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Exhibition – Spin: The Art of Cover Design

Author: Colin | Published: 31/7/08

exhibiton graphic by Christian Statham

I mentioned this upcoming exhibition a while back here in the news section. The link at the bottom contains the full details, but highlights as follows. If anyone fancies visiting the show and meeting up, don’t hesitate to give me a shout.

3 September – 3 October 2008, Monday – Friday, 10am – 6pm, Saturday 11am – 4pm, Arts Gallery, 65 Davies Street, W1K 5DA. Admission free.

The Horrors’ Faris Rotter has selected some of the best album cover art of the last four decades to appear at the Arts Gallery’s forthcoming exhibition Spin. A unique examination of the art of the record cover, Spin will open up an often forgotten side of the music industry, to explore the relationship between art, design and music.

Faris Rotter, GQ Editor Dylan Jones and Peter Saville, who famously designed Factory Records artwork including Joy Division and New Order covers, formed the selection panel for Spin, choosing an eclectic array of albums stretching across musical genres and through four decades.

Following London Design Festival the Arts Gallery will host a discussion on the future of album cover art in the digital age. The panel includes author and journalist Andrew Collins as chair, with Peter Saville, album cover expert and author Adrian Shaughnessy and EMI designer Chris Peyton debating this seminal issue.

Press release

Create Digital Music » Archivist Responds: Yes, Virginia, Delia Derbyshire Really Was That Awesome

Author: Colin | Published: 29/7/08
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Gorgeous and apparently long out of print Delia Derbyshire library record.

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Kraftwerk – Neon Lights 12″

Author: Colin | Published: 27/7/08
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Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk

Artist: Kraftwerk
Album: Neon Lights
Label: Capitol Records
Year: 1978
Designer: Unknown
Type of music: Kraftwerk
Notes: This is luminous vinyl – turn the light out and it glows a yellowish white in the dark. My copy doesn’t glow with much strength or for very long as it’s almost 30 years old now. Still, anyone who thinks Kraftwerk are humourless (non) souls is misinformed.

Deerhoof leak new single in sheet-music form

Author: Colin | Published: 25/7/08
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sheet music

Great gesture!:

These days, there’s nothing surprising about a band releasing a single as a free download. But while Coldplay and the Charlatans mess around with MP3s, and Radiohead put laser video footage online, Deerhoof are trying a different approach. Sure, you can download Fresh Born, the single from their forthcoming album. However, you will have to play the damn thing yourself. Because, for the moment, Deerhoof are just giving away the sheet music.

Seen in The Guardian

Smashing Pumpkins – The Aeroplane Flies High

Author: justin | Published: 24/7/08
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Artist: The Smashing Pumpkins
Title: The Aeroplane Flies High
Label: Virgin Records America
Year: 1996
Designer: tbc
Type of music: Alternative Rock
Notes: A personal favourite of mine, both design and music. This is a boxset compiling the five singles from ‘Mellon Collie’. Originally a ‘limited’ run of 200,000 (those were the days) that saw a wider repress due to demand. I remember paying through the nose for my copy from the original run, only to see loads of reprints appear in local record shops weeks later at a lower price.

Intended to mimic a 45 singles record box from the 60′s if I’m not mistaken. The blotches you can see in the photos are patches of mould – it doesn’t appear to be aging too well 12 years on.

Techno Tree (The Strange Attractor)

Author: Colin | Published: 22/7/08
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Techno tree

For those of us of the Techno persuasion, this poster detailing the genre’s development might be of interest. Given my love of Kraftwerk I’m not going to argue with the group’s placement, but I’ll take issue with the absence of Giorgio Moroder, Manuel Gottsching, Monoton and T++, but then with a project like this you’re never going to satisfy everybody.

Link: The Strange Attractor » Blog Archive » Techno Tree

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