05.01.15 by Jeff

Best Album Packaging: Moldover Album Also A Fully Functional Theremin

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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!

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02.01.15 by Jeff

Future Technology: DJ Qbert’s Extraterrestria is World’s First Interactive Album Packaging [VIDEO]

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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!

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19.12.08 by Jeff

Gloji

This is the best beverage packaging design I’ve ever seen. Gloji won the Gold Pentaward this year, in the Soft Drinks + Juices category over at The Dieline.

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24.06.08 by Jeff

Bleeding Through

I have been following the work of Invisible Creature for quite some time now. They sit atop the music packaging/artwork game – stunning photography, pitch-perfect typography, and an endless array of vastly different styles. These guys know how to put together a finished product!

Bleeding Through’s album, The Truth featured some of Creature’s most eye-popping photos, so I was excited when I came across a blog where they revealed their processes for creating them.

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