I’ve always enjoyed doing CD covers. This latest is the result of an ongoing working relationship with musician/composer Forrest Fang from Berkeley, California. With these kinds of projects I can work in a more painterly, abstract way. Everything is derived from photographs but, obviously, there is a great deal of processing in Photoshop involved. The challenge has been to adhere to a gestural, organic feel while working. Animism was created using a photo of a single orange Christmas tree bulb and a photo of a metallic door surface I shot in Amsterdam last fall.
I first heard Forrest’s music some 12 years ago on Gongland, a CD released by Sam Rosenthal’s New York-based Projekt Records label. In fact, I even remember purchasing Gongland at A&B Sound in Calgary while on a corporate shoot for Telus!
Since then I’ve worked with Forrest on several releases including Phantoms, Unbound and Seeds of Memory. I love his music. It’s a rare fusion of electronica, fractal-processed sounds and Asian acoustic instruments. It’s sometimes dense, sometimes ethereal but, most importantly, it’s a satisfying and distinct soundworld that defies categorization.
Here’s a link to the Projekt Records page that includes some reviews and more information:
Seeds of Memory is available for free download here: