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Tannhäuser – Sterben und Das Tod

Author: Colin | Published: 31/7/10

Tannhauser - Sterben und Das Tod

Tannhauser - Sterben und Das Tod

Tannhauser - Sterben und Das Tod

Tannhauser - Sterben und Das Tod

Tannhauser - Sterben und Das Tod

Artist Tannhäuser
Title Sterben und Das Tod
Label editionmutation
Year 2009
Designer Daniel Berwanger/Emmanuelle Wilhelm
Music Video
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Notes This is a design that’s much more impressive when held or seen in the flesh. The cover feels pleasingly solid and the texture of the materials used, as well as the quality of the printing, is really nice. It’s a surprisingly tactile experience. I also like the muted, allusive design that’s derived from stills from one of the videos on the DVD. There nothing ‘shouty’ about this design, it’s muted, modest, but all the more impressive because of that. Each cover is unique in the limited edition of 100:

See also:

- www.myspace.com/unddastod
- www.facebook.com/pages/Tannhauser-Sterben-und-das-Tod/126168747507
- www.editionmutation.de/

And another… complete Miles Davis on Columbia

Author: Colin | Published: 28/7/10
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The 43 discs are:

“gorgeously repackaged in a custom-made, individually numbered limited edition trumpet case that includes symbolic memorabilia, with only 1955 (representing the year Davis signed to Columbia Records) box sets available worldwide.

Then comes the treasure of wonderful extras within the case:

Sorry to say you’re going to have to wait until 14th September 2010 to purchase this one – a snip at $1,199.99 (I particularly like the 99 cents…)

I’ll confess I’m a bit tempted by the Bitches Brew 40th Anniversary Collectors Edition at a mere $89.99 – which is daft as I already own the original CD edition, a double vinyl version and the Bitches Brew sessions box (much less essential than some of the other boxes e.g. the Jack Johnson and On The Corner sessions). So on second thoughts, I’ll pass…

- First seen on John Coulthart’s Feuilleton
- More details of both releases on the Columbia website
- See also here on Hard Format: Peter Gabriel’s Scratch My Back ltd ed and Big Box Sets

Another expensive, limited edition handmade by specially-trained squirrels

Author: Colin | Published: 26/7/10
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Okay, I made the last bit up…

The Creative Review blog recently published details of a limited edition version of Peter Gabriel’s latest album, Scratch My Back. A snip at $299. It looks lovely and I haven’t seen the album itself, but I can’t help but suspect it’s not a patch on the likes of Peter Gabriel 3 or 4… This gives me the chance to mention that we got referenced in the latest edition of Eye magazine:

Hardformat’s Buttimer regrets the way the pricey special edition ‘militates against the industrialised democracy of popular music, the idea that one can own an original piece of art at an affordable price.’

(It’s funny to see yourself referenced by surname like that…)

- Hard Format in Eye magazine
- Lots of details and more pics of the Peter Gabriel box at Creative Review
- see also Big Box Sets, previously on Hard Format.

Static Caravan

Author: Colin | Published: 24/7/10
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Static Caravan

Static Caravan

Static Caravan

Static Caravan

Static Caravan

Static Caravan

Static Caravan

Static Caravan

Static Caravan

Artist 1-2: Billy Mahonie, 3-4: Ass, 5-7: Various, 8: Inch-time
Title 1-2: BM Hearts BM, 3-4: Salt Marsh, 5-7: Teaism: music inspired by the art and culture of tea, 8: A Handful of Dub
Label Static Caravan
Year 2010
Designer 1-2: Ben Javens, 3-4: tbc, 5-7: Roy Ananda, 8: Roy Ananda, 9: Geoffrey Dolman
Music Various
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Notes Here’s a lovely range of designs from the endearingly named Static Caravan. I particularly like the whimsical humour of the Teaism compilation. From this selection kindly supplied by label owner Geoffrey Dolman, there’s no standard design ethos, but a wide range of approaches and a pleasure taken in formats e.g. transparent and white vinyl, orange cassettes, etc. Most releases appear to be limited edition. Well worth checking out the label’s website.

Wired: Best Album Art of All Time, Readers’ Choice Edition

Author: Colin | Published: 20/7/10
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Hmm, I wonder what the average age of Wired readers is?

Wired readers’ choice.

The FontFeed examines recent album covers

Author: Colin | Published: 18/7/10
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If you’re interested in typography, this post is well worth a read for its appraisal of a long list of recent designs. I enjoyed reading it, though the only two designs I actually like are the ones above (the Laurie Anderson I was already familiar with, the Teenage Fanclub I wasn’t – I wonder whether the rest of the design is as good.)

FontFeed: My Type Of Music: Christina Aguilera, Hot Hot Heat, Eminem, Kele, The Chemical Brothers

Via John L. Walter’s twitterstream

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