HARDHOUND

Mute Audio Documents 1978-1984

Author: Colin | Published: 25/1/09

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Artist: Various including Yazoo, Depeche Mode,
Title: Mute Audio Documents 1978-1984
Label: Mute
Year: 2007
Designer: Adrian Shaughnessy
Type of music: Various
Notes: Elegant file card approach to archival documenting of the early Mute years. It’s arguably a shame that the tabs couldn’t be die cut and the individual CD packages weren’t card or digipak. On the other hand there’s something about the representation of the filing system in iconic form that, when combined with the anonymity of the industry standard jewel cases, makes for an intriguingly subtle tension to the whole design.

Beautiful Madlib covers

Author: Colin | Published: 23/1/09
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Thanks to Caps who just let us know about the following:

Interesting article I read yesterday about Jeff Jank at Stones Throw who has been doing a series of album covers for Madlib over the years which are literally decomposing: http://stonesthrow.com/news/2008/12/madlib-beat-konducta-dirty-beats-and-dirty-covers

They really are stunningly beautiful.

Brian Eno and David Byrne

Author: Colin | Published: 21/1/09
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I um’ed and ah’ed about whether or not to buy the special edition of this release. On the one hand, it seemed to make for ideal material for the site, on the other the reviews sounded unpromising and $69.99 seemed/seems like a lot of money. In the end I bought the regular edition for my partner for Christmas. My first listen made me think I probably made the right choice, but I’ve been known to be wrong about first impressions all too frequently. Anyway, the nice people at Creative Review have posted some pics, a few of which I’ve nicked for your edification below. I’m not overwhelmed by the design, despite it being by Stefan Sagmeister. It looks kitsch and all the extra elements suggest some kind of toy or game, which may be the point. Anyway, here are the pics, what do you think?

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Everything That Happens website
Creative Review post with more images
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Beautiful Sleeparchive cover

Author: Colin | Published: 20/1/09
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I’m a big Sleeparchive fan. This is the only CD he’s issued so far (it’s shared with one Antti Rannisto who I don’t know). Otherwise, Sleeparchive has so far been a purely vinyl project:

I saw a tiny thumbnail of the CD on Boomkat when it was released (note to that wonderful vendor – if you focused more on the visual you might improve sales!). Seeing it again on FFFFOUND! yesterday I was struck by its beauty. I wonder whether the CD as a whole will be as beautiful – I’d love it to be a digipak and am praying it’s not a jewel case. Well, I’ll found out soon as I’ve tracked down a copy on Discogs. If it’s good it’ll be a future post here – fingers crossed!

Six Inch Records

Author: Colin | Published: 18/1/09
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Artist:Patrick Bell, Max de Mara, The Joy of Living
Title: Travel Notes, Classist, The Beyond Within
Label: six inch records
Year: 2008
Designer: Designed and made by Stanley Donwood and Richard Lawrence
Type of music: various
Notes: Limited to 333 copies of each. Lovely hand-made feel as detailed in the insert illustrated above. I also really like the way the CD is held by its surround.

Sleeparchive/Antti Rannisto

Author: Colin | Published: 11/1/09
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Artist: Sleeparchive/Antti Rannisto
Title: Sleeparchive/Antti Rannisto
Label: No name, only catalogue number: ZZZCD1
Year: 2007
Designer: Not specified
Type of music: Arctic/ambient/electronic
Notes: Sleevenote states: “Front photograph shows Lupoid, a sledge dog of Ernest Shackleton’s South Polar Expedition (1914-1916)”

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