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record cover
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record sleeve for the jamaican singer, keznamdi.
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keznamdi was put in touch with us through a mutual friend. he told us he was a fan of our work and was interested in us creating the cover for his forthcoming new album, skyline levels. we spent some time listening to the record and soon after he came to the studio in new york. we looked through various record covers he liked both by us and by others and got a sense of the kind of thing he was after. asking that we might adapt some photographs he'd had taken in the skyline levels area in jamaica (afterwhich the record was named), we produced what you see here. the record is a warm, uplifting piece of work and so it made sense that the backdrop become this big ball of light from which he was emerging.
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keznamdi.net
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record sleeve for the nashville-based band, the alphabet zero.
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andy walker found our work through his affiliations with makeup and vanity set. working in a similar sonic realm he was keen to create a heavily narrative driven image to accompany his new record. to this end he described to us a very particular set of moments he'd envisioned whilst composing the tracks, and we set about creating a single image that we felt best captured that.
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soundcloud.com/thealphabetzero
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4 vinyl box set.
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record sleeve for the sheffield-based band, 65daysofstatic.
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our friends and long-standing collaborators 65daysofstatic were hired to write the score to the forthcoming game, no man's sky. 65 in turn asked us to put together the artwork for the soundtrack itself. after listening to the music for months we had a long chat with the band and came up with a loose aesthetic trajectory. two or three different approaches were fully explored before we settled upon what you see here.

the landscape paintings you see embedded into the various covers are by another of our long-term collaborators, john delucca.

the record is available here in various physical and digital formats.
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65daysofstatic.com
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record sleeve for the los angeles-based band, big black delta.
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the cover for big black delta's 2nd LP, tragame tierra, was the 'last man standing' after trying a series of ideas that attempted to capture the subtler qualities of the new tracks. in the end we settled on a minimal aesthetic, colours that jon felt were closer to his sensibilities these days and a photograph jon liked of himself taken by jeff brown, and we developed things from there.
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bigblackdelta.com
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cover + vinyl
cover
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artwork for matte black's second album, dust of this planet.
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matte black are old friends and with the release of their sophomore LP they asked that we handle artwork duties. the record's closing track 'time's arrow' immediately conjured an image in our heads of a mass of people running from something toward a great darkness. caspar asked his father, thomas newbolt, to draw such an image in pencil and watercolour. caspar then worked on it digitally until it reached the form it is in now.
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matteblackband.com
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cover
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record sleeve for the los angeles-based band, big black delta.
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when jon sent us his latest track RCVR, a duet between him and debbie gibson, we were floored.  it immediately struck us as an argument between two jean-luc godard film characters in an old 60s film. the mid-section was like something wendy carlos would have drummed up for stanley kubrick's a clockwork orange score. playing around with the BBD aesthetic we found a way to almost diagrammatically express both the technological and human elements of the song — the arguments, the eyes dilating, the breakup sex.
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bigblackdelta.com
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cover + records
back cover
inside spread
detail
cover
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record sleeve for the nashville-based band, makeup and vanity set.
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2 years in the making, wilderness is the new album from our good friends and longstanding collaborators, makeup and vanity set. the artwork stems from the narrative matthew pusti wrote for the record has he composed it. a combination of bespoke photography and extensive digital collage-work, it's perhaps our most involved record sleeve to date.

the record features the talents of many friends including big black delta, the protomen, witchoria and joey ciccoline. the short film accompanying the record's release and is featured in part in the album's video trailer above.
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makeupandvanityset.com
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cover
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record sleeve for the los angeles-based band, white sea.
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here is the unused cover we did for white sea's in cold blood LP. in the end morgan decided she wanted to take a different aesthetic direction for the album, but we're still proud of how this turned out. furthermore you can now see the development from the single cover we did, through to the final LP.
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whiteseamusic.com
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cover
poster
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record sleeve for the nashville-based band, the protomen.
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the protomen have a new record. it's a film soundtrack. it's a covers record. the film may or may not have even existed. it all depends on who you ask. either way the sleeve may or may not have been conceived and created during our ongoing, every day conversations with the band. it may also have then been drawn and painted by john delucca — a man who continues to bless us with his uncanny talents.

