Album Artwork: 7

I haven’t dabbled in graphic design for quite some time but ended up completing a project on the penultimate day of 2016. Here you can see the album artwork for Xamanist’s second studio album, 7, a name chosen for several reasons. It has been 7 years since his debut was released and it also contains…

Album Artwork: Full Spectrum Dominance

My latest album artwork project for Techgnosis Records is based on three original photographs from the abandoned karaoke box on the rooftop of the Qianyue Building in Taichung. As the name would imply, the sound of this release is tough and gritty, so I went for a more badass vibe with a minimalistic greyscale theme…

Album Artwork: Techgnosis Vol. 2

Designing the artwork for Techgnosis Vol. 2, the sequel to Techgnosis Vol. 1, was a lot more work than I expected it would be. The original is actually one of my favourite cover designs so I wanted to extend the concept from still images to motion pictures—still using source material captured in one of Taiwan’s…

Album Artwork: Artificial Structures

My seventh design for Ben Rama’s Techgnosis Records builds on an abstract image I captured at a scrapyard in rural Changhua, Taiwan. I always figured I would use it for an album cover sooner or later—so when Stoertebeker’s Artificial Structures landed in my inbox I jumped at the opportunity. Type is set with Diavlo, a…

Album Artwork: Allotta

My latest design for Techgnosis Records draws upon source material shot at the abandoned Chenchang Woodworking Factory in Shuili, Nantou. This is one of my favourite ruins in all Taiwan and I have now been there on three separate occasions. The photos used in this design are from two separate trips as the vintage safety…

Album Artwork: Vitesse

I have been churning out album artwork for Ben Rama’s Techgnosis Records imprint as of late. This’ll be my fifth contribution: an abstract and textural piece working around the theme of vitesse, which means “speed” in French. The source imagery is original, as always, with both textures shot somewhere in the rundown parts of Taichung…

Album Artwork: The Dreamhouse Effect

The Dreamhouse Effect is my fourth album artwork project for Techgnosis Records, Ben Rama’s new label. I have been helping out with graphic design, as you can see from my work on Luzoba, Orobas, and the debut compilation. As the title would imply, the release emphasizes evocative, mesmerizing, and dreamlike soundscapes, making it a perfect…

Thoughtless Music Album Artwork Retrospective

From 2010 to 2014 I was a regular contributor to album artwork for releases on Thoughtless Music, Noah Pred’s forward-thinking house and techno label, which made use of approximately 50 of my original photographs from travels around Toronto, Vancouver, New York City, Hong Kong, Seoul, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Taiwan. Looking back on this discography…

Album Artwork: Luzoba

Luzoba is the second exclusive release (and third overall) from the newly-minted Techgnosis Records, a new label headed up by Ben Rama with graphic design support from yours truly. So far I’ve sourced everything from my extensive archive of photographs from around Taiwan. This particular piece features a pair of pictures from the town of…

Album Artwork: Orobas

Orobas is the first exclusive release on Techgnosis Records, a new label I am collaborating on with Ben Rama, for whom I completed several album artwork projects in the past. To capture the magic and mystery of the music I used a haunting photo of a suspension bridge in the fog that I shot in…

Album Artwork: Techgnosis Vol. 1

My friend Ben approached me with the idea of compiling a release for my techno-oriented netlabel, Drumlore, so of course I said “yes”! We threw a few concepts around before settling on Techgnosis, an obvious tribute to the work of Erik Davis, but also a fitting name for Ben’s particular brand of deep, mystic techno.

Album Artwork: Being and Becoming…

For the cover of Being and Becoming…, the debut album from Jeremy’s Aura of Montreal, Canada, I rifled through my archives to source an abstract and asymmetrical image that communicated a sense of movement and timelessness. I quickly gravitated toward a photograph of a rock formation at Yehliu in Wanli, Taiwan, which I had been…

Album Artwork: Deep State

The artwork for Søren Nordström’s Deep State is meant to reflect the wordplay of the title. This kind of techno music is meant to draw the listener into a deep state of hypnosis—hence the deepening of royal purple tones from top to bottom—but it is also a meditation on the overreach of the surveillance state…

Album Artwork: Oort Cloud

Phobium’s Oort Cloud is an album full of deep space music. My goal was to create something with a cosmic feel that was also sparse and dark. I started in Illustrator , playing around with various ways to represent the orbits of heavenly bodies. These vector graphics were eventually exported to Photoshop for further manipulation.

Album Artwork: Modus Operandi

Amygdala’s debut album Modus Operandi is a musical exposition of the dystopian future aesthetic of Neuromancer, William Gibson’s classic work of cyberpunk literature. Designing the artwork for such a project was a real joy, particularly since much of my own original photography focuses on capturing the gloomy, run-down feeling of abandoned industrial structures—perfect for paying…

Album Artwork: Mirage

Radioactive Sandwich approached me with a concept for Mirage, their sixth studio album. I imported their original photograph into Lightroom for retouching, exported to Photoshop, set the type, and spun out the kaleidoscopic back cover. This is the original design they sent over, for reference: Free download: Mirage.

Album Artwork: A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Globular’s debut album A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy is a monumental work of psychedelic dub with a great deal of thought and heart put into it. The recording artist and I had several email exchanges in which we discussed the meaning and intent behind the album. From these discussions I designed a cover exploring the idea of…

Album Artwork: Head + Ass = Soul

I opted for tasteful yet colourful abstract patterns for this album artwork project. Mubali’s sound is fast and funky with a lot going on so it seemed to fit the theme. Again, I have employed my own original photography as source material (those patterns are, strangely, the sides of garbage dumpsters found near a junkyard…

Album Artwork: Dream Filament

Ever since I shot these photos of jellyfish at the Vancouver Aquarium I knew they’d be gracing the cover of an album sooner or later. Prokaion’s Dream Filament provided the perfect excuse to clean them up and create something to catch the eye. Free download: Dream Filament.

Album Artwork: Sunrise From the Treetops

This is my second album design using original photography shot at The Chief in Squamish, British Columbia. It came together as a natural consequence of the title of the release, Sunrise From the Treetops. This album also happens to be one of the finest works of downtempo I have had the pleasure of releasing.