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Rhythm & Sound – See Mi Yah 7″s

Author: Colin | Published: 28/8/07

Rhythm and Sound cover

Rhythm and Sound cover

Rhythm and Sound cover

Rhythm and Sound cover

Artist: Rhythm & Sound
Album: See Mi Yah
Label: Burial Mix
Year: tbc
Designer: tbc
Type of music: Depth-charge digital reggae
Notes: -

Audiolab

Author: Colin | Published: 24/8/07
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audiolab

audiolab

audiolab

audiolab

audiolab

Artist: Various
Album: Audiolab
Label: Lucky Kitchen
Year: 2001
Designer: Laurent Fetis (aide par David Valy)
Type of music: Experimental, electronic
Notes: Review here. Thick card box, textured and opaquely reflective, gold CD sleeves which when unfolded reveal bright pink and green colours = a visual and tactile treat.

David Sylvian – When Loud Weather Buffeted Naoshima

Author: admin | Published: 22/8/07
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David Sylvian

David Sylvian

David Sylvian

David Sylvian

Artist: David Sylvian
Album: When Loud Weather Buffeted Naoshima
Label: Samadhisound
Year: 2007

Designer: Art direction: David Sylvian, Yuka Fujii, design: Chris Bigg, artwork: Sachiyo Tsurumi
Type of music: Site-specific installation soundtrack
Notes: About to be released at time of writing, this is a rather gorgeous limited edition CD clothed in a horizontal DVD digipak. Drawings of bowls of feathers and clouds of bees (a lyrical touchstone for Sylvian) almost obscure photographs of water and coastline. I haven’t quite screwed up the courage to listen to the music yet – the prospect of an ensemble comprising Sylvian, Clive Bell, Christian Fennesz, Akira Rabelais and Arve Henriksen is such a mouth-watering prospect that I’m afraid of being disappointed!

Jazzland – Eivind Aarset, Bugge Wesseltoft

Author: admin | Published: 17/8/07
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jazzland

jazzland

jazzland

jazzland

jazzland

jazzland

Artist: Eivind Aarset’s Electronique Noir, Bugge Wesseltoft
Album: Light Extracts, Moving
Label: Jazzland Recordings
Year: 2001
Designer: Hakon Kornstad

Type of music: Electronic jazz
Notes: When it comes to Norwegian new music, most of the attention’s paid to Rune Grammofon and Smalltown Supersound. Which is unfair because Jazzland Recordings, run by pianist Bugge Wesseltoft, has been responsible for some brilliant hybrids. Guitarist Eivind Aarset melds breakbeats, electronica and ambience with Eno-esque cloudform guitar and occasional, delirious freeform noise squalls while Bugge’s delightful mix of house and jazz is as infectious as the day it was released. But I’m forgetting that this is a design blog… We’ve featured Hakon Kornstad’s work before, this is some of his earlier work. I particularly like the front covers which only reveal the titles when the light hits the spot varnished text at the right angle, while the imagery of urban, neon-lit underpasses suits the music to a tee.

Ghost Box

Author: admin | Published: 7/8/07
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ghost box

ghost box

ghost box

ghost box

Artist: The Focus Group, Belbury Poly
Album: Hey Let Loose Your Love, The Owl’s Map
Label: Ghost Box

Year: 2005/6
Designer: Julian House
Type of music: Analogue electronics
Notes: I ordered these CDs via the Ghost Box website and had only seen the booklets reproduced in The Wire. They’re gorgeous pieces of design: self-conscious and resonant in equal parts, courtesy of the hugely talented Julian House who’s done so much wonderful work for Intro. I hadn’t seen the physical packaging before, but 110% expected to receive three covetable card digipaks. Imagine my disappointment when, upon opening the bubble-wrapped envelope, I found standard plastic jewel cases:

ghost box

When stacked together, as above, there’s some suggestion of a newly minted ’60s modernist housing project. But mostly the inability for this packaging to age more or less gracefully, unlike the music it contains which is so deliberately refracted through the prism of time, is a major let-down. Even the paper stock of the booklets is, to my mind, too glossy for its purpose. I originally posted about these designs on my personal blog, to which Justin commented that the original releases were CDRs and Gutterbreakz pointed out that the ideal format by far for Ghost Box would be vinyl. Imagine the thick card sleeves they’d come in and they’d preferably have magically acquired record library lending sheets and rubber stamps…

Non Visual Objects: Extract – Portraits Of Soundartists

Author: admin | Published: 4/8/07
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Extract Cover

Extract Inside Cover

Extract Excerpt1

Extract Excerpt2

Extract CD

Extract Rear

Artist: Various
Album: Extract – Portraits Of Soundartists
Label: Non Visual Objects
Year: 2007
Designer: Raphael Moser

Type of music: Minimal
Notes: A 2 CD set, enclosed in a 96 page hardcover b&w book with a spot UV varnish cover. Numbered, limited edition of 500. Each artist has contributed text, photos or drawings to accompany their tracks, giving a real insight into the creative process at work. Care and attention to music and the people who make it.

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