everything about this record is more than meets the eye. it's available on cassette and vinyl and far be it from us to spoil the surprises that lie in wait for those who purchase a physical copy.
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protomen.com
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charles park trilogy poster
charles park trilogy album cover
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record sleeve, poster + trailer for the nashville-based band, makeup and vanity set.
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telefuture records approached makeup and vanity set with the idea of re-releasing their popular charles park records as a trilogy box set. the moment the project got a green light john delucca, joey ciccoline and ourselves were put to work in tying the overall package together visually.

john was sent a few paragraphs detailing the narrative behind each album. he then started to create a poster that we could divide into three halves, to represent the three parts of the story.

we were asked to create the logo, cover and overall packaging for the record. the logo we made is pretty self-explanatory, but the packaging was a subtler affair. utilizing the bokeh affect often seen in films when the camera is focussing on objects in the foreground, we realized we could represent each part of the trilogy with a different coloured circle. in this way the cover image could say a lot with very little, and each record within the packaging could be differentiated by its own red, blue or brown graphic.

joey was then sent the logo and proceeded to shoot the necessary footage to create the teaser trailer for the trilogy, this clip was the first promotional piece released to the general public. once released the limited edition box set sold out in 2 days, but you can still purchase the album digitally here.
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makeupandvanityset.com
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record sleeve for the nashville-based band, the protomen
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the husky jackal theater company wrote and performed a shakespearian retelling of james cameron's feature film, 'terminator 2.' on october 11th 2011 the play made its stage debut in nashville, tennessee, aptly titled 'terminator the second.' in collaboration with 84001, the protomen wrote and recorded a soundtrack to the play, which they later released as a digital download on the play's website. adapting a drawing created by the play's cinematographer, we created the soundtrack's artwork you see here.

you can buy the soundtrack, along with a video recording of the play on the production's website here.
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protomen.com
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wide
cover
detail
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record sleeve for the new york-based band, activator.
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activator approached us to handle the sleeve artwork for their eponymous debut album. a dark, brutal, relationship-based thrash metal record, it played into our sensibilities nicely. sketching out basic layout on a scrap of paper, we photographed it and sent it to the incredible john delucca. 3 days later he sent back a final drawing and we began to colour it. the resulting image is a visual allegory commenting on whether it's really the relationship that's killing you, or whether it's actually something else.
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activatornyc.com
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wide
detail
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record sleeve for the sheffield-based band, 65daysofstatic.
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wild light is 65daysofstatic's sixth LP. presented with manifestos, poems, drawings, prints and transcripts of studio discussions about the concept of 'wild light', we set about producing a piece of work that we felt best encapsulated these ideas whilst also touching on how it felt to listen to the music itself. the result is something we're very proud of, and we hope is something that will change in meaning when you hear the music itself.
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65daysofstatic.com
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show poster
show poster 2
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poster for gabriel bruce's debut album release show, knights in white satin.
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gabriel asked us to have a shot at some posters for his upcoming album release show, dubbed 'knights in white satin'. we produced 5 different designs using photographs we'd taken of him at a new york show last year. the first you see is design he went with, and the second a fond favourite of ours. sadly we won't make the show itself, but when a few these start appearing around london we'll at least be there in spirit.
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gabrielbruce.com
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wide
cover
outside spread
inside spread
detail
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artwork for surachai's LP, embraced.
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we were introduced to surachai by alessandro cortini of SONOIO. a fierce individual, surachai makes a form of black metal that he calls plagued metal. whatever you want to call it, his dark, aggressive and intricate songs take you to a very particular place.

for his latest LP he asked that we tackle the artwork. ordinarily, given the pre-established hallmarks of the black metal scene, this is something we might not have jumped at immediately. however given surachai's taste for esoteric artwork (formerly employing the likes of bridget driessen and sarah sitkin to handle the task), we knew he would be open to an entirely fresh interpretation of his music.

