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September 28, 2006



thats awesome


wait wait. It's not just little album art it's also little movies. Yup a new design area ripe for exploitation.

cameron ewing

waiiiiiiiit. really? you can have movies in itunes? like music vids? i must investigate!


and tv shows too!

Kristen Coogan

album artwork has been replaced by motion reels / digi video. an album's--and an artist's--identity is now defined in motion rather than in print.

cameron ewing

are you suggesting that the static is dead? i have to disagree completely. i will concede that a digital component is now mandatory (just everything that is printed is represented or indexed somewhere on the internet). but the same does not hold true for motion. it's just not true that album artwork now lives exclusively in the motion world, regardless of how pervasive the field has become.


CD-ROM album releases have always felt kind of dorky to me. Pop music is conservative. Plus since music is already time-based, a still image can be a nice counterpoint. A static image tickles your memory in an unique way. At least for people of my/our generation, I think the static image retains a distinct power to be evocative. Looking at photos of people vs. quicktimes of them.

On the other hand, Weeds Season 1, there's a powerful scene where Shane starts to carry around a camcorder with a tape of his Dad (recently deceased). One night, Nancy (wife of deceased, mother of Shane) finds it and after watching a couple seconds of the tape, smashes the camera against a wall and breaks down in tears. Images (moving or still) can hold so much power. Pornography, religion, the idea of the icon. With digital archiving and more affordable capturing tools, we are beginning to simulacricize ourselves into a savvy new zombie race.

Kristen Coogan

No, I am not saying that the static is dead. Or that album artwork lives Exclusively in the digital realm. I AM saying that in terms of branding and forming an identity for an artist, the medium of choice is motion. Less and less people are buying the albums themselves and therefore this format cannot be relied upon to function in the same way it has in the past. The static (album art work) will eventually become obsolete.

In this post on D.O. about the new BECK album with interactive CD cover art, the 'don't buy CDs anymore' trend is revealed.


cameron ewing

touche. the form of album art is certainly shifting. however, it's living in SOME space, digital or print. the article seems to paint the artwork as more of a 'bonus' these days, rather than playing up any delve into extinction. the challenge is going to be for the designer to MAKE it relavent. a la the interactivity found in beck, Towa Tei, and Alchimia's Unfinished Furniture albums (which all have an interactive component to them).

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