A timeless love story

AIDA

Custom typography for the Hills Musical Company Inc. production of Elton John and Tim Rice’s AIDA. Letterforms constructed in Illustrator and final effects completed in Photoshop.

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Last Wave at Waitpinga music video

Last Wave at Waitpinga
Music video for Gone Troppo‘s surf-rock instrumental Last Wave at Waitpinga. The video was a simple production shot quickly with a basic camera and then edited within iMovie, showing the story of local beach culture and the surfing journey from novice to professional on the fabulous beaches along the southern coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia. We visited beaches at Middleton, Port Elliot and Waitpinga, recording footage from late morning through to the evening, capturing the people, the landscape and all of the superb ocean views available.

 

Gone Troppo: Sands of Time

Gone Troppo_Sands of Time
Cover designs for a new track by art-music collective Gone Troppo. This was an interesting design process, due to the songwriter requesting the investigation of an alternative approach that further referenced the ‘sand’ element from the song. My initial thoughts were that without the high contrast of the original blue & yellow design, the overall impression created by the thin linework would be too diluted and therefore not stand out enough at the small scale of an icon, which is where this artwork would mainly be viewed.

As it turned out, the design still works well with a lighter textured background and my concerns were proven incorrect. This is always an interesting part of the design process for me, and something I’ve regularly communicated to clients when changes are discussed. Many requested changes are often very difficult to judge accurately before simply trying them to see the actual impact on the finished design. Experience has shown me that some small adjustments can have a significant negative effect on a design, dramatically changing the flow, appearance or readability in a way that myself and/or the client will not accept. Current digital production methods certainly make it far easier to alter artwork and investigate options, especially compared to when my artwork was mostly hand drawn and assembled – but any changes incur extra time (and usually money) so the designer is responsible for efficiently advising a client and resolving all queries without futile and costly exploration.

My design features various elements from the song itself: a diamond, travel, a broken heart, the universe and a sunrise. The track is available to download at CD Baby.

Musical spotlight

Fan SpotlightMy bandcamp collection has again been featured in their Fan Spotlight section on the front page. I’ve written mini reviews for all my purchases, so if you like good indie music covering a wide range of styles and genres (post-rock, instrumental, stoner, alt-country, pop, dance, electronica, metal-rock, acoustic, synthwave, soundtrack, etc…) take a look and support these great artists.

Most albums can be listened to in full for free online, and many are completely free to download, or available from as little as a few dollars, so there’s always something to check out and enjoy.

Fukushima and the nuclear legacy

CofC_1 CofC_2 CofC_3 CofC_4Musical collective Gone Troppo have finally created a presence on Bandcamp, so I’ve updated my old print design from the original CD release of Children of Chornobyl, to now be available as a pdf download in a revised format more suitable for the screen.

The disaster at Chernobyl happened back in April 1986, and the Fukushima incident occurred 25 years later, in March 2011. Once again the true scale of the radiation contamination is being downplayed, official reports are written to deceive and mislead, and the ongoing effects will be buried under a wall of silence that disrespects all those displaced and harmed by the nuclear spill.

We are unfortunately leaving another significant and long lasting destructive legacy to our children – one that will continue to cause grief, pain and severe financial hardships for many years. What have we learned in the 25 years since the Chernobyl disaster?

Rock Legend: Pink Floyd

Rock Legend: Pink FloydThe musical impact made by Pink Floyd is significant and everlasting, and their contribution to popular music has inspired and creatively influenced many throughout the years. Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Richard Wright and Nick Mason have collectively produced a sound and style that continues to resonate with listeners around the world, and offers those who wish to take up the offer, a journey beyond constraints and outside the ordinary.

Their sonic soundscapes are complexly epic and majestic, real and unreal, and move stylishly between quiet control and urgent, emotional outpourings. Shifting from their earlier psychedelic and ‘space rock’ progressive sound to a more structured (yet still expansive) modern rock format, the band found mainstream success through the 1970’s with their classic ‘concept’ albums Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, and The Wall.

My poster design reflects the highly improvised and experimental earlier period of their career, visually representing the mysterious and vast inner and outer space moods of those pioneering psychedelic days.

Pro pellere (propulsion)

 

Propulsion started life simply as a musical composition project for me to experiment with in GarageBand, but then grew to include a supporting video clip and poster design. The song itself triggered a lot of imagery in my mind, particularly about motion, force and energy, so I felt quite compelled to go beyond just the tune itself and to make this a much larger venture than originally intended.

All of the space imagery and audio files are from NASA via the DVIDS (Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System) website, which allows anyone to create an account and freely download content for use.

The clip was produced in iMovie, with all of the various typographical elements created in Illustrator, and the images edited, altered and prepared in Photoshop. The poster and icon design captures all the impressive power and spectacle of a space launch, and is another Illustrator/Photoshop piece.

 

 

Propulsion

Musical interlude: Between Stars

A short soundtrack styled tune (created in GarageBand), with an interstellar space sound and electronic vibe. The icon artwork for this song features multiple blurred photographs of movement, overlaid in Photoshop with layer styles used for image editing and colour enhancement.

Between Stars