Archive for August, 2010

mini stuff

Posted in artwork, cd, creative practice, design, music, stickers on 22/08/2010 by sync24

had a tidy up this weekend and last weekend, and remembered i have about 50 mini, 3 inch, blank CDRs from about 10 years ago when i did my MA course (the idea there was to create a cd with music and an application which the buyer could play with. ‘feels very familiar!).
anyway, i’ve been looking into these again. they are still a popular-ish format (this wikipedia article mentions them being used by indie artists for their releases, sounds familiar again…). there’s some nice cshell packaging available for them now (here: http://www.cshell.co.uk/products.html#cshellmd), and these two (http://www.jetmedia.co.uk/8dvd.htm, http://tinyurl.com/36kypfx) offer various other boxes for them too.
i have about 4 printable megadata discs and around 45 unbranded discs, al in jewel cases – though the unbranded ones are larger than normal and have ‘MINI DISC’ embossed in the cd tray, i don’t like that.
these discs cost me about £60 i seem to remember… now you can by 100 for less than £20.
so, what i’m thinking is to do a few short runs of music (droneface for a start), and just give them to some friends etc. i could get some of these cshell cases and i’ve also been thinking about getting som stickers and mini cards done via moo.com
oh, and here’s a good looking website for a company in bristol who do all sorts of packaging: http://www.10pdm.com/services/packaging-print/cd-packaging

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Sci-Fi book sites

Posted in artwork, design, links, music with tags , , , , on 21/08/2010 by sync24

here’s two good looking Sci-Fi book websites:
http://www.coverpop.com/pop/visco/
http://www.penguinsciencefiction.org/

Don Maitz Catchworld tribute video

Posted in artwork, creative practice, design, gear, music, sci-fi book, video with tags , , , on 21/08/2010 by sync24

i just finished a recording which i have also added the Don Maitz image to in FCP.
it’s up on youtube, so here’s the finished thing…

had a good fiddle about with the audio, and managed to get some interesting feedback loops going on:
the Roland SPV-355 (pitch to voltage synth) was being used as an FX send and received raw, pitched down (from the Boss RPS-10 Pitch Shifter), and Ringmodded/AutoPanned DroneLab audio. i also had my MFOS Weird Sound Gen being modulated by the SH09. all this was being fed into the Space Echo and the Stereo Flanger, with a little bit of JX-3P for additional undercurrents…
as i was setting all this up, i really did have the image in mind that i have used in the video, so i’d say this was, to me, proper space music.

now i need to end my day with another space movie (watched Sunshine last night, could do with Event Horizon tonight…)

here’s the track on soundcloud:

another sleeve design fiddle

Posted in artwork, creative practice, design, research with tags , on 21/08/2010 by sync24

…not that i’ve really done much here (and i cannot believe it was almost a year ago…!), ‘just replaced the main image from the previous one i did (in this post).
the main image was scanned from ‘masterpieces of science fiction art, tomorrow and beyond’ edited by ian summers (image on p45, by don maitz from about 1978 for a book called ‘catchworld’ by chris boyce).
here’s the book cover:
amazon link
here’s the image on the artists website:
http://www.paravia.com/DonMaitz/website/MythLegend/Gallery/ScienceFiction/Catchworld.html

what this has also got me thinking (from looking through these old books to make the scans – chris foss, roger dean etc.), is that after all the space pictures i used to draw as a child, in a way, i wish i’d kept it up and was doing space paintings now…!
like this fella:
http://www.danmcpharlin.com/
still, plenty of time for that.
it also got me thinking about the richard prince ‘nurse’ paintings…
http://www.nursingadvocacy.org/media/va/nurse_paintings.html
and the sonic youth, ‘sonic nurse’, lp sleeve:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonic_Nurse

anyway,i’m going to begin designing a proper logo for these fiddles – i need to make a sound library lp, so ned to get in to the swing of that style…

droneface_DR004

Posted in creative practice, gear, music with tags , , on 18/08/2010 by sync24

got round to making a new droneface track, at last…
again, recorded through the MOTU thing, straight into Audacity.
equipment list:
Dronelab V2 >
Alesis AMPLITION
Alesis BITRMAN
BOSS KM-60
BOSS RPS 10 PITCH SHIFTER / DELAY
Roland RE 201 SPACE ECHO
Roland SBF 325 STEREO FLANGER