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Art

“Curse of Mercury” is nigh-on real

Now Appearing

Now Appearing

Dropped the master at DiscMakers today. A little dizzy-making.

After all this time of working on the record (some of the songs have origins which go back literally decades) it’s a little unreal to be (so close to) done.

I have to say “so close to done” because even though I’ve completed the music and the artwork for the packaging–and it’s all been shipped off to the presses–until I have the finished product in my hands, it feels a little like, well, like it’s not truly completed and real. Just nigh-on real.

On the other hand, the music is done. All the way to completion. And even if the CDs never happen, the music has.

Sigh.

Packaging for “Curse of Mercury”

Final Touches

Final Touches

Shot some photographs in the studio today aiming at something for the inside panel of the CD jacket. My Seattle studio bears little resemblance to the old St. Louis Studio. The equipment is almost the same, having come with me when I moved west back in May, 2005. But the space in Seattle is just a fraction of the square footage I occupied in St. Louis, and “homier”.

Walls paneled in 1″ thick clear cedar planks, recycled cedar siding on the ceiling, a wall of my books, and raccoons routinely knocking at the back door or traipsing across the skylight. Very Cozy.

But I digress.

Packaging.

I’ve decided to go with DiscMaker’s simple four-panel jacket. All paper because I don’t care for the plastic aspect of the flex-trays of the Digipaks. And I’ve opted out of having a spine, which will reduce the cost of mailing by keeping the disk narrower than the 1/4″ limit the post office imposes on letters. (Greater than 1/4″ would bump it up by $.55 an envelope.)

The four-panel jacket gives me two outside panels and two inside panels–that much more room for images and text. I can spread out all the word mumbo jumbo, and have a cleaner, simpler look overall.

I vacillated about printing a booklet to include–lyrics and stories and more images. The up-side being the inclusion of more content, more back-story. The down-side being added cost, of course, plus using up that much more paper. So I’ve decided to instead avail myself of the convenience of the Web, and put the lyrics and such here, instead. Added benefit being that I can then more easily “talk” to my listeners, if you happen to feel like commenting on this or that.

The CD itself will be printed with the scanned image of some old battered metal object–and I’ll say no more about that and leave it as a small surprise for you when you unleash the disc from the jacket.

The front cover art is based on a photograph found on Flickr, and generously granted for our purposes by Mary Harrsch. Take a look at her Flickr photostream and see if you can predict which photo I used.

Rounding out the images are some scans of roadkill. Sounds awful. But really they’re in the realm of ordinary beauty–one being a wing of an owl and the other being a wing of a swan. Both were given to my wife by friends who understand that she has a certain affection and affinity for things which make for flight.

Next up, deciding on a name for my new publishing arm.

Recording “Beliefs” with some fun toys in the Studio

I took a break from work on ‘”Curse of Mercury” to help Electronic musician Kurt Bujack create a new piece of music for his up coming Art Exhibit at Studio X in Belltown.

Kurt Bujack recording marbles

Kurt Bujack recording marbles rolling on a bass drum to simulate a rain stick

Kurt Bujack with Vintage MiniMoog

Kurt Bujack with Vintage MiniMoog

Kurt brought over a Mint condition Mini Moog for the Bass part. Nothing beats the real thing!