An old favorite popped onto KCRW this evening. Oh what memories it stirs...
Project C-90 is building an impressive visual archive of cassette tapes and insert cards. With thousands of images from over 50 brands, it's easy to drool over them as a designer. It was more interesting to realize I remembered some of the actual cassette designs just as much as all the mixtapes I made for all the Rachels.
Excellent work by my friends and colleagues Ian Levine and Di Desmond. Their "Storm King" video for the band Big Tree is a must watch, right now.
The intricate ink bubble drawings by Roland Flexner are created by modifying a Japanese decorative art technique called suminagashi where paper is laid on top of ink floating on water. Flexner takes it one step further by blowing on or tilting the image right before the ink sets into the paper. His intended result is a nod to the seventeenth-century practice of collecting stones, polishing the cross-sections and then interpreting the emerging abstractions as landscapes. Some of the drawings from his series certianly accomplish that, but I enjoy the ones that lean more towards either the microbiological or galactic.
Take a look at all of his ink bubble drawings while listening to this track by Björk and you'll agree.
SBTRKT's Trials of the Past (featuring Sampha) is an amazing track and I can't stop listening to his full-length self-titled debut album. This live version is good (with masks!) but make sure you also listen to the studio recording - with headphones.
Inspired again by Kimmie's fantastic blogs On Maiden Lane and The Velvety Instrumental Version to post more music. Here is Agnes Obel's video for Riverside off her 2010 LP Philharmonics and a mesmerizing cover photo (just try to look away). Check out the entire album, especially the track On Powdered Ground.
Here's the trailer for Sumner McKane's fascinating live multimedia exhibit about Maine lumbermen and river drivers in the 19th century. Sumner is an accomplished musician and has contributed scores for a number of documentaries, but here he's created both. Check out his portrait of the sparsely-studied culture of the men who lived and worked in logging camps. (And don't miss the part around 3:10 where a guy surfs down the river standing on a log).