Category Archives: Analog

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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Loudsneakers

Respected sneaker modder Alex Nash transformed a pair of Air Force 1 kicks for the Inspired Ingenuity project by Havana Club. via Art & Sole

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CMYK

Often times you encounter music visually at first. A seemingly simple photo by Jan T. Sott made me want to hear those pieces of transparent colored vinyl—the sublime and satisfying CMYK EP by James Blake. Nice!

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Boomboxing

Photographer Lyle Owerko and inimitable Fab 5 Freddy talk boomboxes with NPR Music.

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Triple Decker

Jack White puts a 7″ record inside a 12″ record. For real. Watch the extraction at about 1:15. Jack designed and United Record Pressing built the triple decker record. Label Thirdman Records’ tagline is “Your Turntable’s Not Dead”—nice sentiment.

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Head Space Odyssey

Monolith meet stereophonic TMA-1. Its name is a nod to 2001: A Space Odyssey. Minimal, rugged, black DJ headphones designed by KiBiSi for AIAIAI not an alien race. via Arkitip Intel and Dezeen

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