Worst looking CD/LP artwork

Started by Maciek, April 12, 2007, 03:04:53 PM

Previous topic - Next topic

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Pohjolas Daughter

Quote from: pjme on January 10, 2023, 04:38:27 AMhttps://www.impulstanz.com/en/performances/id2543/

Very few artists investigate the relationship between dance and music, sound, space and movement structures so thoroughly and with such outstanding success as Belgian superstar Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Her choreographic examination of Johann Sebastian Bach is legendary: for example at Burgtheater Wien with Partita 2 (Sei solo) in 2013 or even back in 1994 with Toccata at Volkstheater Wien, her first of a total of 21 productions shown at ImPulsTanz, and most recently in The Goldberg Variations and The Six Brandenburg Concertos at the Wiener Festwochen – but she has also explored the work of Béla Bartók, Ludwig van Beethoven and Arnold Schönberg. The present piece revolves around the Bohemian baroque composer and violinist Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, or, more precisely, his Mysteriensonaten (Mystery Sonatas) or Rosenkranzsonaten (Rosary Sonatas). "There are works that push the boundaries of what can be done on an instrument: such as Bach's Partitas, Liszt's Études d'Execution Transcendante and Biber's Mystery Sonatas", De Keersmaeker says of this work. Six fantastic performers of her company Rosas dance to Biber's exquisite sounds, played on a specially tuned violin (scordatura) by renowned violinist Amandine Beyer and her ensemble Gli Incogniti.



Rosas

"In this choreography, roses not only stand for beauty, but also for resistance: no roses without thorns. The dancing body, alone or in group, becomes an act of defiance made possible by Biber's virtuoso, strongly narrative music.

The sonatas use the intriguing scordatura technique, in which the violin is tuned differently and the notes on the score therefore sound different. This extremely virtuoso technique is performed live by violinist Amandine Beyer and her ensemble Gli Incogniti. They are on stage with six dancers moving through the sonatas.

This performance is dedicated to women who resist: Rosa Bonheur, Rosa Luxemburg, Rosa Parks, Rosa Vergaelen and Rosa, the 15-year-old climate activist who died during the Belgian floods in 2021."

Thank you so much for this info!  I also enjoyed the [short] video of the dancer.  :)

PD

pjme

You're welcome.

I'm -personally- not a big fan of De Keersmaker. Often long performances that have moments of great beauty, but equally are tiring and quite stressful....

Peter


Spotted Horses

Quote from: Jo498 on December 22, 2022, 03:22:49 AMI think this one beats the one with the tour bus by a country mile for absurdity:



Asin: B000ALCFYI


I've had that recording since it was a new release (not bad, too fast for my taste, as I recall). My interpretation of the cover is that the deer looking discordant in concrete urban surroundings is suggestive of Bach's music being somewhat discordant in the modern musical and cultural world.
There are simply two kinds of music, good music and the other kind. - Duke Ellington

Madiel

#4243
Quote from: pjme on January 10, 2023, 04:38:27 AM1/Sometimes I think the major record companies aren't even trying anymore.
2/ Who says it has nothing to do with the music?

For your information:

https://www.impulstanz.com/en/performances/id2543/

Very few artists investigate the relationship between dance and music, sound, space and movement structures so thoroughly and with such outstanding success as Belgian superstar Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Her choreographic examination of Johann Sebastian Bach is legendary: for example at Burgtheater Wien with Partita 2 (Sei solo) in 2013 or even back in 1994 with Toccata at Volkstheater Wien, her first of a total of 21 productions shown at ImPulsTanz, and most recently in The Goldberg Variations and The Six Brandenburg Concertos at the Wiener Festwochen – but she has also explored the work of Béla Bartók, Ludwig van Beethoven and Arnold Schönberg. The present piece revolves around the Bohemian baroque composer and violinist Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, or, more precisely, his Mysteriensonaten (Mystery Sonatas) or Rosenkranzsonaten (Rosary Sonatas). "There are works that push the boundaries of what can be done on an instrument: such as Bach's Partitas, Liszt's Études d'Execution Transcendante and Biber's Mystery Sonatas", De Keersmaeker says of this work. Six fantastic performers of her company Rosas dance to Biber's exquisite sounds, played on a specially tuned violin (scordatura) by renowned violinist Amandine Beyer and her ensemble Gli Incogniti.



Rosas

"In this choreography, roses not only stand for beauty, but also for resistance: no roses without thorns. The dancing body, alone or in group, becomes an act of defiance made possible by Biber's virtuoso, strongly narrative music.

