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Project Thirty-Three is our shrine to circles and dots, squares and rectangles, and triangles, and the designers that make these simple shapes come to life on vintage album covers.

(via Project Thirty-Three)

    Project Thirty-Three is our shrine to circles and dots, squares and rectangles, and triangles, and the designers that make these simple shapes come to life on vintage album covers.

    (via Project Thirty-Three)

    — 4 months ago with 1 note
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RockViz is an exploration of 2000 rock album covers that have been classified as the ‘most significant’ by editors of the platform AllMusic

(via RockViz : visualizing the 2k. most significant rock albums covers)

    RockViz is an exploration of 2000 rock album covers that have been classified as the ‘most significant’ by editors of the platform AllMusic

    (via RockViz : visualizing the 2k. most significant rock albums covers)

    — 4 months ago with 1 note
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    murketing:

    Exciting news this morning from our friend, proprietor of the amazing Box Vox blog (and a standout contributor to As Real As It Gets) Randy Ludacer.

    When he’s not busy with package design & blogging, Mr. Ludacer writes and performs music — notably his Songs About Packaging CD, and a related live performance at Freshkills a couple years back.

    Now he’s got something new — Old!

    This batch of songs actually predates Songs About Packaging, for reasons explained here.

    I used to think that there might be time to re-record these songs better some day. Now I think they’re perfect, as is. Some audiophiles may inexplicably disagree with me, but I think that these 14 songs—played in precisely this order—are as singular a musical mark as I could hope for.

    I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy, as they say, and have been enjoying it quite a bit — “Revenue Stream” and “Expiration Date” being among my favorites. Reminds me of Marshall Crenshaw. In any case, charming.

    And there is something new about Old!: The supercool packaging, which includes two small ball bearings rolling in the spine of jewel box. Mr. Ludacer is offering a free copy of old to the “first person to correctly identify the specific artwork that these ball bearings allude to.” 

    Details here: New Package Design for Old! CD | Box Vox

    Old! is available on CD Baby.

    — 1 year ago with 3 notes
    #Design  #Music  #Album Art 
    ECM Album Covers by Manfred Eicher - NYTimes.com →

    “The cover is a metaphoric translation,” said Mr. Eicher, who refuses to be a mule to the literal. “Whatever it might mean, it’s a sign. It’s an envelope, the envelope of the given.” He added that he’s after “silence, poses, thoughtfulness, contemplativeness” — apt descriptions of the covers, all from 2012, cited here.

    — 1 year ago
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From breasts and balls to the Beatles, Guardian readers pick the worst album sleeves they’ve ever set horrified eyes upon – featuring a line-drawn howler from Neil Young, space-cartoon rubbishness from Def Leppard, an unfortunate back-seat mishap with some chewing gum and Kevin Rowland dressed as a girl

(via The worst album sleeves of all time - in pictures | Music | guardian.co.uk)

    From breasts and balls to the Beatles, Guardian readers pick the worst album sleeves they’ve ever set horrified eyes upon – featuring a line-drawn howler from Neil Young, space-cartoon rubbishness from Def Leppard, an unfortunate back-seat mishap with some chewing gum and Kevin Rowland dressed as a girl

    (via The worst album sleeves of all time - in pictures | Music | guardian.co.uk)

    — 1 year ago with 2 notes
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Welcome to my collection of 60’s Asian pop record covers (Yes, I own the vinyl too!). Though I mainly focus on the music of Singapore, I also have titles from Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, and Japan.

(via Charlie and His Go-Go Boys - A’ Go-Go (Swan SE 4558) photo - david greenfield photos at pbase.com)

    Welcome to my collection of 60’s Asian pop record covers (Yes, I own the vinyl too!). Though I mainly focus on the music of Singapore, I also have titles from Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, and Japan.

    (via Charlie and His Go-Go Boys - A’ Go-Go (Swan SE 4558) photo - david greenfield photos at pbase.com)

    — 2 years ago
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John Bertram, an architect who runs the blog Venus Febriculosa (and is also behind a project to reconsider the problematic cover of Nabokov’s Lolita), recently launched a competition to redesign the cover of Music for Films. This is not because he thinks it’s fatally flawed; indeed, he describes it as perfect. But he’s interested in visual alternatives that engage more directly with the music, filling in the blank that’s there now. (He also writes, “[W]e prefer difficult projects.”) His jury includes several Eno collaborators; the Print columnist Rick Poynor; Julia Hasting, design director of Phaidon Press; and Geeta Dayal, who recently wrote a book on Eno’s 1975 album, Another Green World. (Poynor himself wrote about the contest earlier this month on Design Observer.) Entries are due September 1, with a $500 cash prize at stake; more details can be found here [PDF]. I recently spoke to Bertram about the creation of the mysterious album art and why he started a competition to redo a cover he loves.

(via Redesigning Brian Eno’s Music for Films)

    John Bertram, an architect who runs the blog Venus Febriculosa (and is also behind a project to reconsider the problematic cover of Nabokov’s Lolita), recently launched a competition to redesign the cover of Music for Films. This is not because he thinks it’s fatally flawed; indeed, he describes it as perfect. But he’s interested in visual alternatives that engage more directly with the music, filling in the blank that’s there now. (He also writes, “[W]e prefer difficult projects.”) His jury includes several Eno collaborators; the Print columnist Rick Poynor; Julia Hasting, design director of Phaidon Press; and Geeta Dayal, who recently wrote a book on Eno’s 1975 album, Another Green World. (Poynor himself wrote about the contest earlier this month on Design Observer.) Entries are due September 1, with a $500 cash prize at stake; more details can be found here [PDF]. I recently spoke to Bertram about the creation of the mysterious album art and why he started a competition to redo a cover he loves.

    (via Redesigning Brian Eno’s Music for Films)

    — 2 years ago
    #Album Art