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Some Notes On iTunes LP (Jay Robinson)

Author: Colin | Published: 14/9/09

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Good coverage of the iTunes ‘LP’ format announced at the Apple event last week. Except that I’m not feeling those designs at all. Better ones can always be produced, but wouldn’t it have been really special if Apple had provided the ability to assemble our own collections of images, video and data around our albums in a sort of open scrapbook format. Of course that might not have sold so many albums. Or maybe it would have encouraged even further take-up of iTunes.

Some Notes On iTunes LP ยท Jay Robinson

Various – Until Human Voices Wake Us And We Drown

Author: Colin | Published: 12/9/09
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Artist Various
Title Until Human Voices Wake Us And We Drown
Label Rune Grammofon
Year 2006
Designer Kim Hiorthoy
Music Extremely varied, but mostly wonderful
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Notes The title is a quote from the final verse of T.S. Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock:We have lingered in the chambers of the sea
By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown
Till human voices wake us, and we drown.

This box was released in a limited edition of 1000 copies to celebrate Rune Grammofon’s 50th release. The Norwegian label is happy to celebrate its anniversaries – see also Money Will Ruin Everything and, er, Money Will Ruin Everything 2. Any excuse for the production of gorgeous objects like this provoke no complaint from this quarter!

John Watermann – Calcutta Gas Chamber

Author: Colin | Published: 6/9/09
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Artist John Watermann
Title Calcutta Gas Chamber
Label Die Stadt
Year 2007
Designer Jochen Schwarz (tbc)
Music Harsh
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Notes We’ve featured all too few picture discs here on Hard Format. This one looks as though it was scooped up from the mud of a post-industrial zone. Which suits the sounds it bears.
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