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More ground level news: their latest release is by the breaks giants Pyramid. The picto-brain was asked to create the cover art for the track ‘Steal Tonight’, which is awesome, and to turn it in to a short promo video. As the image was created in photoshop, it was quite straight forward to animate the layers in premiere pro and sync to the sample of the track, both can be found below.

The track is available on beatport [here] and you can also follow pyramid on twitter [here] too. Enjoy.

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Flipping back to the positive, a new release for Ground Level means another piece of design for music goes out to the ether today too. This time round its Joe C with the track ‘Kamikaze’ and a remix from label boss Andy McAllister, which you can listen to (and buy… *coughs*) here.

Joe C kamikaze 1440x 1440

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jo lewis lovers cover art

Recently, the picto-brain offered to create the artwork for the talented Jo Lewis’ next release. After a conversation over a beverage or two, armed with the titles, a little insight in to the stories behind the songs and a page of notes on appropriate colours, moods and themes, the ‘brain set to work whilst listening to the ep.

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The concept artwork was delivered, and although Jo liked the layered image, she has opted for a more traditional cover with a striking self portrait.

You can’t win them all, so the saying goes, and it was an interesting creative project none the less.

Check out Jo’s music here and keep an eye on her facebook page for updates on the forthcoming ep.

 

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Another piece of work for Ground Level, this time a composite image with opposing perspectives for Leuce Rhythms’ next release, Illusion Reality.  For more information, look [here]

Leuce Rhythms illusion reality amended

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Another piece of work for Fisso & Spark. This weighty track needed an appropriate image to fit it, so the picto-brain wrangled pixels to make this composite:

Fisso and Spark Earthquake 1440x1440

 

Featuring remixes by Drumattic Twins and Sasha Khan, check it out on the Ground Level label blog [here]

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Here’s another piece of download artwork for Fisso & Spark for their next single ‘Dynamics’. It’s from their album ‘Future’ on Ground Level records and will be out in the er… near future! Here is the full series to see it in context:

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Fisso and Spark 'You Can Do It'

 

fizzo and spark come with me

 

fizzo and spark future 1440x1440

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After visiting a self-publishing fair at Chapter in Cardiff recently [details here], the picto-brain was inspired to create a mini-zine for o_S_k_m. The zine is limited to only 100 copies and contains a download code for a 3 track ep. It’s a typographic piece exploring the meaning of the 4 letters in the name… Do they actually stand for anything?

For details of getting one, email originalsoundkeepsmodifying@gmail.com 

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This image was created for the cover of a cd that will be winging its way to America this weekend! Ground Level label owner Andy McAllister as been awarded the chance to meet TV and film producers to offer music for licensing – what an opportunity – lets hope he comes back with some good news!

GL synchronised cover cropped

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o_S_k_m letters

A monochrome type treatment for o_S_k_m, the electronica alter ego of pictographik. Currently a banner on the bandcamp page but will be a part of a future ep sleeve to be released on Bitnormal. Bonus.

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Here’s a sneak peek at the artwork for the track called ‘minimal ceramic’, used in the video collab with lofieye (see previous post), and uses a photo from the slideshow series. The track is being released on the Bitnormal records bandcamp on 30/03/13.

oskm minimal ceramic

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This is a collaborative piece with photographer lofieye, transitions and titles by the picto-brain with music from audio alias, o_S_k_m.

State of Decay from lofieye on Vimeo.

These images were taken in an abandoned ceramic factory T.G. Greens in Swadlincote, Derbyshire. The music is specially written by o_S_k_m for the slideshow,, submitted to Slideluck London V.

There is a publication of these and other images taken available, please contact through lofieye.wordpress.com

It’s worth mentioning that whilst taking photographs we were attacked by the ‘owner’ (probably the local scrap yard owner actually stealing metal from the building to sell for scrap). After coming at us with a shovel and threatening to kill us, tried to have us arrested for assault. What an utter psycho. Feel free to share the video as publicising the factory and letting people know that it’s a slowly decaying piece of unpreserved history, feels like the best way to get a positive outcome from what was a pretty weird experience.

