Monthly Archives: July 2011

The Originator

We take for granted that almost all musical recordings are packaged with some sort of visual artwork. That wasn't always the case. Back in 1938, art director and designer Alex Steinweiss invented the album cover—much more attractive than the previous brown wrappers. In a Dwell interview, he said "Just plain design didn't mean a damn […]

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Brooklyn Cons

While Converse Rubber Tracks is a marketing intiative, it is also a free, community-based recording studio where artists retain rights to their music. Sounds good! via Billboard.biz

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Portrait Mode

Artist Erika Simmons (iri5) rendered portraits of musicians with recycled cassette tapes for her "Ghost In The Machine" series. via L.A. Times

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