Wednesday, June 09, 2010

The war against reality

Psychedelic rock is of course associated with the late sixties rather than our century, but the Swiss formation Virusheat apparently does not care about that. Their fourth album The war against reality continues where its predecessor Mushroom Magic left off - compositions that drone on for 6-17 minutes in the style of early Pink Floyd. But - unfortunately - without the brilliance of their famous idols. Virusheat are undoubtedly accomplished musicians, but their musical vision is limited. Not recommended. Unless you are high, perhaps.

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 Virusheat.
[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 Jules de Gaultier: Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality.
[3] The illustration: pick a suitable one from my Flickr collection. My picture, Foot rest, can be found here on Flickr. The on-line editing was done with the programme On-line image editor, the font settings selected were Bookworm 60 Yellow and Beware 60 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.