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Pitchfork: Yet another Prince Paul and Automator joint. This time, though, the joke’s totally tired out.
It’s only the eighth day of the year, but the game that will define early 2008 has already come out. It’s not Halo 3, it’s not Super Mario Galaxy, it’s not even Rock Band. It’s the Create Random Album Art Game. Haven’t played it? That’s OK. You’ll be great. All you need is the Internet, a sense of humor and basic layout skills. Here are the instructions, along with samples of my creations. With huge thanks to my friend James Wilkinson at the V, who stole it from “Ronnie the Raincoat” at Cook’d and Bomb’d
Cat Fancy: Horrible patriot-rock in the style of Ted Nugent. He uses the phrase “Boot up your ass” no fewer than 9 times on the opening cut, “Practice Squad.”
The first article title on the page is the name of your band. You can remove bits in brackets – eg. “(Seinfeld epsode)” – if you like, or you can leave them in.
The last four words of the very last quotation is the title of your album. You can use the last three or five words if it sounds better.
The third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover. If it won’t let you save the pic (if this is the case, it will call the file “spaceball.gif”), press shift and print screen to take a screenshot, then paste it into the program.
4.Use your graphics programme of choice to throw them together, and post the result. You can get fonts from http://www.dafont.com.
5. Write a blurb about your album’s musical content (optional). [Editor’s note: But this is the most fun part!]
1. No partial re-rolling, eg: you don’t like your album cover then you have to get a new band name and album title too. You can fully re-roll as much as you like.
1a. Exceptions: when you have randomly selected the title of an existing band, or a band name/album title/image that someone else has used.
2. You can crop your picture to fit CD dimensions and resize it in either direction ’till it’s the right size, but it’s don’t drastically change the base image. You can add a border or something outside the image if it’s small or not square, in order to fit the album cover dimensions.
3. Feel free to break any of these rules, I suppose. It’s not like anyone can tell. But that does kind of spoil the whole exercise. If you cheat, have the decency to tell us!
I think this is all about the excitement of mash-ups. Make a bunch of ideas collide at random and see what you learn from their interactions. It’s a method I favor for ideation prompts — some of the best lateral connections and new-to-the-world ideas start this way — and it’s even more fun when it can be this visual. I found that as I made these and looked at those by other people, I felt more than anything that I had actually heard these records. What does that say about the implicit knowledge we all have about music, album art and the resonance of titles? My thoughts aren’t fully formed on this yet, but there’s something really compelling here. Who wants to play?
Rolling Stone: Third, “childhood trauma” record from the hopelessly lame goth-pop trio from York. For reasons we can’t possibly fathom, all of their songs sound EXACTLY like the chorus of Placebo’s “You Don’t Care About Us.”
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