Friday, May 04, 2018

Bits of stellar matter

When Kraftwerk hit the charts in the seventies, other groups tried to follow suit, aiming for their own share of the electronic pop music pie. Most were not very successful, but Damals from Freiburg did manage to get some success with the single Metropolis and the debut double album Bits of stellar matter. The original LP records are a rarity nowadays, but this recent reissue on one CD makes for an interesting document. Even if it is a notch below the level of Kraftwerk.

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 Damals. [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 (from 2014 onward: any part of a random quotation will do). The random quote that came up was by Sr Arthur Eddington: We are bits of stellar matter that got cold by accident, bits of a star gone wrong. [3] The illustration: pick a suitable one from my Flickr collection. My picture, Chaos, can be found here on Flickr. The on-line editing was done with the programme On-line image editor, the font settings selected were Rebecca 55 White and Aliens 80 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.

Copyright statement: image created by myself based on one of my photographs. Copyright Hennie Schaper.