The animated music video for David Gilmour‘s new song, “Rattle That Lock,” was released today.
The animation was created by Alasdair & Jock from London’s Trunk Animation, under creative directorship of Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosis.
“Rattle That Lock” is the title track from Gilmour’s new album coming Sept. 18. from Sony Music/Columbia.
“I love animation when it does something that can’t be achieved any other way,” Gilmour says. “(It) highlights a darkness in the song that couldn’t have been shown any other way.”
“The animators have done a fine job: paying homage to Gustave Dore, bringing his illustrations for ‘Paradise Lost’ alive, making a powerful visual for the song,” adds lyricist Polly Samson.
The black and white, hand-drawn animation draws from John Milton’s “Paradise Lost,” Samson’s inspiration. The poem encompasses 12 books and tells Biblical story of the fall of man: the temptation of Adam and Eve by the fallen angel Satan and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden.
The video required a team of 12 animators, artists and compositors three months to complete. Working with sound designer Barnaby Templer and his team at Fonic, the film was layered with foley and sound effects, which were then mixed with the music track.
The video follows the fall of Satan from Heaven and his journey through Pandemonium, Purgatory and Chaos on his way to corrupt the virgin Earth.
Satan takes on new forms as the story is told. Starting as the beautiful Fallen Angel, he’s re-born as a sinister, masterful Cormorant before transforming into a Serpent that wreaks havoc on Earth.