Music

From sleeve to screen: the pick of CR’s music-related content

Liam Gillick on working with New Order for MIF 2017

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.

True Faith: How Joy Division and New Order influenced the art world

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

Elton John Tiny Dancer

Elton John releases new videos for three classic songs

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.

The Odd Couple: Hipgnosis, Pink Floyd and beyond

On the eve of the Pink Floyd exhibition at the V&A, we revisit our 2013 interview with Hipgnosis studio co-founder Aubrey Powell where he discusses his creative partnership with the late Storm Thorgerson and their revolutionary sleeve design

Behind-the-scenes with Gorillaz

Humanz, the fifth album from virtual band Gorillaz, is released this week. We talk to Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett about their working relationship and the benefits of being a cartoon

Hipgnosis 10cc Deceptive Bends

How to design a record cover in 1977

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.

Adam Smith The Chemical Brothers

“Just make things, make things, make things”: Adam Smith on directing

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.