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A great 40-minute feature on Brian Eno’s creative process in generative art from 1989. Via astrophilosophy:
Brian Eno Imaginary Landscapes
I thought, ‘I want to make a kind of music that had the long now and the big here in it.’ And for me that meant this idea of expanding the music out to the horizons. In terms of space, you were not aware of the edges of the music. I thought, ‘I want to make a music where you just wouldn’t know what was music and what wasn’t; where it was a plateau and everything you could hear could be music, even things that weren’t on the record.’ Like if there were sounds going on where you were listening. That could be part of it too. So a music that included rather than excluded, that didn’t have a beginning or an end. This is a sense of making the now longer.
Did you know someone invented the album cover? Appears so. In the 1930s, then 23-year old Alex Steinweiss had the idea of getting records out of their plain brown wrappers. Via rockinismo
Alex Steinweiss pioneered the concept of record album covers, when music was still released on 78rpm shellac, and was the inventor of the LP record sleeve. In 1939, while designing ads for Columbia Records, Steinweiss suggested adding art to the company’s 78 releases, which were then generally sold in heavy paper and, for multiple-record sets, packaged in plain, book-like binding. His first cover featured the title of a collection of Rodgers and Hart show tunes up in lights on a theatre marquee.
One last post in my theme of antiquated-music-media (tongue in relative cheek), an off-set shot of Anthony Michael Hall and Molly Ringwald in a record shop during a break while filming The Breakfast Club, 1984.