« on: November 28, 2008, 11:15:10 PM »
I love how ambient music fans are all such geeks, just like me! I HATE it when the font doesn't match the cover art. And simpler/cleaner is usually better IMO. I strongly prefer sans serif fonts whenever possible.
Trying to pick favorites is hard - I think ambient artists by and large do a great job of creating cover art that really reflects the feel of the music. Almost anything by Hypnos is a great example. Steve Roach gets credit for being more adventurous than most - some of them don't always work, but when they do, it's fantastic.
Really interesting one for me is a lesser known CD by Remco Helbers called On Some Road. The music was inspired by a series of abstract paintings, and both the cover and booklet are images of the artwork. But of course that's a very literal inspiration, he didn't actually create the cover to match the music, the music was created BECAUSE of the artwork shown on the cover. Anyway, it works.
One downside I see to listening more on the iPod is the greatly reduced emphasis on cover art. I have all album covers meticulously loaded on mine. For rare one-off tracks that artists post for downloading on their webpages, I invent my own cover art from band images - I gotta have SOMETHING to look at! Cover art is still really important to me.