Syd Barrett Official YouTube Channel Launched: Watch
The Syd Barrett Estate has launched an official YouTube channel for the late Pink Floyd frontman’s solo work.
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Swedish animator Alex Teglbjaerg has worked on clips to accompany much-loved tracks Terrapin and Dark Globe from Barrett’s 1970 debut solo album The Madcap Laughs and Dominoes from his second and final album, Barrett, released later that year.
In a statement, the Estate said: “The channel is a natural extension of Syd Barrett’s existing online presence and will consist of artistic interpretations of his solo music, with accompanying music and lyrics. Together with the Swedish animator, Alex Teglbjaerg, known as The Artist on the Border, there will be new animated music videos released on an ongoing basis. It will initially focus on the solo songs which originally appeared on An Introduction To Syd Barrett (2010).”
Peter Barrett said on behalf of the family: “There isn’t all that much filmed Syd Barrett out there.
“You’ve already seen most of the material and the few bits that pop up are quickly placed in the digital public domain. We want to take his quirky and poetic lyrics and translate them into images.”
Animator Alex added: “I try to take the listener into a Syd Barrett dream of sorts. Syd was a craftsman when it came to writing intriguing lyrics for his songs. Many times utilising cut-up techniques. That’s what I am attempting to do as well. I take what we take for granted, Syd in a room with painted floorboards and find a way to discover more. Not just zoom in, I try to immerse the viewer in that room by using collages and elements from multiple sources. But in the end, the focus is not on the visuals themselves. It lies in Syd’s music and lyrics.”