Sunday, April 26, 2009

Inward peace and harmony

You can't judge a book by its cover? Well, for some albums that saying simply does not hold true. The title already evokes new age visions of the sappy kind, and the cute cover only strengthens the feeling. And indeed, as soon as the first harp sounds and panflutes arpeggios ooze from the speakers, you know: this is the typical commercial new age drivel. For good new age, seek out the likes of George Winston, Tingstadt and Rumbel or Jim Brickman. At all cost, avoid Corubal River.

The idea of this little game is to create an album cover for an imaginary artist/group, as well as an imaginary review, following these instructions:

[1] The artist/group: go to the wiki random page generator. The first random Wikipedia article obtained this way is the name of the band or performer. In this case, I ended up with Corubal River.
[2] The title: go to the random quotations site. The last four words of the very last quote of the page is the title of the album. The random quote that came up was by Seneca: Let tears flow of their own accord: their flowing is not inconsistent with inward peace and harmony.
[3] The illustration: pick a suitable one from my Flickr collection. My picture, Safe in the arms of her boss (a shot of my brother's dog), can be found here on Flickr. The on-line editing was done with the programme On-line image editor, the font settings selected were Centaur 60 Violet Red and FortunaDot 50 Red, respectively.

Note: this is a variation on the "Debut album game" that has been making its rounds around bulletin boards and blogs for some time now - the original version called for a random Flickr Explore photograph to be used as the cover. I have been trying to find out who had the original idea, but so far no success.