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CD Artwork and Packaging
« on: November 28, 2008, 11:02:48 AM »
In this day of digital downloads, I still prefer the CD.  I like vinyl records, too.

The packaging is a definite plus, but it does take a tremendous amount of space (for my collection.)

I would like to nominate the Faria Records label as having some of the best packaging:

http://www.faria.ru/releases/releases_engl.htm

Each release includes a LOT of artwork.

And the music is excellent too IMHO.

I'm ripping the Robert Rich & Faryus release "Zerkalo" for my music server as I type this message.

http://www.faria.ru/releases/releases_22_engl.htm

What other packaging has caught your attention lately?

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Re: CD Artwork and Packaging
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2008, 01:51:24 PM »
Well, Mystery Sea has some of the best artwork on the planet.  Their releases come in standard jewel cases, which I prefer, although like you said they take up a lot of room.  Faria has great artwork, I agree, but those little plastic bags can be a pain to deal with (they tear if you're not careful, and stick to everything which can be annoying).  I used to like digipaks but have found they break down over time; also, you can't replace the tray if needed like on a standard jewelcase. 

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Re: CD Artwork and Packaging
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2008, 04:12:47 PM »
I agree about the Faria releases. Great artwork, and I appreciate the postcard format, but overall poor design in terms of the ease of use of the packaging. A nuisance to have to unzip that bag to get to the cd every time. Digipaks are losing their appeal. That chunk of plastic may protect the album, but the wimpy front cover gets pretty dinged up easily. The solution is the six panel, which is luxuriant for art space, but I am still aesthetically not pleased by the plastic chunk, which seems excessive and covers up some of the art. And the jewel case has fallen lowest in my estimation, a lame piece of plastic that breaks so easily and blurs out the art. The paper/cardstock digisleeve is becoming my favorite for presentation of the art combined with protective cover and ease of access to the media. Essence music is doing the most killer work in this department: http://www.essence-music.com/. Their cover for Atomine Electrine's "Nebulous" is the sleekest and best designed sleeve I have yet seen: http://www.essence-music.com/releases/nebulous_ess007.htm. The printed, translucent, vellum dustjacket is an exquisite touch. This album gives me hope that cds can be cool in their own right without having the lingering chip on their shoulder of vinyl-envy. Most cds today just look like album covers shrunk down.

Another excellent package is Senking's "List", http://www.igloomag.com/doc.php?task=view&id=1531&category=reviews which is a kind of hinged paper mechanism that spits out the cd on a round paper tray, revealing also a black version of the cover art on a generous postcard. I am so tempted to take apart that fascinating sleeve design to see what makes it tick. Seems simple, but is very elegant. The music is very worthy of note too, by the way.

I hope things go in the direction of the digisleeve. Even a simple box style, that folds into itself without the need for glue, can be filled with a card for futher liner notes. A nice release I really appreciated recently is Another Electronic Musician's "Five". Just a simple white cardstock envelope box with elegant letterpressing on the cover. Sadly though, the foam button glued inside came off, allowing the cd to rattle around. This could easily be remedied however, by an extra open ended sleeve or perhaps an additional card inside.

And we could talk about the hideous typography that is all the rage with the majority of ambient musicians (the very notable exception being Mr. Griffin's tasteful deployment of Futura on all Hypnos packaging).

Those bastard tribal-tech rave flyer fonts, why, where are they coming from?...
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Re: CD Artwork and Packaging
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2008, 04:24:38 PM »
Mike, I couldn't resist mentioning that there is an original version of Futura out there, which was digitized in '93 (for the first time since it was originally drawn by Renner in the late 20's). This "alternate" version was introduced early on when Futura was first released in 1927, and was actually developed alongside the Futura we see today. It was phased out in subsequent versions, being deemed too radical, but I personally think it is glorious. Thankfully it is now available through The Foundry, and I am currently scraping up the cash to get it. Fonts for Christmas, please, Santa!

Go to Typefaces-Architype 1-Architype Renner.

http://www.davidquaydesign.com/

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Re: CD Artwork and Packaging
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2008, 04:31:32 PM »



One I appreciated from earlier this year. Very unusual. Outsize, so makes it a bugger to store with other CDs, though.

Essence music is doing the most killer work in this department: http://www.essence-music.com/. Their cover for Atomine Electrine's "Nebulous" is the sleekest and best designed sleeve I have yet seen: http://www.essence-music.com/releases/nebulous_ess007.htm. The printed, translucent, vellum dustjacket is an exquisite touch.


I agree. I thought this was a great package. Excellent music too.

And we could talk about the hideous typography that is all the rage with the majority of ambient musicians


Gawd, I know what you mean. Better if we ignore it and it might go away. I've seen some truly dreadful font choices around lately that are like a typographical analogue to the cheesiest synth preset.

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Re: CD Artwork and Packaging
« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2008, 05:08:20 PM »
That one looks very nice, where can it be found?

Though I can take bad fonts/graphics if the music is great (Steve Roach), and have often been lured into making a purchase where the opposite was true (Hafler Trio perhaps), wouldn't it be nice to have both?

These guys really know what they are doing:

http://www.hyphenpress.co.uk/journal/2008/11/19/our_first_cd

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« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2008, 05:21:26 PM »
That one looks very nice, where can it be found?


Here: http://www.die-schachtel.com/editions/dsa6.htm

Short sound samples there too. Try "Auf der Gasse". Beautiful stuff. All done with shortwave radio signals and processing.

(n.b. whole track playable here: http://albient.livejournal.com/6148.html)

Price is a bit steep though.
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« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2008, 05:43:15 PM »
Spekk is mighty nice..



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Re: CD Artwork and Packaging
« Reply #8 on: November 28, 2008, 06:32:03 PM »
Thanks for the Mathieu link...Sadly my US funny money is just not potent enough to be able to do it. Though come next paycheck, I may be singing a different tune. This sample I am listening to right now is absolutely gorgeous...

As for SPEKK - seeing that wall of graphic goodness makes my mouth water...How are the discs situated in there?
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Re: CD Artwork and Packaging
« Reply #9 on: November 28, 2008, 07:53:05 PM »
Spekk is fantastic. Such unique and beautiful packages. A perfect fit for the music, and designs.