Director Noah Harris and animator Andy Biddle have created a surreal set of films for record label Village Green using second-hand objects bought at flea markets and car boot sales. Harris and Biddle used found objects – including gemstones, skulls and a deer hoof – to create colourful stop-motion films for the London-based label. Each […]
From sleeve to screen: the pick of CR’s music-related content
New Order has taken over Stage 1 at Old Granada Studios in Manchester as part of this year’s Manchester International Festival. The band is performing a series of intimate gigs there which feature a 12-piece synth orchestra, and an elaborate light experience created by artist Liam Gillick. We talked to Gillick about creating a “concert machine” for the band.
A new exhibition taking place at Manchester Art Gallery as part of this year’s Manchester International Festival examines the cultural and design history of two of the city’s most iconic bands, as well as how they continue to inspire contemporary artists. We talk to its curators, Matthew Higgs and Jon Savage
Scott King’s sleeve design for Saint Etienne’s new album Home Counties captures the banality and beauty of life in suburban England
Artist Stanley Donwood, renowned for his work with Radiohead, has transformed the cupola at the Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht, covering the space with an intricate black-and-white painting, which is completed with a sound piece by Thom Yorke.
Elton John, via a competition held with YouTube, AKQA and Pulse Films, has commissioned videos for three of his classic songs from the 70s: Tiny Dancer, Benny & The Jets and Rocket Man. And they’re all great.
Published this month is a new book documenting the design work of Hipgnosis, the studio behind iconic album covers for Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel, The Police, Paul McCartney, AC/DC and many more. The book features contemporary reflections by Aubrey Powell on the 373 covers produced by the studio, as well as this archive text, from 1977, in which the late Storm Thorgerson explains the creation of 10cc’s album Deceptive Bends.
Taschen’s new book Art Record Covers brings together 500 record sleeves designed by artists from the 1950s to the present day. Author Francesco Spampinato selects some of his favourites
From The Chemical Brothers to Little Dorrit, The Streets to Doctor Who, Adam Smith has had an eclectic and distinctive directing career. As his first feature film, Trespass Against Us, is released, we talk to him about working with Michael Fassbender, making the perfect concert visuals, and the importance of finding projects that speak to you.