Very few of my readers may know the sound of Japanoise-project Merzbow, founded by Masami Akita in 1979. Merzbow’s music is by no means something harmony-loving ears aim to hear and I must confess, that I’m not able to get into this kind of sound. BUT: I was absolutely blown away by the design of Merzbows new album Konchuuki. Limited to 400 copies it was already released in August by Brazilian independent record label Essence Music.
The album got visually designed by illustrator Vladimir Stankovic from Odense, Denmark. Inspired from science and nature on one hand, and fantasy, fairy tales and all sorts of mysteries on the other, he created a truly unique album design, which is highlighted by a pop-up butterfly on the inside.
I have interviewed Vladimir a little bit about this project:
Caroletta: How come you found yourself designing the new album of a famous Japanese noise musician?
Vladimir: I was approached by the label owner who had seen some of my works online, and when I read that it will be a pop-up packaging it was enough for me to accept the already inspiring offer.
Caroletta: Which materials did you use for the illustrations?
Vladimir: I used watercolors and colored pencils for the first, hand-made phase of the creation process and afterwards I used Photoshop to arrange and fine-tune the insects and all the details.
Caroletta: How long did it take you to work on this project?
Vladimir: Once I got the composition down it was all about painting the insects and capturing the buzzing atmosphere for the cover, and the rest went rather quickly from there. I guess it took about a week or so to illustrate all the parts of the package.
Caroletta: Do you prefer silence or noise while working on filigree lines?
Vladimir: Neither, both make me a bit nervous. I guess I prefer music to which I can sing to, but of course only when no one can hear!
Caroletta: What was it like to hold the finished product in your hands?
Vladimir: It was really great, especially as the illustrations were done last August and it took a bit longer for the album to be released, but it was sure worth the wait!
Thanks for the interview, Vladimir!
Please note, that this post is presented in close collaboration with the featured artist. I will never publish anything without the artist’s permission. All images are provided and copyrighted by Vladimir Stankovic.