you can read more about the making of the artwork here.
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surachai.org
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wide
detail
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record sleeve for the brooklyn-based band, bells≥
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the creation of this cover was swift and to the point. bells were fans of the photography we've taken over the years and were after a sleeve that felt abstract enough to echo their instrumental sound, but local also to their native brooklyn. immediately taking a liking to an image we took of some street art outside of our studio in DUMBO, we set about laying out some type.
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bellstheband.com
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VHS + poster
poster
VHS
VHS 2
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artwork for makeup and vanity set's film soundtrack, 88:88.
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this was a project that started out with MAVS sending us demos and whispering things about it possibly being a film soundtrack. we were then contacted by the film's director, joey ciccoline. joey showed us the film and sent some ideas he'd had for possible directions for the artwork. included in his package was a poster for the 1985 kid's science fiction film, the explorers. this poster single handedly informed the initial designs we created for the film soundtrack. these designs were then scrapped when joey then expressed interest more in a design that told you less about the narrative, and gave you simply a sense of mystery. 

fortunately MAVS then had the idea to do a parallel release in the form of a limited edition VHS cassette and poster. this would then come out later than the official film artwork, and give the original pieces we created a place to live. a tangent universe if you will.

you can see photos of the VHS tape here.
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8888film.com
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cover
tenacious d show poster
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record sleeve for the nashville-based band, the protomen
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here's another one of the many fruits of our on-going collaborations with the protomen. the band played a tribute night in nashville, TN, back in late 2010 and the recordings came out so well they decided to release it. performing as 'queen' for the night, we decided to recreate the iconic 'queen II' record cover in a studio in brooklyn. the photography is by long-time (v) collaborator matt sundin, and the logo work is by M L hope. we handled the art direction, post-production + layout duties. 
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protomen.com
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album cover
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artwork for makeup and vanity set's LP, charles park III.
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we'd heard the track blood oath already and given the quality of charles park II, we're already salivating at the idea of having the chance of doing the artwork for this release. the illustration was done by the amazing john delucca (who did the protomen's act II sleeve + the charles park II sleeve), and we were called in at the last second (literally the day before it was released digitally) to do our thing in terms of typography + treating the sleeve to make making it feel 'tougher'.
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makeupandvanityset.com
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BBDLP1 cover
detail
poster
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artwork for big black delta's debut LP, BBDLP1
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continuing the very fluid back and forth between us and jonathan bates, this the cover for the forthcoming BBDLP1 is our attempt at capturing the immensity that is this new record. whether you are listening to the lush love song that is 'capsize' or the vastness, heaving space trip that is 'BBD3', we wanted the cover to echo both the inner workings of jon's mind as well as the beautiful, dark recesses of the universe. no longer the man with his head exploding on the cover of mellowdrone's 'angry bear', we now step deeper inside that thinking and in doing so reach much further out into space as we get involved with his obsession with UFO folk-lore and his desire to be taken away from his planet by whatever means possible.
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bigblackdelta.com
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album cover
stitches single cover
awaltzoflight cover
poster
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artwork for polinski's debut album, labyrinths
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paul wolinski is one quarter of the experimental musical machine that is 65daysofstatic. polinski is his more purely electronic side-project.

the discussions for how to handle the artwork for the album started years before the record was even a twinkle in his eye. we'd talked at length for years about films, musics, books, games and designs that appeal to us for whatever reason. whether it be the books of jeff noon or the cassette loading games of sinclair zx spectrum, there was an innate understanding of what this solo project would demand in terms of artwork the moment the demos started to come together.

the final artwork started with us coming up with a story that would capture paul's feelings about various things and how he wanted to translated those into a science fiction tale of some kind. the next step was padding that story out with various touchstone visual elements and then translating those into a series of panels that we could use for the album and any singles. the first image we put together turned out to be the album cover as it is now, and this went onto influence paul's approach to making the music. he then sent us more demos that inspired the creation of more panels, and so the back and forth went until we had enough to illustrate the story / world we had created.

