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Before I go any further, yes, I realise I am posting about a CD in the year 2015. After I posted about DJ Qbert and “The World’s First Interactive Album Packaging” last week, Facebook user Ray Doeksen was quick to point out that back in 2009, musician Moldover released a self-titled album in which the CD packaging itself was a fully functional theremin! The artist learned how to make custom circuitboards, so the track titles were actually written into the circuitry!
So it would appear DJ Qbert’s Extraterrestria album is not deserving of the title. Actually, to be fair, I’m sure there have been lots of examples of interactive album packaging over the years (depending on your definition). The Rolling Stones album, Undercover, had removable stickers, and my favourite of all time, Radiohead’s Kid A album had the hidden booklet you had to remove the CD tray to find! I think what Qbert meant was album packaging that doubled as an instrument, but it looks like Moldover did it years ago.
Watch the video below to see just how next level this packaging is!
Extraterrestria is DJ Qbert’s long-awaited follow up to his groundbreaking debut album, Wave Twisters (2001), and it features a pretty next level album cover. The printed cover is actually a set of functional Bluetooth MIDI decks and DJ controller that connects to iOS and OSX, making it the world’s first interactive album packaging.
QBert’s company Thud Rumble collaborated with Algoriddim and Novalia to create an album cover that allows fans to manipulate the album (or any mp3s) by moving their fingers along the surface. Apparently most of the copies will be going to those that funded the project on Kickstarter, with a small number made available through Thud Rumble.
Watch the video below to see it in action!
OUTSIDE is an interactive installation of a projected frame floating in space. Everything that goes through the frame modulates the frequencies of an FM radio and controls the projected visuals.
The work was developed by Montreal-based studio, Iregular, as part of the Human Futures program of artistic exchange between Canada and Europe. The work explores how technology is making us more and more reclusive.
Watch the video below.
Here’s a good one for all you graphic designers out there. Watch everyone’s favourite logo designer, Aaron Draplin, design a logo in 15 minutes. This is the sort of content that I was dying for around the time I was in school. Actually, watching this is exactly how I felt when I first started as a co-op in the concept art department at Electronic Arts. All these seasoned illustrators and designers were making stuff all around me, and I was just sitting there, watching every thing they did, soaking it all up.
Watch the video below.
Heads up all you aspiring designers out there! Renowned designer James Victore is running a FREE (yes, free) class called “Bold & Fearless Poster Design” presented LIVE online January 12th and 13th. The online audience will be able to send in work for critique, as well as ask questions!
This is a fantastic opportunity learn from a guy whose posters are in MoMa’s collection. If you’ve watched any of his Burning Questions videos you know how valuable his insights are. More details here.
Watch the video below!
The folks over at It’s Nice That have just released their annual round up of the best art and design from the past year. The book features over 300 pages of artwork, interviews, graduates, and exhibitions. Oh, and it even comes with a postcard signed by one of the featured artists. Have a look inside the 2014 It’s Nice That Annual, below.