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Run for Cover #2: The Flash-Cover Art From -N Netlabel

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.

The original image and flash-artwork was done syun osawa and you find the according release on minusn.com/en/mn004.html.

Interactive Flash-Cover-Artwork

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).

From ASCII-Art to Flash-Cover-Artwork

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

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Phlow-Author Brigitte 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 .

5 comments

  • i'm glad you chose the -n artworks to promote flash-covers rather than the thinner ones. to me, the japanese model is far more interesting... but please, display the dataman-cover! alongside the artwork for g_nff4, the ascii-related art by nomi-sama no heya (http://www.chinko.ddo.jp) is the best you can get @ -n, no matter if you like the flash-effects or simply enjoy high-class cover art. six stars!

    Gravatar of bettina rhymes bettina rhymes said on
    17. Mar 2008 at 9:58 am
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  • here we go... i like this artwork, too!

    Gravatar of mo. mo. said on
    17. Mar 2008 at 12:16 pm
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  • I think I have a new obsession. Very cool stuff.

    Gravatar of aerotone aerotone said on
    17. Mar 2008 at 6:15 pm
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  • omg that artwork is fantastic

    Gravatar of pk pk said on
    22. Mar 2008 at 4:57 pm
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  • Good ideas and beautiful artwork. My own record company Gramtone has invented something we call a web album, that we created just beacuse MP3:s are so unsexy. It is basically a Flash with music, images, videos and lyrics. We also included a changeable part, where the artists can update material if they want to promote gigs, upload new stuff or communicate with the web album owners. Also, in this way, an illeagly file shaed web album is not dead for the artists, but still a living marketing tool, which is useful for all their audience.

    Check out our site: http://www.grammofon.com
    Or the record company: http://www.grammofon.com/gramtone
    Or my blog: http://gramtone.wordpress.com

    /Pelle

    Gravatar of GramtonePelle GramtonePelle said on
    26. Mar 2008 at 10:41 am
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