28 March 2012

Timothy Saccenti interview at Dummy Mag

Link: Timothy Saccenti interview

 “I don’t pay as much attention to the look or message of the artists themselves. That can be distracting. I try to treat it in a somewhat synthetic manner: turning the audio in to pure visuals; getting a sense of shape, colour and texture before filling in the blanks.”


27 March 2012

Smallville artwork by Stefan Marx

Link: Smallville Records
Link: Stefan Marx

With a style that can touch on both demented scrawls of David Shrigley and the cute naivety of Mr Scruff, Stefan Marx has defined an irreverent aesthetic for Hamburg's Smallville Records. This might be seen as betraying some of the serious (and seriously good) music that both the Smallville label and record store purvey, but then maybe that's the point. There are arguably enough pious techno-oriented outlets typified by impersonal and often minimal sci-fi graphics. So maybe this approach highlights that human touch.

15 March 2012

For The Record #4: Timothy Saccenti

Link: Timothy SaccentiLink: Skam Records
Link: Boards of Canada

Award-winning video maker and photographer Timothy Saccenti has been responsible for some great music imagery. The New York-based talent counts album art for Flying Lotus' Los Angeles and the upcoming Man Made Machine by Motor amongst his beautifully evocative output. That said, his lens has additionally captured the likes of Pharrell Williams, Erykah Badu, LCD Soundsystem, Animal Collective, Tricky, Arctic Monkeys and Usher. Asked to select a sleeve that he admires, Saccenti chose a 1996 release from Boards of Canada.

"The mysterious sleeves of the mid 1990’s still fascinate me," he says. "An all time favourite would be the Skam issue of the the 'Hi Scores EP'. I think that was a perfect match of the intentions of the artist being represented by the sleeve. Putting the music first, the simple text, the immediately identifiable turquoise colour scheme and also the genius move of having the information being printed as Braille left me baffled and excited. It made the listening process all the more intense. A prefect mix of mystery and emotion. Oh, and the music was fairly mind-blinding as well. Which never hurts."

13 March 2012

Mouse On Mars - Parastrophics artwork

Link: Mouse On Mars
Link: Monkeytown

"...We found out about the Shakers — they were similar to the Quakers in the 19th century. They tried to reconsider religion and use America as new ground to do that... They had a very tolerant idea of the non-material world and the idea of Jesus. They had this practice where they drew all these weird maps of things that happened to them in a day, including the ghost world and mathematical formulas. And this whole map looked like a score or a diagram to create a machine. So we used this as the album sleeve — that’s a Shaker design."
(MTV Hive)

"...And then, we found those Shakers drawings, which basically we stole… or took as inspiration for the album. And the Shakers were a weird religious sect because men and women in the group were equal; they had the same rights, for within the 19th century, it was quite radical. They were great craftsmen, but also liberal in a way, very un-dogmatic. And they even had this idea of a metaphysical world that they would deal with in drawings, in craftwork, in poems. So we used this kind of worldview for the record."

Photos: Steve Loya

12 March 2012

Program Your 808 by Rob Ricketts

Link: Rob Ricketts

Set of four posters from, graphic designer, Rob Ricketts detailing how some of the most notable drum sequences were programmed using the Roland TR-808 Drum Machine. Each sequence has been analyzed and represented as to allow users to re-programme each sequence, key for key. Essential infographics for electro/acid aficionados.


4 March 2012

Δkkord - '001'

Link: Δkkord

Limited to 300 copies, the first Δkkord (or "Akkord") release has been flying out of wherever has been able to stock it. The work of an enigmatic collective of "like minded artists raised in and around the rural outskirts of Manchester", the vinyl makes use of a simple rubber stamp (a mainstay of underground 12" singles) with an aesthetic that touches on what has been revealed as the elusive post-dubstep team's "passion for minimalism, art, design, mathematics and sacred geometry". While not keen on revealing themselves through photography, Δkkord did meticulously document the process involved in the record's design.