Sunday, July 03, 2011

Permanently self-enlarging experience

When I saw the title of this album, the Steve Wilson project Incredible Expanding Mindfuck immediately came to mind - and it was not a surprise when the first sounds came from my speakers that this debut album by Townsend Thunderbird is in the same electronic vein. Soundscapes ranging from ambient to dance floor drones and back and forth - it has all been done before, and to be honest, it has all been done better. Give this one a pass.

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 Townsend Thunderbird.
[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 M. Scott Peck: Real love is a permanently self-enlarging experience.
[3] The illustration: pick a suitable one from my Flickr collection. My picture, Rhapsody in Blue, can be found here on Flickr. The on-line editing was done with the programme On-line image editor, the font settings selected were Underground 45 Yellow and Delirium 40 Yellow, 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.