the music video for the album's first single, stitches, was an attempt to bring back the feeling of using the zx spectrum computer, whilst detailing some of the album's narrative elements. more details on the making of the video to follow soon.
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polinskimusic.net
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print
album cover
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music video + print design for LA-based band, sonoio
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we'd been aware for a while that sonoio (alessandro cortini) intended to follow up his unique and well received experimental synth debut, with a 'sequel' record of some kind. then a few months ago we were given the rough mixes of this new record and started to put together ideas for how to top the artwork for the first record and yet make it feel like an organic and fluid transition conceptually. alessandro had already made it clear to us that this record would be based around the colour red, so we simply had to evolve things and further the story of the matisse-esque characters we'd developed for the original blue album cover.

furthermore alessandro was toying with the idea of a music video this time and asked that we might pitch a few ideas to him for a couple of different songs on the record. we came up with 3-4 ideas he chose the most 'live performance' based concept that we had and soon things were under way. the video was for the song enough, which to us was one of the songs that immediately jumped out on the record when hearing it for the first time. once more we recruited the talents of matt sundin (who helped us shoot the 65daysofstatic and war widow album covers) and soon after alessandro was flying to new york to shoot the video with us in brooklyn.

you can read more about making the artwork + video here.
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sonoio.org
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wide
front cover
back cover
detail
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LP artwork for the LA-based band, war widow
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after accidentally hearing a clip from this band's new record, we sent some designs through that caused them to cancel the print job they already had running. sourcing photographers from as far as eastern europe, the resulting 12 inch vinyl artwork proved to be a very fast, very exciting collaboration between people in los angeles, new york and the ukraine. you can read more about the creation of the artwork here.

a huge thanks to photographers alex alekseenko and matt sundin, without whom this project would have never come about.
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warwidowmusic.com
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print
album cover
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LP artwork for the LA-based band, sonoio
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alessandro cortini, widely know for his multi-instrumental work for nine inch nails, got in touch with us recently. a fan of our record sleeve and poster work for mellowdrone, he wanted us to create artwork to accompany his new solo project, SONOIO.

now we say 'artwork' as opposed to 'design work' because he was particularly interested in the looser, more painterly / emotional elements of our work over some kind of cleaner, tighter design effort. modwheelmood (his previous band) had been heavy on the minimal design / die-cutting and this time, the record being much more personal to him, alessandro wanted a more cathartic, hand-made quality.

we talked for a while and decided that we should try to create something that had a european quality to it - something that harked back to alessandro's roots. combining this with a visual device that we felt was most honest to the lyrical content on the record, we came up with the two matisse-esque characters you see on the cover, who are trying to cover up the holes in their chests. the colour choices were then informed in part by the colour of the buchla synth itself. the pencil marks are that of my father thomas newbolt, who's drawings we cut up and relocated elements of for the sake of adding more movement / life to the collage.
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sonoio.org
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album slash page
offer page
poster page
source code
data capture page
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website for the tron legacy soundtrack by daft punk
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understanding that we were enormous fans of the original film and the forthcoming sequel, our new collaborators topspin, asked us to create a site gather emails for the forthcoming soundtrack release. given the soundtrack has been created by daft punk, we knew the site would get a vast response online from music geeks to film buffs alike. as such, we took full advantage of some of the latest web technologies (with help from mr. doob) and produced a site that works on iphones, ipads as well as regular machines. the end result is a very streamlined data collection / e-commerce site with many secrets (for those fans that love secrets as much as we do).
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  • html5 / javascript UI
  • keyboard input based triggers
  • ascii art source code
  • topspin E4M integration
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versionindustries.com/archive/tron
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EP cover
poster
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EP artwork + music video for the LA-based band, big black delta
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jonathan bates, better known for his part in the fantastic band mellowdrone, recently got back in touch with us regarding a 'new thing' he was working on. as luck would have it, it was some seriously rich and rewarding new music. the kind which fills the mind with images pretty fast. well, the next thing you know we're watching the thundercats intro in total awe, debating wallpapering our apartment walls with TRON screenshots, and obsessing over UFOs. how one thing lead to another is neither here nor there, but it turns out we were all down with this new thing ... and it was taking us places.

