Run for Cover No. 2 | Multimedia-Cover-Artworks are the appropriate format for virtual music-releases. Especially the file-format Flash has the potential to reanimate the now dying cover-artwork of physical releases. It's hard to understand that nearly no label nor musician distributes multimedia-artworks along with their music-releases. With the possibilities of programming the "cover-artwork", the offering to include multimedia-files like video-clips and the chance to communicate via your artwork with the musiclover, I scratch my head and ask for more interactive flash-covers. That's why I love the design of the artworks on -N netlabel. Simply because they are the first step towards a new way of artworks for the digital century.
I truly love some of the flash-cover-artworks you find on minusn.com. Often inspired by manga you can take a relaxed look and find fine details. Like in the wonderful animation above. At first sight you won't see the feet because the swimming and moving fish attracts your attention. Also I like the steady waterflow. It gives the image somehow a time-component and time seems to smoothly passing by.
Another small masterpiece is the flash-cover-artwork for the -N release "picnic plan ep" by masaya sasaki. The original artwork was done by poeyama and comes along with a series of flash-movies. If you move the mouse over the artwork, something interesting will happen and you'll suddenly see lightning.
This sort of flash-cover-artworks interacts with the listener/consumer. As an artist flash-cover-artworks give you the chance to communicate with your audience. You can update information in your flash-covers via internet, or offer a contact-form. You can integrate videos, text, pictures and lots of different information about you, your netlabel and especially about your art. Please produce more amazing flash-cover-artworks and see them as an intelligent form of EPK (electronic press kit).
The music in our podcast comes from Dataman and his release "the most famous heroes ep". Beneath you see the amusing artwork.
Image and Flash by nomi @ nomi-sama no heya
This article was written on 17.March 2008 by Brigitte. Brigitte Bijoux is a producer and DJane living in Tokyo/Japan. She loves fat basslines, haunting grooves and a fair amount of breakbeat armory. Devoted to Drum'n'Bass and all kinds of broken beats she diggs deep into the netlabel underground. It's about loving music! Read more articles written by Brigitte.