Tuesday, March 09, 2010

The blindness of strangers

It is impossible that you have not heard the wild speculations around this new band. Borocera have never given any background information, but persistent rumours are that it is actually a supergroup of some of the best-known rock artists of all time. Just which artists exactly is not clear. Names that are going around include Mark Knopfler, Jimmy Page, Bill Bruford, Tony Levine, John Entwistle, Adam Clayton, Phil Manzanera, Ritchie Blackmore, to name but a few. Even the album cover with its faceless crowd, reflects this uncertainty. And after all, maybe it is just a clever scheme by the record company. Whatever the truth is, The blindness of strangers is a great album, with 12 instrumental tracks in the best classic rock tradition. Essential.

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 Borocera.
[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 Adrienne E. Gusoff: I have often depended on the blindness of strangers.
[3] The illustration: pick a suitable one from my Flickr collection. My picture, With the faceless crowd, can be found here on Flickr. The on-line editing was done with the programme On-line image editor, the font settings selected were JudasPriest 60 Silver and Sever 70 White, 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.