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Here’s a sleeve design for a personal project, my audio alter ego, o_S_k_m which can be found over on Bitnormal Records, a new net label that loves electronic music.

oSkm OSkm osKm - its all the same thing really

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Just a little typography experiment in the form of an ambigram – a word that can be read either way up/has rotational symmetry. Thought the band name Hallouminati would work well, but still a work in progress

hallouminati ambigram

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Here’s the cover for the next EP for Ground Level artist Joe C, due out in April. Its a simple but striking. Until its released, check out this track remixed by Rebel Sketchy. Enjoy.

Joe C Black Ink EP 1440x1440

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Here’s the artwork for the forthcoming single from Fisso & Spark, to be released in March. Taken from their album ‘Future’ (Ground Level records), check out there phat breakbeat style [here]

Fisso and Spark 'You Can Do It'

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On Thursday, I gave a talk at a monthly Derby event called Geekeasy organised by Christine of Crocstar Media. It’s an opportunity for people to get together and have a drink, and have a listen to a ‘Geek Speak’. My talk was on the subject of ‘Processes’, reverse spectrograms and a sound to image project I’ve been working on, more details can be found [here]

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The latest release from Fisso & Spark on Ground Level is now up on beatport!

fizzo and spark future 1440x1440

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I can now reveal that the WIP piece shown a few posts back is for Fisso & Spark‘s forthcoming album called ‘Future’. I still can’t reveal the final piece for that just yet but I can show the artwork for their next single, ‘Come With Me’, from the future Ground Level records album. This has a similar treatment for consistency. ‘Come With Me’ will be available on Beatport on November 26th and features a remix by Rebel Sketchy too. Bonus!

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The cd’s have arrived! You can buy it here: http://groundlevelrecords.greedbag.com/buy/ground-level-presents-playground/

 

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Pictographik was asked by Ground Level records to create a piece of artwork that’s inspired by some of Shepard Fairey’s prints.  So, here is the result, an illustration for the forthcoming Joe C release (Twitter), the ‘Shakedown’ ep, available on October 29th. All of the decoration and pattern is line drawings of parts of technic 1210’s… it seemed appropriate.

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To celebrate their 5th birthday and 50th release, ground level asked pictographik to design the artwork for a 3 part digital download and [soon to be released] cd album called ‘Playground’. Playground is a compilation that features new tracks and exclusive remixes which can be found here.

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Here are the results of a collaboration with artist/poet/photographer Joe Coghlan. We were asked to line the walls of the chill out room of a local night club, the Blue Note, with quotes from famous songs as a tribute to the musical history of the venue. Timelapse by pictographik alter ego thought.projector with music by Mender

 

 

 

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A nice review of Ground Level artist Joe C on the Manalogue music blog, and features loads of pictographik artwork too!

Read the article [here].

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Pictographik poster for Bridge The Gap

Another quality pictographik product (their words, not mine!).

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On Saturday 11th February, Quad had the wrap party for its awesome experimental audio visual exhibition, v.01, which included collaborations between regular nights at Quad and local creatives.  For the opening portion of the event, LongPlayer (an album playback night) chose ‘Cerulean’ by Baths, Five Lamps Films submitted videos for some of the tracks and Pixel Synthesis got Pictographik in to do a  live visual remix of the cover artwork in the duration of the album.

Above is the original artwork by Jesselisa Moretti, and below are the two remixs the pictobrain spewed forth.

 

The album lasts about 45 minutes but after recently completing a qualifier for the Cut & Paste tournament which gives you 15 minutes to complete a piece of work, I finished pretty quickly, so did two! Enjoy.

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Latest piece of artwork for forthcoming  Ground Level records artist Rebel Sketchy. Stoked.

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Woop! Pictographik has be asked to do the posters/promo for Derby club night Bridge The Gap, a regular night at The Sun Lounge including producing a dvd loop incorporting the logo for the monitors around the venue. Screen grabs below:

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pictographik artwork for Ground Level records

Here’s some more artwork for a forthcoming release from Derby based record lable Ground Level

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chari-tee

A ukulele themed t-shirt created for Foulds in Derby who are selling the t-shirt for charity.

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