what then ensued was the constant, rapid exchange of music for artwork, much the way a choir does their psalms and responses. there's no question in our minds now that big black delta was the only name you could use to sum up the music, what inspired it and everything we'd ultimately made together from that point forward. cut then to just a few days ago. cut right to the moment when we slung the cover you see above onto the proverbial coffee table. cut to us all looking at each other like we knew it was time. yep, ufologists were about to get some melody in their google.

additionally we shot and edited a short film to accompany the release of the song IFUCKINGLOVEYOU. it was shot over a couple of days around independence day in los angeles. the idea was simply to capture everything we got up to in the short time we had, be that searching the night sky for flashing lights, watching dan akroyd talking about UFOs on youtube or jonathan bates making strange noises on his studio floor. we hope the end result, if nothing else, makes you feel like all these things are related. not forcibly, but maybe with a little serendipity.
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bigblackdelta.com
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album cover
inside sleeve
back cover
cd
ep cover
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artwork for the pony collaboration's second album 'if these are the good times' and the supporting e.p 'i never knew'
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james, the head of the pony collaboration, came to us with a few photographs he had sourced as a starting point for the art direction on their second album. visually, the route we took was to show the new album as reflection of their first. this is especially apparent with the cd itself which reflects a more sombre outlook than the jolly pink one from their first release. both james and version wanted to take the visual cues from the first album and reflect it as if seen in a forgotten dirtied mirror, very much like the source photography he gave us.

their new album is out now on series 8 records. the new digital single will be out in may 2010.
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theponycollaboration.com
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front cover
back cover
_what
artwork for makeup and vanity set's self-titled album
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through our long-standing collaborations with the protomen we were contacted by their touring DJ makeup and vanity set. he wanted us to create a furious sleeve design for his forthcoming even more furious self-titled release. after 4 or 5 design ideas were tried, we found solace in the one you see here. if you dig it, know that the album is even better.
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makeupandvanityset.com
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film poster
album cover
_what
artwork for the protomen's second album, act 2 - the father of death
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everything about this record cover + poster had to be bigger and better. the moment we heard act 2 we knew the protomen had taken things far beyond anyone's imagining, and that we were under a huge amount of pressure now to produce artwork that echoed that through & through. we were aware of john delucca's work after collaborating with him on a previous poster for the band, and hired him once again to produce the fantastic 'streets of fire' inspired drawing you see above. we then took care of the sleeve + poster layouts and also put together the 24 page booklet that would detail the story behind the music on the album.
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protomen.com
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logo
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logo for the protomen's second album, act 2
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the protomen's second album herald's a brand new sound, story and aesthetic. after many discussions and revisions this logo, we all agreed, captured the vibe of this the next chapter in their ongoing musical retelling of capcom's megaman saga.
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home page
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revamped website for the nashville-based band, the protomen
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the protomen are on the eve of the release of their new album, act 2. recruiting the powerful drawing abilities of john delucca, we created an open-ended flash website that would allow us to introduce as much exciting new content as we liked, during the build-up to the album's release.
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  • full-screen flash interface
  • original music by the protomen
  • original hand-drawn graphics by john delucca
  • new protomen logo
  • countdown clock
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theprotomen.com
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album cover
inside sleeve
back cover
_what
artwork for the pony collaboration's self-titled debut album
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we here at version have been following the pony collaboration since they formed back in 2003 and have been strong supporters of their unique brand of wonky alternative country music. james scallan, the lead singer of the band whom is a friend of version from years past got together with us to collaborate (as pony so often like to do) on a creative venture to encapsulate all that went into those recordings but in graphical form. i think that between us and the pony collaboration we have created a perfect package for those wonky alternative country tracks. enjoy.

their debut album is out in april 2007 on series 8 records.
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theponycollaboration.com
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