Some other beats ‘n’ pieces

Happened to be sitting here upon a Sunday afternoon, so I thought I’d rootle around for a couple of other things I made a while back.  They’re below.

I’ve kicked off or exhumed a diverse range of projects, so now I’m running around after doing a load of graphics, some tongue-in-cheek music production (just to keep my hand in, y’know) and some websites too, natch.

All in all, it’s proving a thoroughly enjoyable pastime.  Making something you like from scratch is one of the best feelings in the world.

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Today’s trip down Memory Lane begins with the first of two Hardcore Lives record covers.  This moody number is for one of the more recent releases by Sparki Dee, which I put together during an astonishingly late evening at the keyboard.  Required about three attempts at getting the typography right, partly due to the fact I kept falling asleep.

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Our second excursion is an earlier version of the Electrux cover I posted a short while back.  On reflection, I think I prefer this one as it’s less lurid and the punched-through text reflects the title more accurately.  A candidate for a Special Edition release or similar in the future, then.

That’ll do for now.  Keep on truckin’!

Album Cover: 170

Here’s another thing that I made sometime last year.  Another album cover this time for the 4/4 mixes of original breakbeat tunes by Electrux.

Channelling early 2000s dance album covers here:

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Album Cover: Other Things

Here’s a little something I put together for the excellent electronic artist Electrux over on Hardcore Lives records.

His second full-length album spans the darker spaces of trance and breaks. Recommended.

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In reflection, it’s rather more saturated than I originally intended, but all concerned were satisfied nevertheless.

Back to the Drawing Board

As the new, temporary logo above might imply, this place is getting a bit of a makeover.  I’ve been away for ages, filling up my time with other stuff like work, but the truth is that I’ve missed writing horribly, and I’ve got plenty to say to boot.

To be honest, as a developer for the modern web, this place doesn’t really cut it any more anyway.  It’s been around since 2003 – when the browser landscape evolved at a glacial pace appropriate for the sea of broken calculators – and the last skin was knocked together over a few warm evenings in 2010 or so – long enough ago that IE6 compatibility still mattered.

Now the web is better.  Many of these old things don’t matter, or matter less, and we can finally afford to break free of the shackles of backward compatibility.  In line with how I feel about all this, it’s high time to kick this blog into line as an any-device, multi-resolution vehicle of whimsical nonsense suitable for these exciting times.

Of course, things get worse before they get better, so I’ve purposely pared down the existing site to embarrassing dullness to maintain the personal pressure on presenting a web presence I actually feel proud of.  (You may have noticed that I’m not filled with enthusiasm over this one.  Oh, you had?)  There’s a whole load of other things that need doing, including shifting the actual hosting which has been begging to happen for over a year.  That could even mean that the email works properly.  Who’da thunk?

So!  Begone, ye IE6 PNGFixes and bizarre filters for transparency!  Away, yon arcane PHP wizardry to conjure images of dubiously anti-aliased non-web fonts!  And what will I do with that vortex logo that I’ve been using since 2003?

Over the next few days I’ll be posting up some stuff that I have been working on over the last couple of years, ‘cos some of it is quite interesting.

In the meantime, as KC Green puts it…

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Intergalactic Space Rabbits

Imagine you were in space, listening to space radio, whatever that is.  And then you requested Art Garfunkel.  This is what they’d play you:

Mr Hopkinson’s Computer – Bright Eyes