The sonatas use the intriguing scordatura technique, in which the violin is tuned differently and the notes on the score therefore sound different. This extremely virtuoso technique is performed live by violinist Amandine Beyer and her ensemble Gli Incogniti. They are on stage with six dancers moving through the sonatas.

This performance is dedicated to women who resist: Rosa Bonheur, Rosa Luxemburg, Rosa Parks, Rosa Vergaelen and Rosa, the 15-year-old climate activist who died during the Belgian floods in 2021."


Thanks. This is not the first time that Peter has complained that a cover has nothing to do with the music, only for someone to reveal it has an extremely direct connection with the music.

I would have thought the question germane to this thread is the quality of the photograph.
I am now working on a discography of the works of Vagn Holmboe. Please visit and also contribute!

Pohjolas Daughter

Quote from: Madiel on January 10, 2023, 11:00:33 AMThanks. This is not the first time that Peter has complained that a cover has nothing to do with the music, only for someone to reveal it has an extremely direct connection with the music.

I would have thought the question germane to this thread is the quality of the photograph.
Personally, I think that this is a nice photo.  And an even better story about the dancers and what they have been dancing to/interpreting...but that's just me.

PD

Madiel

No, it isn't just you. I think it's a good and evocative photo. This is supposed to be a thread about the worst looking covers. Not just ones that certain forum members don't understand. There are plenty of design fails out there, and this isn't one of them.
I am now working on a discography of the works of Vagn Holmboe. Please visit and also contribute!

KevinP

Quote from: Peter Power Pop on January 09, 2023, 07:12:14 PMI sometimes wonder if record companies think, "Let's use a random photo for the cover and let the listener come up with their own interpretation for why it's there. That'll keep 'em busy!"

Perhaps. But whenever I hear someone's interpretation of how the cover art connects to the music, the only thing I'm convinced of is that you can make an interpretation to connect anything.

Madiel

Quote from: KevinP on January 10, 2023, 02:57:08 PMPerhaps. But whenever I hear someone's interpretation of how the cover art connects to the music, the only thing I'm convinced of is that you can make an interpretation to connect anything.

Or, you know, you could read the post that explains the person is dancing to the music that's on the album.
I am now working on a discography of the works of Vagn Holmboe. Please visit and also contribute!

pjme

Ok, ok. indeed, quite often it takes some research to find out (to recognise) why a certain design/photograph is used. However- I have no experience in designing - artistic choices can be difficult to understand, confusing or be "just weird".
The Rosas productions are of course quite popular and well documented in European press. So I quickly remembered that Beyer was the soloist for that production.
I'm inclined to accept that apart from delightfully ugly/bad taste/kitschy/stupid artwork, we can also talk and discuss the more "weird", unclear spectrum of the 'artistic' rainbow.

I "really like" these ca 1960-1970 LP's

For a brief moment I thought that mr. List was standing next to the statue of a large Afghan dog....

Peter V.


Symphonic Addict

The epitome of extreme minimalism.

As we acquire knowledge, things do not become more comprehensible, but more mysterious.

Albert Schweitzer

KevinP

I'd like it better without the black border and text, or at least if they were toned down a bit. The combination of minimalisms and cluttered text/logo is the biggest culprit.


pjme

Saeveruds Sinfonia dolorosa had other "strange" (LP) covers:







"The single movement Sinfonia Dolorosa is dedicated to a close friend, a member of the Resistance who was executed by the Nazis. It has the gravitas of the Gravsalme from the Gynt music. It is not acerbic and in fact is about as tough as the Salme - i.e. not very. Its originality can be undeniably felt in the thunderous gallop at 10.35 which then rises to a Leningrad-like paean of what I can only describe as angry praise - Old Testament exultation in blood-letting rather than enlightened New Testament values. It is the second of his three so-called war symphonies.

Read more: http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2003/oct03/Harald_SAEVERUD1.htm#ixzz7rJjVCr5v"

71 dB

Quote from: Symphonic Addict on January 22, 2023, 05:02:59 PMThe epitome of extreme minimalism.

Extreme minimalism feels like an oxymoron. Like someone being aggressively lazy.  :D
Spatial distortion is a serious problem deteriorating headphone listening.
Crossfeeders reduce spatial distortion and make the sound more natural
and less tiresome in headphone listening.

My Sound Cloud page <-- NEW track "Jazzz"

DaveF

Quote from: pjme on January 24, 2023, 04:28:06 AMSaeveruds Sinfonia dolorosa had other "strange" (LP) covers:



Very strange - I'm fairly sure that's the Roman aqueduct at Segovia in that well-known Nordic country, Spain.
"All the world is birthday cake" - George Harrison

Peter Power Pop

#4254


Bonus points for the typeface used for "HAYDN". (Dig that incomplete "N".)