Saturday, November 20, 2010

With our eyes open

Sweden's newest sensation Boccanegra clearly takes the example of their compatriots Opeth to heart - even to the extent of almost copying the style of the band logo. However, instead of combining death metal with progressive rock, they opted to combine it with psychedelic rock - think sixties' style Pink Floyd with typical death metal grunts and riffs. It should not work - yet, it does. Fascinating and unique, and highly recommended.

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 Boccanegra.
[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 Jawaharlal Nehru: There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.
[3] The illustration: pick a suitable one from my Flickr collection. My picture, Eyes without a face, can be found here on Flickr. The on-line editing was done with the programme On-line image editor, the font settings selected were informal Roman 70 white and Parchment 180 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.