Garrett and Artomatic design release for Clarke and Ware
Malcolm Garrett has collaborated with Artomatic to create the unusual packaging for House of Illustrious, a new ten-disc release from The Clarke & Ware Experiment, the musical collaboration between Martyn Ware (Erasure, Depeche Mode, Yazoo) and Vince Clarke (Human League, Heaven 17)…
Ware and Clarke released two albums on Mute records back in 1999 and 2001 but this new deluxe release comprises 8CDs of unreleased material plus the original two albums, Pretentious and Spectrum Pursuit Vehicle.
Ware turned to Malcolm Garrett (Images & Co) to design the release and he in turn got in touch with Tim Milne at Artomatic to help create "a desirable object". The result is that the 10 discs are interleaved with soft paper inserts and sandwiched between two 8mm thick clear acrylic discs held together on a stainless steel spindle (made in Sheffield, Ware's hometown) that screws into said acrylic discs.
The acrylic-ended block of discs comes housed snugly in a water-jet cut circular hole in a block of high density foam that also bears the laser-etched Illustrious logo devised by Garrett for the release.
A 12 page, concertina-folded booklet is also included in the package which displays album notes and track listing info on one side...
...and the Illustrious logo on the reverse:
Limited to 1000 copies, each of the packages are numbered and signed by both Ware and Clarke. The release is available to purchase (Mute, £79.95) from the Teletext-reminiscent website for the release at clarkewareboxset.com (grab below).
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Nice twist on the boxed set. Might be a bit fiddly to get the disc you want out but the minimal aesthetic probably fits the music.
By the way, it was Vince Clarke who was in Depeche Mode and Yazoo - you might want to swap those descriptions round.
But . . . Ware was with Human League, Heaven 17. Clarke was with Depeche Mode, Yazoo, Erasure.
Aaah Artomatic. They are the guys who had the Material's library aren't they that you paid to be a member of? I remember them pestering me to renew the company's membership and once paid they promptly shut it down with no refunds.
That's the one, Mr Dee. Very sorry about that, but after trying everything, we couldn't make it pay.
With hindsight, I think we were probably ten years too early–there's much more interest in the physical quality of printed matter nowadays and I think it would work if it were open now. But, I personally lost too much money to be able to do that again.
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