« on: November 04, 2011, 05:14:45 PM »
Tetsu Inoue - Yolo CD
Love this cover! Um, how does it sound?
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Tetsu Inoue - Yolo CD
Going small does seem to make an affirmative statement about our materialistic, consumer-driven culture. To keep my space manageable, I've tried focusing on a few things that can be controlled incrementally, like the size of music collections and space for newspapers, books and magazines. Limitations force you to make choices, which can be a good thing.
Interesting viewpoint on a new six-hour song by the Flaming Lips. Though the author of the article mentions Andy Warhol's long films, he doesn't mention Robert's Rich Somnium, LaMonte Young's "Well-Tuned PIano," or even Philip Glass' "Music In Twelve Parts":
I think I'd rather have six-hours of ambience than of experimental skronk.
I finally watched Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" yesterday and enjoyed it immensely... aside from the pretentiousness of it all. Beautiful cinematography, and he really captured "childhood moments" in an amazing way.
Mark, those old pictures of Barry on Facebook certainly surprised me when I first saw them. He was one of those people with no qualms about putting 20-30 year old pix up on social media sites. I heard at least a couple of people guess he was much younger based on these old photos.
Those of you who have followed Hypnos for any length of time will certainly have noticed that our releases stick to a sort of visual template. This is intentional, an effort to create a visual identity for the label, something to bind all the releases together. Barry had a number of requests as to layout, type, artwork, packaging and so on, and I had to insist over and over that we couldn't diverge from the Hypnos template to the degree he was requesting. Once I make an exception like that for one artist, then the next guy wants a 16 page booklet, and the guy after that wants a white border instead of black, and a different font and eventually your label's visual identity is gone.
That's not to say everything everything went smoothly. The average Hypnos CD package design might go through 4 or 6 or 8 revisions before we get the artwork and the text all worked-out, proofed and dialed-in to everyone's satisfaction. The design process for SOTV took several months, perhaps 30-40 revisions. But when it was done, Smile on the Void was a beautiful package and a wonderful recording.
John Foxx/Harold Budd/Ruben Garcia-Nighthawks
- Roedelius : Jardin Au Fou
Is there anything happier than Fou Fou! This album is a perennial favourite.
My new one on Projekt is in a 4-panel ecowallet (no plastic), with a matte finish. I think this is part of Projekt's move away from the traditional jewel box. Digipacks are nice, too, but you have to be careful not to ding them.