The Electrical Audio forum is a place I virtually hang out at a lot. It’s a unique place, full of extremely intelligent people from a wide swath of backgrounds.
A few months ago, a group of people from the forum decided to put out a quarterly series of records featuring some of the bands who hang out there.
As with much of what comes out of there, these records are being done collectively. Money goes in the pot for manufacturing, one forum member handles the mastering, another does the artwork, another coordinates bringing the elements together and getting them to their respective manufacturers, and a group gets together to assemble the final product and get it in the mail. The participants are from around the world – the US, Uk, Brazil, Croatia, and Japan. The internet makes this sort of collaboration possible.
I volunteered to do artwork for the second quarterly slab o’ vinyl. Unfortunately, the deadline coincided with a bunch of other deadlines, and I was in the weeds. So I did what I often do when I need to work quickly: set aside 3 hours, grab interesting objects off the mantle, and start stacking them.
And here are a few of the other photos from that session:
You can hear the music of the bands involved on the bandcamp page, as well as see the excellent cover from the first record.
I’m happy with my contribution to this project, but it’s one small piece of a solid package. The records come with an obi and letterpressed inserts, both well designed and executed. The records feature 6 songs by 6 bands. Everyone involved has done their best, and their best turns out to be pretty damn good.