Dan Deacon's exquisite corpse music video features nine different animations

Music: nine different artists contributed to this animated music video for US musician Dan Deacon's single When I Was Done Dying.

When I Was Done Dying by Dan Deacon music video

The music video was conceived by Deacon as an animated version of exquisite corpse, with each contributor unaware of what the previous clips contained when they started working on their segment.

"[The song is about] my body, memory, and consciousness being all entirely separate and constantly changing," Deacon said. "I thought the constant changing of artists would really help illustrate that point."

When I Was Done Dying by Dan Deacon music video

The video opens with a hand-drawn animated sequence created with black ink and white correction fluid by Jake Fried.

"I tried hard to sync my segment with the energy and pace of the intro," said Fried. "I like the idea that my intricate, fast-moving films are made with simple, everyday materials."

When I Was Done Dying by Dan Deacon music video

Fried's monochrome opening quickly makes way for a more colourful world filled with surreal creatures drawn by Canadian musician and artist Chad VanGaalen.

When I Was Done Dying by Dan Deacon music video

Paris-based artist Dimitri Stankowicz added a computer-generated sequence in which a character explodes and then transforms into a tree.

"I was in the mood for atomic disintegration," Stankowicz said. "The character in my part has a short and rough life!"

When I Was Done Dying by Dan Deacon music video

A short dream-like sequence by illustrator Colin White follows, which features a grotesque machine with huge gnashing teeth.

When I Was Done Dying by Dan Deacon music video

Another computer-generated animation then takes over, this time created by New York-based digital artist Taras Hrabowsky. Hrabowsky used 3D software to create a fat, amorphous blue character that flails and disintegrates as it falls through space.

"The animation work I do is basically just a sequence of happy accidents using dynamics in various different 3D programs," said Hrabowsky.

When I Was Done Dying by Dan Deacon music video

Philadelphia-based animator Anthony Schepperd contributed another hand-drawn clip to the video, in which a pair of horse-like creatures destroy a car by firing lasers from their eyes.

When I Was Done Dying by Dan Deacon music video

Japanese animator Masanobu Hiraoka added a section of swirling cyan, magenta and yellow tones.

"Colour is very important for animation," he said. "I think the colour is something with which a worldview is made."

When I Was Done Dying by Dan Deacon music video

A sequence featuring a giant blue head by filmmaker Caleb Wood follows.

When I Was Done Dying by Dan Deacon music video

The final part of the video is a bizarre collection of flashing digital images, seemingly stitched together at random by KOKOFreakbean.

"I'm about as sane and sturdy as a stack of hot-glued celery and bamboo," KOKOFreakbean said. "I put things where the voices tell me to put them and I don't ask no questions."

The music video for When I Was Done Dying was created by Dave Hughes for Off the Air, an animated TV series broadcast by TV network Adult Swim. The quotes in this story were originally published on Off the Air's Tumblr.