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Electric Bird Noise
CD/Album Art + Digital Single/EP

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Electric Bird Noise + Silber Records Desert Jelly

With only a mysterious title and direction to make the art feel like a Prog Rock record from the ’70s, I let the music and the song titles suggest most of the design choices. Using original photography and a lot of Photoshop and Roger Dean references, I was even allowed to give track 8 its name, “Carnegie Gigantea” (Giant Saguaro Cactus), to completely tie the whole concept together.

2012

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Electric Bird Noise + Silber Records The Silber Sessions

For this compilation of various works performed and composed by Electric Bird Noise over the past ten years, Silber requested an art direction reminiscent of the classic Blue Note covers by Reid Miles. After studying the master designer’s work I decided on a couple classic typefaces and a simple color scheme. The result is a unified design package made from a diverse range of recordings.

Photography: Scott Smallin

2011

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Electric Bird Noise + Silber Records Live at the Basement

A collection of live performances orchestrated and arranged by Electric Bird Noise — avant garde choir and small band performances explore themes of repetition and tedium with improvisation and interim line ups.

2011

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Electric Bird Noise + Silber Records Music from the Short Film Icarus City

Five songs — Five minutes long. Electric Bird Noise created a “imaginary film of humanity trying to save itself” and it is elegant in its simplicity. I attempted to find a similar elegant simplicity in the cover art that might also suggest a hopeful science fiction element.

2012

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Electric Bird Noise + Silber Records Kind of Black

Electric Bird Noise’s 2014 release was described as a “discordant chord driven prog rock guitar drone extravaganza” and with a title referencing an esteemed Miles Davis album, I attempted to mirror the repeated phrases and cycles performed on the disk with a ritualized, mandala type drawing — a representation of all of creation. The music is like a spider web — repeating patterns until they create something new — and the multiple layers that all stack up and impose and obscure each other has a similar effect for the cover art.

2014