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.
From sleeve to screen: the pick of CR’s music-related content
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.
Ryan Hopkinson has created a series of three films on the pioneering work of United Visual Artists for Nowness. Gem Fletcher talks to him about the project
A campaign to establish a permanent memorial to David Bowie in his birthplace of Brixton in London was launched today at the Royal Festival Hall. The proposed artwork – termed the ‘ZiggyZag’ – is a 9 metre-tall version of Bowie’s famous ‘lightning flash’ make-up design which he sported on the cover of his 1973 album, Aladdin Sane. The planned location for the […]
Using motion capture, The Partners have interpreted the conductor’s movements in a series of animations
La La Land, Damien Chazelle’s romantic musical, has picked up rave reviews from critics and is sweeping the board at awards shows. Over six years in the making, the film stays true to Chazelle’s vision as conceived while he was at college at Harvard. We hear from producer Marc Platt and music director Marius de Vries about how it was made.
Electronic music can be a straight-faced business, but there’s a refreshingly playful edge to the artwork Guy Featherstone creates for Diagonal Records, the label co-founded by musician Oscar Powell. Here the pair discuss their approach and reveal how it has transferred to Powell’s new home at XL