Archive for the ‘design’ Category

Hollywood Bowl

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

Organ Eyes

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Möbius Music Box

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

via Science Friday

Fact 275 Technique

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Pool It

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Coolest album cover ever????

Vintage Omni

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

via Eric Carl

R.I.P. Altered Zones

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Sad to see the top notch underground blog collective Altered Zones is closing it’s digital doors. From the outset I found the site to be a good idea with a really cool aesthetic and a very nicely executed site design. It was an interesting move for the increasingly corporate feeling (yet I would argue still quite important) Pitchfork behemoth to take and there were plenty of haters when the site first appeared. Most basically thought it was Pitchfork trying to cash in on the kids in underground scenes but if so, that was never really apparent as a visitor to the site, mostly by virtue of the lack of advertising. Others said it was just Pitchfork trying to gain a little street cred but would it be too naive to propose that someone just thought it might be a cool and timely idea and had time and money to blow? Probably naive but still I say screw the haters and cynics. For the most part I found it to be a valuable addition to the creative music community. I didn’t love all of the music I found there but it was always something interesting and often from unknown diy’ers and much of it I did really like. Some have accused the site of being too elitist and too hip for it’s own good but as someone who runs a micro label I found many of the bloggers and the editors there to be pretty open and accessible and that they tended to cover a lot of different types of stuff while still maintaining somewhat of a cohesive feel. All in all I think they genuinely gave voice to segments of the current deluge of music being made that don’t have a good central meeting place on the web.
One of my favorite things about the site was the really great backgrounds, logo, typography and the general design of the project. It nicely captured a sort of retro future or future primitive that I liked. Reminded me of the awesome art from my dad’s old Omni Mags from the 80’s. In honor of said backgrounds and the site in general I’m posting a couple here to check out though the site will apparently be kept up as a sort of time capsule for future explorers. BTW another good site that covers much of the same kinds of sounds and scenes (and seems to be totally independent) is the Digitalis offshoot Foxy Digitalis, long may it live.

Album Cover Design #1

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Great designs from weird obscure albums.

via Sarcoptiform

Peter Saville’s alphabet

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

The Alpha Future 5/31/11

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

After some shifting around I can finally announce that the new album will be called The Alpha Future and it’ll be out May 31st on Alchemist. It’ll be available as a limited edition CD, cassette and digital. Written and recorded before and shortly after the Norway trip of late ’09, I used the live experience to try to make an album based on that kind of set up. With all of the I and I albums I have relied for the most part on a process of being guided by intuition and experimentation rather than well planned, constructed and conceptually driven music. This one took that to a new level and kind of came out all of the sudden with most of the recording being completed in 3 months or so (compared to 3 years spent making White Noise/Black Music). The title was inspired by my father Rob F. Sarmiento’s Alpha Future concept. I hope to feature some posts here with more info., photos, song previews etc. Here’s the album cover and tracklist:

1. The Future Is Long
2. 1=1
3. Go
4. Soft Science
5. Should Have Been A Beekeeper
6. Headcleaner
7. Illusions
8. The Hardest Part
9. Jaws Of Life
10. Getting Rounder