HARDHOUND

Sachiko M, Toshimaru Nakamura and Otomo Yoshihide – Good Morning Good Night

Author: Colin | Published: 31/7/11

Artist Sachiko M, Toshimaru Nakamura and Otomo Yoshihide
Title Good Morning Good Night
Label Erstwhile Records
Year 2004
Design Friederike Paetzold
Music Improvised
Notes Colourful, bold, graphic – not exactly a predictable design for such so-called lowercase music.
Listen - Good Morning
- Good Night 1
- Good Night 2

Stereolab – Dots and Loops

Author: Colin | Published: 9/7/11
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Stereolab - Dots and Loops

Stereolab - Dots and Loops

Stereolab - Dots and Loops

Stereolab - Dots and Loops

Stereolab - Dots and Loops

Stereolab - Dots and Loops

Stereolab - Dots and Loops

Stereolab - Dots and Loops

Stereolab - Dots and Loops

Stereolab - Dots and Loops

Artist Stereolab
Title Dots and Loops
Label Duophonic
Year 1997
Design Julian House
Music Retro-futurist/French pop/Bernard Parmegiani-inspired
Desktop Download image
Notes Stereolab’s music tends to divide people into ardent fans and those who just don’t get the point and don’t see why they should. Hard Format falls firmly into the former. Then, within the fan camp, there are those who favour the early work. Dots and Loops and Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in the Milky Night (another candidate for best album title of all time) are this website’s favourites, dating from a little over the mid-point of the band’s career. Sadly, Stereolab declared itself on indefinite hiatus as of last year. 

The subject of this post is an absolute delight to the eye and ear. Who could help but smile at Julian House’s playful, brilliant diagrammatic reductions, part Op Art, part wiring diagram. The matching, coloured vinyl is a delight to slide out from the sleeve, place upon the turntable and watch spin as Stereolab’s warm, analogue sounds unwind out of the record’s grooves.

Do also take a look at the collection of the group’s other releases just published here to coincide with this post.

Listen Stereolab – Brakhage
Also - Stereolab cover design collection
- The Advisory Circle – Mind how you go (Revised edition)
- Ghost Box

Lawrence English – Site-Listening: Brisbane

Author: Colin | Published: 3/7/11
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Lawrence English - Site Listening Brisbane

Lawrence English - Site Listening Brisbane

Lawrence English - Site Listening Brisbane

Lawrence English - Site Listening Brisbane

Lawrence English - Site Listening Brisbane

Lawrence English - Site Listening Brisbane

Lawrence English - Site Listening Brisbane

Lawrence English - Site Listening Brisbane

Artist Lawrence English
Title Site-Listening: Brisbane
Label Room40
Year 2010
Design Ralph Steinbruchel
Music “Site-listening”
Notes This is a lovely field guide which consists of a book of essays and a 3″ CD. The cover can be detached and unfolded to reveal a schematic map to which is affixed the disc. The whole thing is described as introducing “… the idea of Site-Listening – a focused exploration into the ideas of site, space, sound and listening.” The book is handily sized so that it will fit easily into a pocket. It’s an unusually old school approach in these days of GPS-enabled, MP3-playing phones and all the more charming for it – though there is a challenge in finding a way to convert the 3″ CD to MP3 for those of us with slot-loading computers.

The Room40 website has this to say:

The book features three short essays (from David Toop, Nick Earls and Lawrence English) each of which ponders our relationships to the sounds we find ourselves in daily contact with. It also contains 17 listening locations that can be found in Brisbane. These locations act as a sound map of sorts, plotting out sound curiosities across Brisbane’s varied terrain. The accompanying maps, photos and texts offer a brief overview of possible encounters, as well as personal reflections of each location’s sound characteristics. The field guide also offers an informal ‘how to’ guide for site-listening – both for first time listener and more experienced ears. The edition is an invitation calling for other interested parties to develop site-listening within their own cities/spaces/communities.

Now if only I had the opportunity to test this guide out in its intended environment…

Listen Site-Listening: Brisbane (edit)