thinks about music and the processes he goes through to create a song or video. This transcription is one of many I have saved away to study and dissect!

Dom Robson-Tull © 2020