how many of you have heard this when asked to do merch for a super abrasive, heavy, anti-melodic musical project that’s been around longer than you’ve been alive? anyone? that’s what i thought. and yet this sentence describes the beginning of the design process for noise godfather MERZBOW.
guy kozowyk of the red chord / black market activities fame contacted me as a representative of his employer INDIE MERCH. he just signed a deal for the japanese noise project to release shirts available through their online store. creating an image for a band with no lyrics and a back catalogue decades in length is quite daunting and to make matters even stranger, masami akita (the man behind merzbow) described to guy his affinity for our feathered friends in conjunction with his strong feelings concerning animal rights. for those of you who clicked the merzbow link above you’ll notice that it takes you to his personal tumblr displaying his painted renditions of chickens. rather than trying to shift away from chickens for something more traditionally gloomy like a raven, i made it a point to come up with a design that made a non-ironic brutal chicken.
above is the final result. i feel like i’ve been working with circles quite a bit thematically lately and this definitely played into that. this was also a good way to exercise working in one color, something i find myself appreciating more and more especially if i have to print the final result. hopefully i’ll be able to continue to work for merzbow in the future but i am happy to be able to add him to my roster of clients and cannot thank guy nearly enough for the opportunity. as soon as this design goes up for sale i’ll be sure to post a link for you to spend your hard earned money.
i also just wrapped up a shirt design for a huge client this past friday, so keep your eyes open for that. i promise that it’s a doozy. feel free to guess who it may be. more to come!
They are both rooted in machines and are both worth hearing.
“Merzbau” was the name of Schwitter’s Hanover apartment—his repository for fragments, and a fantastic cove of hard angles and gentle curves.
My drum rider simply says: “any size, any brand, in working condition. I am left-handed.”
… Bieber lives in harmony with the machines.
Like many child stars, Bieber must invoke romance but avoid sensuality, which makes him the exact inverse of Masami Akita, who has used explicit sexual imagery since the start of his career.
But the two are linked by a faith in their respective machines…
What works for Masami Akita is amplification, and the many outcomes when amplification is doubled and trebled. What works for Bieber is tracking and then carefully pitching to every living demographic, insofar as the data allows.
“Believe” is not unpleasant…
One of the main modes on “Believe” is to create a club track that moves in the disco-range of B.P.M. while also using the buzzing, wobbling bass of dubstep and occasionally halving the time signature and dropping into the lope that has now become familiar to most Americans, thanks to Skrillex.
… there are hints of Taylor Swift in “Fall,” an arms-aloft song about something emotional (it’s not clear what)